Opportunities for Writers

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The opportunities listed are not directly associated with Scottish Book Trust. Please check submission deadlines and guidelines carefully before submitting your work.

At Scottish Book Trust we get lots of people telling us about different opportunities for writers in Scotland. Here's the current crop, organised by the month of deadline:

 

2018

August

LAPIDUS SCOTLAND:  WORDS WORK WELL FOR ALL FACILITATOR GATHERING

A networking event for facilitators and organisers of creative words for health and wellbeing on Saturday 25 August. Join Lapidus Scotland for a day celebrating the use of writing, storytelling, and reading for health and wellbeing in Scotland. This is an opportunity to come together with fellow words for wellbeing facilitators and organisers from across the country to share skills, experiences and ideas, and make connections.

Booking Deadline: Friday 17 August

More Information: email lapidus.scotland.1@gmail.com

 

THE ANATOMY OF SILENCE

Nearly universally—culturally, socially, politically—we have a hard time talking about sex, sexuality, gender, and we have an even harder time talking openly and honestly about the hurt that comes from sexual violence in all its forms. The Anatomy of Silence is an anthology of personal narratives that seeks to understand these silences surrounding sexual violence better in order to plant the seeds for change. If you are a survivor or ally interested in submitting a piece about the ways you have been silenced or encountered the culture of silence surrounding sex, sexual harassment, and/or sexual assault, find out how to submit below.

Deadline: Tuesday 28 August

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THE CHILDREN’S SOCIETY CREATIVE WRITING COMPETITION

Submit a story for your chance to win expert advice and feedback from a top literary agent. As part of The Children’s Society campaign Seriously Awkward campaign for vulnerable 16 and 17 year olds, craft a fictional story about this awkward age in their competition in partnership with Viking.

Deadline: Friday 31 August

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AESTHETICA CREATIVE WRITING AWARD 2018

Entries are open for the Aesthetica Creative Writing Award 2018. Celebrating excellence in contemporary writing and new work, the Creative Writing Award is a platform for emerging or established poets and writers to showcase their work to an international audience.The award has two categories for entry; Poetry and Short Fiction, and there are no limitations on themes or subject matters. Works previously published are also accepted.

Deadline: Friday 31 August

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STORGY ‘SHALLOW CREEK’ SHORT STORY COMPETITION

The STORGY ‘SHALLOW CREEK’ Short Story Competition is open to all and is judged by fiction writer and academic Naomi Booth. The awards looks for for the best new writing and will consider all entries on the basis of quality and originality of prose and narrative voice. The Award aims to support excellence in the short story genre and costs £10 to enter.

Date: Friday 31 August

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September

PAISLEY POEMS OPEN FOR SUBMISSIONS

Paisley Poems features poems and poets that have connection to the town of Paisley, Scotland. If you’d like to have your work featured in our next edition, please follow the guidelines below.

Deadline: Friday 7 September

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CALL OUT FOR NON-FICTION ARTICLES

Race, Gender, Austerity, Hope and Resistance strategy, organisation and change

An open call for intersectional articles, images, photography, artwork and poetry by women. On the themes of race, gender, austerity, hope and resistance - strategy, organisation and change.

In recognition of marginalised voices, women of colour and indigenous women are particularly encouraged to submit. Submission Guidelines:

+ No more than 1000 words for writing (no fiction)

+ all text must be double spaced, Times New Roman font, text size 12 and pages numbered

+ all word files must be wordpad, word document, openoffice writer compatible

+ a paragraph biography, maximum of 75 words (word limit excludes any personal website links)

+ Hi resolution photograph of yourself (and if submitting writing or poetry, where possible submit an image or illustration to accompany your piece)

+ Please include all image and photograph credits

+ all images/artwork must be high quality and high resolution

+ images/artwork can be submitted with WETRANSFER or DROPBOX

+ copyright of all work remains with author and artist

+ Please include a brief statement as to why you are submitting your work and what draws you the theme

+ Preference given to unpublished/new work - if your work has been published or shown previously, please make this clear

Deadline: 31 August

Email: sayitloudekta@gmail.com

 

September

BOOK DEAL RESIDENTIAL MASTERCLASS

Cove Park will host its first Book Deal Residency Masterclass in November 2018. This weekend-long residency is open to those writers who have yet to secure and agent or have their work published. The weekend will be tutored by Genevieve Herr and Louise Lamont. The fee is £350.

Date: Monday 3 September

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SARAH QUINN BAME WRITING SCHOLARSHIP FOR YA AND CHILDREN’S FICTION

Former Curtis Brown Creative student Sarah Quinn is providing a new BAME writing bursary for the Writing YA and Children’s Fiction online course, taught by author Catherine Johnson. One talented writer of colour will receive a fully paid place on the 3-month course, which runs this Autumn.

Deadline: Sunday 16 September, midnight

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CRIME WRITING MASTERCLASSES

Sharpen your pen, hone your writing skills and be inspired by a full day of crime-writing advice and tips at the Bloody Scotland masterclass in association with the University of Stirling. The day features inspiration from Booker shortlisted, Graeme Macrae Burnet; author (& Slice Girl!), A K Benedict and advice on writing a synopsis and pitch by Alison Belsham (who won Pitch Perfect two years ago and is now published by Orion) and Lorna Hill and the opportunity to meet publishers and agents including Jade Chandler from Harvill Secker, Moira Forsyth from Sandstone and agent, Phil Patterson.

Date: Friday 21 September

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WORDS WORK WELL FOR ALL

A Lapidus Scotland Residential Workshop for Facilitators and Organisers of Reading, Writing and Storytelling for Wellbeing with course leaders Valerie Gillies & Larry Butler. Guest artist Lesley O’Brien.This residential workshop will provide you with an opportunity to deepen your understanding of how words can be used effectively to improve wellbeing. The weekend will be a rich mixture of experiential and reflective processes, with demonstrations by the two very experienced course leaders, plus opportunities for practice, feedback, discussion and the sharing of resources.

Cost: £240/£216 Lapidus members (Early Bird – before 1 August 2018) or £260/£234 Lapidus members (Full price). Payment can be made in instalments.

Dates: Friday 21 - Sunday 23 September 2018

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PUSHING OUT THE BOAT SUBMISSION CALL

Pushing the Boat Out are now taking submissions of prose, poetry and artwork for Issue 15 to be published in Spring 2019. Please note that early submissions are greatly appreciated.

Deadline: Sunday 30 September

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Ongoing Opportunities

COMISSION GRANTS: THE GAELIC BOOK COUNCIL

The Gaelic Books Council offers assistance to authors who wish to write in Scottish Gaelic. Priority is given to writers who have a publishing agreement in place, as well as to projects that contain a high percentage of Scottish Gaelic content. They support a wide variety of literary genres, and are open to applications in support of digital titles and other formats, as well as traditional printed books.

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INVISIBLE INK

Invisible Ink is an Edinburgh-based literary consultancy offering advice, support and expertise to writers all over the world. We specialise in ghostwritingmentoringmanuscript assessment, and teaching and workshops, and are keen to collaborate with you at any stage of your writing project. More information can be found on our website, and please don’t hesitate to get in touch—we’d love to hear your stories.   

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LIMINAL RESIDENCY ALTERNATIVE WRITING RETREAT

The Liminal Residency is a series of alternative writers' retreats which take place in neglected and unusual spaces. Most ordinary retreats and residencies depend on isolation and the removal of distractions. The Liminal Residency depends on lived experience, random chance and shared adventure.

If you’re interested in attending a Residency, please get in touch with a bit about yourself and your work. You can specify an interest in a particular Residency, or make a general application.

Deadline: Rolling

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MASTERCLASS - TEXT INTO PERFORMANCE

Anita Govan, Performance poet, Teaching Artist & Co-founder of Scottish Youth Poetry Slam, offers sessions with individual, constructive feedback on ‘text in performance’. Giving tips and tricks on how to tackle blocks and confidence issues, through to practical voice & performance exercises.

Former Stirling Makar (2012-15) with thirty years of experience behind her in the creative industries (inc. drama, directing & producing), across Scotland.  Anita has trained internationally with Keith Johnstone (Canada 2000) Goat Island Performance Company (Chicago) and performed at Glastonbury and the Nuyorician (New York).

Rates: £50 – ½ day up to 3 hrs, 4 spots per session (for individuals or shows, quotes available).

For more details or to sign up to the waiting list contact: anitagovan@gmail.com

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READING, EDITORIAL AND TUITION SERVICES WITH HELEN BODEN

Writer, editor and experienced arts educator Helen offers the following services for individuals:

Editing and reading - including manuscript appraisal, development editing and proof-reading; student essay and dissertation reading

Tuition and mentoring – from a couple of meetings or conversations to a longer-term programme involving regular submission of work and critique

If you are looking for an objective, professional assessment of your writing, I provide a customised and client-focused approach. We develop a schedule that reflects the client’s needs and is appropriate to the nature of their project. This can include checking for clarity, flow, structure and readability. I work on poetry, fiction and non-fiction. Feedback by mark-up on electronic or hard copy can be supplemented by written reports, or given in person, by telephone or online. My guideline rates are £45ph, but this varies according to the nature of the project.

More information: contact helenboden@talktalk.net

 

THIRD THURSDAY WRITERS

Ekphrastic (using visual art as a prompt) writing group, facilitated by Helen Boden, which meets once a month in a different Edinburgh gallery or exhibition. Each two-hour workshop moves between viewing, discussion, writing, and constructive critique. We visit most of the free exhibitions at National Galleries Scotland, and have also formed relationships with Fruitmarket Gallery, City Art Centre, Talbot Rice Gallery and Dovecot Studios. Using specially-devised exercises, we respond to art-forms from a range of mediums – painting, drawing, sculpture, video, installation, print-making . . . and from all historical periods.

This supportive tutored group is suitable for all levels of experience, and meets 10.30am-12.30pm on the third Thursday of each month. £12 per session.

More information: contact helenboden@talktalk.net

 

THE ZOOKER AWARD

A new literary award that aims to encourage disadvantaged authors and reward works of social value. Single prize of £500, plus embossed certificate and featuring. Open to anyone who has published a book through Arkbound or any other publisher. 

Entries can be made between 19th May and 10th October each year.

Fee: £4.50 entry fee, unless disadvantaged (same criteria as competitions).

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SHIFT CALL FOR SHORT FORM YA SUBMISSIONS

Shift are searching for original fiction and non-fiction for their next and future issues! Fiction and non-fiction submissions welcome. Your piece should be suitable for a YA audience.

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STORIES FROM THE OCD COMMUNITY

The International OCD Foundation is looking for insightful, compelling stories from those living with OCD or a related disorder, their family/friends, researchers, and medical professionals. Stories should be 1000 words or less and IOCDF publish one per month.

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FIGMENT CREATIVE WRITING WORKSHOPS, FEEDBACK SESSIONS, AND MASTERCLASSES

Join Figment for their Workshops: for those who enjoy writing fiction, autobiography, travel writing, short stories and poetry; Thursday evenings Feedback Sessions for more experienced writers simply seeking feedback on their work; and Masterclasses: Monthly workshops on specific themes. These offer advice, discussion, writing activities and inspiration that aims to support and enthuse your future writing trajectory. Based in Stirling.

More Information or email laura@figmentcreativity.co.uk for details

 

LAGANDORAIN ART RESIDENCY

Enjoying the company of artists and writers as I do, I’m aware of the challenges and compromises they endure in the pursuit of their art. Everyday life can crowd out the creative impulse and focus that so often depends upon quiet reflection and the opportunity for experimentation. Time is precious and there is no shortcut.

That is why I offer month long residencies. It strikes me as a useful amount of time to focus upon ones work and be able to achieve some sort of development or result. It also allows the artist or writer the challenge and fruitfulness of the sheer physicality of life on Iona in the winter. It can be hard, and you are often thrown back on your own resources.

Whilst no theme is specified for the residencies, successful applicants will be expected to reflect some aspect of Iona and an awareness of environmental issues and sustainability in their finished work.

Accommodation is in the Bothy with toilet and kitchen facilities available in the Hostel nearby, or, in the Hostel itself. The Byre (30’ x 15’) will be available as a large studio space. Applicants are asked to submit photographs or details of their recent work and to write a short statement on how they would intend to use their time on Iona. Diversity is welcomed. 

Fee: £750.00 for the four week period (28 days) and to confirm reservations I require a non-refundable deposit of 50%.  Logs for the Byre cost £5.00 per basket.

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NATIONAL SCRIPT READING SERVICE

Written a play but don't know how to take the first step?

Our free script reading service provides an opportunity for Scotland's writers to receive valuable script feedback from theatre professionals. Plays are read anonymously and extensive script reports provided by experienced practitioners in playwriting, directing, producing or dramaturgy. The feedback about these new plays is then made available to the artistic directors of our partner organisations.

What plays are eligible?

  • Plays by writers who are Scottish or based in Scotland
  • Plays that have not been produced
  • Plays for live performance (not TV, film or radio scripts)
  • All genre of plays except musicals
  • Plays that have not previously been submitted
  • Plays submitted must be 40 pages or more in length.

We are only able to consider one play per writer, per year.

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THE WEEKEND READ

The Weekend Read will publish outstanding fiction by women every Friday. We’ll feature prize-winning stories, stories from published collections and brand new work by established authors as well as showcasing new, emerging voices from across the globe. Read online, or listen to our podcast.

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A CALL FOR CHILDRENS FICTION FROM DEBUT BAME WRITERS (NOSY CROW)

I think that it’s incredibly important that our industry represents a wide range of voices, not only so that children from every background can recognise their own lives and experiences in the books that they read, but also simply to enrich the body of children’s literature that we publish, by moving out of a monoculture and embracing a wider world of ideas.

I’m posting this open call for children’s fiction submissions (so, anything in the 5 – 12 age range, but I’d be especially interested in 9 – 12, aka “middle grade”) from BAME writers. I’m very happy to receive submissions from agented and un-agented authors – and although I’d particularly like to see children’s fiction submissions from debut writers, if you’ve already been published, I’d still be very pleased to hear from you!

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GET ON TRACK IN 2017: PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT PLANNING FOR WRITERS WITH CREATIVE COACH PHILIPPA JOHNSTON

Are you keen to make 2017 your year for moving forward as a writer? I work with writers in Scotland and further afield, helping them to define and prioritize their goals, explore options and then map out a plan of action. I offer two one-to-one services: Professional Development Planning which consists of one (or sometimes two) face-to-face two-hour sessions and Coaching which is available by Skype or telephone (or face-to-face, location permitting) and comprises five or more one-hour sessions. (Some writers like to combine the two services and have a PDP session followed by a coaching series.) I’m an accredited coach and my coaching practice is informed by my work specialising in writer development with NAWE (National Association of Writers in Education) and my 30 years of experience working in the arts sector in Scotland and England. I also offer Application Guidance, detailed advice on how to make your application for an award or funding the best it can be, drawing on my extensive experience as a funding assessor and applicant.

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COMPLETE BOOK MARKETING TOOLKIT

This is an online course for anyone who would like to create a clear and comprehensive strategy to reach more readers.

It includes professional feedback on your author website and social media accounts as well as dedicated support to help you come up with an effective and achievable marketing plan. 

The course is run by experienced literary consultant Claire Wingfield, who is on hand to guide and support you throughout.

The marketing toolkit can be undertaken at your own pace, and gives you access to a supportive Facebook group upon completion, where Claire will continue to share updates to the course and new ways to sell more books.

Fees: Usually £329, but Claire is offering a £50 discount for participants via Scottish Book Trust using the code FRIEND 50.      

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WEEKLY CREATIVE WRITING CLASSES

Join like-minded wordsmiths to share ideas, work in progress and receive useful tips. The classes are suitable regardless of whether it is the first time you have put pen to paper, or you have been scribing away for years. Age 16 years+. These classes run broadly in line with the school terms and will finish mid-July.  

  • Mondays: 5.30pm – 7.00pm at Airdrie Library
  • Mondays: 6.30pm – 8.00pm at Chryston Cultural Centre
  • Wednesday: 1.00pm – 3.00pm at Bellshill Cultural Centre

Fee: £5.00/Concession £4.50

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