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Deadline: Sun 28 Feb 2021
Location: UK
British Book Awards 2020 Imprint of the Year Avon has joined forces with literary agent Silé Edwards at Mushens Entertainment to find a new commercial writer of colour.  Read more...

Deadline: Sun 28 Feb 2021
Location: International
Submissions are invited for a proposed series of Crime fiction anthologies initially slated as a quarterly publication. Length between 1,000 and 10,000 words. Novel extracts considered. Read more...

Deadline: Sun 28 Feb 2021
Location: UK
The Owned Voices Novel Award aims to give its two winners the best possible chance of finding an agent or publisher for their work. Each will receive a £250 cash prize and one-to-one feedback on their novel. Read more...

Deadline: Sun 28 Feb 2021
Location: International
We are looking for original and engaging stories on any topic up to 2000 words. The Scottish Arts Club Short Story Competition (open to writers worldwide) carries a £1000 first prize, £500 second prize, £250 third prize. We also offer the £750 Isobel Lodge Award for the top entry by an unpublished writer living or studying in Scotland. Read more...

Deadline: Sun 28 Feb 2021
Location: UK
Awarded annually, biennially or every three years, our Translation Prizes recognise outstanding literary translations into English from works in Arabic, Dutch, French, German, Italian, Spanish and Swedish. Read more...

Deadline: Sun 28 Feb 2021
Location: International
Sunspot Literary Journal is dedicated to amplifying diverse multinational voices. We offer an Editor's Prize of $50 for the annual edition, and pay for artwork selected for a cover. Now open for flash, and stories and essays up to 49,000 words. Poetry can be up to 1,250 lines. Translations welcome. Read more...

Deadline: Sun 28 Feb 2021
Location: Scotland
Voices in the dark is an opportunity for writers of short fiction to have their work given a greater platform and prominence than is usually permitted by inclusion in a magazine or anthology. This summer, we will release a series of four print pamphlet publications, each featuring the work of one individual writer. Read more...

Deadline: Mon 1 Mar 2021
Location: International
And They Filled The Skies With Letters Of Hope is a voluntary project that will culminate in an outdoor narrative and aerial performance with letters from the community (wherever you might be based) addressed to the community. Read more...

Deadline: Mon 1 Mar 2021
Location: West Midlands
Independent publishing imprint Monnath Books is inviting short story submissions for its second anthology Tabula Rasa. Read more...

Deadline: Mon 1 Mar 2021
Location: International
First Prize £600, Second Prize £200 and Third Prize £100 plus the opportunity to read at a Poets & Players event (date tbc). Winning poems will be published on our website. Read more...
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