june, 2022

14junAll DayAurora Prize for WritingNational short story and poetry competitionUKEntry Fee:£9 Max word count:2,000 (short fiction), 60 lines (poetry) Top Prize:£500, feedback from a literary agent or editor and membership to Society of Authors

Event Details

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 2023.

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.

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.

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