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:

 

2014 

 

December

 

 

SKRIVA SCHOOL: WINTER SHORT STORY WRITING WORKSHOP

What do you think of when you think of winter? Cosy company, log fires... but there's also the cold outside, a time when animals hibernate, or have to move away to survive. Come and write a wintry story using prompts from your tutor: you will come away with a story outline, and your opening paragraphs. 

Date: Wednesday 17 December 2014

Cost: £25.00

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JESSIE KESSON FELLOWSHIP

Moniack Mhor is proud to host the eighth annual Jessie Kesson Fellowship. This annual award was established in 2009 by Moniack Mhor to honour Jessie Kesson’s inspirational life and work.

Moniack Mhor Writers’ Centre is inviting established writers to apply for the Jessie Kesson Fellowship in 2015. 

The successful candidate will receive time and space to develop their work, as well as opportunities to expand their practice. This includes a stipend of £300 per week, plus accommodation.

Deadline: Thursday 18th December 2014

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NINE MONTHS TO MAKE A BOOK

Do you love books, cinema, television and the visual arts? Do you intend to publish your own book one day? Would you like to know more about the publishing industry and its marketing strategies? If the answers to these questions are yes, then you’ll love “Wuthering Heights on Film: A Journey Across Reading, Writing and Publishing” or “Nine Months to Make A Book.”
This series of FREE workshops, supported by West Lothian Write, the West Lothian Writers, The Brontë Society and Intellect, is hosted by Valérie V. Hazette for the next nine months, in the ‘Meeting Room’ of the Howden Park Centre, Livingston.

Deadline: Saturday 20 December 2014

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STORIES FOR SCREEN- SCREENWRITING SESSION

Aged 16-25?
Ever fancied trying your hand at screenwriting?
Got a brilliant idea for film or TV?

Whether you are new to it all or you’ve already got some experience, JUMPCUT’s free monthly screenwriting sessions will provide you with the support and expertise to develop and grow as a screenwriter. 

Deadline: Saturday 20 December 2014

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SKRIVA SCHOOL: PLOTTING YOUR NOVEL

You've got an idea for a story. But now you need to grow it into something that can continue through several hundred pages and sustain a whole novel. This workshop gives you all the tools you need to develop a satisfying story. You'll find out the two main ways of approaching a novel's plot, and choose the one that appeals to you. You'll learn how to create a strong backbone for your narrative, using techniques from screenwriting and insights from the structure of fairytales. You'll go home with an outline for your novel's plot, and an understanding of how to continue developing it at home. 

Date: Saturday 20 December 2014

Cost: £55.00

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CALL FOR A WRITER/WORDSMITH OR DIRECTOR

Firefly Arts are seeking a writer, word-smith, poet, director or artist to explore language and build narrative with children and young people as part of a new youth arts programme, A Word In Your Ear. 

Supported by Creative Scotland’s Cashback for Creativity, A Word In Your Ear is a multi-arts programme to explore the politics of language, narrative and expression, build confidence, skill and aspiration, and promote the talent of young people throughout West Lothian. 

Deadline: Tuesday 30 December 2014

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NEON SEEKS CHAPBOOK PROPOSALS

Neon chapbooks will be booklets of up to forty pages in length, each containing the work of a single author or poet. They might contain a series of thematically-linked poems, a single long story, or a collection of linked short stories. Pamphlets will be much shorter booklets, containing just a few poems or a short piece of prose by a single author. They will be distributed for free along with chapbooks and issues of Neon. 

Deadline: Wednesday 31 December 2014

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NEON SEEKS GRAPHIC SHORT STORY SUBMISSIONS

Literary magazine Neon is looking to publish some graphic short stories or comics in future issues.  Submissions are open all year, and can be made by email (to subs@neonmagazine.co.uk) with low-resolution attachments or weblinks. Comics or graphic short stories must be readable in black and white and when printed on an A5-size page. They can be up to twenty pages in length, but shorter is better. In terms of tone, feel, setting, etc – the best thing to do is read the magazine and see if you think your work would fit.

Deadline: Wednesday 31 December 2014

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EMMA PRESS CALL FOR POEMS ABOUT 'URBAN MYTHS AND LEGENDS'

The Emma Press has launched a call for submissions of poems about ‘urban myths and legends’, for a new anthology inspired by Ovid’s Metamorphoses.

Poets are encouraged to send in poems which tell new stories and include some kind of transformation, as a nod to the original text. The anthology will be edited by Rachel Piercey (Newdigate Prize 2008) and publisher Emma Wright, and is due to be published in November 2015.

Deadline: Wednesday 31 December 2014

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THE READER BERLIN: SHORT STORY COMPETITION

The Reader Berlin is pleased to announce their second ever short story competition. The judges will be Laura Hassan of Guardian Faber, Florian Duijsens (SAND, Asymptote) and author Brittani Sonnenberg (HOME LEAVE, Grand Central Publishing).

The competition aims to recognize and support original work by unpublished writers, so your entry must not have been published anywhere else, either in print or on the internet. Entry is 7 euros. The theme for entries is 'Berlin'. You may interpret this theme as broadly or as narrowly as you like. The upper word limit is 3500.

Deadline: Wednesday 31 December 2014

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2015

 

January

 

PAID ARTS CRITIC OPPORTUNITY

The Critic will give one talented, emerging writer the chance to write a weekly 500-word review for IdeasMag of any cultural event in their area of interest. And earn £100 per column for their effort.
This isn’t about whether something is simply good or bad – we’re not in the business of giving out stars. What we want is a considered piece of cultural criticism that opens out the debate in any area of the arts. So, that new TV show about hotels – how does that relate to depictions of the domestic space in the arts? That local theatre production of a new musical – what does that tell us about current trends in musical theatre? That new film about space travel – how have artists responded to technical innovation in their work across the different disciplines?

Deadline: Tuesday 6 January 2015

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TALBOT RICE GALLERY: CALL FOR WRITERS

Christopher Orr’s works are full of mystery and speculative energy. Characters dressed in 1950s leisurewear wander into ethereal landscapes, some lit by the heavenly skies of Romantic painting, others evocative of the darkness of dystopian fiction. His characters behold strange geometric forms in the sky or stare at models of the cosmos. But what are they contemplating? Where have they come from?

Writers are invited to provide an imaginative written response to the exhibition, The Beguiled Eye. 

Deadline: Friday 9 January 2015

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THE BRIDGE AWARDS WITH MONIACK MHOR

Moniack Mhor is proud to announce the creation of a new prize for writers, developed in partnership with the Bridge Awards. The Bridge Awards is a philanthropic venture that has helped to fund theatre and visual arts projects. This opportunity will give the winning writer the time and space to make a significant breakthrough in developing a full-length piece of work. 

Moniack Mhor Writers' Centre is inviting unpublished writers to apply for the 2015 Prize. The successful candidate will receive a tailor made package including tuition via open courses, retreat time or mentoring. 

The Awards is open to unpublished writers living and working in Scotland with a collection of short stories or novel in development.

Deadline: Friday 9 January 2015

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FLAMINGO ROVER PUBLISHING: CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS

A previously unpublished travel story with a baby. It does not matter if your story is contemporary or happened 30 years ago. They just need to have some sort of 'away from home' element: it can be a camping trip half an hours drive away or a trip to Brazil. 
This could be prose or poem; think of it as memoir, travel tale or creative non-fiction. Submissions can be humorous, adventurous, horror... or anything you like. Be imaginative!

Selected stories will go into a book of beautifully written and engaging stories from around the world. The book is an independent publishing project and will be published as a paperback and as an e-book. 

There is no administrative fee for submitting stories. 

Deadline: Monday 12 January 2015

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THE SCOTLAND SHORT PLAY AWARD

Cumbernauld Theatre announces the launch of the inaugural Scotland Short Play Award for 2015, a professional writing development award designed to engage both first-time and experienced writers across all literary forms to engage with writing for contemporary Theatre and Performance.

Cumbernauld Theatre welcomes submissions of new short plays (up to 15 minutes) from writers from all literary backgrounds and at all stages of their professional careers. The Award encourages submissions from playwrights and from writers who currently work in other literary forms and who may not yet have had the opportunity to engage with Theatre and Performance.

To be eligible writers must be 18+ and ordinarily resident in Scotland. 

Deadline: Friday 16 January 2015

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BENCHMARK CREATIVE WRITING COMPETITION

The latest competition is a fundraising collaboration between Willow Burn Hospice and writer Rachel Cochrane, inspired by Rachel’s latest drama, Benchmark.

Available for everyone to listen as an online radio play, Benchmark takes its inspiration from the ‘In Loving Memory…’ plaques found on benches which are usually situated in a place of beauty or of special significance to those commemorated. This competition, however, is  to celebrate the living and reflect the ethos of Willow Burn Hospice – treasuring life.

Through Benchmark radio play and associated writing competition, the aim is to encourage people to think positively about their lives, help break the taboo around death and raise vital funds for Willow Burn Hospice.

Deadline: Monday 19 January 2015

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'IN PROCESS' MASTERCLASS WITH CHRIS AGEE

Chris Agee was born in 1956 in San Francisco and grew up in Massachusetts, New York and Rhode Island. He is the author of two books of poems, In the New Hampshire Woods (The Dedalus Press, 1992) and First Light (The Dedalus Press, 2003). 

Tickets: £6

Date: Tuesday 20 January 2015

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CREATIVE WRITING COURSE: INSPIRATIONAL BURNS FOR WRITERS

Venue: Kilmardinny Arts Centre, Bearsden
Date/s: Tuesdays 20 Jan – 24 Feb (6 week course) 
Time: 6.30pm – 9pm
Fee: £57
Age range: 16+ years
Throughout the world the genius, mastery and passion of Robert Burns is celebrated. The Lillie Art Gallery is hosting a Burns-inspired exhibition of visual artwork. This short course will have the chance to visit and be inspired by the artworks. If you love Burns, or would like to get to know his work, and are looking to be inspired in your own writing, this could be the course for you! 
Level 1-3

Deadline: Tuesday 20 January 2015

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WRITE LIKE A GRRRL CREATIVE WRITING COURSE

At Write like a Grrrl, you’ll learn how to push through doubt, reduce fear of the blank page, become disciplined in your practice and enjoy writing so much more. You’ll also become skilled in characterisation, dialogue, creating dynamic settings and other essential basics.

If you haven’t written creatively before but always wanted to, or if you haven’t written for some time and want to kick-start your practice, then this low-cost, intensive course is for you.

Deadline: Friday 23 January 2015

Course dates: 24th, 31st January, 7th, 14th, 21st and 28th February

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ONE YEAR NOVEL WRITING COURSE WITH JANIS MACKAY

We will start off with looking at how to generate ideas then from month to month will focus on different elements of the novel writing craft. The aim is to support, encourage and challenge writers. The workshops will run from 10am - 5pm. Students taking part do not need to have a work in progress, or even an idea - as finding ideas that work will be our first workshop. Further workshops will cover crafting skills such as plotting, character development, setting, action and dialogue, use of time in fiction, sub-plots, strands, splicing, voice, story arc etc. Participants wanting to join this course should be able to give at least ten hours per week writing time - in addition to the workshops. Assignments will be set each month.

Course fee: £550.

Course begins: Saturday 24 January 2015

To reserve a place please email janis716@btinternet.com. Please include some information about yourself and your wish to write a novel.

 

IDEAS TAP EDITOR'S BRIEF: FAMILY

Ideas Tap are welcoming submissions about 'Family'- their ties, tensions, trees, secrets and feuds. As many of us contemplate returning home for Christmas, give us your take on a topic that has inspired every form of art, from Medea to Arrested Development. 

Submit your creative work on the theme of "family" – whether that's writing, visual art/photography, audio or video.

Writing submissions should be no more than 1,000 words. 

Deadline: Friday 30 January 2015

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FEARIE TALES WRITING COMPETITION

Winter Words returns for its 11th year featuring a stellar line-up of wordsmiths, adventurers, musicians, film-makers, and broadcasters. 

The unique Fearie Tales Writing Competition receives more and more submissions every year, both from would be authors and more established writers. The format is simple. You write a Fearie Tale and send it in. Three or four entries are then chosen to be read aloud in the cosy atmosphere of the Theatre Foyer on Friday and Saturday evenings throughout Winter Words.

Every Fearie Tale must be an entirely new story, written especially for Winter Words and not previously published in any form.

Each entry must be a minimum of 2,250 words up to a maximum length of 3,250 words.

Deadline: Saturday 31 January 2015

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February

'IN PROCESS' MASTERCLASS WITH CARO RAMSAY

Glasgow born crime writer Caro Ramsey burst onto the crime fiction scene in 2007 with her first novel, Absolution. Released on the 31st July this year, her latest novel The Night Hunter is now the fifth of the hugely popular Anderson & Costello series.

Tickets: £6

Date: Tuesday 3 February 2015

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PLAYWRITING FOR ACTORS WITH PETER ARNOTT

Based on the premise that you as actors are already half way there. This eight week workshop is an opportunity to learn from an industry professional. By the end of the course you will have written a 10 to 15 min short play. Professional actors and a director will then rehearse these through the day and finish with a performance in the evening. 

Dates of course: Wednesdays the 4th, 11th 18th and 25th of Feb 6-9pm

Cost: £275 - deposit £75 

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THE ISLAND REVIEW: CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS

The editors of The Island Review are seeking fiction, non-fiction and visual art submissions that come from, are inspired by or seek to understand the extraordinary appeal of islands, as places and as metaphors.

Submissions are welcomed from islanders everywhere, as well as from those whose work is about islands, set on an island or inspired by islands. 

Deadline: Saturday 7 February 2015

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BBC RADIO 4 OPENING LINES SUBMISSIONS

The BBC Radio Drama Readings Unit welcomes submissions from writers new to radio for their annual series, Opening Lines which is broadcast on BBC Radio 4.

The three successful writers will have their stories broadcast on BBC Radio 4 and be invited to the BBC in London to see their stories being recorded. As well as broadcasting the three strongest stories we publish transcripts of the best stories submitted within this period on the Opening Lines website.

Deadline: Friday 13 February 2015

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SEMINAR: HOW TO MAKE A LIVING WITH YOUR WRITING 

Emergents is delighted to over this one-day seminar with Joanna Penn – one of the UK’s leading creative entrepreneurs, and who was voted as one of The Guardian UK newspaper’s Top 100 Creative Professionals 2013. 

Who is this course for?

Those who long to make writing a more active part of their life, but are lacking the confidence to take it further. 

People who write – diaries, letters, long emails, blog posts, articles, stories, books, poems, anything – and who want to make writing their career.

What you’ll walk away with:

An overview of the changing industry for writers - the rise of ebooks, digital publishing, self-publishing, global and mobile markets, changing consumer habits to support artists directly, blogging and content marketing, micro-niches and more. 

Deadline: Friday 20 February 2015

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THEORY OF RELATIVITY ANTHOLOGY: CALL FOR ENTRIES

Einstein published his revolutionary paper on general relativity in November 1915 and changed the way we think about the world. He also purportedly insisted that imagination was more important than knowledge – so here's a chance to use yours and borrow from his -  with no background in physics required!

To celebrate the 100th anniversary of this world changing theory Freight books are publishing an anthology of short fiction and non-fiction inspired by general relativity, which will be edited by Pippa Goldschmidt and Tania Hershman. 'I am because you are' will be published by Freight Books in Autumn 2015. Around fourteen authors are contributing short stories, alongside essays by astrophysicists about the impact of general relativity on cosmology, black holes and quantum gravity.

Space has been assigned for three more stories and writers should contribute stories of no more than 3000 words inspired in some way by general relativity.

Deadline: Saturday 28th February

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March

 

ATELIER PROJECT

The Atelier Project is a website/ebook dedicated to exploring, illuminating, and celebrating the process of creativity. Turn on the lights. Explore your creative process and share it with us. Feel free to explore and expand these guidelines where applicable. We are looking for the roots of CREATIVITY.

GUIDELINES

Contributors must be artists who have previously created and publicly produced a creative project. This can include but is certainly not limited to writing and publishing a poem, creating and producing a song, creating a piece of visual art, etc. 

All submissions must address the process of creativity. No exceptions.

Prose: personal essays, memoirs, creative non-fiction and flash fiction that hovers between 500-3,000 words.

Poetry: no more than 3 poems, each no longer than 40 lines. 

Deadline: Sunday 1 March 2015

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NEIL GUNN WRITING COMPETITION

Following its launch on 11th September by author James Robertson, the 13th Neil Gunn Writing Competition is open for entries until 02 March 2015. There are two sections open to writers worldwide – short story and poetry.  This year there is a choice of three themes, all of which are quotes from Neil Gunn’s writing.

  • “For love is the creator and cruelty is that which destroys”
  • “The secret loveliness and laughter in things”
  • “The extra magic of distance”

Deadline: Monday 2 March 2015

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THE BATH NOVEL AWARD

The Bath Novel Award is an international prize for aspiring and self-published writers

£1000 Prize. 

Writers are invited to submit the first 5,000 words plus a one page synopsis.

Our 2015 judge is Mildred Yuan Literary Agent at United Agents. Mildred is particularly  interested in a great story, unique talent or a fresh perspective that will appeal to a broad audience. 

Deadline: Tuesday 31 March 2015

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SCOTTISH ARTS CLUB SHORT STORY COMPETITION 2015

Author Alexander McCall Smith is the chairman of judges in the 2015 Scottish Arts Club Short Story Competition. The competition is open to all published and unpublished writers over 16 years. Stories should be no more than 1,500 words and can be on any topic.

All funds raised through the competition will be channelled through the Scottish Arts Club Charitable Trust to benefit the arts in Scotland.

Entry fee: £10.

Deadline: Tuesday 31 March 2015

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Ongoing opportunities

JANIS MACKAY WORKSHOPS

Author Janis Mackay will be running various workshops throughout 2015. Please download the information leaflet for more information

 

1000 WORDS: SUBMISSIONS OPEN

1000words is looking for previously unpublished flash-fiction of up to 1000 words in length. The stories may be in any genre, but must have been written in response to one of the images from our Pinterest Boards. We do not accept poetry.

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POETRY SUBMISSIONS WELCOME FOR AN GUTH

Poems in Irish and/or Scottish Gaelic are sought for the annual anthology An Guth. Consideration will also be given, for inclusion in Gaelic translation, to unpublished work in English by poets with a collection profile.

For more information, please email Editor Rody Gorman: anguth@btinternet.com

 

THE WOMENTORING PROJECT

The WoMentoring Project exists to offer free mentoring by professional literary women to talented up and coming female writers who would otherwise find it difficult to access similar opportunities.

The mission of The WoMentoring Project is simple: to introduce successful literary women to other women writers at the beginning of their careers who would benefit from some insight, knowledge and support. The hope is that we’ll see new, talented and diverse female voices emerging as a result of time and guidance received from our mentors.

There is no application deadline and mentors will keep receiving applications until they have selected their mentee. This is a pilot project and will begin in April 2014 and finish in April 2015 initially – with potential to make it an ongoing permanent project.

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DUNDEE WRITES: SUBMISSIONS WELCOME

Dundee Writes is a little magazine of creative writing from students, staff and recent graduates of the University of Dundee.  It is produced and edited by postgraduates on the MLitt in Writing Practice and Study, part of the University of Dundee’s Creative Writing Programme in the School of Humanities.

All kinds of creative writing will be considered, with a limit of 1000 words (prose) or 40 lines (poetry). Please send your work (in word doc format) to dundeewrites@dundee.ac.uk including a separate cover page with name, department and contact details. All pieces will be judged anonymously.

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THE HAWICK NEWS- POETRY CORNER

Regional newspaper The Hawick News is looking for poems to feature in its weekly Poetry Corner. Submissions of up to 4 poems (in English or Scots) of up to 16 lines each are welcomed, and should be sent to poetry editor Thomas Clark at tommy.clark@btinternet.com, either in the body of the e-mail or attached as a PDF, RTF or Word document. Previously published poems are accepted, but please let us know in the body of your e-mail where and when the poem has been published! The submission window is open all year round.

Responses can normally be expected within 2-3 weeks of submission.

 

HARPER COLLINS- THE WEDNESDAY POST

HarperCollins is inviting unsolicited manuscripts from aspiring authors in Australia, New Zealand and around the world. Whether or not you’ve been previously published, this is the perfect opportunity to submit your work and have a chance to be published by an award-winning, international publishing house.

Our online submissions scheme, The Wednesday Post, is ready to uncover the best voices writing today. All entries will be considered for both print and ebook publication as well as digital-only publication.

Every Wednesday, we will accept submissions through the website. Submissions must be sent through the online portal and should meet all the guidelines outlined below. Please note that submissions sent by post or email will NOT be considered for publication.

If we are interested in seeing more of your work, we will contact you within three weeks. Unfortunately we do not have the capacity to provide feedback for unsuccessful submissions.

We are currently looking for: adult fiction and non-fiction including novels (all genres), memoirs, biographies, narrative histories, young adult, popular science and illustrated non-fiction.

We are not currently accepting: plays, poetry, mind body spirit, religious titles, health and fitness, children’s books and educational texts.

Submissions open from: Wednesday 26 February 2014

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SALT PUBLISHING- 'MODERN DREAMS' CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS

In their fifteenth year of publishing, Salt are seeking submissions for their new digital-only initiative. Salt is calling for submissions for a new series of digital-only novellas as an extension of its 'SALT MODERN FICTION' list. Submissions must deal with 18 to 24 year olds living in contemporary inner-city Britain.

Manuscripts are currently being accepted on an ongoing basis. Please check the Salt website for the latest details before submitting your work.

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THE NEW CURIOSITY SHOP: CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS

The New Curiosity are seeking informative and entertaining ebooks on topics writers know and love well. The ebook will be between 13,000 to 17,000 words in length, just right for someone with a Kindle tucked into their travel bag.

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BLOOMSBURY SPARK: CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS

Bloomsbury Spark is a one-of-a-kind, global, digital imprint from Bloomsbury Publishing dedicated to publishing a wide array of exciting fiction eBooks to teen, YA and new adult readers. 

If you have a manuscript between 25 and 60k words long, then send it to: BloomsburySparkUK@bloomsbury.com

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THE BOOK THAT MADE ME...

Books are powerful things. They can introduce us to new ideas. Give us the courage to do what we couldn't do before.
Even transform our lives completely.

The Book That Made Me... is an ongoing collection of stories about lives that have been changed by books.

Whatever the story (and whatever the book), anyone can submit their own story online or in any Waterstones bookshop.

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PUFFIN REVIEW: SUBMISSIONS WELCOME

The Puffin Review welcomes submissions of fiction, poetry or journalism. 

Fiction submissions should be flash fiction of up to 500 words, short stories or stand-alone novel extracts of up to 3,000 words. Poetry submissions should consist of three poems, with a maximum total of 150 lines. Articles can be a range of essays, reviews and opinion pieces of a maximum of 1,500 words.

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THI WURD MAGAZINE: CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS

Thi Wurd, a fiction magazine based in Glasgow, are seeking submissions of short fiction and illustrations. Submissions should be no more than 4,000 words and there is no minimum amount.

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NEW EDINBURGH WRITERS

New Edinburgh Writers meet every Wednesday from 6-8pm in Fountainbridge Library, near the leisure centre. The format can vary from week to week, but meetings usually involve members reading their own material and/or writing exercises with the occasional visiting professional writer.

The group welcomes all writers, including children's literature, drama, short stories and poetry.

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STRANGER THAN FICTION WRITERS' GROUP

Stranger Than Fiction is a very informal and friendly writers' group for Edinburgh folk who are interested in writing non fiction. It’s open to anyone who is serious about non-fiction writing, whatever their level of publication/aspiration/activity. Most months the group will discuss a chapter or two of a member's current project and there will occasionally be guest speakers asked along. On the whole, it's a largely social event for non fiction writers including general chat and jokes about the use of the semi-colon.

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THE FICTION DESK: CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS

The Fiction Desk welcome submissions of short fiction on a rolling basis. They seek stories about people and places, rather than about writing itself. Stories should be between 2,000 and 11,000 words in length. 

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EDINBURGH CREATIVE WRITERS CLUB

Edinburgh Creative Writers Club meets every Monday in Pulp Fiction Books, located at 43 Bread Street. Most people bring something to read and the range of style and form is wide. Further discussions have ranged from submitting to agents/publishers and dealing with writer's block.

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THE BOHEMYTH: CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS

The Bohemyth Literary Journal is open for submissions of previously unpublished works of short fiction and personal essay. They are looking for contemporary short fiction with a literary bent, with ideas that affect, engage, move and entertain. The word count is less than 3,000 words for short stories and personal essays, and under 700 words for flash fiction pieces.

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NAWE: THE WRITER'S COMPASS

The Writer’s Compass is the name for all NAWE’s professional development services for writers. It brings together NAWE’s professional development programme with the free information and advice services for all writers formerly offered by literaturetraining.  

Our aim is to help writers in all genres, and at all stages in their development, to steer a course through the complexities of the writing life and build and sustain their careers.

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HIGHLAND LITERARY SALON 

Created in the tradition of the literary salons of Paris and New York, and based on the successes of similar gatherings in Edinburgh and Glasgow, the HLS brings together those with an interest in literature to discuss writing, ideas, projects, publishing, and all things literary.

The Salon will be on the third Tuesday of each month at Maverick's, 5 Young Street, Inverness, IV3 5BL.

Salons may feature writers, agents, and other literary professionals as guest speakers. More details can be found on the website

For more information, contact: info@highlandlitsalon.com 

 

WEEGIE WEDNESDAY

Weegie Wednesday began in January 2007, inspired by Edinburgh UNESCO City of Literature’s salon night (last Tuesday of every month at the Wash Bar, upstairs). Writers, booksellers, publishers, librarians, or anyone who wishes to network and talk books is welcome. Please pass the word. The meetings take place once a month at the following venue:

CCA (Centre for Contemporary Arts) Glasgow, 350 Sauchiehall Street, G2 3JD. Telephone : 0141 352 4900

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