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January 20, 2014

Writing Competitions and Opportunities Digest – Edition 30

by limebirdvanessa

Welcome to the 30th Edition of our weekly writing competitions and opportunities digest. If you missed the last edition, you can see it here.

Happy Monday everyone, are you ready for another week of writing? First on today’s list is a heads-up about the launch of the 2014 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award, it only has a two week entry window so don’t miss it! Next up is a quarterly journal looking for short stories that start with the opening line they provide; why not see if that one sparks your creativity? Thirdly we have an accumulator short story competition, if you don’t know what that is, then check it out, it sounds like fun to me! And finally, if you’re feeling poetic, we have a magazine seeking contemporary urban poetry.

We always welcome your feedback about this digest, and if you have any suggestions about writing contests or opportunities that we could include, do let us know using our contact page; if we use your suggestion, we’ll give you a shout-out.


Opportunity type – Novel writing contest.
Theme – Genres: General Fiction, Romance, Mystery/Thriller, Science Fiction/Fantasy/Horror, or Young Adult.
Word count – 50,000 to 125,000 words.
Organiser/publisher – Amazon.
Reward – A publishing contract with a $50,000 advance. Other prizes for runners-up.
Eligibility – Open internationally, although there are a few exemptions which you can see on the official rules page. Must be aged 13 years or older.
Deadline – The entry window is from February 16 to March 2, 2014. They only accept 10,000 entries, so if they reach that amount before the deadline, it will close.
Link for info – Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award.
Notes – To enter the contest you must first submit a 300 word pitch. Have a look at some successful pitches from past winners here.


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