Writing Competitions

Writing Competitions

The Nine Dots Prize is back! This year, they are asking a simple question: Is there still no place like home? To win the $100,000 prize, you are asked to send a 3,000 word essay that answers the question. If your essay wins, you get a whopping $100,000 to write a book on the topic. Excellent incentive!

The prize is sponsored by Cambridge University and the Kadas Prize Foundation.

According to their website The Nine Dots Prize is a prize for creative thinking that tackles contemporary societal issues. Entrants are asked to respond to a question in 3,000 words, with the winner receiving US$100,000 to write a short book expanding on their ideas. The aim of the Prize is to promote, encourage and engage innovative thinking to address problems facing the modern world. The name of the Prize references the nine dots puzzle – a lateral thinking puzzle which can only be solved by thinking outside the box.

The deadline for entry is January 21st, 2019. Great! Get writing!

The winner will be announced in May 2019.. To learn more, visit their website.

 

Visit the AVBOB Website for full details on how to enter. > More

 

 

Pen South Africa calls for submissions

Write Africa Write! is PEN South Africa’s call for African writers to say what they wish to say and to eschew the divisions of the past in favour of the idea of one humanity living in peace on one continent. PEN South Africa is affiliated to PEN International – an organisation operating on all six continents that represents writers of the world, defends free expression and encourages literature. A leading voice of literature, PEN brings together poets, novelists, essayists, historians, playwrights, critics, translators, editors, journalists and screenwriters in a common concern for the craft and art of writing and a commitment to freedom of expression through the written word. Any questions regarding awards, competitions, residencies, events, etc., should be sent directly to the relevant organisers. PEN SA attempts to establish that the information received is genuine before sharing it on our website, but we cannot be held responsible should that not be the case. Submissions

 

Submissions Call for Manatee Books

Submissions deadline: Open

Manatee Books are committed to publishing only the very best stories out there. We are looking for fresh, exciting new talent and are accepting submissions for the following genres:

WOMEN’S FICTION

  • Romantic Comedy

  • Chick Lit

  • Historical Romance

  • Sagas/Family Dramas

  • Romance

CRIME

  • Thrillers

  • Psychological Suspense/Domestic Noir

  • Action Thrillers

  • Police Procedurals/Detective Novels

  • Mystery

  • Speculative Crime

All submissions are accepted electronically via email, and should include;     

·       The first 20 pages of the manuscript (normal font, 12 point and double spaced) 

·       A synopsis of your work (no more than 1500 words)

·       A cover letter telling us about you and your writing career to date.

Please send all of the above as email attachments in either Word or PDF format to  submissions@manateebooks.co.uk We do read every submission that we receive, and aim to get back to you within 4-6 weeks. Please be aware that we do receive hundreds of submissions, and this response time is only a guide. After 6 weeks, if you have not had a response please do contact us.

About Manatee Books: Manatee Books was set up in 2017, by best-selling author Lisa Hall in conjunction with blogger turned freelance publishing guru Liz Barnsley.  Our aim is to bring top quality fiction to the digital market. We are a small outfit, intent on publishing only the best of crime and women’s fiction. Our focus is on building the author brand, ensuring that all of our authors receive bestseller treatment through a strong marketing strategy and the knowledge that the Manatee Books team are there to support them through the entire publication journey.

 

 

SUBMISSIONS WANTED!

Imagnary House is a boutique publishing house for children’s books and young adult literature in Cape Town, South Africa.
Imagnary House is focused on building a larger market for African children’s authors and illustrators by both igniting the local readership and engaging with international readers, rights’ and literary agents.

Imagnary House is opening their submissions, and are looking to build up their publication list for the next 2 years. What are they looking for? They love stories that are fun and imaginative, but also address current societal issues for children. They want simple stories that mean something and can feed positively into our children’s futures. However, they don’t like didactic or educational texts, and lean towards manuscripts that are diverse and can travel across different cultures and countries. 

Imagnary House will consider submissions in the following genres:
• Children’s long form fiction (think Roald Dahl and CS Lewis narratives)
• Young-adult science-fiction, fantasy, or alternative-reality novels
• Comic books and graphic novels
Writers and illustrators can submit their work on Imagnary House’s submissions page.

 

 

 

 

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