Signal Boost: Writing/Publishing Opportunities

A couple of quick things as a heads up for those interested:

The 2016 Commonwealth Short Story Prize is now open to entries. The following is copied from the e-mail I received this morning:

Writers have two months to enter their short story.

The Commonwealth Short Story Prize brings stories from new and emerging voices, often from countries with little or no publishing infrastructure, to the attention of an international audience.

The Prize is awarded for the best piece of unpublished short fiction (2,000-5,000 words) in English. Short stories translated into English are also eligible.

Each year, we select five winning writers from five different Commonwealth regions, one of whom is chosen as the overall winner. The overall winner receives £5,000, one of the highest amounts for an international short story prize open to unpublished writers. Regional winners receive £2,500. If the winning short story is a translation into English, the translator receives equal prize money.

The Prize is open to both published and unpublished writers.

Entry is free.

The closing date is 1 November 2015.

Submit your short story via the online application form between 1 September and 1 November 2015.

The Commonwealth Short Story Prize selects some excellent work, features a diverse list of winning and shortlisted writers, and tends to have well-chosen judges. Also, it’s free to enter. There is no way to lose.

You can find the full eligibility rules for the contest here.

The other news is that:

Uncanny Magazine is open to submissions as of today, September 2nd.

Not sure of the DL on this one right now. It seems to be dependent on the stretch goals of the Year Two Kickstarter. But Uncanny can be open as briefly as two weeks at a time, so assume you need to submit soon — possibly by the middle of the month.

Uncanny pays .08/word for fiction, and take stories from 750-6,000 words in length. They’re also open to poetry submissions at the moment. They pay a flat rate of $30 for accepted poems.

See the link above for full guidelines.

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