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Upcoming awards, residencies and other awesome things for writers

It’s tough out there for a writer.

So here are a few things coming up that you should probably be aware of.

Hachette Australia Manuscript Development Program (QWC):

  • Upto 10 writers will get to work with editors on their manuscripts with 3 places reserved for writers residing in Queensland.
  • The program will run from 4 – 7 November 2016 in Brisbane, Queensland.
  • Only unpublished and emerging fiction and non-fiction Australian resident writers can apply.
  • Application deadline is 16 May 2016.
  • Entries must be between 55,000 and 110,000 words and the following are NOT ELIGIBLE: sci-fi, fantasy, young adult, self-help, cookbooks, business, academic, educational, poetry, plays, short stories.
  • Applications must include: first 50 pages of the MS + one page synopsis + entry fee of $50 AUD.
  • Upon shortlisting, the full MS must be submitted within 72 hours.
  • Application guidelines and forms and terms and conditions are here.

Allen & Unwin/Vogel Awards 2016:

  • Open to Australian fiction and non-fiction, memoir, Australian biography and history writers that are under 35 years old on 31 May 2016.
  • The deadline is 31 May 2016.
  • Submissions must include full MS between 30,000 and 100,000 words in English.
  • Entry fee is $25 AUD.
  • Allen & Unwin will publish the winning entry and have exclusive worldwide publishing rights.
  • The MS cannot be under submission elsewhere and no more than 10% of it should have been published previously.
  • The winner gets $20,000 AUD as an advance against royalties.
  • Application information and guidelines are here.

Richell Prize 2016:

  • Only unpublished Australian resident writers can enter.
  • The deadline is 1 June 2016.
  • The winner gets $10,000 AUD + mentoring for a year from an editor.
  • Submission must include the first three chapters of the MS + one page synopsis on direction of work and how the author will benefit from the prize.
  • Hachette Australia gets first option on publishing the winner and any other entries.

Small Wonder Short Story Festival Writer in Residence, UK:

  • Deadline to apply is 6 May 2016.
  • Writer in residence gets to attend festival in East Sussex at Vanessa Bell’s home for free from 28 September to 2 October 2016.
  • £250 stipend + local travel, meals, per diems and hospitality are included/paid for.
  • Travel to the UK, visas, insurance and accommodation not paid for/included.
  • The writer must produce a short work after the festival related to the setting and will retain copyright but the British Council will be able to use it for promotional material, websites and social media.
  • The writer will get mentoring from a UK literary professional after the festival.
  • Application information is here.

Contribute to Chicken Soup for the Soul books:

  • Writers can submit stories for the collections by theme before each deadline.
  • The next deadline is 30 April 2016.
  • If published, writers will receive $200 USD per piece + 10 free copies of the book one month after publication.
  • Writers, if accepted, will get a response within 60 days of submission and rejection notices are not sent.
  • Submission details can be found here.

Good luck and if you know of any upcoming prizes and opportunities, let me know in the comments or on Twitter.


One Comment

  • Nathan Gann

    The Writing Contests, Grants and Awards database incorporates insights about the experimental writing challenges—including verse challenges, short story rivalries, article challenges, grants for books, and then some—that we’ve distributed in Poets and Writers Magazine amid the previous year.

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