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Deadline: Sun 31 Dec 2017
Location: International
The Littoral Press will be holding a twice yearly competition for a full collection of nature/spiritual/environmental poetry.  Read more...

Deadline: Sun 31 Dec 2017
Location: International
Formerly known as the Ballymaloe International Poetry Prize, The Moth Poetry Prize is one of the most lucrative awards in the world for a single unpublished poem.  Read more...

Deadline: Sun 31 Dec 2017
Location: National
Tobecontinued… is an exciting world first collective online writing event by Lulu, and supported by Prolifiko, Brighton Festival and nabokov theatre Read more...

Deadline: Mon 1 Jan 2018
Location: St Andrews
Call for submissions for short story masterclass to be held by A L Kennedy at St Andrews in June 2018 in front of an audience, rather like musicians' public masterclasses.  Read more...

Deadline: Mon 1 Jan 2018
Location: National
This inaugural Prose Poem Competition marks the fifteenth anniversary of the much-loved Tongues & Grooves community organisation for poetry and music Read more...

Deadline: Mon 8 Jan 2018
Location: London
In honour of her extraordinary contribution to Discover and the wider world of children’s literature and creative arts, the Sally Goldsworthy Bursary Scheme offers bursaries to UK-based artists working in younger children’s literature or storytelling. Read more...

Deadline: Mon 8 Jan 2018
Location: Scotland
The Emerging Writer Award is open to unpublished prose fiction writers (individuals who have yet to publish a major work, i.e. a novel or short story collection) living and working in the U.K. who have a work in progress. Read more...

Deadline: Sun 14 Jan 2018
Location: UK
Weidenfeld & Nicolson are looking for fresh, compelling and powerful stories that explore the theme of home and what it means to live and belong in the UK today, in particular tales on Wales and South East England. Read more...

Deadline: Mon 15 Jan 2018
Location: International
The Hedgehog Poetry Press invites submissions for the Spring edition of its newly launched poetry journal. Read more...

Deadline: Mon 15 Jan 2018
Location: Wales
BBC Cymru Wales are looking for the next generation of comedy writers. Up to three new comedy programme pilots will be made for BBC One Wales and BBC iPlayer. The pilot that makes the biggest impact - and gets the most laughs - will go on to be commissioned as a series.  Read more...
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