Cinnamon Pencil Mentoring Competition

The Cinnamon Pencil online mentoring scheme helps writers focus on their writing and bring out your creative potential. To help launch the 2019 scheme, Cinnamon Press is offering a chance to win a free place, together with two 50% bursaries to the best runners-up.

To enter, in the first instance, send in either:

  1. 10 poems, up to 50 lines each; or
  2. 2 short stories, up to 5,000 words each; or
  3. up to the first 10,000 words of your novel (to the nearest sensible cut off point).


  1. a synopsis; and
  2. a Personal Writing Statement.

Individual poems or stories may have been published online or in magazines, provided the writer retains copyright.

International entrants welcome.

The entry fee is £12 and the closing date is 30 October.

Further Guidelines:

  1. One first prize of a free mentoring place plus two runners-up prizes of 50% bursaries to the Cinnamon Pencil Mentoring Service.
  2. Open to all writers, beginners and established.
  3. Judged by Jan Fortune, Michelle Angharad Pashley, Seth Fortune and Adam Craig.
  4. Credit cards can be used on Paypal without an account or pay by bank transfer in GBP.
  5. Submitted pieces should be drawn from a work in progress and, in the case of novels, not a previously published work.
  6. Entries should be submitted electronically, via the form below, as single documents in .doc, .docx or .rtf file formats only.
  7. Please ensure you have up-to-date virus protection before sending any files.
  8. Please include your name and contact details with your submission.
  9. Work will not be returned, so please keep a copy.
  10. We are unable to give feedback on individual entries or on the results of the competition — the judge’s decisions are final.
  11. Results (within 3 months approximately) will be sent individually to the winning writer and two runners-up, published on the Cinnamon website, and included in our newsletter, so do sign up.

Visit the Cinnamon Press website to apply.

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