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:
EXAMINATION PAPER: CREATIVE WRITING EVENT/INSTALLATION
Come along and take part in a mock exam at Scotland Street School! Will form part of a future exhibition.
Organised by Glasgow University MLitt Creative Writing student. Examination Paper is an auto-fiction piece based on the format of the 11+ exam.
Date: Friday 22 June
Exam will run from 14:00 – 16:00
To book your space, contact firstname.lastname@example.org
THE READER: SUMMER 2018 RETREATS
This year, The Reader writing retreat will be heading to the hilltop village of Pinakates for two weeks of intensive writing practice in the midst of an inspirational landscape. They’re taking over a gorgeous family-run guesthouse with two experienced tutors on hand to guide you: expressive-writing expert and Pelion native Dimitra Didangelou and the ever-popular Jane Flett, who’s taking a break from her sold-out Berlin courses to bring her teaching to warmer climes.
Dates: 14 – 20 June + 20 – 26 June
F, M OR OTHER: QUARRELS WITH THE GENDER BINARY, VOLUME II
How does gender shape our destiny, our identity? What are the ways in which gender interacts and intersects with our other identities? How can we break the barriers imposed on us by binary gender roles? What happens when we transgress?
Those are just a few of the questions Knight Errant Press would like the submissions to their second volume of #QueerQuarrels to touch upon. They are particularly keen to read and publish more: essays, flash fiction and comics in the upcoming volume.
Deadline: Monday 25 June, 12 noon
V.S. PRITCHETT SHORT STORY PRIZE
The Royal Society of Literature’s V.S. Pritchett Short Story Prize for unpublished stories is now open for entries. There is a prize of £1,000, and the winning entry will be published in Prospect online and in the RSL Review. Stories must be written in English and between 2,000 and 4,000 words. Entrants must be resident in the UK, Republic of Ireland or the Commonwealth. This year’s judges are: Tibor Fischer, Irenosen Okojie and Leone Ross.
Deadline: Friday 29 June
WRITING FOR CHILDREN BURSARY
Kindly donated by Mairi Hedderwick, this bursary provides the successful applicant with a fully-paid place on Moniack Mhor’s 2018 writing for children course, Picture Books, November 5 – 10, 2018. The successful applicant will also gain the opportunity to meet with Fraser Ross Associates for a one hour feedback and advisory session.
The aim of this bursary is to support a writer/illustrator (with no major work yet published), living/working in Scotland who wishes to develop skills in the genre and enhance their practice.
Deadline: Friday 29 June
SHORELINE OF INFINITY CALL FOR SCI-FI POEMS
Shoreline of Infinity is seeking sci-fi poems from across the cosmos. They’re putting together an exciting new anthology of international science fiction poetry called Multiverse – New International Science Fiction Poetry, edited by Russell Jones (who has a PhD in sci-fi poetry, don’t you know!) and Rachel Plummer and they want YOUR poems.
They are especially interested in considering poetry from BAME writers, and writers from other under-represented groups including LGBT+ writers and writers with disabilities. If you’ve ever felt excluded from, or not represented by, mainstream sci-fi – they want to hear from you.
Deadline: Saturday 30 June
GET INSPIRED, GET CREATIVE! WORKSHOP WITH STAURT PATERSON
A day of writing workshops for young people aged 18-25, with former BBC Poet in Residence Stuart Paterson.
Located at Ellisland Farm, once the home of Scotland's National Bard Robert Burns, what better place to get inspired and get creative? Award-winning poet in English and Scots Stuart A. Paterson will lead morning and afternoon workshops, writing to reflect the language and culture of belonging and place. Stuart writes in Scots and English and draws deeply on a sense of place, urban and rural. Fun or serious, from rhyme to rap, Stuart believes poetry should be accessible and relevant and encourages aspiring young poets to express themselves in the language and form that they choose. £15 per place, with limited discounted places at £5 open to unemployed young people resident in Dumfries and Galloway. Funded by Dumfries and Galloway Unlimited.
Date: Saturday 7 July
QUEER WORDS PROJECT: OPEN SUBMISSIONS
We Were Always Here will be an anthology of new queer Scottish writing, will be published by 404 Ink in early 2019. The Queer Words Project team want to hear from you and are now open for submissions of prose and poetry from queer writers based in Scotland. They are looking for a short story up to 3000 words OR a short script (or excerpt) up to 10 pages OR up to 4 poems, no more than 150 lines in total.
Deadline: Monday 9 July
AUTUMN VOICES OVER 70 POETRY COMPETITION
This poetry competition offers a first prize of £250 pounds and will be adjudicated by the poet A.C. Clarke who lives in Glasgow and is a member of Scottish PEN. She has had nine books and pamphlets of poems published to date, two as a result of winning competitions. It is part of the Autumn Voices Project which aims to promote and discuss creativity in later life.
Deadline: Monday 30 July
LIES, DREAMING: SUPERMARKET SWEEP CALL OUT
Lies, Dreaming is a quarterly podcast which is looking for submissions. Each podcast has a theme, and they’re looking for audio recordings of spoken word pieces on that theme. This quarter, the theme is Supermarket Sweep.
Deadline: Tuesday 31 July
GET STARTED WRITING WORKSHOP WITH CLAIRE WINGFIELD
A half-day workshop in Dunfermline Carnegie Library (Queen Margaret Room). You may have a new project or be entirely new to writing. This is a chance to test out your ideas in a supportive environment. We will also discuss aspects of the writers’ craft such as Point of View, dialogue, setting and character as best suits the needs of the group.
Workshop: Sunday 5 August, 12:00 – 16:00
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
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
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.
Invisible Ink is an Edinburgh-based literary consultancy offering advice, support and expertise to writers all over the world. We specialise in ghostwriting, mentoring, manuscript 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.
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.
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: email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
TWEET YOUR PITCH TO CURTIS BROWN
Curtis Brown and Conville & Walsh are to host a series of one-day new writing events on Twitter this summer.
The literary agency, which runs Curtis Brown Creative (and which completed its purchase of Conville & Walsh earlier this year), is inviting unpublished writers to tweet one-line pitches for their work, using the hashtag #PitchCB. Curtis Brown and Conville & Walsh agents will invite their favourite tweeters to submit directly via the agency's submissions portal, www.curtisbrowncreative.co.uk.
Date: On the 4th Friday of every month from 24 July 2015
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.
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!
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.
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.
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