We will soon be opening for entries to the 2020 Fresher Writing Prize and inviting you to send in poems and short stories.
As ever, our prizes are designed to really help boost your career as a writer, and so, as well as cash prizes, you will receive personal advice and feedback on your work from an industry professional, and have the chance to record and receive a reading of your work – ideal for your own website etc.
The difficult decision as to who should win each category will be made by our judges, all influential figures from the publishing world, including publishers, agents and award-winning authors.
To keep the process simple, you will be able to enter online for just £7 per entry. The closing date is January 27th 2020. Please make sure you have read our terms and conditions.
You can enter as many categories as you wish, and as many times as you wish, but every entry costs £7. See Enter the competition for more details. You will be asked to include a short (75 word) author biography with your entry and provide your full postal address.
Entry is free for staff and students of Bournemouth University who should email their entries from their university account to email@example.com stating their name and which category they are entering in the email subject box.
As our mission is to encourage new, unpublished writers, we will not accept entries that have already been published or performed elsewhere.
Short Story: Up to 3000 words maximum. We hope that you will be inspired by this year’s optional theme of Peace, but it can be in any style, including genre fiction eg Fantasy, Romance, Science Fiction, Children’s etc. We are looking for real storytellers, who create great characters to tell us something fresh, and surprise or touch us.
Poetry: Up to 42 lines. We are looking for poetry that is fresh and unexpected and hope that you will be inspired by this year’s optional theme of Peace..
What you can win
The prizes for The Fresher Writing Prize 2020 have been specially selected to help new writers get their foot onto the ladder and launch their writing careers.
Short Story: £200 cash prize. Feedback and advice on a sample of your work (short story or an extract from your novel) from a commissioning editor publisher or award winning author. Plus a professionally produced recording of your work. A wonderful way of promoting your writing, the narration of your work can be shared via your website, or just with family and friends. You will be invited to Bournemouth University radio studios to record your readings (or someone else can read your work on your behalf, if you prefer).
Poetry: £200 cash prize. Feedback and advice on your work from award-winning poet and popular Arvon tutor, Antony Dunn. Plus a professionally produced recording of your work. A wonderful way of promoting your writing, the narration of your work can be shared via your website, or just with family and friends. You will be invited to Bournemouth University radio studios to record your readings (or someone else can read your work on your behalf, if you prefer).
Anna Mazzola is a writer who, due to some fault of her parents, is drawn to peculiar and dark historical subjects. Her debut novel, The Unseeing, which won an Edgar Allan Poe award, is based on the life of a real woman called Sarah Gale who was convicted of aiding a murder in London in 1836. Her second novel, The Story Keeper, was published in July and follows a folklorist’s assistant as she searches out dark fairytales and stolen girls on the Isle of Skye in 1857. The Mirror says it ‘casts its own powerful brand of dark magic.’ Anna also writes strange short stories. She lives in South London with two small children, two cats and one husband, and is also a criminal justice and human rights solicitor.
When asked what she is looking for in a short story she says:
“I wouldn’t want to be prescriptive, as part of the joy of new stories is their unexpected nature, but I love to be transported to a new world, one I’ve never encountered before. I also loved to be scared, surprised and disturbed. Do your worst.”
Antony has an impressive four collections of poems published, with the most recent released in October 2016, ‘Take This One to Bed’.
As well as publishing his own work, Antony has edited and worked on a posthumous collection of poems by Welsh poet and publisher, David Hughes, called Ex Libris.
He is the Artistic Director of Bridlington Poetry Festival, has won an Eric Gregory Award and the Newdigate Prize, as well as having been Poet in Residence at the University of York 2006 and at Ilkley Literature festival. Antony is a great addition to the team and looks forward to reading the poetry entries!
A senior lecturer on the MA Creative Writing & Publishing, the BA English and the BA Communication & Media at Bournemouth University, Emma is also the Editorial Director of Fresher Publishing. A former journalist, writing for national women’s magazines, she is the author of several non-fiction books and one novel. She has an MA in Critical and Creative Writing from Winchester University and, as well as teaching at Bournemouth University, Emma enjoys leading workshops in Dorset.
Ansa Khan Khattak
Ansa Khan Khattak is an editor at Picador, where she works on both literary fiction and narrative non-fiction. Her authors include Lucia Berlin, Manohla Dargis, Wendy Erskine, Genki Kawamura and Éric Vuillard.