Posts Tagged ‘writing awards’

DEBORAH ROGERS FOUNDATION – must be from the Commonwealth or Ireland

9 January 2016


A £10,000 award to a first-time writer who needs financial support to complete their work.

Entrants must be from the Commonwealth or Ireland

and submissions should take the form of 20-30,000 words

of a work in progress (fiction or nonfiction) which is not under option or contract.

Deadline: January 31, 2016

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Needle in the Hay Writing Comps

6 November 2012

Needle In The Hay is a creative writing competition that runs weekly and monthly awards for participants in a variety of genres and categories.

The aim of the site is to encourage writers to participate by offering more frequent incentives then the traditional annual writing award. The funds for the awards come from my own pocket and the kind donations of others.

Entrance to all awards is free, however some awards may have eligibility criteria. Check the Awards and Guidelines  pages for more details.


On December 1, 1955, aboard a bus in Alabama, Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat.

Conducted before a handful of people in an age without internet,

this refusal of authority sparked a civil rights movement that steered the course of American history.

The ROSA is the inaugural award for Needle In The Hay.

In honour of Parks, you are encouraged to write a story of no more than 1000 words

dealing the theme “Non compliance in the 21st century.”

Entry is open to everyone.

While there are no genre requirements,  

consider the theme carefully before making your decision.

ROSA  Award

Announced: Nov 6th 2012

Submission Deadline: Dec 1st 2012

Short List: Dec 3-8 2012

Winner Announced: Dec 9th 2012

Word Count: 1000

Prizes: $300 (Winner)

Eligibility: Open to everyone


To submit to an award send an email to with the following:

Name of the Award in the subject line.

Your piece as an rtf or doc attachment, or a link to a shared document on google drive etc.

A cover image that includes the title and the author’s name. Think of it as a book cover. You won’t be judged on it’s quality. It can be as basic as the title and byline on a blank background.

The awards page as more details on upcoming awards and their selection criteria.

General Rules

All pieces must be originals written to the criteria of the award.

Authors retain copyright of their pieces.

The Selection Process

From the pool of submissions a short list is selected and made available on the site. Readers are encouraged to comment on their preferred submissions in order to sway the vote.

The winner will be selected by a panel of judges based on quality of work and commentary of the readership.

Reading and Commenting

Needle In The Hay relies on an active readership to select winners for each award.  As a reader, you can contribute by viewing the submissions in the current short list, then commenting and sharing in favour of the ones you like.

Constructive criticism is also encouraged, provided the criticism is sandwiched between two positive comments. The Ed abides by this rule and so should you.


Judges are generally selected on an invitational basis. If, however, you feel you would make a good judge for an upcoming award send a brief email outlining why. You don’t have to be working in literature,  just an interesting \ relevant person with something to give to the community.


Cinnamon Press Writing Awards – Poetry, Short Stories, Novel/Novella

29 October 2012

Cinnamon Press Writing  Awards

Cinnamon Press competitions have been offering new and established writers excellent publication opportunities for the last seven years. Several authors who have won the competition have gone on to win other prestigious prizes or been short listed for major awards. From autumn 2012 we are re-launching the writing awards to make them even more accessible to a greater number of writers. The competitions in three genres will continue to run twice a year, but with a new pricing structure and new prize structure. We hope that writers will continue to enjoy the competitions and take advantage of the opportunities they provide.


Poetry Collection Award £150

The aim of this award is to provide a platform for new voices in poetry.


Short Story Award: £150

The competition is open to new and published authors.


Novel / Novella Award £400

The aim of this award is to encourage new novelists, encouraging debut novel and novella writers to achieve a publication in this genre.


Guidelines for all Genres:

Entrants for the novel/novella and poetry categories should not previously have had a novel/novella or full poetry collection published (those with pamphlets and self published collections are eligible).
Short story writers may have previous publications of single stories or story collections or may be new writers, but the story submitted must be unpublished.
Entries should be submitted electronically – send as two email attachments – one with the work and the other with contact details – please ensure you have up to date virus protection and send as a .doc or .docx or .rtf file. (If you have problems preventing electronic submission please email for guidance)
Submit the first ten thousand words of your novel/novella or 10 poems up to 40 lines (unpublished) or story of 2,000-4,000 words (unpublished) in a clear type script, double spaced for prose.
Please mark your story/poetry/novel/la with a nom de plume and working title in the header (this is simply for reading purposes to guarantee that all pieces are read blind and judged fairly)
Do not put any other identification on the work, but enclose a separate attachment with name, address, email contact & nom de plume and titles of poems/working title of novel/story title.

Deadlines fall twice a year on 30th June & 30th November.

The next deadline is 30th November 2012.

Entry is £12 per entry for all categories. You can optionally add £4 to this to include a copy of the winners’ anthology for the poetry and short story categories, or a novel/la by a previous competition winner for the novel/la category (worth £8.99).
Payments can be made online at using PayPal.
Work will not be returned, so please keep a copy.


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