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Visit www.mslexia.co.uk for listings updated weeklyWriting retreats at ALMÀSSERA VELLAAnn SansomMimi Khalvati Tamar Yoseloff(3–10 June)[apply: office@poetrybusiness.co.uk] (2–9 September)(16–23 September)PoetryPoetryPoetry and ArtSELF-CATERED RETREATS ALL YEAR – from £150 p.w.In an ancient village (but with market, bars, supermarket) | studio flat and cottage available for writers | printing, WiFi & 5,000 book library available | plus pool and superb setting | a place designed for writers and artists in dramatic Spanish mountains of AlicanteCheap daily flights and airport pick up available.christopher@oldolivepress.com www.oldolivepress.com@oldolivepress Almassera Vella (0034) 966 856003distributed, and marketed by Eyewear Publishing Ltd in both the United States and the United Kingdom simultaneously in the Spring of 2018. Entry fee: US$25 www.eyewearpublishing.com Closing date: 1 MayBath Short Story Award is an international competition open toall writers. Accepts stories of up to 2,200 words and most genres are welcome. Judge: literary agent Euan Thorneycroft. Prizes: £1,000; £200; £100 plus Local Prize & Acorn Award for an unpublished writer. Entry fee: £8 per story. Bath Short Story Award, 20 Penn Lea Road, Bath BA1 3RA. entry@bathshortstoryaward.org www.bathshortstoryaward.co.uk Closing date: 1 May2017 Bristol Short Story Prizeaccepts stories of up to 4,000 words, on any theme. Entrants must be 16 or over. Judges: Tania Hershman, Roshi Fernando, Simon Key, and Juliet Pickering. Prizes: £1,000, £700, £400, 17@£100. 20 placed authors will all appear in the Bristol Short Story Prize Anthology. Entry fee: £8 per story. www.bristolprize.co.ukClosing date: 3 MayUniversity of Winchester Writers’ Festival Writing Competitionsare open for emerging creative writers of all kinds. There are ten competitions in total, including: Poetry: Open for poems up to40 lines. Prizes: £125, £75, £50. Memoir: send up to 2,500 wordsof life-writing – this can be the opening of a full-length manuscript or a self-contained piece. Prize: A place at a Writers’ & Artists’ ‘How to Hook an Agent’ lunch. Children’s Novel: 2,000 words of a novel aimed at 8-12 or 12+ readers. Prize: One-to-one consultationwith Skylark Literary. Short Story: Submit short stories on any theme (not children’s writing), between 1,500-3,000 words. Prize: Telephone consultation with Janklow & Nesbit and detailed editorial report. Novel: First three pages and a 600 word synopsis. Prize: Editorial meeting with Little, Brown. Other categories include flash fiction, crime writing, Children’s funny writing for 8-12 year olds, picture books, and one for young writers between 5-16 years of age. Prizes and entry fees differ for each competition. Please visit website for full details. www.writersfestival.co.ukClosing date: 15 MayWigtown Poetry Competition is for poems of up to 40 lines on any theme. Entries can be in English, Scottish Gaelic, or Scots. Prizes: £1,500; £400; £250 (Scottish Gaelic prize); £250 (Scots prize); 8@£25. See the website for full details. Entry fee: £6.50 for the first poem, or three for £17. 01988 402 036. mail@wigtownbookfestival.com; www.wigtownbookfestival.com/poetry-competitionClosing date: 26 MayFrogmore Poetry Prize is for poems of up to 40 lines. Judge: Maggie Butt. Prizes: 250 guineas; 75 guineas; 50 guineas, plus a subscription to The Frogmore Papers. Entry fee: £3 per poem. The Frogmore Press, 21 Mildmay Road, Lewes, East Sussex BN7 1PJ. www.frogmorepress.co.ukClosing date: 31 MayThe Bridport Prize is for short stories of up to 5,000 words, flash fiction of up to 250 words, poems of up to 42 lines. Judges: Peter Hobbs (short story); Kit de Waal (flash fiction); Lemn Sissay (poetry). Prizes in short story and poetry categories: £5,000, £1,000, £500, plus 10@£100 (short story) and 10@£100 (poetry). Prize in flash fiction category: £1,000, £500, £250, 3@£100. The winning entries in each category will be published in an anthology. Entry fee: £10 per story, £9 per poem, £8 per flash fiction. The Bridport Prize, PO Box 6910, Bridport DT6 9BQ. www.bridportprize.org.ukClosing date: 31 MayFrome Festival Short Story Competition is for stories of between 1,000-2,200 words. Prizes: £400; £200; £100, plus prizes for local authors. Entry fee: £8 per story. Critiques are available foran extra £47. Frome Festival Short Story Competition, c/o Frome Library, Justice Lane, Frome, Somerset BA11 1BE.Closing date: 31 MayMslexia Women’s Pamphlet Competition is for collectionsof 20-24 pages of 18-20 poems, which can be of any length, by poets who have not previouslyhad a full collection published. Prizes: Publication by Seren Books in 2018 plus £250, as well as25 complimentary copies of the pamphlet and 10% royalties from subsequent sales; the winner will also have one or more poems selected from the collection published in mslexia. Entry fee: £20 per collection. 0191 204 8860. poetry@mslexia.co.uk www.mslexia.co.uk/pamphlet Closing date: 19 JuneMslexia Women’s Poetry Competition is for poems of any length and in any style. Judge: Sinéad Morrissey. Prizes: £2,000 plus a week at the idyllic poets’ retreat of Cove Park and an afternoon of mentorship with Amy Wack at Seren Books; £400; £200; 17@£25. There will also be a special prize of £500 for the best poem by an unpublished poet. All winners will be published in the Sep/Oct/ Nov 2017 issue of mslexia. Entry Fee: £7 for up to three poems. 0191 204 8860. poetry@mslexia.co.uk62 Mar/Apr/May 2017 mslexia


































































































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