Overseas

January 31

Story Unlikely’s Annual Short Story Contest 2023

www.storyunlikely.com/#contest

January 31
Fish Publishing Memoir Prize
Judge: Sean Lusk
Word Limit: 4,000
Closes: 31 January 2023
Results: 1 April 2022; Anthology published: July 2023
Entry Fees: €18 (€11, subsequent entries)
Prizes: Best 10 memoirs published in the FISH ANTHOLOGY 2023
1st: €1000
2nd: Writing Course (online) + €300; 3rd: €300

Online writing courses in short story, flash fiction, poetry and memoir;
and full range of editorial services for writers
info@fishpublishing.com www.fishpublishing.com

Kent & Sussex Poetry Society, Open Poetry Competition, 2024

Judge: Kathryn Gray

Deadline 31 January

1st Prize: £1000

2nd Prize: £300; 3rd Prize: £100; 4th Prize x 4: £50 each.

Poems in English, unpublished, own work, 40 lines or fewer. Minimum age 16 years.

Entry by email. Payment through Paypal via our website.

£5 per poem; or £4 each for 3 or more poems.

Further details: www.kentandsussexpoetry.com

Orbis 208, Summer 2024

Front cover artwork: ‘Good Night Irene‘ by Van Renselar;
back cover, detail from image: http://www.van-renselar.com/

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What a beautiful looking edition ! Must get this. 
Congratulations on the magazine’s longevity and high standards

  (Anna Saunders, Director at Cheltenham Poetry Festival)

Orbis 200: ‘All the best to you, and to Orbis!’
(Glyn Maxwell; shortlisted for Best Collection in the Forward Prize)


‘Best wishes for the journal – and congratulations on such a successful magazine over the years’ (Joy Harjo, United States Poet Laureate)

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Single issue: £6.00 (Overseas: £12/€14/$16); Subs: £20/4 pa (Overseas: £45/€50/$60)

Associate Editor (Book Reviews): Maria Isakova-Bennett

Reviews by: Philip Dunkerley; David Harmer; Jenny Hockey;
D.A.Prince; Theresa Sowerby; Pam Thompson

Please note with new collections, press release in first instance – not review copies.

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I’m sure I’ve said this before: flaming June, one way or the other.
After all, with Nicki Griffin, you’d be From Another Country, or else,
with Jan Owen, in a Sudden Shower Over Shin-Ōhashi Bridge And Atake. But
you could always Escape, like Nell Farrell… then work out
what Charlotte Stokes Meyer zu Natrup means in Ad Reliquos;
I’m sure you understand the Gravity of it all, along with Stephen Littlejohn.
Or try some Experiments in Time, which Patrick Druggan will demonstrate,
unless you want to accompany Charles G. Lauder Jr for some
Adventures At The Tip-Top Diner. Or find plenty to intrigue you right here,
because Orbis , as Luke Morgan says, is a Gift.

Featured Writers

Winning poems from the Red Shed Competition,
including Joanna Wright: My mother navigates

and The Wakefield Postcode Prize, including Deborah Robinson:
He Wanted to Shave the Inside of his Head (title taken from a sentence
in Sophie Hardach’s book, ‘Of Love and Other Wars’.

Poets include James Conway (The gentle of fish);
Anthony Costello (The Lonesome Traveller);
Jan FitzGerald (Dead spider); Laura Hess (Lost Inheritance);
Jan Owen (Sudden Shower Over Shin-Ōhashi Bridge And Atake);
Royal Rhodes (Nauset)

Prose from Elaine Alarcon-Totten (Queen Mab); Janice Dempsey (Aunt Edna and the GM Question); George Hopewell (No one ever looks above their heads)

Translation: Michael Swan,
Drøm om mor by Henrik Nordbrandt: A dream about my mother

Past Master: Charles G. Lauder Jr on W.H. Auden

Orbis 208 Contributors also include
Georgia Bailey; Jane Blanchard; Alison Chisholm; Sarah Dantas;
María Castro Dominguez; Pamela Galloway; Jean Harvey;
Pauline Hawkesworth; June Hurst; D. R. James; Gloria Keeley;
Phil Kirby; John Lancaster; Frank Lowry; Lewis Lyons;
Jami Macarty; T. J. Masluk; Ali Murphy; Marion Oxley; Chris Rice;
Julie-Ann Rowell; Gwen Sayers; Michael W. Thomas;
Shelley Tracey; Kelley Jean White; Dave Wynne-Jones

TEIGNMOUTH POETRY FESTIVAL OPEN POETRY COMPETITION 2024
Any subject, 40 lines maximum
Prizes: 1st – £600, 2nd – £300, 3rd – £200
An additional £25 will be awarded to the top 3 commended poems
Judge: Malika Booker
Postal Entries £5.00 for one poem; £3.00 each for additional poems
Poetry Teignmouth , C/O Virginia Griem, 12 Little Hayes, Kingsteignton TQ12 3YP
Online Entries – £5.50 for one poem; £3.50 each for additional poems
Closing date: 31st January 2024
www.poetryteignmouth.com

Café Writers Open Poetry Competition 2023

Open for entries until November 30th

Martin Figura: sole judge; no sifting.
1st Prize: £1000
2nd £300; 3rd £200
Five Commended Prizes of £50
Norfolk Prize £100
Best poem from a permanent resident not winning another prize.

Zoom Prizewinning event: @ Café Writers on 11th March, 2024

Fee: £4; £10/3, then £2 per poem.

Free entry, 1 poem, to any UK resident
for whom the cost of entering would be prohibitive

Length: 40 lines
Café Writers, 85, Gertrude Rd, Norwich, NR3 4SG
Check website for full rules: www.cafewriters.co.uk

Fish Publishing Short Story Prize
Judge: Sarah Hall

Word Limit: 5000

Closes: 30 November

Results: 1 April 2024; anthology published: July 2024

Entry Fees: €20 (€12 subsequent entries)

Prizes:

1st: €3000 + 5 day Short Story Workshop at the West Cork Literary Festival

2nd: and3rd: €300

7 Honourable Mentions: €200 each

Top Ten 10 stories published in the FISH ANTHOLOGY 2024

Online writing courses in short story, flash fiction, poetry and memoir;
and full range of editorial services for writers
info@fishpublishing.com www.fishpublishing.com

January 5

@ Bradt Travel Guides & The Edward Stanford Travel Writing Awards

50th Anniversary
Unpublished writers
Three finalists invited to attend the prize-giving in London in early 2024
where the winner will be crowned New Travel Writer of the Year.
1st prize: five nights’ all-inclusive at Calabash Cove Resort & Spa on St Lucia.
The winner also receives a paid commission to write about their trip for Traveller magazine.
2 runners-ups: three Bradt guides of their choice.
All shortlisted pieces published on the Bradt website.
Fee: £15 Length: no mention
Theme: ‘Taking the risk’
Judges: Hilary Bradt, founder of Bradt Guides; Adrian Phillips, MD of Bradt Guides;
Hugh Brune, Commercial Director of Bradt Guides; Amy Sohanpaul, editor of Traveller Magazine; Jonathan Lorie, travel-writing trainer and author of The Travel Writer’s Way.
Travel Writing Competition, Bradt Guides, 31A High Street, Chesham, Bucks HP5 1BW
www.bradtguides.com/product/ntwoty-2024/

Flash 500 Flash Fiction Competition

This quarterly open-themed competition for fiction up to 500 words:
closing dates of 31st March, 30th June, 30th September and 31st December.

Entry fee: £5 for one story, £8 for two stories

Prizes: £300, £200 and £100

Email: entry@flash500.com

Website: www.flash500.com

Flash 500 Novel Opening Chapter & Synopsis Competition

Annual competition closes 31st October 2023.

Entry fee: £10 for one novel, £18 for two novels, £26 for three novels

Prizes: £500 first prize, plus a runner’s up prize of £200

Email: entry@flash500.com

Website: www.flash500.com

Café Writers Open Poetry Competitionn 2023

Open for entries until November 30th

Martin Figura: sole judge; no sifting.
1st Prize: £1000
2nd £300; 3rd £200
Five Commended Prizes of £50
Norfolk Prize £100
Best poem from a permanent resident not winning another prize.

Zoom Prizewinning event: @ Café Writers on 11th March, 2024

Fee: £4; £10/3, then £2 per poem.

Free entry, 1 poem, to any UK resident
for whom the cost of entering would be prohibitive

Length: 40 lines
Café Writers, 85, Gertrude Rd, Norwich, NR3 4SG
Check website for full rules: www.cafewriters.co.uk

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