Welcome to the 9th edition of our weekly hand-picked selection of writing competitions and opportunities.
If you’ve visited anywhere interesting this summer, then why not consider writing about it for National Geographic Traveler magazine? Wouldn’t that be a great credit on your writing resume! See the first on our list below for details.
If you missed the last edition of our digest, you can view it here.
Opportunity type – Travel writing for magazine.
Theme – Travel features, see website for preferred areas of interest.
Word count – 1,500 to 2,500 words for features, 750 to 1,500 words for departments.
Organiser/publisher – National Geographic.
Reward – ‘Compensation varies depending on the type of feature or department but is competitive with other national magazines’.
Eligibility – not specified.
Deadline – Ongoing.
Link for info – National Geographic Traveler.
Notes – Submit proposals to them following the guidelines on the website, they don’t want unsolicited manuscripts. Note – The details here are for the US version of National Geographic Traveler as that is the largest one and has the most detail on how and what to submit. However, if you prefer to submit to the UK one follow this link (I believe there are other versions in other countries too).
Opportunity type – Publisher open to manuscript submissions from new writers.
Theme – Consider most genres, but poetry is their specialty.
Word count – Not specified.
Organiser/publisher – Broadstone Books.
Reward – Not specified.
Eligibility – They welcome worldwide submissions, but their distribution is within the United States, so if you are submitting from another country, they ask that your submission includes plans for promotion and distribution of the book.
Deadline – Ongoing.
Link for info – Broadstone Books.
Notes – They only accept full-length manuscripts in hard copy, but they will accept a sample by email (10-12 poems or a chapter of prose), and will request the full manuscript in hard copy if they like it. They say on their site that they will generally give comments back on manuscripts that they don’t accept.
Opportunity type – Pop culture essay contest.
Theme – Popular culture, must fit in to one of these topics: movies, TV, music, comics, books.
Wordcount – 1,200 to 3,000 words.
Organiser/publisher – Vivid Scribe.
Reward – 1st Prize: $50AUD, featured publication in forthcoming ebook anthology, promotion on website, social media promotion. Runners up will also be published in the ebook anthology, and will also receive website and social media promotion. A selection of highly commendable essays will also be chosen for online publication and social media promotion.
Eligibility – Not specified.
Deadline – October 1, 2013.
Link for info – Pop culture essay competition.
Notes – There is an entry fee of $7.50AUD.
Opportunity type – Short story competition.
Theme – Any theme.
Word count – Up to 2,000 words.
Organiser/publisher – The Writers and Artists Yearbook, The Bloomsbury Publishing Group.
Reward – £500, a place on an Arvon residential writing course, publication on the Writers and Artists website.
Eligibility – Open to all ages and nationalities.
Deadline – February 15, 2014 (so no excuses that the deadline is too tight!)
Link for info – Writers and Artists Yearbook competitions.
Notes – There is no entry fee, but you need to register with www.writersandartists.co.uk before submitting. Only one entry per person.
Good luck everyone!
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