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Writing competitions and opportunities – November 2020

We’ve brought together November’s best writing competitions, contests and opportunities open to writers of novels, short stories, films, plays and poetry.

All the writing opportunities listed should be open to writers across the UK and most are open internationally too. We share details of prizes, requirements, eligibility, entry fees (some have free entry) and deadlines to help you choose the right ones for you.

Caledonia Novel Award

Submit the first 20 pages of a novel for adults or young adults into the international, Caledonia Novel Award. Authors must be unagented at the time of submission and novels must be at least 50,000 words in length.

Commonwealth Short Story Prize

Enter unpublished, short fiction of between 2,000 and 5,000 words into the Commonwealth Short Story Prize.

As well as stories in English or translated into English, fiction written in Bengali, Chinese, French, Greek, Kiswahili, Malay, Portuguese, Samoan, Tamil and Turkish are also accepted from commonwealth citizens. 

Fresh Voices Screenplay Competition

The latest, Fresh Voices competition seeks exciting, new voices and memorable stories that must be told. The aim is to help writers secure representation, options agreements and writing assignments to advance their careers. Executives, managers and producers are lined up to read this year’s winners. 

Graphic Short Story Prize

Are you an aspiring graphic novelist? If you have an original story to tell, Jonathan Cape and Comica have come together with The Observer to offer you the chance to see your work in print and get your work read by industry experts.

Globe Soup Poetry Competition

Enter poems inspired by a ‘sense of place’ into Globe Soup’s autumn poetry competition. Poems may be up to 50 lines and in any form or style. 

Frontier Open Competition

Frontier Poetry is seeking outstanding poems for its latest, annual competition. There is no line limit. Poems may be any length or style and can cover any subject. 

Through the Mill Playwriting Prize

Hope Mill Theatre has launched its first playwriting prize, offering writers based in the UK an exciting opportunity to have their work fully produced.

The prize will culminate in a special evening held at the Hope Mill Theatre in Manchester during which each finalist will have a scene performed live to enable the panel of judges to select the winning play.

Bath Children’s Novel Award

The international, Bath Children’s Novel Award is open to emerging novelists writing for children or teens. The judge is Stephanie Thwaites from Curtis Brown literary agency who will make a selection from a shortlist chosen by junior judges aged 7 to 17 years. 

Submit the first 5,000 words of your manuscript and a 300-word synopsis. 

Café Writers Open Poetry Competition

Café Writers is passionate about showcasing the best poetry and its open competition invites entries of up to 40 lines. The judge is poet and visual artist, Helen Ivory. 

ScreenCraft Film Fund

ScreenCraft is seeking film projects to fund. Past recipients have been screened at Cannes, Sundance and SXSW. Features, TV pilots, documentaries and short scripts written by writers around the world are all accepted for consideration. 

Submit a script or treatment and cover letter. 

As a part of the program’s inaugural Diversity Award, at least one of the recipients will be from an underrepresented background. 

Reflex Flash Fiction Competition

Reflex Fiction is a quarterly international flash fiction competition for stories between 180 and 360 words run by independent publisher, Reflex Press.

That’s it for this month but do join us on Facebook and Twitter or subscribe to our newsletter below to make sure you don’t miss out on new opportunities. 

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If you are running a great competition or are creating a wonderful opportunity for writers in the near future, do get in touch with us here. We publish the best every month on Lightbox Originals and promote even more on social media.

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