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Writing Opportunities 2023

The Oxford Pushkin Children's Fantasy Prize

Closing date: 
31 May 2023
All fantasy novelists at the beginning of their career
£2000, and the opportunity for mentorship with an editor at Pushkin Children's Books

The Oxford Pushkin Children's Fantasy Prize is a new prize.

The Oxford Centre for Fantasy is collaborating with Pushkin Children's Books, an imprint of award-winning London-based publisher Pushkin Press, who aim to bring the world's greatest stories to young readers, with a list full of tales to enchant, inspire and open up new horizons.

Calling all fantasy novelists at the beginning of their career to a new adventure. To mark this 50th Anniversary year since the death of J R R Tolkien, we are looking for fresh ideas and new voices in the fantasy genre. This is your chance to win our brilliant prize of £2000, as well as the incredible opportunity for mentorship with an editor at Pushkin Children's Books.

Four runners-up will win further prizes to help them develop their writing skills.

It is time to polish up that manuscript you have been working on! Competition will be intense, so you'll need to grab your reader's attention from the beginning.

We will be looking for finalists writing novels for the following reading ages:

Middle grade (9+) and Young Adult.



The 2023 Page Turner Awards

Closing date: 
31 May 2023
Open to all writers over 18. Entry fees
£35,000 prize fund

New Writing and Book Awards Aims to Change Writing Careers

The Page Turner Awards were created to change writing careers with success stories from the most impressive first 10 pages submitted.

Five different awards aim to help writers and authors to get discovered with possible literary agency representation and potentially taking a published book from page to film.

The Page Turner Writing Award offers writers and authors the chance to enter the first 10 pages of a completed, unpublished fiction or non-fiction manuscript, where a group of literary agents will read the work with a chance to get it published. Submissions are open until 31 May.

The Five awards include:

The Writing Award

Young Writer Award

Screenplay Award

Writing Mentorship

Book Award

The award welcomes both emerging writers and all genres for fiction and non-fiction from any English-speaking country across the world.

The prestigious judging panel, made up of successful award-winning authors, literary agents and publishers, is looking for vivid, cinematic writing with captivating characters and unique voices.

Winners of the Writing Award may receive representation by a literary agent.

The £35K prize fund includes a wide range  of prizes.

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Debut Writers Over 50 Award

Closing date: 
31 May 2023
Open to unpublished and unagented writers over 50 living in the UK. No entry fee
£1,000 cash and a week-long residential course at Moniack Mhor

Jenny Brown AssociatesLiterary fiction, crime writing and writing for children; non-fiction: biography, history, sport, music popular culture. Also adult fiction and general non-fiction. No poetry, science fiction, fantasy or academic. Literary Agency has announced the inaugural Debut Writers Over 50 Award, for unpublished novelists in the UK over the age of 50.

The agency said that it had created the award "to address the lack of literary opportunities available to older writers eager to break into the publishing industry and to celebrate and value their collected, distilled wisdom, and a lifetime of reading and experience".

Debut novelists should submit the first 5,000 words of their novels between 1 and 31 May. A shortlist will be announced on 27 July, and the winner will be announced on 26 August during the Edinburgh International Book Festival. The prize is £1,000 cash and a week-long residential course at Moniack Mhor, Scotland's Creative Writing Centre. Runners up will be offered tailored mentoring.

Lisa Highton, associate agent at Jenny Brown Associates, said: "We're hugely excited to be starting the award and we're looking forward to discovering those writers who have great stories to tell. Older readers are significant purchasers of books and a hugely important demographic, and increasingly they want to see themselves represented in books. The publishing world can seem mysterious and impenetrable - we're offering a way in for writers who, up to now, haven't thought this was the time for them. It is!"

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