The Small Axe Literary Competition encourages the production and publication of Caribbean fiction and poetry. The competition focuses on poetry and short stories from emerging writers whose work centers on regional and diasporic Caribbean themes and concerns. This competition is part of the Small Axe Project’s ongoing commitment to Caribbean cultural production and our mission to provide a forum for innovative critical and creative explorations of Caribbean reality. With this competition, we hope to encourage and support the region’s rich literary heritage, in the tradition of precursors such as Bim, Kyk-over-al, Focus and Savacou.
The competition consists of two categories: poetry and short fiction. Two winners are chosen from each category by a distinguished panel of judges. First Prize: $750 Second Prize: $500. 2013 Competition submission deadline: 31 May, 2013
Winners of the 2012 competition will be published in Small Axe 42 – July 2013.
Applications for the 2013 session will be accepted January 15 through April 15. We appreciate early applications.
Applicants will be selected on the strength and promise of the work submitted and on the committee’s judgment that the applicant is likely to benefit from the Conference. Publications are not required for general admission.
The mission of the Bridport Prize is to encourage emerging writers and promote literary excellence through its competition structure.
The Bridport Prize was founded by Bridport Arts Centre in 1973 and has steadily grown in stature and prestige. Right from the start the competition attracted entries from all parts of the UK and from overseas.
All entries submitted can be on any subject, and written in any style or form. However, we do not recommend poems or stories written for children.
On Wednesday, March 20th, award winning Author Andrea Stuart will be teaching a Master Class on Creative Non Fiction. The author of Showgirls and Rose of Martinique will be sharing her experience and skills in this genre with writers.
Are you a short-story writer looking for expert feedback?
Mardibooks are looking for short stories of between 1,200 and 5,000 words from IdeasTap members of all ages. Up to 12 submissions will be selected to receive one-to-one expert feedback from Mardibooks’ founders, writers Martin Godleman and Belinda Hunt. Stories selected for feedback will also be considered for entry into a Mardibooks short-story anthology, to be published as an ebook on Amazon at the end of 2013.
Belinda and Martin founded Mardibooks in 2011, to publish and promote writers with talent but no access to the closed publishing world. Mardibooks primarily give their time to writers, providing advice, editing, proof reading and preparing texts for publication as ebook and/or hard copy. They then manage the publishing and distribution, including advising writers on how best to promote themselves.
A Mardibooks short-story competition will be open twice a year on IdeasTap; the next one will open on Wednesday 28 August and close on Tuesday 26 November. Up to 12 writers will be offered feedback each time, totalling up to 24 over the whole of 2013.
All documents should be submitted electronically as Microsoft Word attachments to the editor at firstname.lastname@example.org and must be accompanied by a brief biographical sketch.
No more than one essay, 3,500-6,500 words. Prepare manuscripts in accordance with the most recent edition of The MLA Style Manual, which encourages the use of intratextual documentation wherever possible and mandates the inclusion of a list of works cited (with full pagination) at the manuscript’s end.
No more than four poems at a time
No more than one story, a maximum of 5,000 words.
Book reviews (or short review essays): 2,000-2,500 words. At the beginning of the review, please include the title of the book being reviewed as well as the book’s publication information. Books should have been published no more than two years previously.