Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Lightship Competitions


Lightship First Chapter Prize 2013

The Prize - Expert Mentoring / Possible Publication
Do you have a literary novel in you? Have you written the first chapter and a synopsis? 
Imagine getting priceless feedback from an acclaimed literary author, a top literary agent and a commissioning editor as you write your novel. That is what you get if you win First Chapter. You will receive three professional mentoring sessions over the course of a year from each judge: award-winning author M.J Hyland; David Miller of Rogers, Coleridge & White, Alessandro Gallenzi of Alma Books. 
Not only will the winning First Chapter be published in the Lightship Anthology 3 in 2013, but if, after the mentoring process, your finished novel is as enthralling as your First Chapter, David Miller will agree to represent your work and Alma Books will publish it as a book.
 Winning First Chapter is a fantastic publicity platform to launch your novel and achieve the acclaim and sales that could secure you a career as a novelist in a highly competitive market. 
Learn more here.
Deadline: 1 Jul 2013

Lightship Poetry Prize 2013

The winner and nine runners-up will be published in Lightship Anthology 3 and will be invited to read from their work at an awards ceremony in November 2013. 

Deadline: 1 Jul 2013

Word Limit: 200

Learn more here.


Lightship Short Memoir Prize 2013

Do you want to tell your own story, or an episode of it; write from your own life experiences and get published? A short memoir is not fact-based autobiography. It is pure storytelling and as such, allows writers licence to make sense of a part of life, to fashion it into a story that readers can learn from and be entertained by. The inaugural Lightship Short Memoir Competition will be judged by Rachel Cusk. The winning entry will be awarded £1,000 and be published in Lightship Anthology 3.

Deadline: 30 Jun 2013

1st Prize: £1,000

The winner and nine runners-up will be published in the Lightship anthology by Lightship Publishing Ltd and Alma Books and will be invited to read from their work at an awards ceremony in Kingston-upon-Hull in 2013.
Learn more here.


Lightship First Act Prize 2013




Imagine getting priceless feedback from an award-winning playwright, a leading dramatic agent and a theatre director as you write your play. That is what you get if you win First Act. You will receive three professional mentoring sessions over the course of a year from each judge: prize-winning British playwright Anthony McCarten; Micheline Steinberg, and David Whybrow of the Cockpit Theatre, London.

If, after the mentoring process, your finished full length play is as fantastic as your First Act, Micheline Steinberg may agree to represent your work and David Whybrow may agree to a week’s run at The Cockpit Theatre, London. Your mentors may become your champions. Winning First Act is a fantastic publicity platform to launch your play and achieve the critical acclaim that could secure you a career as a dramatist.
Word Limit: 6000
Deadline: 30th June 2013
Learn more here.

Lightship One Page Prize 2013

1st Prize: £250

Deadline: 30 Apr 2013
Word Limit: 300
Learn more here.



Lightship Short Story Prize 2013

1st Prize: £1,000

The winner and nine runners-up will be published in the Lightship anthology by Lightship Publishing Ltd and Alma Books and will be invited to read from their work at an awards ceremony in Kingston-upon-Hull in November 2013.

Deadline: 30 Jun 2013
Word Limit: 5000
Learn more here.

Lightship Flash Fiction Prize 2013

1st Prize: £500 

The winner and nine runners-up will be published in the Lightship paperback anthology to be printed by Lightship Publishing Ltd and Alma Books and will be invited to read from their work at an awards ceremony in Hull in 2013

Deadline: 30 Jun 2013
Word Limit: 1500
Learn More here.



Sunday, March 17, 2013

IndiAfrica Contests

IndiAfrica Business Venture Contest

Theme: Entrepreneurial Solutions to Address Developmental Challenges

Deadline: March 28 2013

What you could win? A trip to Davos in January 2014, INR 50,000 and more.

Learn more here.

IndiAfrica Poster Design Contest

Theme: What does Freedom mean to you?

Deadline: April 14 2013

What you could win? Twenty prizes of INR 25000 each and more.

Learn more here.

IndiAfrica Photography Contest

Theme: Communities in India and Africa

Deadline: April 14 2013

What you could win? Twenty prizes of INR 25000 each and more.

Learn more here.

IndiAfrica Essay Writing Contest


Theme: How can India and Africa collaborate to co- create a brighter future?

Deadline: 14th April 2013

What you could win? 500 USD and more.

Learn more here.

What She Thinks: Win!

Saturday, March 16, 2013

Artmosphere #3: Literature, Life, Technology and the Arts.






Artmosphere is organized by WriteHouse Collective, a creative enterprise, culture and arts firm with the support of Ibridge Hub, a collaborative space for people with great ideas to meet, learn and work and a growing league of literary and culture enthusiasts across South-West Nigeria.Conversations will play host a crème of writers, Victor Ehikamenor, visual artist, creative communicator and author of Excuse Me, Emmanuel Iduma, literary and technology radical and author of Farad, Emmanuel Uweru Okoh, author of celebrated debut poetry collection, Gardens and Caves, and Kayode Taiwo Olla, author of debut novel, Sprouting Again. There will also be Poetry, Spoken Word and Music presentations from a long list of emerging voices.

What She Thinks: If you are in Ibadan, be there.

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Voices of Our Future 2013



What is Voices of Our Future?
Voices of Our Future is an online training program in new media, citizen journalism, and empowerment for emerging grassroots women leaders. At the end of the application process, thirty applicants will be selected to become Correspondents and take part in the full five-month long program where they will gain the tools and knowledge to vocalize and actualize their visions for change. Specifically, Correspondents will learn about the principles of practicing ethical citizen journalism; how to write compelling frontline journals, profiles, feature stories, and op-eds; how to use new media to amplify their voices; and the basics of digital storytelling.
Benefits of the program include:
·         New media and citizen journalism training via phone and Internet by renowned experts, including program partners The Press Institute and The Op-Ed Project
·         Personal coaching sessions and support via phone and Internet from a Vision Mentor
·         Opportunities for publication through World Pulse and partner media organizations
·         Opportunities to connect with grassroots women leaders from around the globe
·         Personal development, including increased self-awareness, confidence, and empowered leadership
·         Professional development, including improved skills in new media, citizen journalism, and networking
·         Technology stipend to offset communication costs*
How Are The Applicants Selected?
During the course of the application process, you will be given a set of learning materials each week (for a total of four (4) weeks) through the Voices of Our Future Applicants Classroom, and asked to complete an associated writing assignment. A panel of staff and selected volunteers, called Listeners, will choose 30 applicants based on the following criteria:
·         Completion of all assignments
·         Expression of a positive vision for the future and solutions-oriented writing
·         Commitment to promote global issues through the eyes of women
·         Communication of personal experience as an underrepresented voice in your community, nation, or world; living in a developing country or conflict zone; or facing discrimination on the basis of gender, sexual orientation, race, or social class
·         Demonstration of leadership on a personal, community, national, or global level
You will have the opportunity to demonstrate the above criteria through your writing assignments and through your interaction with staff, other applicants, and our online community on World Pulse.
Our panel of staff and Listeners will choose the top 30 most impressive applicants based on the criteria above by May 20, 2013.
Don't miss out on this unique opportunity to speak for yourself to the world and advance your dreams for social change.
How do I apply?

*Stipends will be determined based on individual need and circumstance.
For any further questions, please feel free to contact zoe@worldpulse.com

What She Thinks: I participated in this program in 2009 and volunteered as a listener in 2010. I can say from personal experience that Worldpulse is committed to providing excellent teaching aids, feedback and support. I wish you the best if you apply.





Sozopol Fiction Seminars

When: from 23 to 26 May 2013. Application deadline: 15 March 2013. 

The Elizabeth Kostova Foundation offers its sixth annual summer fiction writing seminar in the ancient town of Sozopol, Bulgaria. The seminar program consists of intensive daily fiction workshops, roundtable discussions, guest lectures and literary readings by faculty and participants. Fiction writers from Bulgaria and fiction writers from English-speaking countries, including but not limited to the U.K. and the U.S., are invited to apply. A total number of ten applicants will be selected for participation and funding.Five participants writing in English and five writing in Bulgarian language will receive scholarships. A scholarship covers tuition, room and board, in-country transportation, and 50% of international travel expenses.
Morning workshops will be led in English by Elizabeth Kostova (US), author of the best-selling novels The Historian (2005) and The Swan Thieves (2010), and in Bulgarian by Vladimir Levchev (BG), author of nineteen poetry collections (four published in the U.S.) and the novels Krali Marko: The Balkan Prince (2006), 2084 (2009) and The Man and the Shadow (2012).


In order to apply, the applicants must complete an online submission form and attach all materials as required: a biography (maximum 300 words), a statement of purpose (maximum 1 page) and a fiction writing sample (an excerpt from a novel or a short story/stories; at least 10 and not more than 20 pages; Times New Roman, 1800 characters per page, including gaps). Please note that each file and page of the attached excerpt must contain the applicant's name and the text title.
All approved applicants will be notified via e-mail by 15 April 2013. The results will be published on the website of the Elizabeth Kostova Foundation not later than 30 April 2013.

A letter of reference, sent directly to the Elizabeth Kostova Foundation via e-mail by the reference, is required in addition to the online application. The reference letter should be sent tosilieva@ekf.bg.
Only online applications, will be accepted.

Learn more here.
Apply here.

What She Thinks: All the best!