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Competition: The Aurora Prize for Writing 2022

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By Writing.ie

Competition deadline: 23rd June 2022

The Aurora Prize for Writing is a national competition run by Writing East Midlands, in partnership with the Society of Authors. The prize seeks outstanding new writing in short fiction and poetry.

Since 2016, the prize has created a platform for writers, so as well as receiving a cash prize, the winners receive feedback on a piece of work of their choice from a matched literary agent. And if they are not yet ready to talk to agents, they can choose, instead, to receive a full pass to The Writers’ Conference 2022.

This is a truly national (and international) prize, with its heart in the East Midlands, so there are also prizes for the best writing from the region, in both poetry and short fiction.

We publish shortlists (of 10) and longlists (of 25) showcasing the best pieces of poetry and short-fiction.

The 2022 prize is NOW OPEN FOR SUBMISSIONS until Monday June 13th 2022, at midnight.

Winners will be announced at a celebration ceremony in October 2021.

The winners, in each category, will receive a cash prize of £500, feedback on a piece of work of their choice from a leading literary agent (or Editor as appropriate) and a years free membership to the Society of Authors, which includes access to advice and resources on all aspects of the business of writing.

Winners will also receive a session with Society of Authors staff, including an introduction to how the Society can support them in their careers as professional authors and covering essential advice on copyright, payment terms and contracts.

Second Prize £150 cash.

Third Prize A one-day course of your choice from Writing School East Midlands.

As a champion of writers from the East Midlands, we will also offer a regional prize of £100 to the best work in each category from the region.

The submission fee is £9 for a first entry and £7 for each additional entry.

This is a national prize open to everyone.

Terms and Conditions

The opening date for the competition is Monday, 4th April 2022

The closing date of the competition is Monday 13th June at midnight.

There is no limit on the number of entries.
No alterations can be made to poems or stories once entered.
Entries must not have been published before (including self-published, published on a website or broadcast in any way).
All entries will be online, and only accepted through Submittable – via www.writingeastmidlands.co.uk.
Entrants must be aged 18+.
Entries must be written in English.
We welcome international entries, but they must be written in English.
Non-cash prizes are not transferable and cannot be exchanged for cash.
Writing School East Midlands course will be delivered as a voucher to the value of £75 (which is not transferable for cash).
The judges’ decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into regarding the decision.
Writing East Midlands reserves the right to change the judges without notice.

Poems and Short Fiction

Entries can be on any subject.
All entries are judged anonymously so the writer’s name must not appear on the work itself or in the file title – any submissions which feature the writer’s name will be disqualified without a refund.
All poems must have a title and must not exceed 60 lines (excluding title).
All stories must have a title and must not exceed 2000 words (excluding title).
Stories should be 2.0 line spaced, 12 point font.
Poems and stories must be the original work of the entrant.

Fees

The first poem/story submitted costs £9.00 Subsequent entries by the same writer cost £7.00 per poem/story.
Payments must be made in £ sterling.

Shortlisted Writers

There will be a published longlist of 25 poems and 25 short stories. You can choose whether to include your full work or just the title.
There will be a shortlist of 10 poems and 10 short stories which will go forward to a final round of judging.
The copyright of each shortlisted poem or story remains with the author. Authors of the winning poems or stories, by entering the competition, grant Writing East Midlands the right to publish the work on its website/social media and use it in promotional material thereafter.

Winners

Prizewinners will be notified as part of a prize giving/celebration evening in September/October 2022 TBC
The copyright of each poem or story remains with the author. Authors of the winning poems or stories, by entering the competition, grant Writing East Midlands the right to publish it on its website/social media and use it in promotional material thereafter.
Entry implies acceptance of the rules. Failure to comply with all the rules will result in disqualification.
Writing East Midlands is unable to pay travel and accommodation costs for winners attending the prize giving.

See here to enter.

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