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Aurora Prize for Writing 2020

The Aurora Writing Prize is a national  competition run by Writing East Midlands, in partnership with  The Society of Authors.

In 2020 , the prize will be awarded to  outstanding new writing in two categories, short fiction (of up to 2,000  words) and poetry (of up to 60 lines), with 1st, 2nd and 3rd place prizes in both categories.

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 be offered 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 winners in both categories will receive £150.

Third Prize winners in both categories will receive a one-day course of their choice from Writing School East Midlands.

As a champion of writers from the East Midlands, we will also be offering a regional prize  of £100 to the best work in each category from the region. The regional  winners will also be offered a year of free membership to The Society  of Authors, along with a career development session.

All submissions must be previously  unpublished. Full terms and conditions, click here.
Submissions for the prize cost £9 for first entries and £7 for each additional entry. There is no limit on entries per person.

The 2020 prize opens for entries on Monday, 30th March 2020 and closes on Monday 8th June at midnight.

Please note, before submitting

  • Entries can be on any subject
  • All entries are judged anonymously so the writer’s name must not appear on the work itself or in the file title 
  • All poems must have a title and must not exceed 60 lines (excluding title)
  • All stories must have a title and must not exceed 2000 words (excluding title). Stories should be 2.0 line spaced, 12 point font
  • Poems and stories must be the original work of the entrant.

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