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:
PLAYWRIGHTS' STUDIO SCOTLAND: WRITERS PROJECTS
Writers Projects are an opportunity for professional playwrights to develop their work in a way that suits their creative process. This is part of Playwrights' Studio, Scotland's commitment to a flexible, accessible process where the playwright's needs are at the heart of the activity.
Professional playwrights can apply for up to £3,250 to support any aspect of their writing development. In addition, Playwrights' Studio will manage the project on the playwright's behalf, providing administrative support and handling all the financial management.
Deadline: Friday 28 November 2014
CREATIVE WRITING WEEKEND
Creative Writing Weekends in Ullapool are designed for those who want to write more, who may have written in the past, or who have an idea or a project which needs a little time, space and encouragement.
Tutor: Stephen Keeler.
Dates: Friday 28-Sunday 30 November 2014
PLAYWRIGHT FOR COURTING DRAMA
Theatre Renegade would like to invite submissions from writers to take part in next year's Courting Drama project.
The chosen piece will be workshopped with the help of Theatre Renegade’s dramaturg; it will then be showcased at Southwark Playhouse’s Courting Drama event in January with a professional director and cast.
Previous writers and directors who have taken part in the project have worked with theatres and companies like the Lowry, Royal Court Theatre, and Punchdrunk.
Theatre Renegade are looking for a piece between 12 and 20 minutes in length; this can be either an extract from a longer piece or an entire short play. They believe very strongly in the idea of collaboration and would like the chosen writer to be available to attend some rehearsals in London, dates to be decided by the director and writer, and to the show of Courting Drama itself on the 25th January, 2015.
Deadline: Friday 28 November 2014
BAKER PRIZE 2014
Entries on the theme of 'Dough' are invited in the following three sections:-
- English Prose section sponsored by Richard Neath Design Services
- English Poetry section sponsored by Isle of Skye Baking Company
- Gaelic Writing (prose, poetry or one-act play script) sponsored by Pràban, “The Gaelic Whiskies”
A first prize of £100 and a second prize of £50 will be available in each of the three categories. There will also be
Unpublished Writer Award: sponsored by Moniack Mhor
This prize will be awarded to a talented newcomer – the prize is a HALF-PRICE course at Moniack Mhor. If you wish to be considered for this prize, you must confirm on your entry form that you have not been previously published.
Deadline: Sunday 30 November 2014
LINEN PRESS FIRST CHAPTER COMPETITION
Linen Press are looking to find the best first chapter of an unpublished novel from new female voices. The opening should be exceptional in its style and make the reader want to continue on.
Deadline: Monday 30 November 2014
TRON 100 CLUB- ARTISTIC MEMBERSHIP
The Tron 100 Club is a brand new artistic membership allowing 100 selected actors, writers, directors & creators the opportunity to engage in a year long programme of master-classes, workshops, panel discussions and professional development opportunities at The Tron Theatre in Glasgow
Over the space of a year, the Tron 100 Club sessions will include workshops, master-classes and Q&As, facilitated by theatre, television, radio and film professionals, addressing both the creative and business aspects of the industry.
The Tron 100 Club aims to engage with the increasing numbers of artistic professionals at various stages of their careers around the country. It will aim to utilise the facilities and networks of the Tron Theatre— as one of Glasgow’s leading arts venues— to provide a supportive creative environment for actors, writers, directors and creators.
Deadline: Monday 1 December 2014
COVE PARK LITERATURE RESIDENCIES 2015
In 2015 Cove Park will award a minimum of three Literature Residencies, of between one and three months each to take place take place during May to September 2015. UK-based and International writers may apply. Applications are invited from established writers of short and long fiction; poetry; creative non-fiction and memoir; work that crosses these genres and also writers who have made their reputation in one field and wish to develop in another. To be eligible for consideration, writers must have published (not self-published) at least one full-length book in their field.
We will also offer a residency of up to one month for an Emerging Writer in Scotland. Applicants for this residency need not have published a full length book, but must be able to show exceptional promise.
Deadline: Monday 1 December 2014
AN LUCHT LONRACH: STRANGE PHENOMENA SUBMISSIONS
We are searching for articles, stories and artwork around the subject of Strange Phenomena.
For written contributions the style is easy reading – pretend you are telling your story to a close friend over a cuppa. The subject matter - strange but true.
For artwork we are looking for watercolour images to complement written contributions that are accepted for the Annual. In the first instance please contact us with a brief writeup about your contribution through our website.
Deadline: Monday 1 December 2014
THE WRITING PLATFORM BURSARY PROGRAMME 2015
The Writing Platform Bursary, which supports experimentation, collaboration and learning between writers and technologists, announces its 2015 Programme delivered in association with Creative Writing at Bath Spa University.
The Writing Platform will be making two bursaries of £4000 available. Each bursary will be awarded to a team made up of one writer and one technologist to work together on a writing project over a period of three months.
The programme is open to individual writers and individual technologists, who will be paired by the selection panel according to shared areas of interest, and to ready-made teams of writers and technologists.
Deadline: Thursday 4 December 2014
POETRY WORKSHOP WITH ROBIN VAUGHAN-WILLIAMS
Group poetry improvisation is a method of producing poetry that involves spontaneous, collaborative, and oral composition. Poets work in groups on a series of games, scenarios, and exercises that encourage them to leave their desks behind, come together, and see where their voices lead them. Improvisation can be a powerful way of building confidence in one’s voice, tapping one’s creativity, developing ideas, and generating material for performance or audio recording. It involves creating a supportive environment where writers are able to lower their inhibitions, follow their creative instincts, and open up to others.
Robin Vaughan-Williams is a poet, workshop facilitator, and literature producer, with experience in literature development, festivals, and radio production. His poetry has been published by Happenstance Press, Candlestick
press, and various publications and websites, and he enjoys performing my work and collaborating with artists and musicians.
Date: Tuesday 9 December 2014
UNIVERSITY OF EDINBURGH GUEST WRITERS SERIES: HELEN OYEYMI
THE UNIVERSITY OF EDINBURGH presents GUEST WRITERS SERIES where authors read & engage in CONVERSATION with WRITER IN RESIDENCE and novelist JENNI FAGAN, followed by Q&A from audience. Events are taking place at Looking Glass Books in Edinburgh.
Helen Oyeyemi is the author of five novels including White Is For Witching which won the Somerset Maugham Award. Oyeyemi was recently included on the acclaimed Granta Best of Young British Novelists list. Her most recent novel is Boy,Snow, Bird her work is globally acclaimed — a rare chance to see Oyeyemi, please arrive early!
Date: Friday 12 December 2014
SCI-FI FEST PLAY SUBMISSIONS
The 2nd Annual Los Angeles Science Fiction One-Act Play Festival is now accepting submissions for their next festival scheduled for May, 2015. Sci-Fest only accepts one-act stage plays with sci-fi themes and a running time of 20 minutes or less. There is no fee to submit to SCI-FEST LA. Sci-Fest welcomes international submissions from outside the U.S.A and all submissions must be written in English.
Deadline: Sunday 14 December 2014
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
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
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org) 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
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
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
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
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
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
BENCHMARK CREATIVE WRITING COMPETITION
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
'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).
Date: Tuesday 20 January 2015
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 email@example.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
'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.
Date: Tuesday 3 February 2015
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
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
THE BATH NOVEL AWARD
The Bath Novel Award is an international prize for aspiring and self-published writers
Writers are invited to submit the first 5,000 words plus a one page synopsis.
Deadline: Tuesday 31 March 2015
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
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.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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 email@example.com including a separate cover page with name, department and contact details. All pieces will be judged anonymously.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, 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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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