Opportunities for Writers

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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 

 

September

 

DR GAVIN WALLACE FELLOWSHIP

Moniack Mhor is proud to host the second Dr Gavin Wallace Fellowship. This annual award was established in 2013 by Creative Scotland to honour Dr Gavin Wallace for his stoic passion and commitment to supporting the Scottish Literature Community. 

Moniack Mhor Writers Centre is inviting established writers to apply for the Dr Gavin Wallace Fellowship 2014/15. In hosting the Fellowship, the organisation would like to explore the theme of Place and its effect on Personal Identity. The focus for the year would be the creation of a fictional work that explores these themes. 

The successful candidate will receive time and resources to develop their practice. This includes a stipend of £20,000. Other possible support includes residential courses, retreats and mentoring. 

Deadline: Thursday 18 September 2014

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TENNESSEE WILLIAMS SHORT STORY COMPETITION

As part of Dundee Rep’s Autumn Season which starts with Tennessee Williams’ The Glass Menagerie and in October sees the community tour, Talk to Me like the Rain and Let Me Listen which features 4 of Tennessee Williams’ short plays; Dundee Rep are running a Short Story Competition. Applicants may submit their work in the form of a short story or a play.

The competition is open to anyone aged 16 – 26.

The brief is broad but is brought into focus using the image on the website as inspiration and your short story or play (no more than 500 words). 

Entry fee: Free

Deadline: Friday 19 September 2014

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PICTURE HOOKS: CONFERENCE FOR ILLUSTRATORS

The conference will be held on 20 September 2014 at the Edinburgh College of Art between 10am and 5pm. In the morning speakers from a leading children’s publisher will reveal the insider’s view of the publishing industry. The afternoon session will focus on how to license work and give the inside scoop on the commercial world of illustration. The conference costs £50 which includes refreshments. 

Cost: £50.00

Conference date: Saturday 20 September 2014

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BLEAK BLEAK BLEAK: CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS

Bleak Bleak Bleak is a magazine of art, politics, cultural journalism, creative writing and contemporary poetry.

Based in Glasgow and Brighton, Bleak Bleak Bleak publishes emerging artists and writers alongside established figures, such as Brendan Cleary or Nastío Mosquito.

The magazine is currently digital only but there are plans to launch a print edition. The first two issues can be found here: http://bleakzine.com

Prose contributions should be under 2000 words.

Deadline: Sunday 21 September 2014

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JONATHAN CAPE GRAPHIC NOVEL PRIZE

Are you an aspiring Graphic Novelist? Do you have an original story to tell?

Jonathan Cape and Comica have got together with The Observer to offer the chance to see your work in print and win £1,000.

The judges this year are Peter Serafinowicz (actor, comedian and writer), Isabel Greenberg (author of The Encylopedia of Early Earth), Rachel Cooke (The Observer), Dan Franklin (Publisher, Jonathan Cape), Paul Gravett (Director, Comica Festival) and Suzanne Dean (Random House Creative Director).

The winner will receive £1,000 cash and their 4-page story will be published in the Observer New Review.

The runner-up will receive £250 and their work will appear online at www.guardian.co.uk.

Entry: Free

Deadline: Friday 26 September 2014

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THE SUNDAY TIMES EFG SHORT STORY AWARD 2015

Now accepting entries from publishers, agents and authors.

The Award - an international prize for a single short story - recognises the finest writers, with previous winners including Junot Diaz, Kevin Barry, Anthony Doerr and C K Stead. Worth £30,000 to the winner and £1,000 to each of the five runners-up, prizes will be announced in April 2015.

Entry is open to authors from anywhere in the world, as long as they have a previous record of publication in creative writing in the UK and Ireland. Stories must be previously unpublished, or first published after 1 January 2014. All entries must be 6,000 words or under and entirely original.

Entry: Free

Deadline: 6pm (GMT) on Friday 26 September 2014

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LAPIDUS SCOTLAND: ALL STORIES ARE PLACED PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

In this training weekend, participants will explore creative facilitation skills to work with the words of place…wherever it is and whatever the form. Perspectives and tools to aid in personal, group, and community exploration of places will be provided, discussed, practised, and experienced. 

Workshop fee: £90, Lapidus members £75, (a limited number of concessions will be available).

Booking deadline: Friday 26 September 2014

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CALL FOR POLITICAL POEMS AND POEMS ABOUT VOTING

The Emma Press has launched a call for poems about UK politics in the run-up to the General Election, as well as a call for poems about voting.

The poems about UK politics will be published as Campaign in Poetry and the voting poems as The Emma Press Anthology of Voting. The independent publisher is calling for poems about 'the Coalition, MPs, party politics, party leaders, the election campaigns and the rise of UKIP and the far Right' for Campaign in Poetry and 'poems about the history of voting and its present role in people's lives across the world, and about voting in all contexts' for The Emma Press Anthology of Voting. The independent publisher hopes the call for submissions will elicit poems written from a wide range of viewpoints.

Deadline: Sunday 28 September 2014

Entry: Free

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BBC WRITERS ROOM SCRIPT SUBMISSIONS- SCRIPT ROOM 8 FOR STAGE PLAYS

The Script Room window for submitting Stage Plays is open from 10am on Monday 15th September 2014 until 5pm on Monday 29th September 2014.

The Script Room is a place where you can send your script to be assessed by a team of experienced readers. 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.

Script Room 8 is specifically for Stage plays – comedy / drama.

Deadline: Monday 29 September 2014

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NEW WRITING SCOTLAND: ISSUE 33

New Writing Scotland publishes works by writers resident in Scotland or Scots by birth, upbringing or inclination. All forms of writing are invited: autobiography and memoirs; creative responses to events and experiences; drama; graphic artwork (monochrome only); poetry; political and cultural commentary and satire; screenplays; short fiction; travel writing or any other creative prose may be submitted. We have a maximum recommended length of 3,500 words in total. Please do not send complete novels or other long works, although self-contained extracts are acceptable. The work must be neither previously published nor accepted for publication and may be in any of the languages of Scotland.

Entry: Free

Deadline: Tuesday 30 September 2014

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LITERATURE WORKS FIRST PAGE WRITING PRIZE

The hugely successful First Page Writing Prize is back. Literature Works seek  opening pages of unpublished novels (and a 150 word synopsis) from promising writers around the country.

Deadline: Tuesday 30 September 2014

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NATIONAL LITERACY TRUST: CHILDREN'S AUTHOR PRIZE 2015

In partnership with Bloomsbury Children's Books, the National Literacy Trust want to find talented new authors of children’s fiction.

Members of the public are invited to submit stories for eight to 12-year-olds to be in with a chance of winning a publishing contract with Bloomsbury, including advance payment of £5,000 for your work.

Deadline: Tuesday 30 September 2014

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'IN PROCESS' MASTERCLASS WITH JACKIE KAY

Jackie Kay was born in Edinburgh, Scotland in 1961 to a Scottish mother and a Nigerian father. She was adopted by a white couple at birth and was brought up in Glasgow, studying at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama and Stirling University where she read English. The experience of being adopted by and growing up within a white family inspired her first collection of poetry, The Adoption Papers (1991). The collection won a Scottish Arts Council Book Award, the Saltire Society Scottish First Book of the Year Award and a commendation by the Forward Poetry Prize judges in 1992. 

Her first novel, Trumpet, published in 1998, was awarded the Guardian Fiction Prize and was shortlisted for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award. Her books, Why Don’t You Stop Talking (2002), Wish I Was Here (2006), and Reality, Reality (2012) are collections of short stories, and she has also published a novel for children, Strawgirl (2002). Her collection of poetry for children, Red, Cherry Red (2007) won the 2008 CLPE Poetry Award.

Date: Tuesday 30 September 2014

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SCOTTISH PEN: NEW WRITING SUBMISSIONS

Scottish PEN are now accepting submissions for the November 2014 issue. The theme is open.

Please email submissions (up to three poems of not more than fifty lines each or one prose piece of not more than 2000 words) to pensubmissions@googlemail.com.

Submissions may be in any language provided that they are accompanied by a translation into English or Scots (the author's or the work of another writer). Work may have been previously published.

Deadline: Tuesday 30 September 2014

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October

 

THE PROLITZER PRIZE FOR PROSE WRITING 2014

The Prolitzer Prize are now accepting entries for their annual prose writing competition. 

Fiction or Creative Non-Fiction submissions should epitomise the editorial values of Prole: to make writing engaging, accessible, entertaining and challenging. Quality is all.

Word limit is 2,500.

All work must be the original work of the writer and be unpublished.

Deadline: Wednesday 1 October 2014

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CALL FOR POETRY SUBMISSIONS

'Rooms' is a new Glasgow-based poetry zine. Submissions are currently welcome on the theme of “ephemera”. First-time poets, seasoned writers and casual hobbyists are all encouraged to submit. 

Submissions or questions should be emailed to info@roomspoetry.com.

Deadline: Wednesday 1 October 2014

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RESIDENTIAL WRITING COURSE IN GALLOWAY

This is your chance to make the start to the writing you always promised yourself. With the support of Margaret & Mary & in the beautiful tranquil setting of Durhamhill you couldn’t have a finer opportunity for discovering your writing potential. It is the opportunity to turn rough ideas into stories or poems. If you already have some writing underway you will have time & guidance in editing & developing your work. Workshop topics will cover the creation of characters & plot, explain the role of narrative voice & provide guidance on life-writing. There is ample time to discuss your ideas & work with your tutors & fellow writers. 

Deadline: Sunday 5 October 2014

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WRITERS' FACTORY: INTRODUCTION TO SCREENWRITING

The course takes place over 22 weeks and encourages you to explore more fully your storytelling instincts, study the craft of screenwriting, workshop with your peers, and develop and write a commercial ten-minute film drama. The course is delivered by multi-award winning Edinburgh-based film and television producer, screenwriter and experienced Writers' Factory lecturer, Nigel R. Smith. 

Deadline: Wednesday 8 October 2014

Course details: Wednesday evenings, 6-8pm

Fee: £250 (£200 concession)
Starts Oct 15th - 10th Dec, (XMAS BREAK), 2015 Starts again: 14th Jan - April 16th (Easter break March 25th)

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WRITERS WORKSHOP WITH ZOE STRACHAN

'Writing from Memory to Story' is the first of a series of workshops for writers planned by the Scottish Arts Club, located in Rutland Square, Edinburgh. Award winning author Zoë Strachan will lead the two-day session on the use of memory to develop fiction or family history. Activities will include practical exercises, reading and discussion, and include an opportunity for individual sessions. 

Fee: £80 (members) £105 (non-members) 

Deadline: Friday 10 October 2014

Date of workshops: Friday 17 October and Saturday 18 October 2014 from 10am-5pm  

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SKRIVA WRITING SCHOOL: START WRITING YOUR NOVEL

This course will cover the basics of creating and getting to know your characters, finding and developing a storyline that is meaningful to you, giving your story a suitable setting, and how to use dialogue to the best effect. Writers will also have a go at creating opening scenes. 

Fee: £75.00

Date: Saturday 11 October 2014

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CREATIVE WRITING: THE ART OF ENGAGING THE READER

What makes readers keep reading? Why would readers believe in your story or relate to your poetry? This course will look at what appeals to us as readers - so prepare to share your favourite writing. Suitable for working in prose or poetry, and for both beginners and more experienced writers.

Course dates: Tuesday 14 October- Tuesday 25 November 2014, 6.30-9pm.

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WRITING ROOT AND CLAW POETRY WORKSHOP WITH SUSAN RICHARDSON AND EM STRANG

Come along to a stimulating weekend of writing and discussion around ecological themes. What does it mean to write nature poetry in the 21st century? How do we express wildness? Is it possible to speak for nonhuman species? There’ll be an emphasis on writing and exploring poetry, but prose writers are also very welcome.

You’ll have the opportunity to share your work, engage in writing exercises both indoors and out in the inspirational landscape surrounding Haybergill Centre. There’ll be space timetabled into the weekend for plenty of focused periods of writing, plus helpful feedback and editing sessions in a supportive group setting. All levels of experience welcome.

Dates: Friday 17-Sunday 19 October 2014

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IDEASTAP EDITOR'S BRIEF: ROAD TRIP 


Ideas Tap want your artistic work – whether that's writing, visual art/photography, audio or video – about road trips. 

As always, the quarterly Editor’s Brief is open to all ages and disciplines, and there are three categories for you to apply to. 

There will be a first (£250), second (£100) and third (£50) prize in EACH of the following categories: 

Audio and video (no longer than two minutes) 
Writing (no longer than 1,000 words) 
Visual art/photographs (no more than two) 


All first-prize winners will become part of our alumni. Please note that you can only apply with one entry to one category.

Deadline: Thursday 30 October 2014

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NATIONAL POETRY COMPETITION 2014

The National Poetry Competition is now open for entries.  

The judges of the 2014 National Poetry Competition are: Roddy Lumsden, Glyn Maxwell and Zoë Skoulding. The National Poetry Competition is an award for individual poems that are previously unpublished. Each entry remains anonymous throughout the judging process. 

Prizes

First Prize: £5000
Second Prize: £2000
Third Prize: £1000
Seven Commendations: £100

The top-three winning poems are published in the Spring issue of The Poetry Review. The winners will be invited to appear at various events and festivals around the country, including Ledbury Poetry Festival. Up to 150 longlisted entrants are also offered a discount on selected activities from the Poetry School. Winning and commended poems will are published on the Poetry Society website.

Deadline: Friday 31 October 2014

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SOLSTICE SHORTS: CALL FOR SHORT STORY WRITERS

Please register an expression of interest for an upcoming competition to choose stories to be read at:

Solstice Shorts Festival
A literature and music festival on the theme of TIME
for Short Story Day on the shortest day of the year
21st December 2014
from sunrise (8.04) to sunset (15.53).

You are invited to start thinking about what you might write, and to let us know that you are thinking. As soon as we know that we have the funds we will contact you, so that you can get your story to us in the nick of time! (there’s another thematic trope.)

What we are looking for:

Stories (not poems, not memoir, not other kinds of non-fiction – just short fiction) on the theme of TIME – in any way that the writers choose to interpret it.

All your own work
Written in English
unpublished in print or on-line, and
unbroadcast in any medium
between 1700 and 2200 words long.

Deadline: Friday 31 October 2014

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November

NEON LITERARY MAGAZINE: CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS

UK-based literary magazine Neon is looking for short stories and poetry to publish in an upcoming issue. Simultaneous submissions and reprints are accepted, and our response time is less than one month. Accepted contributors receive a copy of the magazine and a small royalty.

Deadline: Saturday 1 November 2014

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The Caledonia Novel Award

Judge: Hellie Ogden, Literary Agent at Janklow & Nesbit

Prize: £1,000 | Entry fee: £20

Submit thefirst twenty pages plus 200 word synopsis and cover sheet.

Deadline: 02 November 2014 (winner announced: February 2015)

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LOVE THY PIGEON: SUBMISSIONS FOR ISSUE TWO

There are no themes or requirements to be considered for Love Thy Pigeon. All submissions are considered, from visual art to text (and everything in between). If you have submitted before feel free to submit different work!

Deadline: Monday 3 November 2014

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SELF-HYPNOSIS TO IMPROVE YOUR WRITING CREATIVELY

Hypnosis is a normal and natural state of mind like daydreaming. Your attention turns inwards & the mind settles. It’s much easier in this state to notice the drift of your thoughts. These can be consciously constructed or you can ‘just sit & watch’ images arising spontaneously from the subconscious part of the mind, where the roots of our creativity lie. Self-hypnosis can be quickly & easily learned & is profoundly relaxing. More importantly, it allows access to the subconscious & our amazing resources of memory and imagination.

The course includes:

- Overview of how creativity can be developed when the conscious & subconscious parts of the mind work together. 
- Explanation of what hypnosis is, how it can be used therapeutically (brief discussion of hypnotherapy) & how learning the skill of self-hypnosis can benefit writers.
- Relaxation sessions where you experience the state of hypnosis. 

Deadline: Sunday 16 November 2014

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December

 

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

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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

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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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2015

 

January

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.

 

March

 

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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Ongoing opportunities

 

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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