2014 Downloadable NIFCA Literary Arts Form (Barbados)

gavelThe National Independence Festival of Creative Arts (NIFCA) Literary Arts 2014 forms are available!  This Arts Festival taking place in the last quarter of the year, is organized by the National Cultural Foundation of Barbados.

Download the  2014 NIFCA Literary Arts Rules and Entry Form (1)!

Eligibility: Citizens and legal residents of Barbados.  Barbadians from around the WORLD may also enter NIFCA.


  • Fee: None
  • ONE form per entrant. (Put ALL your subs on ONE form.  See Page 11-13.
  • All entries MUST be unpublished (except book entries) and original.
  • No more than three (3) pieces in each category
  • Work must be entered in quadruplicate (4 copies of each) with the entrant’s name appearing ONLY on the form.
  • Entries may come from Professionals and Non-Professionals (Individuals/ Schools/ Groups)
  • Junior Entries are accepted from children aged 7 and older.  Junior entrants (under 18) must be signed by a parent, guardian or teacher.
  • Several special Incentive PRIZES include the annual Prime Minister’s Scholarship (valued at BDS$25,000.00) and new for 2014: The 150th Anniversary of the Barbados Landship (BDS$500)
  • Work exploring any theme accepted but should primarily reflect contact with the Barbadian or Caribbean environment
  • Recommended winning work will be published in an anthology.

Literary Categories include

  • Poetry
  • Plays/ Scripts (radio/ film/ tv/ stage)
  • PROSE: Essays (ages 12+)
  • PROSE: Fiction (novel/ flash fiction/ children’s story/ short story)
  • Unpublished Manuscripts (Poetry/Novels/ novellas)
  • Published Books

DEADLINES: for entries by 4:30 pm as below:

  • Published Books – Friday, August 8th 2014
  • Adult Prose Entries – Friday, August 15th 2014
  • Adult Poetry Entries – Friday, August 22nd 2014
  • Adult Script Entries (plays/ screenplays etc) – Friday, August 29th 2014
  • School Entries – Monday, September 15th 2014
  • All Junior Entries – Monday, September 15th 2014

Entries with required copies (4) accepted via: hand or mail by deadline to:

The Chief Executive Officer
National Cultural Foundation
West Terrace
St. James
General Queries re: NIFCA Literary Arts should be referred to:
the Cultural Officer, Literary Arts Ayesha Gibson-Gill
Tel: (246) 417-6625 or email: literaryartsbarbados@gmail.com
Seawoman’s 2 cents: Highly recommended addition for ALL Bajan writers! PLEASE READ ALL rules thoroughly – more than once.  This will ensure you are NOT ineligible.

The Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award 2015 (UK)

Launched in 2009 by Lord Matthew Evans, The Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award is an international prize for a single short story – recognising the finest writers from around the globe. The prize has an immensely rich heritage, with some of the finest writers from America, Britain, Ireland and the Commonwealth appearing on its longlists and shortlists.

Entry is open to authors from anywhere in the world, as long as they have a previous record of publication in creative writing in the UK and Ireland.

Prizes: Worth £30,000 to the winner and £1,000 to each of the five runners-up, prizes will be announced in April 2015.

Entry fee: None

Deadline: Friday 26 September 2014 6 pm GMT

Submission Highlights

  • Stories must be previously unpublished, or first published after 1 January 2014.
  • All entries must be 6,000 words or under and entirely original.
  • Must be ONE entry sent written in English.
  • Can be sent via post or email.
  • Read the TERMS & CONDITIONS carefully.
  • Once you have submitted your Entry Form, please email your accompanying short story to:  sundaytimesEFG@booktrust.org.uk – including the Author’s full name and Title of story in the subject line of your email. Entries will be accepted from Sunday 27 July 2014.

Previous winners

  • 2014 Adam Johnson with ‘Nirvana’
  • 2013 Junot Diaz with ‘Miss Lora’
  • 2012 Kevin Barry with ‘Beer Trip to Llandudno’
  • 2011 Anthony Doerr with ‘The Deep’
  • 2010 CK Stead with ‘Last Season’s Man’

Keep up to date via Twitter and Facebook.

Entry form HERE.

The Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award 2015
Book House
45 East Hill, London
United Kingdom

Source: Andrew Blackman

Cultural Weekly Annual Poetry Contest (ezine)

Cultural Weekly is a digital magazine – “a hyper-curated and eclectic mix to stimulate your cultural passions,” which posts late Wednesday night or early Thursday morning, depending on your time zone.  Over the past three years, Cultural Weekly has become one of the premiere places where poets share their work, and poetry-lovers share their comments. Cultural Weekly’s Poetry Contest allows new poets to be discovered, and established poets to share their work with expanded audiences.

This year, is the Jack Grapes Poetry Prize, named in honour of great poet and teacher Jack Grapes, with cash prizes of $250 for first place, $100 for second place, and $5o for third place.

“In last year’s poetry contest, they received over 350 poems from 120 poets from Malaysia, Ireland, Europe, Africa, Japan, the US and Canada. (Let’s add THE CARIBBEAN to this list!)

Entry Fee: NONE

Deadline: August 31, 2014

Contest Highlights

  • You may submit up to 3 previously unpublished poems.  If it has appeared in any book, magazine or edited website, then it is published. Sole exception: if you have posted it only on your own blog or social media, and you take it down and leave it down, we will consider it unpublished.
  • The poems may be of any length, and any style.
  • Simultaneous submissions are fine as long as you notify us immediately if your work is accepted elsewhere for publication.
  • You may only submit once during this period. Choose your best work!
  • You MUST follow the following format rules. Submissions that do not follow these rules may not be considered.
  • Submissions must be in .doc or .docx format. (No “pages,” “txt” “pdf” or other formats).
  • Your submissions must all be in a single document. In other words, if you submit 3 poems, they should all be in 1 document, not in 3 separate documents.
  • Pages must be numbered.
  • Your name, address, phone number and email address must appear on the cover page. Include a brief bio.
  • Your entry will not be acknowledged. Please do not query. Our poetry editor will contact all those who submitted with the results in due course. Your patience is appreciated.
  • Email your submission to this email address only: contest@culturalweekly.com.

Poems accepted for publication will be featured in an upcoming edition of Cultural Weekly.

Read all of the rules for the Poetry Contest HERE.

Cultural Weekly Founded/ Published by Adam Leipzig.

Writing Contest for Bloggers and Reporters

The Writing Contest for Bloggers and Reporters is a great opp to find talent. Alexis Grant’s company which manages a handful of blogs, needs people to write for them – and they are willing to pay for reported blog posts.

Fee: Winners US$75/ per post for 3 winners on a selected topic AND  if “we choose to run your post, we’ll not only pay you for it  — we’ll also turn to you in the future when we want to assign paid posts.”

Deadline: July 15th 2014

Format: Google docs (Click HERE to understand how to use it.)


#1 — 9 Awesome Networking Events in San Diego

Blog: Brazen Life, which covers professional development, with a focus on networking. Here are guidelines for writing the post.

 #2 — Fun Jobs: Can You Really Turn a Profit Running a Bed and Breakfast?

Blog: The Penny Hoarder, which is about weird ways to earn and save money.Guidelines for writing the post are here.

 #3 — The Biggest Mistakes People Make When Building a Wine Cellar

Blog: IWA Wine, which covers all things wine, with a focus on storage. Here areguidelines for writing the post.

Please read all the RULES & FAQs carefully at the website.



Email them at  team@socialexis.com

2014 Alice Yard Prize for Art Writing (Trinidad)

The Alice Yard Prize for Art Writing, inaugurated in 2014, is an annual award for an original unpublished piece of critical writing on contemporary Caribbean art by a Caribbean writer aged 35 or under. Established by Alice Yard, the prize aims to encourage new writing on Caribbean art and artists, and to identify emerging voices in contemporary Caribbean art criticism. The winner will be announced in September 2014 to commemorate Alice Yard’s eighth anniversary.

Period for submission: May – 14 July 2014

Prize: cash award of US$1,000 and publication in The Caribbean Review of Books.


  • Entrants must  Caribbean citizens, whether resident in the region or abroad, and be under the age of 35 on the entry deadline, 14 July, 2014.
  • Each entry should be 3000 words maximum.
  • Each participant may submit only one entry. Participants need not have a formal background in art history or criticism.
  •  The piece must be UNPUBLISHED – ie not previously been published in print or online
  • The entry must be aimed at an intelligent general audience as much as an academic or professional one

Read the rules fully HERE.

The panel of 3 judges comprises:

  • Krista Thompson (Bahamas/US), chair
  • Charles Campbell (Jamaica/Canada)
  • Courtney J. Martin (US)

The Alice Yard Prize for Art Writing is conceived and established by the co-directors of Alice Yard, Sean LeonardChristopher Cozier, and Nicholas Laughlin, who will administer the prize and support the panel of judges in their deliberations.

For any queries about eligibility requirements or the submission process, please contact the prize administrators at:


Wergle Flomp Humor Poetry Contest (USA)

The Wergle Flomp Humor Poetry Contest – now in its 13th year – is open to writers of all nations. However, the works you submit should be in English. If you have written a work in another language, you may submit an English translation. 

Prizes: First Prize, USD$1,000; Honorable Mentions, 10 awards of USD$100 each

Entry Fee: NONE

Deadline: Apr 01, 2014

Submit one humour poem online. This poem should be your own original work. You may submit the same work simultaneously to this contest and to others, and you may submit a work that have been published or won prizes elsewhere.

Results Announced: Aug 15, 2014

Theme: Humour

Word Limit: Poem may be of any length

Online entry at website at this link.


Winning Writers, Inc.
351 Pleasant Street, PMB 222
Northampton, MA 01060-3961
Toll-free: 866-WINWRIT (866-946-9748)
Main: 413-320-1847
Fax: 413-280-0539
Adam Cohen, President

**Seawoman’s 2 cents: What is Wergle Flomp? Remember that scam POETRY.COM? Well, Wergle Flomp is a creation of poet David Taub. Mr. Taub submitted “Flubblebop” to poetry.com’s former (and not very selective) contest to see what would happen. LOL

2014 Commonwealth Short Story Prize (UK)

2014 Commonwealth Short Story PrizeThe 2014 Commonwealth Short Story Prize: winners are awarded for the best piece of unpublished short fiction (2000 – 5000 words) in English. Submissions must be made by the author of the short story.

PRIZES: There will be five winners, one from each region, covering the Commonwealth regions of 1. Africa, 2. Asia, 3. Canada and Europe, 4. Caribbean and 5. Pacific. One regional winner will be selected as the overall winner. The overall winner of the Commonwealth Short Story Prize will receive £5,000 and the remaining four regional winners £2,500. If the winning short story is a translation into English, the translator will receive additional prize money:  £2,000 for the overall winning story and £1,000 for a regional winning story.

Eligibility: Entrants must be citizens of a Commonwealth country. The Commonwealth Foundation will request verification of citizenship before winners are selected, For regional purposes, entries will be judged by country of citizenship. Where the writer has dual citizenship, the entry will be judged in the region where the writer is permanently resident.

Deadline: November 30th 2013

Entry Fee: NONE

Read all the rules HERE carefully.

See FAQs  and TIPS on short story writing at the website.

Find out more about the 2014 Judges HERE!  Chair for the 2014 Prize is Ellah Allfrey.  Also included in the panel is Courttia Newland, Jeet Thayil, Michelle de Kretser, Doreen Baingana, and Marion James (from Jamaica). Submit your entries HERE online.


Commonwealth Writers
Commonwealth Foundation
Marborough House
Pall Mall London SW1Y 5HY
United Kingdom

Email writers@commonwealth.int

Writers Officer Tel: +44 (0)20 7747 6262

Prizes Officer Tel: +44 (0)20 7747 6328