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Visit for listings updated weeklyWriting retreats at ALMÀSSERA VELLAAnn SansomMimi Khalvati Tamar Yoseloff(3–10 June)[apply:] (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 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 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 Prizes: £1,000; £200; £100 plus Local Prize & Acorn Award for an unpublished writer.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. 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. 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. 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.; 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. 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. 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. 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. Mar/Apr/May 2017 mslexia

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