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Poetry, Articles and Novels – Something for Everyone!

July 2nd, 2019

First, thanks to Amanda for last week’s post. I’ve never been a fan of ‘up-lit’ (I enjoy a bit of doom and gloom in my reading matter), but I recently read Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine and I’m a convert!

As you know, we’re currently running our annual Poetry Competition. Unfortunately, it’s only for adults, but the 2019 Betjeman Poetry Prize is open to young people aged 10 to 13. So, if you’re a teacher, or feel that your child’s class might be interested then please spread the word. It’s free to enter, but the prizes are great. This year’s theme is ‘place’ and entries can be any length and in any style. The winner will receive £500 and the English department at their school will get £5000. Two runners up will each get £200 and the top three poets all get four Eurostar tickets to Paris, Brussels or Lille. I know it’s nearing the end of term, but with prizes like that it’s definitely worth thinking about . The closing date is the same as ours – 31st July.

Another competition with the same closing date is Scribble’s annual Article Competition. Article competitions seem few and far between; so this is a welcome change. They are looking for pieces between 1,000 and 1,500 words on the theme of ‘my writing day’. The entry fee is £3 and there are prizes of £50, £25 and £15 (so you’re not exactly going to be wealthy if you win). Again, the closing date is 31st July – but you’ll notice that there are also annual and quarterly short story competitions listed on their website with different closing dates, if you are interested.

And for those of you who aren’t keen on competitions and are working on a book, you might want to take a look at ‘Manuscript Monday’. This is when the Australian division of Pan Macmillan accepts unagented submissions. They say:

“On the first Monday of every month only, between 10am and 4pm Australian Eastern Standard Time, we accept electronic submissions that comply with the following guidelines.

Manuscript submissions sent on any other Mondays or day of the month will not be read so we advise you to wait until the next month if you miss the deadline.

We are looking for:

Commercial fiction – women’s fiction, romance, thriller, crime, historical, humour, paranormal, fantasy

Literary fiction and non-fiction – novels, short stories, and narrative non-fiction only

Children’s books and young adult – junior and middle grade fiction, young adult/crossover fiction; we are not accepting picture book submissions

Commercial non-fiction – history, memoir, mind body spirit, travel, health, diet, biography.

Please familiarise yourself with what we publish. We do not publish scripts, plays or poetry in Australia and will not assess them.”

You need to use the form on their website to upload the first 100 pages of your manuscript and a synopsis of 300 words or less.  Note that response time can be up to three months.

My guest next week is TAZ Erzinger who will be explaining what motivates her to write poetry and how she goes about getting words on paper.

Author: Diana Nadin




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