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www.thecaterpillarmagazine.comwith an author. All five shortlisted writers will be given a guided visit to BBC Broadcasting House and the the chance to meet high-profile authors, publishers, agents and broadcasters. Entry fee: free. Bath Novel Award is for unpublished novels in any genre. Send first 5,000 words and one page synopsis. Judge: Laura Williams, literary agent at Peters Fraser & Dunlop. Prize: £2,000; £500. Entry fee: £25 per entry. The Bath Novel Award, PO Box 5223, Bath BA1 0UR. Closing date: 24 AprilGrey Hen Poetry Competition 2017 is for women over 60. Poems up to 40 lines on any theme. Judges: Denise Bennett and Wendy Klein. Prizes: £100, £75, £25. Rules and entry form from website or write to Grey Hen Press, PO Box 269, Kendal, Cumbria LA9 9FE. Entry fee: £3 per poem, £10 for four. Closing date: 30 AprilThe 2017 Exeter Story Prize is for a story on any theme, up to 10,000 words. Prizes: £500 & trophy, £150, £100 plus the Trisha Ashley Award for the best humorous story. Full details on website. Entry fee: £10. Closing date: 30 AprilTools for Solidarity International Poetry Competition 2017 is for poems of up to 40 lines on the theme of ‘solidarity’. Judges: Maria McManus and Deirdre Cartmill. Prizes: £200; £75; £25. Proceeds go to Tools for Solidarity’s charity work, giving old tools a new lease of life by sending them to Africa where they are used by tradespeopleto earn a living. Entry fee: £5 for first poem, £8 for two, £10 for three. Tools for Solidarity, 55a Sunnyside Street, Belfast BT7 3EX. competition-2017Ware Poets Open Poetry Competition 2017 with anthology for winners and commended poets (£3.50, post free: pre-ordered). Informal prize-giving at Ware Arts Centre, Friday 7 July. Length: upto 50 lines. Prizes: £600, £300, £150, and the Ware Sonnet Prize (£150). Judge: Hannah Lowe.£4; four poems for £12, then £3 per poem (in the same submission). The Competition Secretary, Ware Poets Competition, 21 Trinity Road, Ware, Hertfordshire SG12 7DB. warepoets_competition@hotmail.; date: 30 AprilVer Poets Open Competition 2017 is for poems no longer than 30 lines on any theme. Prizes £600,£300, £100. Winners and short- listed poems published in The Ver Prize Anthology. Results event 8 July. For entry forms and further details see website. Entry fee: £4 per poem, three for £10, £2 per poem thereafter. Competitions Secretary, 181 Sandridge Road,St Albans AL1 4AH. Closing date: 30 April17th Poetry on the Lake International Competition patron£150; £75; £25. Plus a £25 Humour Prize. Entry fee: £3 per poem or four poems for £10. Southport Writers’ Circle Poetry Competition, 3 Hereford Road, Southport, Merseyside PR9 7DX. date: 30 AprilMomaya Short Story Competitionis for stories of up to 3,000 words on the theme ‘Dystopia/Utopia’. Judges: Meredith DePaolo, FrancesClosing date: 31 MarchNivalis Short Story Contest 2017is for short stories between 1,500- 7,000 words in any genre apart from Science Fiction, Fantasy, Children, YA or Chick Lit. Prizes are in USD: $250; $150; $100. All longlisted entries will be published in an anthology. Entry fee: US$10. www.fabulapress.comThe Rubery 2017 Book Awardis for independently and self- published books of any genre. Judges: author and editor Jo Derrick, poet and Stand winner Jeff Phelps, and author Gaynor Arnold. Prizes: £1500/US$2000. The winning book will be read by a literary agent at MBA. Entry fee: £35/US$60 The Rubery Book Award, PO Box 15821, Birmingham B31 9EA. www.ruberybookaward.comClosing date: 31 MarchScottish Arts Club Short Story Competition is for stories of upto 1,500 words on any theme. Chairman of judges: Alexander McCall Smith. Prize: £800; 2@£100. All finalists receive a signed copy of an Alexander McCall Smith novel. New for 2017 is the Isobel Lodge Award for New Scottish Writing, for unpublished authors born, living, or studying in Scotland. Prize: £500. Entry fee: £10 per story. date: 31 MarchDark Tales holds a monthly competition for horror and speculative fiction. Stories should be up to 5,000 words and should be original and unpublished. Prize: £100 plus publication in Dark Tales. All other shortlisted entrants will also be published and will receive a copy of the relevant issue. Entry fee: £5. Dark Tales Short Story Competition, 7 Offley Street, Worcester WR3 8BH.Closing date: 31 March2017 Shooter Short Story Competition is open to stories on any theme, up to 5,000 words in length. Prizes: £250 and publication in Shooter magazine, runner-upwill receive £50 and publication online. All entrants will receive a digital copy of the summer edition of Shooter. Entry fee: £7 per story competition.shooterlitmag@gmail. com; Closing date: 16 AprilBBC Young Writers’ Award 2017is searching for extraordinary stories that reveal how teenagers are inspired by the world around them. Open to any writer livingin the UK and aged 14-18. Please submit stories of up to 1,000 words Judges: Holly Bourne, Nikesh Shukla and Alice Levine. Prize: Winning story will be broadcaston BBC Radio 1 and will receivea personalised mentoring sessionClosing date: 5pm 21 AprilClosing date: 31 MarchClosing date: 30 AprilCarol Ann Duffy. Silver Wyvern and €500, plus other prizes. Theme: ‘Metal’. Three categories: Open– max 40 lines, Formal – 40lines, Short –10 lines. Awards: Lake Orta, October. Info: Griffin Hall, 28016 Isola San Giulio NO, Italy. See website for entry fees. Closing date: 30 AprilSouthport Writers’ Circle International Poetry Competition is for poems of up to 40 lines. Judge: Carole Baldock. Prizes:Jessop, Gillian Pink and Alice Shepherd. Prizes: £120, £60, £25; all winners and seven honourable mentions will be published in the Momaya Annual Review 2017. Entry fee: £12 per story. www.momayapress.comClosing date: 30 AprilThe Sexton Prize for Poetryis an annual publication awardwith a US$1,000 honorarium foran outstanding new collection of poetry by an American poet. Judge: Professor Kimiko Hahn. The winning manuscript will be published,mslexia Mar/Apr/May 2017 61ListingsFellowshipGladstone’s Writer in ResidenceWHAT IS IT? A four-week residency at one of the most glorious, and the only residential, library in the UK,founded by William Gladstone in 1894 and committedto upholding his engagement with liberal (small ‘l’)values. Situated in the tiny village of Hawarden, just over theWelsh border, which is also home to a castle and a great pub, it is an amazing place to escape from your usual life in order to concentrate solelyon your writing. You don’thave to worry about food (prepared for you and servedin the communal dining room) or where to stay (the en-suite rooms are simple but lovely and comfortable); you only have to think about your masterpiece.IS IT FOR YOU? It’s highly competitive and you need to prepare your application thoroughly, but it’s also prestigious and would look great on your writing CV. Past Writers in Residence, who include Nadene Ghouri, Sarah Perry and Pascale Petit, have all been at different stages of their careers, so don’t be put off if you’re just starting out. Gladstone’s Marketing Manager Amy Sumner says, ‘We’d like to stress that we encourage writers at all stages of their careers, and from all walks of life, to apply and judge simply on the strength of the application and the work submitted.’IDEAL APPROACH: Send a one-page writing CV/biography, a copy of the book that you would like considered, a 250-word statement on your thoughts about ‘(re)defining “liberal values”’, and 250 words on the work you intend to undertake while at the library,as well as your plans for an evening event and a day masterclass. There are four spaces each year, and the four weeks can be taken either as one block or as two fortnights throughout the year. Apply by 31 May 2017 to be considered for the 2018 enquiries@gladlib.orgSARAH FOYLEINSIGHT

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