It’s the start of a new year and if you’re riled up and ready to get going there are some great opportunities to be had in January.
Free to Enter Opportunities
James White Award
Open to non-professional writers for an Science Fiction story of 6,000 words or less the deadline for entries is 31st January 2014. The prize is £200 plus publication in Interzone.
Prima Magazine Short Story
Prima Magazine have started to request short stories of no more than 700 words every month to be published in the magazine and win £100. You can email your submission to firstname.lastname@example.org. There isn’t much information about it, but check out their Facebook Page for more information.
Reader’s Digest 100 Word Story Competition
You can enter Reader’s Digest’s 100 word competition via their website before the deadline of the 31st January. Again, there isn’t much information online about it this year other than notification that the winning entry will be published in May 2014, but in the past prizes have been up to £5,000. Note that stories have to be EXACTLY 100 words and, based on my background reading, the rights to the story may be held by Reader’s Digest rather than the author.
Writers’ and Artists’ Yearbook Short Story Competition
Not only is there a cash prize of £500 you could also win a place on an Arvon Course of your choosing and publication of your story on their website. They are asking for stories of up to 2,000 words on the theme of ‘the visit’. The closing date for submissions is 15th February.
Awards and Opportunities
Northern Writer’s Awards
Supporting emerging talent in the North of the UK the Awards total up to £40,000. They have different types of awards based on the type of writing you’re interested in and deadlines for submissions are 5pm on 17th January 2014. Note that you can now only apply for one award each year and entry is exclusively online.
Arvon Foundation Courses and Retreats
The 2014 programme for courses run by the Arvon foundation goes live on the 8th January. While these courses are for paying writers (2013 costs was £680 for a Mon-Sat retreat incl. food and workshops) they do offer grants for those on low income and, typically, run a competition each year to win a free place.
Good Luck if you decide to take up one (or more) of these opportunities! If I’m going to have any chance to make those deadlines, I’d better get going on those submissions…