Lightship Publishing International Writing PrizesContests 20.06.2013
Deadline: 30 June 2013 and 1 July 2013
Open to: writers of any nationality writing in English above the age of 16
Prize: cash prizes of £1,000, plus professional mentoring and publishing deals
Lightship Publishing is an independent publisher based in Kingston-upon-Hull, UK. The Lightship International Literary Prizes have the aim of discovering, mentoring, and publishing the best new writers (in English) from around the world. There are competition calls for several different literary categories:
1) Lightship First Act Prize is an international playwriting competition, open to writers of any nationality writing in English above the age of 16. There is no restriction on theme or style. Are you an aspiring playwright? Do you have a full length play in you? Write the first act and a synopsis and enter Lightship Publishing’s latest competition, First Act, for a chance to win the dream prize of every aspiring dramatist.
Imagine getting priceless feedback from an award-winning playwright, a leading dramatic agent and a theatre director as you write your play. That is what you get if you win First Act. You will receive three professional mentoring sessions over the course of a year from each judge: prize-winning British playwright Anthony McCarten; Micheline Steinberg, and David Whybrow of the Cockpit Theatre, London.
First Act deadline for entries: 30 June 2013
First Act online entry fee: £18 (21 EUR)
Do you have a literary novel in you? Have you written the first chapter and a synopsis? Enter Lightship Publishing’s flagship contest, First Chapter, for a chance to win the dream prize of every aspiring novelist.
Imagine getting priceless feedback from an acclaimed literary author, a top literary agent and a commissioning editor as you write your novel. That is what you get if you win First Chapter. You will receive three professional mentoring sessions over the course of a year from each judge: award-winning author M.J Hyland; David Miller of Rogers, Coleridge & White, Alessandro Gallenzi of Alma Books.
Not only will the winning First Chapter be published in the Lightship Anthology 3 in 2013, but if, after the mentoring process, your finished novel is as enthralling as your First Chapter, David Miller will agree to represent your work and Alma Books will publish it as a book.
Deadline: 1 July 2013
First Chapter online entry fee: £16 (18.70 EUR)
1st Prize: £1,000 / US$1600. The winner and nine runners-up will be published in Lightship Anthology 3 and will be invited to read from their work at an awards ceremony in November 2013.
Deadline: 1 July 2013
Poetry Prize online entry fee: £8 (9.30 EUR)
Do you want to tell your own story, or an episode of it; write from your own life experiences and get published? A short memoir is not fact-based autobiography. It is pure storytelling and as such, allows writers licence to make sense of a part of life, to fashion it into a story that readers can learn from and be entertained by. The inaugural Lightship Short Memoir Competition will be judged by Rachel Cusk. The winning entry will be awarded £1,000 and be published in Lightship Anthology 3.
Deadline for entries: 30 June 2013
Short Memoir Prize online entry fee: £12 (14 EUR)
These calls are for an international competition, open to writers of any nationality writing in English above the age of 16. There is no restriction on theme or style.
See each competition page using the links above for more details on eligibility.
The deadlines for these competitions are on 30 June and 1 July 2013. Online entries will only be accepted if entered through the Lightship website HERE. Please do not send your entries as email attachments.
All judging is done anonymously so please do not put your name on your entry, please. Your work will be automatically linked to your name when you enter through the website.
The cost of an online entry is fixed for each competition. See each competition page using the links above for more details. Conversion to your local currency will be done automatically by your credit card company, according to the exchange rate at that time.
For more information, please see the official website HERE for these and additional competition calls.