New Writing Opportunities 1st Quarter 2013

Here are some new opportunities for writers. I know that many of my readers are home-based freelancers or run a home-based business. I also know that many of you are writers.

Check some of these. You will have to go to their site to get the complete information



The Poised Pencil

If you are into writing young adult mystery stories, submit your work. Requirements include:
  • has to 45,000 to 80,000 words 
  • submit with a cover letter indicating the synopsis, blurb about the author including works published in the past
  • must be based in US or Canada

Salt Publishing

They are alooking for new novels (less than 80,000 words). They are looking for:
  • literary fiction
  • crime fiction ‘Norfolk gothic’
 Just be mindful that they are primarily marketing to the UK market.



The Buenos Aires Review

They are looking for prose. It has to be under 5,000 words. It could be fiction or non fiction and please submit at least 5 pieces at a time. 

The BlueCat Screenplay Competition

This is for 2014. Prize includes:
  • Best Feature Screenplay = US $15,000 
  • Four finalists =  $2500
  • Best Short Screenplay = $10,000
  • Joplin Award for the Best Feature Screenplay from outside the USA, Canada or the UK = $1500 prize

The Warner Bros Writers’ Workshop

They are accepting applications until June 1. You need to provide:
  • a script sample based on the current shows of WB that's on their second season or older
  • resume
  • letter stating what's unique about you that would add value to WB
  • $30 application fee

The Ernest Hemingway Foundation Of Oak Park’s Writer In Residence Program

They will give you a place where you can work for a year in exchange of giving lectures, workships and other engagement to other aspiring writers. Application is up to June 1.


The Fairhaven Literary Review

They are looking for short stories and creative non-fiction for the 3rd and 4th quarter's publication.You have up until June 1

The Fiction of Relationship

This is a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) that is spearheaded by Brown University. You will read about 10 novels in 12 weeks. Classes start June 3.

Penguin Australia’s Monthly Catch

Every month from the first day to the 7th day, Penguin is open to fiction and non-fiction submission. You need to send via their website. Submit the manuscript with a synopsis and a biography.

The Newcastle Poetry Prize

You may submit poems that's no longer than 200 lines. Prize is AUD $20,000 prize pool.  For Australians only. You have until June 7. 



The Iowa Summer Writing Festival

The week-long workshops will be between June 9 to July 28 in Iowa Writers’ Workshop campus. They will accept 12 persons per group.

The V.S. Pritchett Memorial Prize

The Royal Society of Literature’s annual prize for the best unpublished short story of the year.
Prize: £1,000 and publication in Prospect magazine online and the RSL Review
Requirement: UK or the Republic of Ireland citizen for the past three years
- 2,000 and 5,000 words
 You have until June 3.

The Templeberg Residential Writing Fellowship

1 month writing workshop in Galle Sri Lanka. All writers are invited including poets, journalists and others. If you qualify, all your expenses will be covered plus a AUD $1,000 allowance. You have until June 14.

The Blake Poetry Prize

This is for Australians. Prize money is AUD$5,000.
Topics should be one or all of the following: pro-religion, anti-religion, non-religiously spiritual, satirical or ironic.
Poems should have no more than 100 lines.
You have until June 14

The Greater Los Angeles Writers Conference

This is more for technical writers. Runs from June 14 to 16.

Episodic Magazine

Theme for their next issue is 'Spaces'. They are accepting poems, photographs, illustrations, and other creative works that talks about the daily life.You have until June 15.

Prada Journal

This is new and sponsored by Prada. Answer the question:
‘What are the realities that our eyes give back to us? And how are these realities filtered through lenses?’ Any language is accepted. Prize is €5,000.
You have until June 18.

MA in Television Fiction Writing Scholarships

Take this at the Glasgow Caledonian University. It includes one-year representation by a London Agent. You have until June 28.

The Ghana Poetry Prize

is being offered for the first time in 2013. The prize is Gh ₵ 2,000 (equivalent to $ 1000). The aim of this prize is to support younger emerging poets and entry is open to poets based anywhere in the world. The deadline is 30 June.

The Cowley Literary Award

Open to short stories that are fiction and non fiction that no more than 4,000 words. Prizes:
  • 1st prize= AUD$4,000 
  • Runners-up = AUD$1,000. 
 You have until June 30.

The McLellan Poetry Prize

Poems must be no more than 80 lines. Entry fee is $5 with a £1000 for the grand winner. This is open to all nationalities. You have until June 30.

Sir Peter Ustinov Television Scriptwriting Award

Winner will get a ticket to New York and a prize money of $2,5000 to be presented at the International Emmy® World Television Festival.
You have until July 1.   


NASA is seeking haiku poems

They want a haiku which will sent to Mars with the MAVEN orbiter. Everyone is invited but you have to be 18. The submission must be in english, though.
You have until July 1.

visible ink

You have to be based in Melbourne. Theme for 2013 is "Evolve". Submissions must be no more than 2,500 words. You have until July 7.

The Carmel Bird Short Fiction Award

This is for Australians only. Submissions must be no more than 4,000 words. Winning pieces will be published.
You have until July 31.

Seán Ó Faoláin International Short Story Competition

Prize money is €2,000. You will also be published in Southword and will also get a residence to the Anam Cara Writer’s and Artist’s Retreat for a week.
You have until July 31.

The California Book Awards

Open to residents of California. There will be a winner for Fiction, Nonfiction, First Work of Fiction, Poetry, Californiana, Notable Contribution to Publishing, Juvenile Literature and Young Adult Literature. You have the whole month of July.

The Costa Short Story Award

You need to have had your short story previously published.
Should be no more than 4,000 words.
Submission is open from 1 July to on 2 August.



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