Literature Ambassador: 2019 Writer Opps #4

Comedy writing prize: Comedy Women in Print. This is what they say:

The Comedy Women In Print (CWIP) prize is an exciting new literary award created by Helen Lederer to bring female comedy writing the exposure and recognition it deserves. From burgeoning new talent to established writers – CWIP has no barriers and will shine a spotlight on that valuable and hilarious group: Witty Women.  

Open to both unpublished and published women comedy writers this prize is unusual in that the prize for unpublished writers is greater than the one for published. I find this most heartening as it’s so often the case that those who are already enjoying a modicum of success get the best deal. Go to the website for full details.

Jenny Colgan and Helen Lederer – shamelessly nicked from the CWIP blog

For writers (and all arts practitioners) in Dumfries and Galloway: DG Unlimited’s Get Involved Get Inspired Fund 2018/2019 could be just what you need to realise that community project idea you’ve always wanted to do:

Are you a creative practitioner with an idea to bring to life through a creative project involving people from the local community? Do you need a bit of funding to deliver a creative event, activity or learning opportunity for people to access in their communities? Creative projects could be anything from workshop(s), exhibition, artists’ discussion, drama, dance or theatre, to photography, film, poetry, spoken word, creative writing, storytelling and participatory arts, the limit is only your imagination.

Do you know of a constituted group who could partner with you to help apply for a fund that could make it happen in Dumfries and Galloway? (A constituted group could before example, a Community Interest Company, social enterprise, registered charity, not for profit voluntary or community group, residents association, village hall committee, Community Council).

DGU’s Get Involved Get Inspired Fund (GIGI) may be able to help support the development and delivery of your project, but you’ll need to act quickly!  We can provide up to £750 for quality creative projects that benefit residents of D&G and help our local authority meet their stated priorities; this may be a part of a wider project fund or a stand-alone cost.

GIGI has been open for applications throughout 2017/18 and the fund will close on midnight Sunday 24th February 2019, so you need to take action. GIGI 17/18 projects must be completed by June 2019.    

You can contact us for advice on your ideas and the easy application process – contact Cate Ross at Or download our application form.

Get over to the website for more details and to download the application form.

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 And there’s this from Moniack Mhor:


Established in 2015, the Emerging Writer Award (formerly the Bridge Award) is now in its fourth year, and is run by Moniack Mhor in partnership with The Bridge Awards, a philanthropic venture that has helped to fund theatre and visual arts projects.

The award winner receives a tailor-made package worth up to £2,000 including tuition via open courses, retreat time and/or mentoring.


The Emerging Writer Award is open to unpublished prose writers living and working in the UK with a collection of short stories or novel in development. 

Please apply by sending one document, which includes: 

Your CV

An A4 summary outlining your work in progress

A 2000 word sample of your work

Preferably, applications should be sent by email to with the subject line: Emerging Writer Award or by post to Moniack Mhor Writers’ Centre, Teavarran, Kiltarlity, Inverness-shire IV4 7HT.

Applications can be submitted from the 21st of January 2019 with a closing date of Monday 25th February 2019 at 5pm.  

For any enquiries relating to the  Emerging Writer Award, please contact: Eilidh Smith, Programme Manager on

As usual, go to the website for the full bhuna.

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This is a biggie:

The BBC Short Story Award 2019 with Cambridge University.

The prize is fifteen-thousand pounds, with six-hundred for four further shortlistees – it doesn’t say if this six-hundred is for each of those shortlisted or split between them, but I’m assuming it’s each. As far as I can see it’s free to enter, and I’d say it’s well worth polishing up your best short story and sending it in. The only thing is that you must have a prior record of publication with an established publisher/lit mag (see the terms and conditions). Maximum word count is eight-thousand, which is pretty huge, there doesn’t seem to be a minimum. Check out the website for all the details.

Good luck!

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