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FITC Youth Connect Essay Challenge 2020:

The Financial Institutions Training Centre (FITC) is accepting submissions from undergraduates in tertiary institutions for its 2020 Youth Connect Essay Challenge. Prizes include $1500 cash, laptops for three winners and 1-year mentorship. The task as stated is to write an essay on the Role of Technology and Innovation in accelerating growth and development. Essays can be in English or French, and must not exceed 1000 words. Deadline is August 31st. Submit here.



Rebecca Swift Foundation Women Poetry Prize 2020:

The Women Poets’ Prize supports creatively ambitious practitioners – poets who are making or are capable of making a significant contribution to the UK poetry landscape. It gifts freedom and inspires potential, embracing excellence in poetic practice. Applications are open to women poets of all ages, at any stage in their development; emerging or more established, who are resident in the UK/Northern Ireland. The Rebecca Swift Foundation is invested in ensuring a culturally and creatively diverse shortlist and warmly encourages applications from individuals who may not normally consider applying for prizes, awards, or development opportunities. Following the initial application stage, a reading panel will select a longlist of 30 applicants whose work will then be read by a panel of industry judges. A resulting shortlist of nine poets will be revealed, before the final selection of three awardees is made by the mentors who will work with the winning poets. Submit here.

The Val Wood Prize 2020:

The Next Chapter: Annually, the Val Wood Prize receives a staggering amount of entries all over the world. Entries are now being accepted, open to 16 years and above. The theme is “Feel-good” with 2000 word-count. The winner receives £100. Deadline is 31st August. Submit here.

Hysteria Writing Competition:

The purpose of the competition is to showcase entries that appeal to all my visitors; I accept entries in any genre except erotica or horror. There is a £25 prize for the winners of each category: Poetry, Short Story and Flash Fiction. The winners and nine runners up in each category will be published in the anthology Hysteria 7, due for publication in November. Deadline is 31st August. Submit here.

2020 African Writers Award:

Every year, since 2018, the African Writers Development Trust hosts the African Writers Awards as the highpoint of the African Writers Conference. The categories for the awards were Short stories, Poetry, Flash Fiction, and Children’s literature. However, you are allowed to submit to one category only They are calling for submission under the theme “African Identity”. The prize is $100. Deadline is August 12th. Submit here.

The Stirling Spoon Poetry/Prose Competition:

The Stirling Spoon host first annual literary competition, centred around the theme of “Identity in America”. It is In light of international protests calling for social change, the vibrant Black Lives Matter movement, and Pride Month. The subject of the submissions may range from race and gender to geographic and social identity. Two winners receive a prize of $150 each and publication in The Stirling Spoon. Deadline is August 21. Submit here.

New Beginnings Contest 2020 Issue:

They are looking for poems that embody the sense of a new beginning in the “starting over” sort of way, not in the graduation or wedding poem sort of way. A single poem of 36 lines and no simultaneous submissions. Winning poem receives $250. Deadline is August 31st. Submit here.

Writer’s Digest Poetry Awards:

Calling all poets! We’re on the look out for poems of all  styles–rhyming, free verse, haiku, and more–for the 14th Annual Writer’s  Digest Poetry Awards! This is the only Writer’s Digest competition exclusively for poets. Enter any poem 32 lines or less for your chance to win $1,000 in cash. Submit here.

Diana Woods Memorial Award in Creative Nonfiction:

The award was established in Diana’s memory by her family, friends, and the Antioch University Los Angeles MFA community. They accept prose up to 5,000 words, double-spaced in 12-pt Times New Roman. DWM winners receive $250 and publication in the next issue of Lunch Ticket. Deadline is August 31st. Submit here.

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