A Room Of Her Own – Poetry Manuscript Publication

AROHO’s To the Lighthouse Poetry Publication Prize will be awarded for the best, unpublished poetry collection by a woman: 48 to 96 pages. The $20 reading/entry fee is payable by check or money order to A Room of Her Own; please indicate “To the Lighthouse PPP” in the memo line. Include an SASP [self-addressed stamped postcard] with your package for notification of receipt. Your name and address should appear on the cover sheet only, along with the manuscript title, and your address and telephone number. The award amount is $1000 and publication of your poetry collection by Red Hen Press. The winner will be contacted by phone or email prior to the web announcement date.


Send manuscript along with SASP, cover sheet, and check (postmarked 8/31/2013) to:


A Room Of Her Own

Attn: To the Lighthouse PPP

PO Box 778

Placitas, NM 87043







First Page Writing Prize


Deadline: 30 September 2013








It can be difficult for writers in the early stages of their career to write and to earn a living outside writing at the same time. To help fill this need the MMF has established up to three Morland Writing Scholarships every year. The Scholarships will be open to anyone who has been born in Africa or both of whose parents were born in Africa.




The Scholars will receive a grant of £18,000, paid monthly over the course of one year.


Scholar’s Undertaking


In return for this the Scholars will agree that 20% of whatever they subsequently receive from what they write during the year of the Scholarship will be paid to the MMF which may be used to support other promising writers and possibly to expand the Scholarship scheme in later years.




To qualify for the Scholarship a candidate must submit a piece of published work, or an excerpt from a piece of published work, of between two and seven thousand words to be evaluated by a panel set up by the MMF which will include MMF trustees and past participants in the Caine Prize. The Scholarships will be awarded based on these submissions although the Foundation may also wish to question certain candidates or ask for other work.


Proposed Work


The candidates will be expected to submit a brief description of the work they intend to write. It should be a new work, not a work in progress. The proposed work must be in English as must all candidacy submissions. It is not the intention of the MMF to give editorial or publishing advice to Scholars. They will have to find their own agents and publishers although it is to be hoped that over the years the Morland Scholarships will come to be recognised as an incubator of talent. Works which relate to Africa are likely to be preferred by the judges.


Scholarship Requirement


The only condition imposed on the Scholars during the year of their Scholarship is that they must write. They will be asked to submit by e-mail at least 10,000 new words every month until they have finished their book. The Scholarship will terminate if a Scholar fails to submit the required work on time unless prior authorisation has been received. The Foundation is happy to support fiction or non-fiction but not plays or screen-plays. The Scholarship is intended for writers who want to write a full-length book of 80,000 words or more.


The closing date for submissions for the first series of Writing Scholarships will be October 31st 2013. The Scholarships will be announced in December 2013 and will run for the whole of calendar 2014. The Trustees reserve the right to vary the terms and requirements of the Scholarships at their discretion.



All enquiries and submissions relating to the Morland Scholarships should be directed to MMF@blakman.com.



Call for Submissions: ‘CLOSURE’ a new anthology
of Contemporary Black British fiction


Internationally renowned and award winning novelist and short story writer, Jacob Ross is editing a new anthology of contemporary Black British fiction. The theme for this exciting new anthology is CLOSURE.





Closure is open to submissions from Black British writers. Visit the Peepal Tree Press website for our guidelines, which is simply one of self-identification i.e., if you are a writer ‘of colour’ born, raised, living, or have lived in Britain and ‘self identify’ as Black British, then we welcome your submission.





‘Triggers’ to get you started/Guidelines To Submissions/How To Submit Your Story/How To Prepare Your Manuscript/How To Submit Your Story Visit:





CLOSURE will be published by Peepal Tree Press in Autumn 2014, under their ‘Inscribe’ imprint which is for publishing new work by writers of African and Asian descent and anthologies of groundbreaking new work from Black writers nationally.



Guidelines for submissions:

Stories of a minimum 1500 words; maximum 4,000 words

Any style of fiction (no memoir; no poetry)

Writers of any age or gender can submit work

Work must be new, previously unpublished fiction.

Maximum 2 stories

Deadline for submissions: 31 July 2013





Jacob Ross is the Associate Fiction Editor for Peepal Tree Press, novelist, short story writer, a tutor of Narrative Craft and the Fiction Editor for SABLE LitMag. He is the author of acclaimed short story collections, Song for Simone (1986) and A Way to Catch the Dust (1999); co-editor of Voice, Memory, Ashes (1998); co-author of Behind the Masquerade: The Story of Notting Hill Carnival (1986); co-editor of Ridin’ n Risin and Turf. He also edited Artrage, Britain’s leading Intercultural Arts magazine. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and has judged various prizes. His first novel, Pynter Bender was a 2008 Book Of The Year – Caribbean Review of Books and Shortlisted for the Authors Club Best First Novel Award and the Commonwealth Writers Prize (2009).





NB: Jacob Ross will be running Masterclasses around the country to enable writers to develop their craft before submitting a story. Visit our website or blog for more information.
Visit www.peepaltreepress.com for full details of the Closure anthology ‘Call for submissions’ and to find out how to get a special offer discount on our short story collections.
If you cannot find the information you request, then please contact on the website please contact


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Tough Times in America


There are millions of Americans from all walks of life who are going through a tough time. Many have been severely affected by the economic recession and can neither pay their bills, nor afford the basics such as food and medicine. Our anthology, Tough Times in America, aims to provide a platform for telling these stories.  We will accept true stories, as well as “fictionalized” versions of real life events.  This collection aims to preserve and document narrative accounts of the anger, fear and frustration that most Americans are feeling due to the recession which has resulted in massive job losses, loss of homes, loss of healthcare, reduced retirement benefits, etc.  We also hope to document the hope and gratitude that bloom even in the midst of despair—true testaments to the tenacity of the human spirit.  Significantly, we would like this collection to reflect the diversity of America in the 21st century, and so we welcome submissions from people from all ethnicities, racial, cultural and socio-economic backgrounds. Submissions should be between 1000 and 1500 words in length, typed and double-spaced, Times New Roman or similar sized font (12 point). Stories must be previously unpublished in any form, including print, web etc. Each story should be identified within the geographic location/landmark of the city in which it is set. We want to show that these experiences are common to many Americans, regardless of race and ethnicity, so the cultural component is vital. We welcome established as well as unpublished writers who would like to represent their experiences or the experiences of their friends and loved ones. Deadline for submissions is January 29, 2013.


Please send your submissions to: Donna Aza Weir-Soley: (weirsole@yahoo.com) and Max Freesney Pierre (prrmax@yahoo.com).


Donna Aza Weir Soley is an Associate Professor of English at Florida International University. Dr. Weir-Soley is the author of First Rain, Eroticism, Spirituality, and Resistance in Black Women’s Writings, and co-editor of the anthology Caribbean Erotic (Peepal Tree Press). Max Freesney Pierre is a former Administrator and Adjunct Professor of Education at Miami-Dade College. Pierre is a poet/writer/journalist, the author of Tambours de la Mêlée, Fée Caraïbe, Soul Traveler and Le chant de l’apaisement.




2013 Saif Ghobash Banipal Prize for Arabic Literary Translation

I am writing to announce the call for entries for the 2013 Saif Ghobash Banipal Prize for Arabic Literary Translation. We are now
accepting entries for 2013. The closing date for entries is 28 February 2013.


2013 will be the eighth year of this prize. We are seeing it go from strength to strength, with more entries and ever-increasing press
coverage. For the 2013 prize, we hope to top the 22 entries received this year, the highest figure to date. Do you have titles that can be
entered? Or do you know of titles?


We are looking for literature titles and fiction including autobiographical novels, or poetry – full-length imaginative and creative Arabic work of literary merit published in the thirty-five years prior to submission of the translation and first published in English translation during 2012. Entries can have been published in English anywhere in the world but must be available for readers to buy in the UK, either through the usual distribution channels or online.


If you have titles published during 2012, please let us know. For all entries, five copies of the translation and three copies of the original work should be sent to:


Paula Johnson
Awards Secretary
The Society of Authors
84 Drayton Gardens
London, SW10 9SB


The 2012 prize will be announced in January and awarded on 4 February 2013 at King’s Place, London, with the W.G. Sebald Lecture on the Art of Literary Translation being given by author and translator Boris Akunin. For all information about the current year’s entries and events to celebrate the winning translator, please go to www.banipaltrust.org.uk/prize/award2012.cfm.


For the full rules of entry visit www.banipaltrust.org.uk/rules


Please do complete an entry form if you are submitting titles. This can be downloaded from our website at www.banipaltrust.org.uk/prize


If you have difficulty sourcing the three copies of the original Arabic titles, do let us know and we will try and help locate them.








A prize initiated by the African Poetry Book Fund





The winner receives USD$1000 and publication through the African Poetry Book Series.




An ‘African Writer’ is taken to mean someone who was born in Africa, who is a national or resident of an African country or whose parents are African.


The African Poetry Book Series only accepts submissions from African writers who have not published a book length poetry collection.  This includes self published books the they were sold online, in stores or at readings.  Writers who have edited and published an anthology or a similar collection of other writers’ work remain eligible.


No past or present paid employees of the University of Nebraska Press or Amalion Press or current faculty students or employees of the University of Nebraska are eligible for the prizes


When to Send


Manuscripts are accepted annually between 15 September and 1 December





Semi finalists are chosen by members of the African Poetry books Series Advisory Board. The final manuscript is chosen by Series Editor, Kwame Dawes.



Entry Fee: Free


The winner is announced on the African Poetry Book Fund website on or before 1 January.  Results are emailed shortly thereafter


For guidelines or to submit online: www.africanpoetrbf.unl.edu




For submissions to book publishers:




Amalion Publishing

We are an independent initiative with the mission to publish and disseminate innovative knowledge on Africa to strengthen the understanding of humanity



Aurora Metro


Aurora Metro is an independent publisher of books – drama, fiction, non-fiction, humour, teen fiction and biography.




Peepal Tree Press


Peepal Tree Press is home of the best in Caribbean and Black British fiction, poetry, literary criticism, memoirs and historical studies.



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