Open Call: International Radio Playwriting Competition 2018 (BBC)
Are you a promising writer living outside the UK? Would you like to win a trip to London and have your play broadcast globally on BBC World Service?

Writers from around the world are invited to submit scripts for the International Radio Playwriting Competition 2018.

The global competition hosted by BBC World Service and the British Council, in partnership with co-producers The Open University, offers the unique opportunity for playwrights to have their radio play heard across the globe by the BBC World Service's millions of listeners.

Whether you're an established or a completely new writer, the International Radio Playwriting Competition welcomes scripts from anyone outside of the UK. The radio dramas can be on any subject you like, as long as they are 53 minutes long.

This year the two first prizes can come from either the English as a First Language or the English as a Second Language category. Both winners will travel to London, attend an award ceremony and see their plays recorded before they're broadcast on the BBC World Service.

There is also a third award — the Georgi Markov prize — which celebrates the most promising script from the shortlist, in honour of BBC World Service Journalist and writer Georgi Markov (1929—1978). The winner of this prize will also travel to London for the award ceremony and spend two weeks being mentored by BBC Radio Drama and BBC World Service.

Last year we received 1,000 entries from a record 112 countries. Writers from Papua New Guinea, the Phillipines, Brazil, Canada, Nigeria, India, Australia, South Africa, Jamaica and the USA all made the shortlist.
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Judith Wright Poetry Prize
Established in 2007 and supported by the Malcolm Robertson Foundation, the Overland Judith Wright Poetry Prize for New and Emerging Poets seeks outstanding poetry by writers who have published no more than one collection of poems under their own name (i.e. writers who’ve had zero collections published, or one solo collection published). It remains one of the richest prizes for emerging poets, and is open to poets anywhere in the world.

In 2017, the major prize is $6000, with a second prize of $2000 and a third prize of $1000. All three winners will be published in the first issue of Overland’s print magazine of 2018.

Details

Competition closes 11.59 pm, 19 November 2017. Please read the entry guidelines below before submitting, and enter via one of the links at the bottom of the page.

You may also be interested to read last year’s judging notes and winning poems.

The judges

Ali Cobby Eckermann is the author, most recently, of the poetry collection Inside My Mother (Giramondo Publishing, 2015) and the memoir Too Afraid to Cry (Ilura Press, 2013).

Toby Fitch is poetry editor of Overland, and program director for the Australian Poets Festival and the Sappho Books Poetry Reading Series. His books include Rawshock (Puncher & Wattmann 2012), which won the Grace Leven Prize for Poetry, Jerilderies (Vagabond 2014) and, most recently, The Bloomin’ Notions of Other & Beau (Vagabond 2016).

Entry conditions

Major prize: $6000
Second prize: $2000
Third prize: $1000

All three finalists will be published in Overland 230, autumn 2018.

The award is open to poets who have had no more than one solo collection of their work commercially published (that is, writers who’ve had zero collections published, or one solo collection published by a publishing house with commercial distribution).
The prize is open to Australian and international writers.
Poems must be unpublished (including online) and not under consideration by other publishers.
Poems that have won or are under consideration in other competitions are not eligible.
The winning poems will be published in Overland.
All submitted poems may also be considered for publication in Overland.
Entries must be submitted electronically via the Overland submittable system.
An entry fee of $12 for Overland subscribers and $20 for non-subscribers will be charged. It is possible to become a subscriber and simultaneously enter the competition at a special price of $56.
The name of the poet must not appear on the manuscript (including the header or footer) since all poems will be considered anonymously.
Poems must be no more than 80 lines.
Multiple entries are permitted, though a separate fee applies to each poem.
Please ensure you are satisfied with your poem before submitting. Poems that are withdrawn and subsequently resubmitted will incur a second fee.
The competition closes 11.59pm, Sunday 19 November 2017.
The judges’ decision is final. No correspondence will be entered into.
Overland staff and board members, and their families, are prohibited from entering. All previous, current and ongoing contributors are eligible to enter.
Winners will be announced in February 2018. Subscribe to the Overland email bulletin to receive announcements as to the results.
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Neilma Sidney Short Story Prize
Supported by the Malcolm Robertson Foundation, and named after the late Neilma Gantner, this prize seeks excellent short fiction of up to 3000 words themed around the notion of ‘travel’; imaginative, creative and literary interpretations are strongly encouraged. This competition is open to all writers, nationally and internationally, at any stage of their writing career.

The winning story will receive a $4000 first prize and be published in Overland’s first print issue for 2018. Two runners-up will each receive $500 and be published at Overland online to coincide with the release of the print magazine.

Details

Competition closes 11.59 pm, 19 November 2017. Please read the entry guidelines below before submitting, and enter via one of the links at the bottom of the page.

You may also be interested to read previous judges’ notes and winning stories.

The judges

Jennifer Mills is the fiction editor at Overland and the author of two novels, Gone and The Diamond Anchor, and the short story collection The Rest is Weight. Her next novel, Dyschronia, is out with Picador in February.

Nic Low is a writer, installation artist and arts organiser of Ngai Tahu Maori and European descent. He divides his time between a hyper-social Melbourne sharehouse, and an anti-social bush retreat. His first book was Arms Race, a collection of fierce, playful short stories. His second, a literary walking expedition through New Zealand’s Southern Alps, will be out soon.

Ryan O’Neill is the author of The Weight of a Human Heart and the Miles Franklin-shortlisted Their Brilliant Careers. He was born in Glasgow, and has lived in Africa, Europe and Asia before settling in Newcastle, Australia, with his wife and two daughters. His fiction has appeared in many places. He teaches at the University of Newcastle.

Entry conditions

First place: $4000
Two runner-up prizes of $500 each

The winning story will be published in Overland 230, autumn 2018.

This is a prize for original pieces of short fiction written in English, up to 3000 words in length.
Stories must be unpublished (including online) and not under consideration by other publishers.
Stories that have won or are under consideration in other competitions are not eligible.
The prize is open to writers nationally and internationally, at any stage of their career.
Submissions will be processed electronically.
The competition will be judged anonymously. The author’s name must not appear on the manuscript or else the story will be disqualified.
Multiple entries are acceptable, although each must be entered into the submission system separately and accompanied by the relevant fee.
Each entry must be accompanied by a fee of $20 or $12 for Overland subscribers. It is possible to become a subscriber and simultaneously enter the competition at a special price of $56.
The winning story will be published in Overland; runners-up will be published at overland.org.au. Other entries may be considered for publication.
The closing date is 11.59pm, 19 November 2017. Late entries will not be accepted.
The judges’ decision is final. No correspondence will be entered into.
Overland staff and board members, and their families, are prohibited from entering. All previous, current and ongoing contributors are eligible to enter.
Winners will be announced in February 2018. Subscribe to the Overland email bulletin to receive announcements as to the results.
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19/11/17
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VARUNA'S PUBLISHER INTRODUCTION PROGRAM 2018
It’s every writer’s dream — to work in peace at a beautiful mountain retreat with a respected literary mentor, knowing that a major publisher is waiting to read the finished manuscript.

Varuna’s unique Publisher Introduction Program is one of Australia’s most dynamic literary partnerships, opening important doors for writers in a creative, collaborative process that aims to deliver finely honed manuscripts to leading publishers.

Each year, the program gives up to 12 selected writers of novels, short stories and literary non-fiction the chance to nurture their manuscripts to publication stage with:

1. Private writing time

Immerse yourself in the natural drama of the Blue Mountains with a one-week residency at Varuna, where there is nothing to do but write. Of course, you can also indulge in fine food, celebrate your breakthroughs with the four other resident writers or walk to nearby World Heritage rainforests and towering sandstone escarpments.

2. A literary mentor

Your time at Varuna is about creative solitude, but you can also tap into the expertise of Varuna’s experienced consultants, all current writers working on their own projects. You will be matched with a mentor who understands manuscript development and knows the publishing process. Your mentor will be there when you need a fresh perspective, offering friendly, professional guidance to bring your work to fruition. And the support doesn’t end when you leave Varuna — your mentor will read your final work, when you are ready, to help make sure the final draft is true to your vision.

3. A date with a publisher

Having your work read by the right people is a critical step towards publication, but standing out from the crowd can be hard. The jewel in the crown of the Publisher Introduction Program is the guarantee that your manuscript will be read by one of eight leading Australian publishers — Black Inc., HarperCollins, Pan Macmillan, Random House, Scribe Publications, Text Publishing, UQP or UWA Publishing. Your writing mentor will support you in the process of presenting your final manuscript to the publisher for their consideration.

4. Be part of a writing community

We all know about the isolation of a writing life. Varuna helps writers forge enduring friendships through the Varuna alumni community. And for Publisher Introduction Program writers who need a little extra help, there’s also the Writer Development Program.
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Swinburne Microfiction Challenge
From Hemingway’s infamous six-word story, to Lydia Davis’ very short stories and Teju Cole’s small fates, microfiction is both an exercise in precision to inform longer works, as well as an art form in its own right. Sharpen your shorts and hone your storytelling skills by responding to a daily prompt in our Microfiction Challenge.
You can submit once, twice, or every day of the festival – there are up to ten opportunities to win. With 24 hours to draw inspiration for a story of up to 500 words, this challenge will be sure to develop your craft. Plus, if you submit every day, you’ll end up with 5,000 words!
Oh – did we mention we’re awarding $1000 to an overall winner? There will also be a daily favourite chosen for publication by Seizure.
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25/10/17
RSL Literature Matters Awards
The RSL’s new Literature Matters Awards aim to reward and enable literary excellence and innovation. Each year, after an open call for proposals, the Awards will be given to individual writers or other literary creators, recognising their past achievements and providing them with financial support to undertake a proposed new piece of writing or literary project. Launched as part of the RSL’s new Literature Matters programme, priority will be given to proposals which (a) will help connect with audiences or topics outside the usual reach of literature, and/or (b) will help generate public discussion about why literature matters. An RSL Literature Matters Award must result in new, original writing or other literary activity of an excellent artistic standard, which will reach a substantial readership or audience. In 2018, we expect the available budget to be around £20,000, and we envisage making no more than six awards.
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31/10/17
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We Need Diverse Books WNDB MENTORSHIP PROGRAM AND APPLICATION
The winning entrant will receive a US $1,000 prize, and their story will be included in the Heroes Next Door Anthology to be published by Crown Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Penguin Random House. The contest is open to diverse writers aged 18 years or older who have not previously published a short story or a novel-length work. The contest is open to writers worldwide. To enter the We Need Diverse Books Middle Grade Short Story Contest, writers should supply a story of up to 4,000 words suitable for an audience aged between 8 and 12. All entries must be in English and previously unpublished.
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31/10/17
The Lighthouse Works’ Fellowship
The program accepts artists working in a wide range of disciplines, but we are best able to accommodate visual artists and writers. Fellowships are six weeks in length, occur year-round and provide fellows with housing, food, studio space, a $250 travel allowance and a $1,500 stipend. Artistic excellence is the primary criteria for acceptance as a Lighthouse Works fellow. We are located in the Annex Building on Fishers Island, NY.
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15/02/18
Strokestown Poetry Competition 2018
Strokestown is Ireland’s longest-running poetry festival, and has established a reputation for friendly informality twinned with deep respect for poetry, poets and poetry lovers. Here’s your chance to take part in it. 1st Prize € 2,000, plus a week-long residency at Anam Cara Writer’s and Artist’s Retreat. 2nd Prize € 700. 3rd Prize € 500. Reading fees of € 300 for 5 shortlisted poets. The 8 shortlisted poems will be printed in the Strokestown Anthology 2018. Judges Moya Cannon & Harry Clifton. Prize winner announced in Strokestown 6th May 2018.
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01/12/17
Talking Writing Prize for Personal Essay
This year's Talking Writing Prize for Personal Essay will spotlight our annual holiday theme. We're looking for honest, unsentimental nonfiction about soul searching through words. How do you tackle life's Big Questions? Writers are invited to address mortality, belief, culture of origin, atheism, or any other issues connected to making meaning in a complicated world. Length up to 2,000 words. Prize $500 and publication.
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25/10/17
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