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The Writer’s Union of Canada Short Prose Competition is offering $2500 (CAN) plus submission to three magazines to Canadians who have not published a book of nor a publishing contract for unpublished nonfiction and fiction prose up to 2500 words. Entry Fee: $29. Deadline: March 1.

The Scriptapalooza Screenplay Competition annually offers screenwriters up to $10 000 (US) to the grand winner and $500 to several genre winners, and promotes, pitches and pushes all winners and semifinalists for a year. Short screenplays, up to 40 pages, could win $2000. Entry Fee: This varies by deadline and length of screenplay, ranging from $45 for long script and $25 for short script in January to $65 for long script and $45 for short script in April. Feedback, of 4-5 pages, including a logline, synopsis and critique, costs an extra $100. Deadlines: January 4, February 1, March 10, April 15 and April 29.

The Statistical Society of Canada’s Excellence in Data Journalism Award annually offers $1000 (CAN) and a certificate from the Statistical Society of Canada to Canadian (or a Canadian resident) print, online and broadcast journalists, bloggers or journalism-media authors for recently (2015) published, high quality, Canadian-media data journalism on any subject involving statistics-based findings and analyses. Entries must achieve a high level of excellence and conveyed data must be visually and originally understandable, or no award will be given. The award will be presented at the annual meeting of the Canadian Science Writers’ Association. Entry Fee: Free. Deadline: March 15.

The Sky Blue Plays British Theatre Challenge, an international new-playwrighting competition, is looking for unpublished English two-plus-actor plays, submitted using a pseudonym, with 10 – 30 minute running times from new and established playwrights from all over the World. The plays will be shortlisted by professional playwrights, then judged by performance audiences. All shortlisted plays will be performed in their entirety, will receive a written assessment and considered for publication, and will be filmed either in rehearsal or performance. The winning playwright (chosen by the audience) will be awarded £250. Entry Fee: £16 per play. Deadline: March 30.

The Four Way Books Intro Prize in Poetry is offered every even year for the best unpublished book-length (48-80 page) collection of poetry by a poet who has not previously published a book-length collection of poems. Material in your submission may have been published previously in a chapbook or in magazines, journals or anthologies, but the work as a whole must be unpublished. Prize is $1,000 (US), publication, and a reading in NYC. Entry Fee: $30. Deadline: Post-dated March 31.

The Industry Insider Screenwriting Contest offers you the tools and resources you need to complete a salable screenplay if you can turn the following logline into the beginning (15 pages) of a killer script: “With the most violent hurricane in recorded history heading straight for Manhattan, a rookie NYC detective is the only hope to bring down a group of international criminals who have planned the perfect heist.” Top 10 finalists are mentored in a 12-week ScriptXpert Scriptwriting Coaching mentoring program, including comprehensive feedback and Development Notes for every 10 pages submitted, and get their own copies of Movie Magic Screenwriter to professionally format their work. A mentor will then help the finalists complete their final drafts (two-week period). Final drafts will be judged further and the winner gets an A-List Screenwriter Experience — a three-day stay in Los Angeles, accommodations at the swanky Hollywood Hotel, a one-on-one learning-lunch with Judd Payne, and one-on-one meetings with Pannon Entertainment and other industry companies. All finalists get the Hollywood Screenwriting Directory, the Pocket Screenwriting Guide: 120 Tips to Getting to FADE OUT and Movie Magic Screenwriter 6. And all entrants can request feedback for a $20 (US) fee. In addition, you show that you can take another’s idea and turn it into a winning script — a trait that’s truly valued in Hollywood, and serves as a priceless addition to your screenwriting resume. Early Entry Fee: $40. Early Deadline: January 31. Standard Entry Fee: $50. Standard Deadline: March 31. Extended Entry Fee: $75. Extended Deadline: April 30.

The Industry Insider Television Writing Contest offers every entrant the unique chance to learn about the television writing industry, while also creating and writing a television pilot script. Each entrant will get a TV Pilot Kit, which he or she will submit for judging. The top 50 semi-finalists will attend the exclusive TV Pilot Boot Camp: Designing The Series webinar, then have one month to write the first draft of their pilots. The top 10 finalists will enter the ScriptXpert Story Specialists mentoring program, where they will polish their pilot and create a Show Bible. The winner of the contest receives unparalleled industry experience, a meeting with AMC and other industry insiders, and much more. Early Fee: $40. Early Deadline: March 31. Standard Fee: $50. Standard Deadline: May 31. Extended Fee: $75. Extended Deadline: June 30.

Latest update: 2016

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