Monday, 4 May 2015

Opportunities Round Up

I’ve had a few opportunities for writers been sent to me recently, so I thought I’d collect them all together and share them with you here:

Writers Abroad Anthology 2015 - Closing Date 15th June
Organised by expat writers group - Writers Abroad, Writers Abroad will be publishing their fifth anthology, entitled Kaleidoscope. They are seeking submissions of short stories, flash fiction and poetry on the theme of light, because 2015 is the International Year of Light and Light-based Technologies. The theme is open to interpretation: your light might dispel evil, or reveal something unexpected in the darkness; perhaps your character ‘sees the light’ in a revelation; or light may have an important role in your setting. Firelight can destroy or warm and illuminate; or you may be inspired by the difference in light in other countries. The anthology will be print published and later available as an e-book.

This year Writers Abroad will be donating all profits made to: Room to Read, an international charity striving for a world in which all children can pursue a quality education, reach their full potential and contribute to their community and the world. To achieve this goal, they focus on two areas: literacy and gender equality in education. They work in collaboration with communities and local governments across Asia and Africa to develop literacy skills and a habit of reading among primary school children, and support girls to complete secondary school with the life skills they’ll need to succeed in school and beyond.

Author Christopher Allen will be writing the foreword for this anthology. He is the author of Conversations with S. Teri O'Type (a Satire), an episodic adult cartoon about a man struggling with expectations. Allen's writing has appeared in a wide range of publications. A finalist at Glimmer Train in 2011, Allen has been nominated for Best of the Net and the Pushcart Prize twice. 

2015 Doris Gooderson Short Story Competition - Closing Date 13th July 2015
I mention this one because it’s one being run and organised by the writers’ group that I attend. For the third year running, we’re donating all profits from the competition to our local hospice, the Severn Hospice ( In the last two years we’ve donated over £620 from the competition.

We’re seeking short stories of up to 1200 words on any theme. There’s an entry fee of £3 per short story. First Prize = £150, Second = £70, Third = £40. For full details and how to submit visit:

Please do read the rules of entry - we do disqualify entries every year because they don’t meet the rules!

Erewash Open Sort Story Competition 2015 - Closing Date 24th September 2015
Right, best behaviour everyone for this one, because I’m judging it! 

Short stories of up to 2,000 words on any theme are sought here. Entry fee = £3. First Prize = £100, Second Prize = £50, Third Prize = £25, Fourth Prize = £25.

Please remember - as I’m judging this one, do not get in touch with me directly about this, otherwise you’ll break the anonymity of the judging process (Rule 2).

Good luck!

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