The Manchester Writing School at MMU is launching the next Manchester Poetry and Fiction Prizes – a major international literary competition celebrating excellence in creative writing.
The prizes will be awarded at a gala ceremony hosted as part of the 2013 Manchester Literature Festival on Friday 18 October. The evening will feature readings from the shortlisted entrants and the distinguished judges – Ian Duhig, Frances Leviston and Adam O’Riordan – before the winner of the £10,000 prize is announced.
Ian Duhig has published seven poetry collections including Pandorama, The Lammas Hireling and The Speed of Dark, and has been shortlisted for the Forward and TS Eliot prizes. Frances Leviston’s first collection of poems, Public Dream, was published by Picador and shortlisted for several major prizes. Adam O’Riordan’s first collection, In the Flesh, won a 2011 Somerset Maugham Award.
All entrants are asked to submit a portfolio of three to five poems, which can be on any subject, and written in any style, but must be new work, not previously published, or submitted for consideration elsewhere during this competition.
The Manchester Fiction Prize will award a cash prize of £10,000 to the writer of the best fiction submitted. All entrants are asked to submit a story of up to 2,500 words in length. The story may be on any subject, and written in any style, but must be fiction and new work, not previously published or submitted for consideration elsewhere.
Both prizes are open internationally to new and established writers aged 16 or over. There is a £17 entry fee and the deadline for entries is Friday 30th August 2013. For further details, to enter online, or to download a printable entry form for postal submission go to www.manchesterwritingcompetition.co.uk or contact James Draper to order a printed entry pack: +44 (0)161 247 1787 or firstname.lastname@example.org.