Yeovil Literary Prize 2013, Prose and Poetry. Closing date 31 May 2013.

There are three categories:

The novel:  Short list judge Tracy Chevalier
Synopsis and opening chapters (up to 15,000 words in total)
Entry fee – £11 for each novel submitted

The short story:  Short list judge Julia Churchill, The Greenhouse Literary Agency
Up to a maximum of 2,000 words.
Entry fee – £6 for each short story submitted

Poetry: Judge Neil Astley, Editor and MD Bloodaxe Books
A poem with a maximum of 40 lines.
Entry fee – £6 for one poem, £9 for two, £11 for three

Closing date:  31st May 2013, 23:59

Full information and details at

(Postal address:  Yeovil Literary Prize, The Octagon Theatre, Hendford, Yeovil, BA20 1UX)

Cheshire Prize for Literature (poetry). Closing date 1st September 2013.

The 2013 Cheshire Prize for literature has now opened. The prize is for poetry.

Note that this open only to writers with a Cheshire connection:

“The writer must have been born, live or have lived, study or have studied, work or have worked, in Cheshire. For the purposes of the Prize, Cheshire is deemed to include the Wirral, as well as Warrington and Halton. Documentary evidence of eligibility may be required.”

Closing date 1st September 2013.
For details see

The Mays Anthology: call for submissions (closing 2nd Mar 2013)

The Mays Anthology publishes new student writing and art from Cambridge and Oxford Universities. Submissions for publication in the 2013 edition are open. Special consideration will be given to works that adhere clearly to the theme of PLAY.


INDIVIDUAL: No more than three individual submissions in any mode (poetry, fiction, drama, screenplay, graphic novel, the essay, visual arts, or any other genre), up to a total of four A4 pages. Each piece of work should start on a new page.

COLLABORATIVE: The Mays #21 will emphasise creative collaboration. Each person may submit up to two collaborative works in addition to individual submissions. Collaborative works should be submitted by ONE collaborator, not multiple times by all those involved; nobody may participate in more than two submissions. They can be in any mode or
modes(interdisciplinary if desired) and each collaborative submission must be no more than three A4 pages.

FORMATTING GUIDELINES: Literary submissions should be saved as .docx
or .doc and formatted in Times New Roman font, size 12. Please state
in your accompanying email which, if any, of your submissions are
excerpts from longer works.

Email your submissions to before 02/03/2013. Submissions must not have been previously published.

Jane Martin Poetry Prize (Girton College, Cambridge): closing date

Girton College’s (University of Cambridge) 2013 national Jane Martin Poetry Prize is now open for submissions. The competition will be judged by an eminent panel including Gillian Beer and Caroline Bergvall. The winner will receive £1000 and the opportunity to read at a high profile poetry event.

For more information see

White Review Short Story Prize: closing date 1 March 2013

The White Review  has announced an annual White Review Short Story Prize, judged in 2013 by a panel including Booker Prize-shortlisted author Deborah Levy and awarded by Tom McCarthy.

Supported by the Jerwood Charitable Foundation, the prize awards £2,500 to the best piece of short fiction by an unpublished writer resident in Great Britain and Ireland.

The competition is open for submissions via the website The deadline is 1 March 2013. The prize will be awarded at a ceremony in March 2013.

For more information, see  or contact editors Jacques Testard and Benjamin Eastham on
or +442070528420/+447772249942.

International Journal of Literary Nonfiction, closing date Dec 31, 2012

The International Journal of Literary Nonfiction, published by Loyola Marymount University, is calling for submissions of  “Literary nonfiction essay, memoir, commentary” (1000-5000 words) as well as “Literary nonfiction narrative poetry” (and black & white art and photography)

Email submissions to:

MSt tutor Nikita Lalwani a judge for the Orwell Prize 2013

MSt tutor Nikita Lalwani is a judge for the Orwell Prize 2013, the main prize for political writing in the UK.

Nikita says she is looking for writing that is  “passionate, keeps you awake at night, shines a light where you may never have realised it needed to be shone”. She hopes “to be provoked, to read something refreshing and original”.  The “written form needs to charm, seduce caress”, she reminds, and she wants to find writing that “communicates politics in an accessible way”, writing that  can “ignite the imagination”.

Submissions to the Orwell Prize 2013 close on  9 January 2013.
The longlist is announced on  20 March 2013, the shortlist on 17 April 2013 and the winner on 15 May 2013.

More information at the Orwell Prize website, including information on how to enter.