Writing competitions closing in April

Kishboo magazine short story competition

Ongoing short story competition – stories must be no more than 2,000 words

Entry fee: £3

First prize -£50 ,  runner- up f £25

Closing date:  20 April

 

First Crediton Short Story Competition

Stories on the theme GENERATIONS

  • 16/18* or over –  a maximum of 3,000 words. Prize £50 & a night’s stay at the Lamb Inn, Sandford. Runner-up: £20.
  • 12 to 16/18* –  a maximum of 1,000. First prize – £25 book token, second prize – £10 book token.
  • 5 to 7 or 8 to 11 – a maximum of 500. first prize for each age group – £20 book token, second prize – £10 book token

*for the purpose of this competition adults are 18 years & over and those aged 16-18 not in full-time education. Top stories in each group published on www.creditoncommunitybookshop.co.uk

 Closing date: 24 April

 

The Bath Short Story Competition

The competition is international, up to 2200 words.

First prize £1000, 2nd prize £200, 3rd prize £100. Local prize of £50 in book tokens sponsored by Mr B’s Emporium of Books, Bath and The Acorn Award, a £50 prize for an unpublished writer

Entry fee: £8

Closing date: 27th April

 

Bristol Short Story Prize

No particular theme, up to 4,000 words.

First prize is £1,000 plus a £150 Waterstones gift card, 2nd prize is £700 plus a £100 Waterstones gift card and 3rd prize is £400 plus a £100 Waterstones gift card.

Entry fee: £8 for each story entered.

Closing date: April 30

 

Over the Red Line

Up to 4,500 words on the theme of nature

Prize: £50

Entry fee: looks to be free

Closing date:  30 April

 

Senior Travel Expert City, Town or Village Writing Competition

Up to 750 words by 16 years and over on any city, town or village, factual or fiction

Entry: free

Prize of £100 to the author of the best entry.

Closing date: 30 April

 

Writing Competitions Reinvented

Poetry and short story competition

Short story: any subject; length 750 to 3,000 words; previously unpublished work. Entry fee: £12 . One entry  per person

Poetry: any subject; poetry or prose poetry; maximum 42 lines; previously unpublished work; Entry fee: £7 per poem.

First Prize £2,000 (for each competition)

Closing date: 30 April 2015

 

The  Exeter Story Prize

Stories of up to 10,000 words.

First prize – £500 + trophy, second – £150, third – £100. In addition, CreativeWritingMatters has announced: The Trisha Ashley Award for the best humorous story – £200 + trophy.

Entry fee: £8

Closing date 30 April 2015

 

 

 

The Wellcome Book Prize shortlist

Bill Bryson, chair of the 2015 £30,000 Wellcome book prize, has said brain surgery, death, cruelty, anxiety and grief are all explored in the shortlisted books – with laughs and joy amid the suffering. The prize celebrates books on an  aspect of medicine, health or illness.

Shortlist

All My Puny Sorrows – Miriam Toews – a novel which deals with suicide

Bodies of Light by Sarah Moss – a Victorian-era story of maternal cruelty and illness.

My Age of Anxiety by Scott Stossel, a personal account of his battle with anxiety

The Incredible Unlikeliness of Being by Alice Roberts, BBC presenter & Guardian columnist. She takes a tour around the human body

 Do No Harm by Henry Marsh, in which he gives readers an insight into his working life as a neurosurgeon

The Iceberg by Marion Coutts, an account of the illness and death of her husband, the critic Tom Lubbock.

Bryson said the books were very different but what they had in common was the quality of writing and the depth of content.  He said his entry into science had been through literature, and one of the key aims of the Wellcome prize was to encourage others to follow the same path.

The winner will be announced on the 29th April.

Great Reads @BaileysPrize Fiction longlist is announced

Longlist for Bailey's Women's PrizeThe Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction longlist features some great reads. With five debut novelists and eight previously shortlisted authors, it showcases both rising stars and well-established writers.

Chair of the judging panel Shami Chakrabarti said: “The Prize’s 20th year is a particularly strong one for women’s fiction.  All judges fought hard for their favourites and the result is a 2015 list of 20 to be proud of – with its mix of genres and styles, first-timers and well-known names from around the world. There is a very strong showing of UK writers and we are all incredibly excited about the final stages of the search for the winner.”

The 20 books will be cut down to a shortlist of six and an overall winner will be chosen by 3rd June.

LonglistBAILEYS Women's Prize for Fiction

Click through on the links to find more information about the books.

Rachel Cusk-  Outline

Lissa Evans – Crooked Heart 5 star rated by Leeds readers

Patricia Ferguson – Aren’t We Sisters?

Xiaolu Guo – I Am China

Samantha Harvey –  Dear Thief

Emma Healey – Elizabeth is Missing

Emily St. John Mandel – Station Eleven

Grace McCleen – The Offering

Sandra Newman – The Country of Ice Cream Star

Heather O’Neill – The Girl Who Was Saturday Night

Laline Paull – The Bees

Marie Phillips – The Table of Less Valued Knights

Rachel Seiffert – The Walk Home

Kamila Shamsie – A God in Every Stone

Ali Smith – How to be Both

Sara Taylor – The Shore

Anne Tyler – A Spool of Blue Thread

Sarah Waters – The Paying Guests

Jemma Wayne – After Before

PP Wong – The Life of a Banana