june, 2021

07junAll DayAurora Prize for WritingA national competition run by Writing East Midlands, in partnership with the Society of Authors.UKEntry Fee:£9 Max word count:2,000 (short fiction) 60 (poetry) Top Prize:£500 cash, feedback from a matched literary agent and membership to Society of Authors (in both poetry and short fiction categories)

Event Details

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 prize, with its heart is in the East Midlands, so there are also prizes for the best writing from the region, in both poetry and short fiction.

For the first time, in 2021, their will be a digitally published longlist in each category, showcasing the best 25 pieces of poetry and short-fiction.

Judges for this year:
For short fiction, Jon McGregor (Winner of the IMPAC Dublin Literature Prize, Betty Trask Prize, and Somerset Maugham Award, and has twice been longlisted for the Man Booker Prize.)
For poetry, Debris Stevenson (Nominated for an Emerging Talent of The Year Award at the Evening Standard Theatre Awards)

The 2021 prize is now open for submissions and closes on Monday 7th June at midnight.

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