Opportunities for Writers
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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:
SKY ARTS FUTURES FUND BURSARIES
For the third year running Sky Arts, in association with IdeasTap, is giving away five £30,000 bursaries and mentoring support to talented artists aged 18-30 from the UK and Ireland.
The fund is designed to help emerging artists from a range of different disciplines to develop their creative practice and take their work to the next level. In addition to the £30,000 bursary, winners are also paired with relevant business and creative mentors from Sky and their industry to support them along the way.
Deadline: Friday 6 December 2013
APPLETREE WRITERS: A VIEW FROM THE WEATHERHOUSE AND OTHER READINGS
On Sunday 8th December, from 2pm -4pm, the Appletree Writers will launch their new publication by Alice Mitchell and their new writing courses for 2014.
Date: Sunday 8 December 2013
HOPSCOTCH HORROR SCREENWRITING COMPETITION
Are you a screenwriter or writer/director with a passion for psychological horror? Do you have an idea or a script for a low budget feature film to match the imagination and terror of the likes of Rosemary’s Baby, The Blair Witch Project, or Paranormal Activity? If so, then HOPSCOTCH HORROR COMPETITION is for you! The prize includes £1,000 for the best treatment or first draft screenplay, and in addition to this your work will be developed so it’s ready to seek production finance and actually get made.
Deadline: Sunday 15 December 2013
BBC WRITERS ROOM SCRIPT ROOM
The Script Room is a place where you can send your script to be assessed by our team of experienced readers. We read all scripts as a calling card of a writer's talent. This is not a free script-reading service, but a means by which the BBC seeks out the best new writing talent, offering writers without a track record, representation, or contacts the opportunity to have their work considered by the BBC. Shortlisted writers will go forward to access a range of development opportunities with BBC writersroom.
Deadline: Monday 16 December 2013
FAR OFF PLACES MAGAZINE: CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS
Far Off Places are looking for submissions of poetry and prose, on the theme of "Sartorial".
Submissions should be sent as a Microsoft Word or plain text-document, or in the body of a sanely-formatted email.
We’re happy to publish short writing in a variety of forms, including poetry, and short-form prose and drama. Writers are welcome to submit up to three poems or one piece of prose or drama. All written submissions may be subject to a (short! friendly!) editorial process — and if you have a piece of writing that is simply stellar but that doesn’t quite fit into the guidelines, please get in touch.
Poetry should be no more than 40 lines. We accept prose and drama of up to 3000 words.
Deadline: Tuesday 31 December 2013
MOMMA TRIED MAGAZINE CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS
Momma Tried magazine primarily publishes works of non-fiction and creative non-fiction including journalism, essays, reviews, science writing, creative criticism/cultural criticism, and many categories in between. The magazine seeks writing which pushes boundaries in its content, form, or both.
Deadline: Sunday 5 January 2014.
AFTER NYNE BLOG SEEKS SUBMISSIONS
After Nyne seek to publish international writing of the highest quality. The magazine looks for poetry and short fiction that is startling and entertaining. Reviews, essays, memoir pieces, commentary features should be erudite and incisive. Submissions will not be read if they stray over the word limits, or if they are not presented according to our submission guidelines. Non-fiction pieces should be between 800 and 2,000 words.
Deadline: Tuesday 7 January 2014.
YELLERZINE: CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS
Yellerzine is an independent Edinburgh-based arts publication which showcases the work of current students and recent graduates.
The theme of the Winter Issue is ‘Wanderlust’. Submissions can be poetry, short stories and artwork of any medium. Word limits for written pieces are 650 words for a short piece and 1000 words for longer pieces.
Deadline: Friday 10 January 2014.
PG CERT SCREENWRITING COURSE (ONLINE)
The Postgraduate Certificate in Screenwriting is a seven-month course which combines online learning, guided script development and two live group workshops in Edinburgh. The online element combines video lectures, tutorials and writing exercises and, over two semesters, you will develop a substantial portfolio of projects - scripts, outlines, treatments and industry documents such as script reports.
Deadline: Friday 10 January 2014
POETRY MASTERCLASS WITH BRIAN WHITTINGHAM (PART ONE)
The first session will focus on Labour/Narrative poetry, a masterclass where Glasgow author Brian Whittingham will talk about how he started on a journey as a rookie writing group virgin at Paisley writers to a stint as a visiting Poetry Professor at Seattle University. The expectations and disappointments, in short, the journey taken by one writer with all the highs and lows. The session will culminate in a poetry workshop assignment given out that attendees will be expected to complete for the following week where they will be shown how to read, criticise and edit their work looking closely at Free Verse line-breaks.
Date: Tuesday 28 January 2014
MYRIAD EDITIONS WRITERS RETREAT COMPETITION
Myriad Editions is joining forces with West Dean College to offer unpublished writers the chance to win a week's writing retreat, with full board, in the luxurious surroundings of the College, situated in an area of outstanding natural beauty six miles north of Chichester, South East England. The competition, now in its fifth year, also offers up to six shortlisted entrants the chance to receive feedback from industry experts.
Deadline: Monday 3 February 2014
'CREATE IN FIFE' PRESENTS 'FIFE WRITES'
This informal networking opportunity is taking place at Kirkcaldy Galleries on Tuesday 4th February 2014 at 6:30pm and will feature a short talk by a Kirkcaldy-based writer.
Louise Trow at Fife Cultural Trust is collating a mailing list of writers and those interested in writing in Fife. If you would like to be added to this list and are happy for your contact details to be shared with other interested parties please firstname.lastname@example.org with:
- Your name
- Email address
- Postal address
- Web link (if applicable)
Date: Tuesday 4 February 2014
BBC RADIO 4- OPENING LINES
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.
Period for submissions: Monday 6 January- Friday 14 February 2014
BATH NOVEL AWARD
The Bath Novel Award aims to support and promote writers of novels who are seeking commercial publication. The competition is open to novelists writing for adult or young adult readers in any genre.
First prize is £1,000.
Deadline: Friday 28 February 2014
THE EDWARD MORGAN POETRY AWARD
The Edwin Morgan Trust was established in 2012 to carry forward the wishes of the Scottish poet laureate, Edwin Morgan (1920–2010). In particular, he wanted to found a new award for young Scottish poets. A prolific poet and translator, nevertheless he was in his forties before making his first real breakthrough, and often remembered the problems young poets can have in getting a first collection published. So when he came to gift his estate to the nation and good causes, he stipulated that there should be a new prize in his name awarded regularly for an unpublished or published collection of poems by a Scottish poet under the age of thirty.
The new award will be in the region of £20,000 and will be presented at the Edinburgh International Book Festival.
Deadline: Monday 3 March 2014
WORDS FOR THE WOUNDED: CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS
Words for the Wounded is a charity that raises money via writing prizes and donations for the rehabilitation of wounded servicemen and women. This year, the charity are supporting the Creative Arts Unit at Help for Heroes' Tedworth House Recovery Centre, a centre which helps wounded service personnel gain independence and confidence. Writers' Forum will be publishing the winning entries.
Deadline: Tuesday 11 March 2014
BATH SHORT STORY AWARD
The Bath Short Story Award is an international competition open to published and unpublished writers. Stories can be on any theme or subject and a maximum length of 2,200 words. The shortlist judge is literary agenbt Lucy Lucke. Entry fee £8.
First prize is £1,000.
Deadline: Monday 31st March 2014.
BRISTOL SHORT STORY PRIZE
The Bristol Short Story Prize is an annual international writing competition open to all published and unpublished writers. They publish an annual anthology of all the winning stories.
First prize is £1,000 and a £150 Waterstones gift card.
Deadline: Wednesday 30th April 2014.
General and Ongoing Opportunities
APPLETREE WRITERS' WRITING COURSES 2014
The Appletree Writers' courses are designed to support and inspire writers of all experience and ambition. Taking place in the tranquil environment of The Whole Works, located within Edinburgh’s beautiful Old Town. The courses offer an experience to write, to develop and to explore our own unique paths to the page.
Alice Mitchell - ‘Rough Greeting’
Date: Sunday 19 January and Sunday 22 June, 10.30-4.30pm.
In Alice’s workshops we will be finding our way to our stories (and poems) and exploring ways to tell them
Sheree Mack - The Secret Language Of Place And Travel
Date: Sunday 16 February and Sunday 20 April, 10.30-4.30pm.
Place is all around us. It can be a physical landscape, a city, a town or village. But it can also be a repository of memories, feelings, thoughts and fears. We journey between different places and gain experiences which are both external and internal. We gain a connection with certain places, through travel or by just staying put.
Shelley Day Sclater - Working In The Borderlands Where Stories Take Shape.
Date: Sunday 23 March, 10.30-4.30pm.
In Shelley Day Sclater’s workshop we will be working in the borderlands where stories take shape. We’ll begin by exploring some fragments of memory- of people, places, things- and we’ll follow them as they lead us into their time, their worlds. We all have stories within us, and this workshop will help you pull some out.
Pete Lancaster-Into The Unknown…
Date: Sunday 18 May, 10.30-4.30 pm.
Exploring our world through words and imagination.
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.
OCTAVIUS MAGAZINE: SUBMIT TO ISSUE 3
Octavius Magazine are now accepting submissions for Issue 3.
Building on the success of Issues 1 and 2, submissions of prose, drama and poetry from any student studying at a Scottish college or university (regardless of age, studied subject or award level) are welcomed. Submissions must be made from a university or college email address and must not exceed 2,000 words of prose or 100 lines of poetry.
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.
BRIGHT YOUNG SCRIBES: WRITERS WANTED
Bright Young Scribes are looking for writers to get involved with Freelance Friday -a weekly showcase of writing talent. Whether you're a qualified journalist or simply someone who loves to write, they are interested in publishing your work. Bright Young Scribes specialise in the creative industries, so you could write about anything from music and fashion to films and events.
Deadline: By Thursday at the latest (weekly), Tuesday 31 December 2013 (overall)
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
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.
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.
SALT PUBLISHING: CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS
Salt publishing is actively seeking novel submissions directly from authors (of any experience). Work submitted should not exceed 80,000 words and should be written in English. Poetry, short stories or memoirs will not be considered at this time. Novels of particular interest would indulge the themes of fantasy fiction, crime fiction, literary fiction or 'Norfolk Gothic'.
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.
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.
Sessions run from the Wednesday 9 January - Thursday 5 December 2013.
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.
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.
Date: Monthly meetings from the Thursday 21 February- Thursday 21 November.
SCOTTISH POETRY LIBRARY AND HEMMA: POETRY WORKSHOP
Jennifer Williams, poet and SPL Programme Manager, facilitates this writing workshop suitable for writers at any stage in their career. We’ll read, write and discuss poems at each session.
Dates for workshops: Tuesday 19 Mar, Tuesday 30 Apr and Tuesday 28 May, 6 pm-8 pm.
SPL £5/£3 concessions & SPL Friends.
TELL ME YOUR TRUTH: CALL FOR ENTRIES
The Urban Fairytale Theatre Company are devising a performance with the working title 'Tell Me Your Truth'. The piece examines the way people seem to hide behind an online presence, scared of being seen for who they are.
The company would like members of the public to make their true selves visible by submitting stories. The stories will be used anonymously in the performance.
PEN AND SWORD: NEW SOCIAL HISTORY IMPRINT
Pen and Sword Books is a successful publisher of military, local and family history titles. They are looking to broaden their list into other genres, specifically social history.
The aim is to publish titles that will appeal equally to social history lovers, fans of historical novels and family historians eager to flesh out their research. The imprint will tell 'people's history', revealing what life was like in the past for ordinary people through their own voices.
If you've got a suitable proposal, contact Jen Newby
SCOTTISH WRITERS CENTRE-WRITERS' HUB
The Scottish Writers' Centre will be holding a Writers' Hub every fortnight on Thursday afternoons from the 5th of April. The hub will allow writers to watch TED films of international authors speaking about writing, as well as the opportunity for book borrowing and chat.
For more information, visit the Scottish Writers Centre website.
ATTUNE THEATRE SCRIPT READING SERVICE
Attune theatre are inviting script submissions from playwrights of all experience. Attune will provide the opportunity to work with a Director and actors as they help you develop your script for performance.
For more information on the script reading service, contact Stewart Schiller
To find out more about Attune, visit their website
FROM LITERATURE TRAINING TO THE WRITER'S COMPASS
It’s all change for literaturetraining, the information and advice service for writers and literature professionals. Formerly a partnership project, it is now wholly part of NAWE (National Association of Writers in Education) as a lead partner. It also has a new name, The Writer’s Compass, which has been chosen to describe better its work helping writers to build and sustain their careers, and it will retain its remit to provide free information and advice on professional development for writers generally, not just those working in education. Its online directory, and all its other resources, can be found on the brand new NAWE website.
RECOMMENDED RETREAT: VILLA HELLEBOSCH
Villa Hellebosch is situated at Vollezele (Galmaarden), 25km south-west of Brussels, in a region of the Flemish Brabant, close to the linguistic border. Janice Galloway, a great writer and friend of Scottish Book Trust, says "I was offered a residency there last year and it's one of the most well-equipped places I've stayed in to write, with food laid on and very kind hosts who keep out of a writer's way. The place can be booked by those writers who can afford it and it seems a useful place for such writers to know about."
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: email@example.com
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
For more information, please see the Weegie Wednesday website
For more opportunities for writers and literature professionals in the UK visit The Writer's Compass
MEMOIR WRITING COMPETITION
Woman & Home have teamed up with Hodder and Stoughton in their search for incredible real life stories.
If you've ever wanted to write about your experiences- or if you've ever been told that you should turn your life story into a book, then this is the competition for you!
The first prize is an advance of £10,000 and your life story published by Hodder and Stoughton.
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.
AN LUCHT LONRACH: CALL FOR STORIES, POEMS AND ARTICLES
An Lucht Lonrach are looking for contributors to write stories, poems and articles on Standing Stones and Circles throughout the world. Maximum word count is 300 words.
EDINBURGH UNIVERSITY OPEN STUDIES CREATIVE WRITING COURSES
Edinburgh Unviersity's Open Studies programme offers a number of creative writing courses. You can find out more about the courses by clicking on the links below:
Experimental Writing - From 15 January 2014.
Find Your Voice 3- From 25 April 2014.
Get Ready to Write your First Novel- From 22 April 2014.
Innovative Fiction- From 24 April 2014.
Poetry in Practice- From 16 January or 23 April 2014.
Reading, Writing and Performing Poetry- From 15 January 2014.
Ripping Scripts 2- From 16 January 2014.
Ripping Scripts 3- From 24 April 2014.
Shut Up and Write!- From 23 April 2014.
Starting to Write 1- From 16 January 2014.
Starting to Write 2- From 24 April 2014.
The Art and Craft of Children's Fiction- From 14 January 2014.
VISPO! Visual Poetry, Found Poetry and Other Experimental Forms-From 23 April 2014.
Write a Short Play- From 13 January 2014.
Write That Story 1- From 14 January 2014.
Write That Story 2- From 22 April 2014.
Writing Creative Nonfiction- From 22 April 2014.
Writing Drama for Radio- From 22 April 2014.
Writing Flash Fiction 2- From 13 January 2014.