Aurora Prize for Writing 2020

A national writing competition for short fiction and poetry, from Writing East Midlands in partnership with the Society of Authors

Thu, 9 Apr 2020
10:00AM - 11:30PM
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The Aurora Prize for Writing 2020

The Aurora Prize for Writing is a national competition run by Writing East Midlands, in partnership with the Society of Authors. The prize was first awarded in 2016 and seeks outstanding new writing in short fiction (of up to 2,000 words) and poetry (of up to 60 lines). With its heart firmly in the East Midlands, there are also prizes for the best writing from the region, in both categories.

The prize is now open for submissions, and the deadline for entries is Monday 8th June 2020 at midnight.

The Prizes
The winners, in each category, will receive a cash prize of £500, feedback on a piece of work of their choice from a leading literary agent (or Editor as appropriate) and a year’s free membership to the Society of Authors, which includes access to advice and resources on all aspects of the business of writing.

Winners will also receive a session with Society of Authors staff including an introduction to how the Society can support them in their careers as professional authors and covering essential advice on copyright, payment terms and contracts.

Second Prize £150 cash.

Third Prize A one-day course of your choice from Writing School East Midlands.

As a champion of writers from the East Midlands, we will also offer a regional prize of £100 to the best work in each category from the region.

This is an national prize open to everyone.
Entry fee: £9 for first entries, £7 for each additional entry.

Our Judges for 2020 are:
For short fiction - novelist and winner of SI Leeds Literary Prize and Bristol Short Story Prize - Mahsuda Snaith
For poetry - Helen Mort - author of two poetry collections with Chatto & Windus, ‘Division Street’ (2013) and ‘No Map Could Show Them’ (2016). Her first novel is ‘Black Car Burning’ (2019), longlisted for the Dylan Thomas Prize.


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