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Writing Opportunities 2020

The Selfies Book Awards US

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Closing date: 
29 February 2020
Entry: 
Eligible titles in the adult fiction category must have been self-published in the United States during the calendar year 2019 by authors who live in the US
Prize: 
$1,000 plus $5,000 worth of trade advertising and free display at five trade shows in 2020-21

Publishers WeeklyInternational news website of book publishing and bookselling including business news, reviews, bestseller lists, commentaries http://www.publishersweekly.com/ and BookBrunch have expanded the Selfies - the awards for self-published authors - into America following successful UK launch

The American awards offer a $1,000 cash prize and an advertising package valued at $5,000 to the winner, and entries open today.

To be administered by BookLife, the self-publishing arm of Publishers Weekly, in association with BookBrunch, the awards' first year in the US concentrates on adult fiction published during 2019. Categories may be expanded in future years to include nonfiction and children's books. A juried shortlist will be announced on May 29, and the winner announced in June.

The first US Selfies award will be presented at the American Library Association's Annual Conference on June 27, 2020. The awards are co-sponsored by IngramSpark, the e-book and print-on-demand publishing services company, and Combined Book Exhibit, which showcases published works at trade shows and expos around the world.

The mission of the awards initiative, which was the brainchild of BookBrunch and introduced to great acclaim in the UK in 2018, is to discover new talent and reward the very best self-published titles each year.

Jo Henry, managing director of BookBrunch, said: "BookBrunch is delighted to be working with Publishers Weekly and BookLife to bring the Selfies awards to the US and to help discover and reward the very best fiction writing by indie authors."

"The Selfies are bound to be a big hit among indie authors in the United States, as well as a useful guide for readers, librarians and booksellers in discerning new authors whose works deserve greater recognition," said Carl Pritzkat, v-p, general manager, Publishers Weekly and president of BookLife.

Eligible titles in the adult fiction category must have been published in the United States during the calendar year 2019 by authors who live in the US although authors need not be US citizens. The deadline for submission is February 29, 2020.

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Myriad First Graphic Novel Competition 2020

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Closing date: 
28 February 2020
Entry: 
Open to all cartoonists, and writers and artists working as a team, who have not previously published a full-length graphic work and are resident in the UK. Entry fee £10
Prize: 
Publication on the Myriad list

Myriad has launched its 2020 First Graphic Novel Competition, and has signed two authors who have been on the competition shortlist.

The competition invites authors to submit 15 to 30 pages of a graphic novel in progress, fiction or non-fiction. The closing date is 28 February. First prize is publication on the Myriad list.

The competition is for a graphic novel-in-progress and is open to all cartoonists, and writers and artists working as a team, who have not previously published a full-length graphic work. The winner will be offered the opportunity to develop their work-in-progress with Myriad's creative and editorial team with a view to being offered a contract and publication.

The winning entry will be an extract from a narrative work in progress - nonfiction or fiction. Entries may be from a single author or may be a collaboration between a writer/writers and an artist/artists. Myriad is committed to publishing work that reflects the breadth of human experience and attracting creators who reflect our diverse society, from BAME and LGBQT+ artists to those with physical or mental health challenges and from different social backgrounds.

The Myriad First Graphic Novel Competition is supported by The Lakes International Comic Art Festival.

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The Spread the Word Life Writing Prize 2020

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Closing date: 
3 February 2020
Entry: 
Open to writers who have yet to publish a full-length work or have a literary agent, living in the UK and aged 18 or over. No entry fee
Prize: 
£1,500, an Arvon course, a writing mentor, two years' membership of the Royal Society of Literature

Kerry Hudson, Nell Stevens and Sathnam Sanghera are to judge Spread the Word

London organisation running creative writing workshops for writers at all stages, with a focus on new writing and live literature, and encouraging innovation and experimentation. www.spreadtheword.org.uk

's 2020 Life Writing Prize. The prize takes place in association with Goldsmiths Writers' Centre and with funding from Joanna Munro, and offers the winner a cheque for £1,500, an Arvon course, a writing mentor, two years' membership of the Royal Society of Literature

This British site may seem rather formal (stated aim ‘to sustain and encourage all that is perceived as best whether traditional or experimental in English letters, and to strive for a Catholic appreciation of literature’), but has a lively series of lectures and discussions involving distinguished authors. Also administers literary prizes. http://www.rslit.org/index1.html

, and an optional development meeting with an agent and editor. Two highly commended writers receive writing mentors and £500.

Twelve longlisted writers will be invited to read from their work at an event at Foyles Charing Cross Road next June.

Ruth Harrison, director of Spread the Word, said: "The prize shows that life writing is a vital and dynamic literary form with nearly 1,000 submissions being received from across the UK in 2019. We are looking forward to not only supporting and celebrating up and coming writers but also to reading and hearing stories that often go unheard."

Blake Morrison, professor of creative and life writing at Goldsmiths, University of London and patron of the Life Writing Prize, said: "In the era of fake news, life writing has never been more important. Its premise is truth-telling. And it's a way for voices we're not used to hearing - voices from the margins and fringes - to make themselves heard. No literary genre is more democratic. And with democracy under threat, that lends it even more potency."

The Spread the Word Life Writing Prize in association with Goldsmiths Writers' Centre was established in 2016. Open to new and emerging writers living in the UK aged 18 or over, the Prize was established to celebrate and develop life writing in the UK thanks to a generous donation from Joanna Munro. Blake Morrison is Patron of the Prize.

Free to enter, the Prize aims to find the best life writing from emerging writers from across the UK. The Prize defines life writing as ‘intended to be true', reflects someone's own life journey or experiences and is not fiction. The competition is open to writers who have yet to publish a full-length work or have a literary agent.

The 2020 Life Writing Prize 2020 will close on Monday 3 February at 11am.

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