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Writing Opportunities 2020

The Caterpillar Poetry Prize 2020

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Closing date: 
31 March 2020
Entry: 
Open to all poets across the world over the age of 16. Entry fee €14 per poem
Prize: 
€1,000

If you have written a poem you think would appeal to 7-11-year olds, then why not enter the The Caterpillar Poetry Prize 2020? The prize is open to anyone over 16, and the poem can be on any subject.

A prize of €1,000 is given to the best poem, chosen by our judge Roger McGough. Dubbed the ‘patron saint of poetry' by Carol Ann Duffy, McGough has published more than 50 books of adult's and children's poetry. He was awarded a CBE for services to poetry and currently hosts Poetry Please on BBC Radio 4.

‘He is a true original and more than one generation would be much the poorer without him' The Times

The winning poem will feature in the summer 2020 issue of The Caterpillar.

Closing date 31 March 2020

‘The Caterpillar is such a unique and inspired magazine. Winning The Caterpillar Poetry Prize is all shades of wonderful!' Coral Rumble

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Wicked Young Writers 2020

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Closing date: 
2 March 2020
Entry: 
5-25 year-olds writers in the UK. No entry fee
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Each winner gets four tickets to see the London production of WICKED at the Apollo Victoria Theatre + meet cast members after the show along with an exclusive backstage tour and £50 worth of books/eBooks tokens to spend.

The Wicked Young Writers Awards has announced that entries are open for its 10th anniversary year. Created by the producers of the musical Wicked in partnership with the National Literacy TrustUK-based organisation which has campaigned since 1993 to improve literacy standards across all age groups. Excellent research information and details of the many initiatives the charity is currently involved in. www.literacytrust.org.uk. It also has a useful page of news stories on UK literacy, which links to newsletter http://www.readitswapit.co.uk/TheLibrary.aspx, the annual national writing competition is for 5 to 25-year-olds, and is intended "to reward excellence in creative writing and encourage young people to find their own voice". The awards ceremony takes place at London's Apollo Victoria Theatre, home of Wicked. The Duchess of Cornwall is awards patron.

The judging panel for 2020 is author Cressida Cowell; Jonathan Douglas, chief executive of the National Literacy Trust; Nicky Cox MBE, editor in chief of First News; Michael McCabe, executive producer of Wicked; poet and mental health ambassador Hussain Manawar; writer, comedian and actor Charlie Higson; and author, illustrator and poet Laura Dockrill. The ambassador for a second year is author Dan Freedman.

Michael Morpurgo, who helped set up the awards and was one of the first judges, said: "Happy birthday Wicked Young Writer Awards! I was delighted to get involved all those years ago because I felt there was a great need for a writing award for all ages. One that wasn't prescriptive but would allow young people to write about what they felt, to find their voice with the encouragement of their parents and teachers."

Douglas said: "Over the past 10 years, young writers from across the UK have been capturing our imaginations, moving us to tears and making us laugh out loud through the Wicked Young Writer Awards. Writing can inspire children and young people's creativity and give them the freedom to explore their thoughts and feelings. Not only that, but children and young people who enjoy writing tend to go on to do better at school and lead happier lives. I can't wait to read the entries from this year's young writers as we celebrate 10 years of this incredible award."

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Wilbur Smith Adventure Writing Prize 2020

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Closing date: 
2 March 2020
Entry: 
Open to writers of any nationality writing in English. Entry fee £20
Prize: 
£15,000 for each prize plus a publishing deal with Bonnier for Best Unpublished Manuscript

Submissions for the two 2020 Wilbur Smith Adventure Writing Prizes are now open. The international prize is now in its fifth year. Entries are accepted from writers of any nationality, writing in English. The deadline is 2 March.

Best Published Novel (£15,000) - The Best Published Novel award is designed to celebrate the best adventure stories of the last year with novels being submitted by publishers, literary agents, or writers themselves. The 2020 award is open for submissions 6th January - 2nd March 2020. Entries must have been published between 1st May 2019 - 30th April 2020. Proof copies will be accepted.

The award is open to writers of any nationality writing in English. Each September, under guidance from an expert judging panel, the title of Best Published Novel is presented to one winning author.

Best Unpublished Manuscript. The Best Unpublished Manuscript is designed to launch the career of aspiring adventure writers. The 2020 award is open for submissions 6th January - 2nd March 2020.

Unpublished and self-published writers submit their manuscripts to be in with a chance of winning a publishing deal with Bonnier Books UK.
Up to six writers will be shortlisted, and each will be offered one-to-one manuscript development with literary consultant David Llewelyn, intended to help each writer reach the standard necessary for submission to agents and publishers.

Authors must not already have a novel published although self-published works are eligible. Authors must not have a literary agent. There is an entry fee of £20.00 (GBP) per submission.

This year's judging panel is: David Risher, entrepreneur and co-founder of Worldreader; Henry Porter, author and winner of the 2019 Wilbur Smith Adventure Writing Prize for Best Published Novel and Pip Stewart, adventurer, journalist and film-maker.

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Established in September 2015, The Wilbur & Niso Smith Foundation is a charitable organisation 'dedicated to empowering writers, promoting literacy and advancing adventure writing as a genre. Through our work, we want to reach out to writers and readers across the world, allowing everyone to have their own adventures through the words on a page.'

 

 

The 2020 International Book & Pamphlet Competition

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Closing date: 
1 March 2020
Entry: 
Open to all poets. Entry Fee £28
Prize: 
Four winners will published by Smith|Doorstop books. All winners will also receive a share of £2,000, publication in The North magazine and a reading at The Wordsworth Trust.

The 2020 International Book & Pamphlet Competition is now open for entries

The Poetry Business is delighted to announce that the 34th International Book & Pamphlet Competition judged by Imtiaz Dharker and Ian McMillan is now open.

Entrants are invited to submit a collection of 20 pages of poetry. Four winners will be selected by the Judges to be published by our award-winning imprint Smith|Doorstop books. All winners will also receive a share of £2,000, publication in The North magazine, and a reading at The Wordsworth Trust.

All winners will receive close editing, extending their entry up to 28 pages and are guaranteed pamphlet publication. There is also an opportunity to submit a full-length manuscript, which, where the judges feel it is appropriate, will be published as a book in the autumn of 2021.

Full-price entry is £28. Subscribers to The North, Friends of the Poetry Business, and members of the Poetry Society are eligible for the discounted fee of £25. All entrants will also receive a 10% code that can be used to purchase books or memberships from the Poetry Book SocietySpecialist book club founded by T S Eliot in 1953, which aims to offer the best new poetry published in the UK and Ireland. Members buy at 25% discount. The PBS has a handsome new website at  www.poetrybooks.co.uk website books at www.poetrybooks.co.uk. A discount code will be sent to you by e-mail upon receipt of your entry to the competition.

The Judges

Imtiaz Dharker's six collections of poetry include Over the Moon and Luck is the Hook. She was awarded the Queen's Gold Medal for Poetry in 2014, she has been Poet in Residence at Cambridge University Library and worked on projects across art forms in Leeds, Newcastle and Hull, as well as the Archives of St Paul's Cathedral. She is also an artist and video film-maker.

Ian McMillan is a poet and performer who presents The Verb on BBC Radio 3. His many poetry residencies include with Barnsley FC, and he has worked extensively for BBC TV and radio. He is the author of several books and pamphlets, including a Selected Poems and the memoir Summat and Nowt. Ian likes to work across art forms, but most of all he likes reading new poems, which is a good thing!

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