Competition deadline: 7th June 2021
The Aurora Writing Prize is a national competition run by Writing East Midlands, in partnership with The Society of Authors.
In 2021 , the prize will be awarded to outstanding new writing in two categories, short fiction (of up to 2,000 words) and poetry (of up to 60 lines), with 1st, 2nd and 3rd place prizes in both categories.
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 year’s 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 be offered 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 winners in both categories will receive £150.
Third Prize winners in both categories will receive a one-day course of their choice from Writing School East Midlands.
As a champion of writers from the East Midlands, we will also be offering a regional prize of £100 to the best work in each category from the region. The regional winners will also be offered a year of free membership to The Society of Authors, along with a career development session.
All submissions must be previously unpublished.
All submissions must be previously unpublished.
Submissions for the prize cost £9 for first entries and £7 for each additional entry. There is no limit on entries per person.
The 2021 prize opens for entries on Monday, 29th March and closes on Monday 7th June at midnight.
Please note, before submitting:
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
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.
Terms and Conditions
The opening date for the competition is Monday, 29th March 2021.
The closing date of the competition is Monday 7th June 2021 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.
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.
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.
Prizewinners will be notified by the end of September 2021 (we reserve the right to change this date in light of the current issues with COVID-19) 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 and for further details.