Willowdown Books are pleased to announce two calls for poetry, and one for short stories, opening December 15th 2020 and closing Midnight April 4th 2021.  

It's personal: Human To Human. (up to 80 lines)  

Poets are asked to submit two poems in one or two of six categories; Friendship, Family, Society,  Love, Passion, and Lust 

It's global:  Zeitgeist: Five Issues of the Modern Age (Up to 80 lines)

Poets are askes to submit two poems in one or two of five categories; The Pandemic, Black Lives Matter, Climate Change, Domestic Violence, The Global Economy

The Cunningham Short Story Competition 2021  (up to 3,000 words)

The theme will be "This Changing World" - how has 202O changed people, societies, countries, and what can we hope for in the future.

Each competition has a $15 entry fee, and one prize of $125.

Human to Human - the purpose of this collection is to explore personal contact

The six themes are

Friendship - we are looking for poems about connections between individuals, plutonic love, and close human interaction

Family - we are looking for poems about parents, children, and the family group, (for partners use the Love, Passion, or Lust)

Society - we are looking for poems of caring, altruism, making the world a better place through love

Love - we are looking for poems about first love, the love two people share, or unrequited love and love lost,

Passion - we are looking for poems about passion, the excitement of love, and the pain of love

Lust - we are looking for poems about wanting, about sex, about sexual fantasy

Competition Rules:

1.  Poets can submit up to two poems per entry

2. Poets can choose one or two themes - those focussing on one theme should pick that single theme from the dropdown when completing the entry form.  Those choosing two, should pick "Combination" and specify which two themes when requested.  

3. The submission fee shall be $15 and submission must be made through submittable.com; the submission window opens 15th December 2020, and closes 4th April 2021

4. Entries should not be longer than eighty lines - this does not include the title or breaks between stanzas.

5. All poems will be printed in single word spacing.

6. Poets submitting work declare that the work they are submitting is solely their own and for which they own copyright.

7. Authors are responsible for informing Willowdown Books of any licenses or conditions they may have assigned to third parties; any dispute that may arise is solely a matter for the author and the third party.

8. All entries should comply with discrimination laws of the USA and UK - if you are unaware of what this means, please use your common sense - do not discriminate on the grounds of race, gender, religion, etc, or submit inflammatory or inciteful (as legally understood) entries.

9. The editor’s decision on acceptance is final and no correspondence will be entered into regarding the entry.

10. There will be one prize of $125 which will be chosen by the editor, in consultation with his team.  No work by anyone connected with Willowdown Books will be eligible for the prize.

11. An anthology of the winning poems will be published around September 1st, 2021

12. Should not enough poems be entered in all, or any one of the categories, the editor reserves the write to reformat the anthology to reflect the entries submitted; or in the event of too few entries, to cancel the publication of the anthology.

13. There will be no refund of the submission fee once entries have been submitted.

14. Copyright of each individual poems remains with the poet; copyright of the anthology as a whole remains with Willowdown Books. Our copyright notice is set out below and only entries agreeing to this will be accepted:

Should my poem(s) be selected, I, as author of the work, agree to give Willowdown Books permission to publish my poem(s) within the anthology known as Human to Human (2021), in any media, and to use my name and poem in any marketing or promotional activity which pertains to the marketing and promotion of said anthology. Willowdown Books agree that they cannot print or use any other media to publish any poem from the anthology individually, except with the express permission of the author.

The following, or equivalent, will appear in the anthology;

Willowdown Books asserts its copyright of this book as an anthology, by which is meant the collection of poems. Willowdown Books asserts no copyright over any of the individual poems. Copyright is asserted (by both Willowdown Books and the individual authors) under the Copyright Laws of the British Commonwealth of Nations, the United States of America and all the countries of the Berne and Universal Copyright Conventions. All rights, including Stage, Motion Picture, Television, Public Reading, Translation into foreign language, any Internet or related media is strictly reserved (by the author, or Willowdown Books as detailed above).

15.  By entering this competition you are accepting the above rules and agreeing to the copyright notice.  

Zeitgeist - Five Issues of the Modern Age - the purpose of this collection is to explore human contact through society and to address the important contemporary political issues at play right now.
The five themes are
The Pandemic - we are looking for poems about poets experience of the COVID-19, the effect of lockdowns, and how the world is changing.
Black Lives Matter - we are looking for poems about racism, about identity, and about changing the narrative.  
Climate Change - we are looking for poems, about Man's effect on the environment, about Nature, and about our changing natural world.
Domestic Violence - we are looking for poems about coercive relationships, about coping with violence, and about living with the enemy.
Global Economy - we are looking for poems about how our world is structured economically, about poverty and injustice, and about money and power.
Competition Rules:
1.  Poets can submit up to two poems per entry
2. Poets can choose one or two themes - those focussing on one theme should pick that single theme from the dropdown when completing the entry form.  Those choosing two, should pick "Combination" and specify which two themes when requested.
3. The submission fee shall be $15 and submission must be made through submittable.com; the submission window opens 15th December 2020, and closes 4th April 2021
4. Entries should not be longer than eighty lines - this does not include the title or breaks between stanzas.
5. All poems will be printed in single word spacing.
6. Poets submitting work declare that the work they are submitting is solely their own and for which they own copyright.
7. Authors are responsible for informing Willowdown Books of any licenses or conditions they may have assigned to third parties; any dispute that may arise is solely a matter for the author and the third party.
8. All entries should comply with discrimination laws of the USA and UK - if you are unaware of what this means, please use your common sense - do not discriminate on the grounds of race, gender, religion, etc, or submit inflammatory or inciteful (as legally understood) entries.
9. The editor’s decision on acceptance is final and no correspondence will be entered into regarding the entry.
10. There will be one prize of $125 which will be chosen by the editor, in consultation with his team.  No work by anyone connected with Willowdown Books will be eligible for the prize.
11. An anthology of the winning poems will be published around September 1st, 2021
12. Should not enough poems be entered in all, or any one of the categories, the editor reserves the write to reformat the anthology to reflect the entries submitted; or in the event of too few entries, to cancel the publication of the anthology.
13. There will be no refund of the submission fee once entries have been submitted.
14. Copyright of each individual poems remains with the poet; copyright of the anthology as a whole remains with Willowdown Books. Our copyright notice is set out below and only entries agreeing to this will be accepted:
Should my poem(s) be selected, I, as author of the work, agree to give Willowdown Books permission to publish my poem(s) within the anthology known as Zeitgeist - Five Issues of the Modern Age (2021), in any media, and to use my name and poem in any marketing or promotional activity which pertains to the marketing and promotion of said anthology. Willowdown Books agree that they cannot print or use any other media to publish any poem from the anthology individually, except with the express permission of the author.
The following, or equivalent, will appear in the anthology;
Willowdown Books asserts its copyright of this book as an anthology, by which is meant the collection of poems. Willowdown Books asserts no copyright over any of the individual poems. Copyright is asserted (by both Willowdown Books and the individual authors) under the Copyright Laws of the British Commonwealth of Nations, the United States of America and all the countries of the Berne and Universal Copyright Conventions. All rights, including Stage, Motion Picture, Television, Public Reading, Translation into foreign language, any Internet or related media is strictly reserved (by the author, or Willowdown Books as detailed above).
15.  By entering this competition you are accepting the above rules and agreeing to the copyright notice.  

The Cunningham Short Story Competition 2021

Theme:  This Changing World
Word minimum: 1,000   Word maximum:  3,000

Submissions must be entirely the author's own work and not published in print before.  (Work published online only is acceptable).  Entries should be primarily in English.

We are seeking lyrical tales revolving around "This Changing World" , either personal, natural, or political, which take the reader on a journey to events and places which they may not be familiar with.  

Each tale should be no more than three thousands words, an original work, and show the reader the world anew.   Eight stories will chosen for publication with one author receiving a prize of $125. Full Terms and Conditions below

Terms and Conditions

1 Closing date for receipt of entries is April 4th, 2021.  All entries must be through submittable.com

2 Submission must be entirely the entrant’s own work and never have been published in a book, magazine or anthology, though they may have been previously published online. Stories can be on any subject and in any style, but should fit in with the theme in paragraph 8 below. Stories must be no less than 1,000 words and no more than 3,000 words in length. Stories must be in English, and saved in one of the following formats .doc, .docx. or .txt.   Entries not in these formats will not be read, and the entry fee will not be returned.

3 The entry fee is $15 per story. This is payable through Submittable. Once payment is made, you will be sent a confirmation of entry.  You may enter as many stories as you wish providing the entry fee is paid for each story.

4 Once entered, submissions cant be withdrawn, but no submission fees are non-returnable. No postal entries will accepted. No correspondence will be entered into.

5 There is one prize of $125, this will be paid to one author; there will be no joint winners.

6 The winner, and seven runners-up, will be notified by 31st May, 2021, and will be sent a request for permission to be included in a publication in an anthology to be published in paperback on or after 31st August, 2021. Should any author not wish to be published in the anthology, submissions from those shortlisted will be considered for publication. An author will not have more than one story in the anthology.

7 The process of selection shall be as follows; all entries will made anonymous and then read by two people from an anonymous panel of four. Recommendations from this panel will form the shortlist. The editor will then select eight stories from the shortlist for publication. All eight stories will be read by the four panellists, and together with the editor, the winner of the $125 prize will be decided.

8 The theme of the competition is "This Changing World"

9 Global copyright of each entry remains with the author, but Willowdown Books will have the unrestricted right to edit and publish submitted stories in multimedia formats, including (but not limited to) website, e-book and print formats, without restriction. Willowdown Books reserves the right to republish selected stories in different formats at a later date.

10 The judges' decision is final and no individual correspondence can be entered into.

11 Willowdown Books reserves the right not to publish the anthology if insufficient entries are deemed to be of a suitable quality.  In such  a case, only the prize for the best story will be made.  No entry fees will be refunded.

12 Entry implies acceptance of all the terms and conditions.

 

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