Wednesday, 22 October 2008

Cinnamon Press Competitions


Looking for another competition to enter having failed and the Templar Collection? Not counting on winning the Patrick Kavanagh any time soon? How about this spicy press?

One of Cinnamon Press's poetry collections was shortlisted for the Forward Prize so they're not lightweights.

Poetry Collection Award
The aim of this award is to provide a platform for new voices in poetry. We also publish an anthology of the best poems submitted and entry includes a copy of the winners' anthology. They sometimes commission other collections as a result of being short-listed.
Submit 10 poems up to 40 lines (unpublished) in a clear type script, double spaced for prose.
Prize: Poetry collection published with Cinnamon Press and receives £100.
Deadline: November 30th

* 10 unpublished poems? Why?

Short Story Award: £100
The competition is open to new and published authors. Story between 2,000 and 4,000 words. Entry includes a copy of the winners' anthology.
Submit a story of 2,000-4,000 words (unpublished) in a clear type script, double spaced for prose.
Prize: £100 & publication.
Up to ten runners up stories' are also published in the winners' anthology.
Deadline: November 30th

Novel/Novella Writing Award £400
The aim of this award is to encourage new authors, enabling debut novelists/novella writers to achieve a first publication in this genre.
Submit the first ten thousand words of your novel/novella in a clear type script, double spaced for prose.
Prize: Novel published by Cinnamon Press and a prize of £400.
The four runners up also receive a full appraisal of their novel. They sometimes commission other novels as a result of short-listing in the competition.
Deadline: November 30th

Guidelines
Entrants for the novel/novella and poetry categories should not previously have had a novel/novella or full poetry collection published. Short story writers may have had stories, but not a single author collection published.
Submit by post from the UK or online from elsewhere.

OK, I'm a bit perturbed that all ten poems should be unpublished? I would be scrabbling to get ten good unpublished (or unsubmitted) poems from my collection. Do they want a collection from a completely unpublished poet? Who would buy a collection from someone who has not built up a reputation in magazines?

* Update Jan says
Fine if they've been published online or in magazines or anthologies where
you hold the copyright.

7 comments:

Women Rule Writer said...

It seems a bit odd. Often 'unpublished' in this context means 'unpublished in book form but can have been in mags'. But that's not clear here. I'd query it, if you plan to enter.

ayomorocco said...

You forgot to mention the whooping £16.00 entry fee.

BarbaraS said...

Yep, I'd query it too. I'm guessing it's unpublished as in, in a book.

Emerging Writer said...

Thanks for your comments. I'll query and let you know.
Thanks ayo, I forgot to mention the fee. It's a bit steep compared the the £100 prize. Not sure I'll go for it.

Peter Goulding said...

£16?? Ouch.
Hmm, I could easily not be considered for five other competitions for that amount.

Emerging Writer said...

Hah! Thanks for making me laugh out loud Peter.

Emerging Writer said...

Jan got back to me on the 'unpublished poem' question. *

Fine if they've been published online or in magazines or anthologies where
you hold the copyright.

In what circumstances do you not hold copyright to your own poem?