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 

 

 

July 

 

CREATIVE WRITING: DEVELOPING STRUCTURE AND TECHNIQUE

This course will focus on how to plan and structure your writing. We will look at developing ideas, how to approach character-driven stories, as well as a wide range of plot and structure techniques. We will work with both the short story and planning for longer writing formats. Suitable for beginners looking to develop ideas as well as more experienced writers. 

Course dates: Monday 21 July, Wedesday 23 July, Monday 28 July, Wednesday 30 July
6.30pm-9pm
Location: Kilmardinny Arts Centre

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'In Process' Masterclass with Christopher Brookmyre

Christopher Brookmyre was born in Glasgow in 1968 and educated at Glasgow University, where he earned an MA (Hons) in English and Theatre. He worked as a sub-editor in London and Edinburgh prior to the publication of his first novel, Quite Ugly One Morning, which won the First Blood Award in 1996 for the best first crime novel of the year. Sixteen further novels followed, garnering him two Sherlock awards, the Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize for Comic Writing and the Glenfiddich Spirit of Scotland Award for writing. Come along and hear Chris impart secrets of the writing craft.

Date: Tuesday 22 July 2014

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DIGITAL SLAM 2014

It’s time again to combine all the skill and passion of poetry with the fun and strategy of slam, online on a worldwide stage. And this year, as the games are about to start over in Glasgow, keeping to a commonwealth theme, we’re presenting our Digital Slam in partnership with the pan-African Badilisha Poetry X-Change. So this year’s competitors will share a virtual stage with some of the best poets currently performing in Africa. 

For the slam, what you’ll need to enter is a new or recent video or audio performance of one of your poems or spoken word pieces which you have uploaded onto YouTube, Vimeo, PodOmatic, SoundCloud or other online platform (please note: this has to be a platform which generates code for embedded media players).

Once you’ve picked out the poem/performance you want to submit, send the URL to: info@stanzapoetry.org with a note of your name and where you are based. 

Deadline: Monday 28 July 2014

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CHASE THE MOON: CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS

Chase The Moon, a magazine for misfit stories, seek your submissions.

Submissions of short fiction up to 7000 words (ideally between  2000-4000) are welcome. 

Deadline: Wednesday 30 July 2014

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THE WRITEIDEA SHORT STORY COMPETITION

The Writeidea Prize is a new national short story prize.

First Prize: £500         

Tower Hamlets Prize: £500           

Five finalists’ prizes:  £100 each

The six finalists and local winner will be invited to read their stories alongside the judge, Alex Wheatle, at the Writeidea Festival on Sunday 16 November 2014 at 2:00pm.

Judge: Alex Wheatle is the author of several novels including Brixton Rock and Brenton Brown. He was awarded an MBE for services to literature in 2008. See Alex talking about his writing and the Writeidea Festival.

Length: Stories must be a maximum of 4,000 words (no minimum).

Deadline: Thursday 31 July 2014

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BLOODY SCOTLAND CRIME WRITING COMPETITION

Scotland’s International Crime Writing festival supports and promotes the best crime writing from around the world, including emerging writers and exciting new voices. Bloody Scotland want to seek out a celebrate the most skilled and creative new crime writers from around the world.

Writers from anywhere in the world to demonstrate their skill in short-story writing by entering a story, for a chance to win a brilliant prize and be recognised as an exciting emerging talent in the crime genre.

Bloody Scotland seek exceptional crime short stories based on the theme of ‘Escape’.  You can interpret the theme of in any way that inspires you, but work must be crime themed.  Entries are accepted from anywhere in the world, but must be written in English. Stories should be a maximum of 3,000 words.

Deadline: Thursday 31 July 2014

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OFF THE STANZA POETRY COMPETITION

The theme of this year's competition is 'conflicting voices'. The first prize will receive a £150 book token. 

The poems will be judged by Stirling Makar, Anita Govan. 

Deadline: Thursday 31 July 2014

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IDEASTAP PAID COLOUMNIST OPPORTUNITY

If you’re looking for a regular, paid writing gig on a great arts publication, then this is going to make your day.

The Columnist is sort of like IdeasTap’s mouthy, clever, successful best friend. You’ll be expected to write an insightful, opinionated, original and engaging piece every week that explores arts, culture and the issues that matter to our members. You’ll be paid £100 per 500-word column and, if you need it, we can even offer you a free desk space here at our London office.

Initially it’s a two-month trial, but if we like what we read, the winner will then continue for the full six months.

Second place will be offered a choice of either four commissions at the rate of £100 per article or a month’s paid internship at IdeasTap (£300 per week), where you’ll be able to write regularly for IdeasMag. You will also get feedback and career advice from the IdeasTap editorial team.

Finally, eight runners up will receive three mentoring sessions with a working journalist, paid for by IdeasTap. These sessions can involve career advice, feedback on writing, pitching tips – or whatever you feel you need help with. 

We’re also bringing on board an expert judging panel to pick the winners.

Deadline: Thursday 31 July 2014

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August

 

ROOM TO WRITE SHORT STORY COMPETITION

Room To Write are delighted to announce our inaugural Short Story Competition- the competition will run from May 1st through to August 1st. 

The final shortlist of ten will be published on the website in August, and will be read by our sponsors Booker Prize winner Pat Barker and  Hans Christian Andersen Prize winner David Almond

Deadline: Friday 1 August 2014

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WRITE ABERDEEN COMPETITION

To celebrate the 60th anniversary of the twinning of Aberdeen and Regensburg, Germany, a bilingual collection of new writing by writers from both cities is to be published in 2015.

Anyone aged 18 or above who lives, works or studies in Aberdeen – or who previously has – is invited to submit poetry, flash fiction and/or non-fiction (personal memory) to the Write Aberdeen competition. Up to 10 winning entrants will be published in the print collection and there will also be a £100 cash prize for each winning entry.

The competition will be judged by award-winning local writers Wayne Price and Helen Lynch.

Each work must relate to the city of Aberdeen in some way, whether that be through its themes, location, local language (Doric), etc.

Deadline: Friday 1 August 2014

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THE COSTA SHORT STORY AWARD

The Costa Short Story Award, launched in 2012, is voted for by the public.  The award is for a single, previously-unpublished short story of up to 4,000 words by an author aged 18 years or over.

Deadline: Friday 1 August 2014

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WRITE ABERDEEN – WRITE REGENSBURG COMPETITION

To celebrate the 60th anniversary of the twinning of Aberdeen and Regensburg, Germany, a bilingual collection of new writing by writers from both cities is to be published in 2015.

Anyone aged 18 or above who lives, works or studies in Aberdeen – or who previously has – is invited to submit poetry, flash fiction and/or non-fiction (personal memory) to the Write Aberdeen competition. Up to 10 winning entrants will be published in the print collection and there will also be a £100 cash prize for each winning entry.

Date: Friday 1 August 2014

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ONE-ACT PLAYS COMPETITION

The Mardibooks gang are back with an amazing opportunity for playwrights. 

Up to 30 writers will be selected to become Mardiwriters and to have their pieces published in an IdeasTap/Mardibooks one-act play e-book anthology sold on Amazon. 

Mardibooks is looking for one-act, one-person plays of 1,200 to 5,000 words. The actual dialogue must not exceed 5,000 words, though this does not include any stage directions you may use.

The brief judges will be looking for an original, well-devised idea with an interesting plot and developed characterisation. Your play will need to demonstrate an effective use of language with considered and appropriate structural devices and a commanding awareness of audience. 

Deadline: Friday 1 August 2014

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EMMA PRESS: POEMS ABOUT AGE CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS

For a new anthology of poems about age, we’re looking for poems that want to challenge, celebrate or just give age a voice. We want poems that show us how fun it can be to be old, poems that show us how hard it can be, poems that let us know what it’s like when some things just don’t work anymore – and when some are better than ever. 

Deadline: Sunday 3 August 2014

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EMMA PRESS: POEMS ABOUT MYTHS AND LEGENDS FOR CHILDREN

We’d like to find poems which tell myths and legends in fresh, engaging (not necessarily innovative) ways, as well as poems which give new spins to old stories and characters. This book will be aimed at children aged 6-10 years old. 

Deadline: Sunday 3 August 2014

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DISCOVERING AND DEVELOPING YOUR WRITING 

In this course we will experiment with key elements of storytelling: character, voice and structure and will use a variety of inventive techniques to do so. The course will focus on prose, but alternative poetry writing exercises can be offered to those interested. Suitable for both beginners and developing writers.

Monday 4 - Wednesday 6 August
William Patrick Library, Kirkintilloch
10am - 1pm

Dates: Monday 4- Wednesday 6 August 2014

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THE GRAND FOUNTAIN: 'INTERPRETATION AND RESTORATION' WRITING COMPETITION

Run by the Star Project and Renfrewshire Council, the competition invites stories of up to 1,000 words in any genre.  With children’s and adults categories, prizes include book tokens, cash and the chance to see your work published.

The Grand Fountain: ‘Interpretation and Restoration’ project is funded by Historic Scotland, the Heritage Lottery Fund and Renfrewshire Council and will see the restoration of the Victorian cast iron fountain at the centre of Fountain Gardens, Paisley to full working order by August 2014. 

Deadline: Monday 4 August 2014

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'IN PROCESS' MASTERCLASS WITH ANNE DONOVAN

Anne Donovan is the author of the short-story collection, Hieroglyphics and the novels, Buddha Da, Being Emily and Gone Are The Leaves, all published by Canongate. Her short story 'All That Glisters' won the Macallan/Scotland on Sunday short story competition and her stories have also appeared in various anthologies, including Glasgow Women’s Library’s 21 Revolutions.

Buddha Da was shortlisted for the Orange Prize, the Whitbread First Novel Award and the Scottish Book of the Year Award, and was nominated for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award. It received a Scottish Arts Council Award and won the Le Prince Maurice Award in Mauritius in 2004. Her short story All That Glisters won the Macallan/Scotland on Sunday short story competition.

Much of her work is set in Glasgow and uses Glasgow voices. Her most recent novel, Gone Are The Leaves, is set in mediaeval times and is written mainly in a different form of Scots.

Date: Tuesday 5 August 2014

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THE REFERENDUM RANT: CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS

What would someone like Burns have written if he had been alive today? In Twa Dogs and The Brigs of Ayr, Burns famously presented both sides of the case with wit and clarity. Would he have done the same today, or would he have settled on one side and argued for that with his characteristic passion and conviction? Would he have let loose with abandoned, ranting rhetoric, or offered a poem of thoughtful consideration of  the virtues of independence? Or the virtues of the United Kingdom?  Who knows, but the “Referendum Rant” is to encourage those who have feelings, from fanatic even to those of boredom, on the subject of “constitutional change” to express themselves in verse.

Choose your own approach: lyrical enthusiasm, energetic bluster, witty satire, scorn and disdain, a story of Scots and English co-operation or a battlefront of raging conflict, a multinational kingdom or a new archipelago of self-determined republican democracies – make a vision out of your imagination, tell a story, sing a song, but give us something new.

Deadline: Friday 15 August 2014

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REVIEW WRITING WORKSHOP

Ever read a book and fancied writing a review, but don’t know where to start? At this workshop, professional writer and GWL Reader in Residence, Magi Gibson will help you sort out what kinds of details to include, as well as how to make your review lively and engaging. She’ll also help you find your own unique writing-style. Glasgow Women’s Library often posts book reviews by readers on our website. Take this workshop and maybe yours could be online soon!

Date: Friday 22 August 2014

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WORDS IN NATURE WORKSHOP

Award winning author and creative writing tutor Janis Mackay leads this one day workshop. come and celebrate summer. As the season moves into harvest we will harvest the fruits of our own creativity - through nature observation and from this we will explore finding a creative response in writing. We will be in a tranquil cottage in the Pentland hills and most of the day we will be writing indoors but punctuated by short forays outside. this day is perfect for all levels of writers, also for new writers wishing to find inspiration.

Date: Saturday 23 August 2014

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THE SKETCHBOOK PROJECT

Five challenges, five weeks, hundreds of writers.

We believe the best way to improve your writing skills is to write often, read always, and challenge yourself to think creatively. In the 5 x 5 Series, we challenge you to scrawl, scribble, inscribe, print, type, or just write to keep you sharp on your linguistics. 

This series will release one challenge open to a limited number of participants each week for five weeks in a row, every week highlighting a different genre of writing.

The first challenge is creating a book of poetry on the theme of 'slow motion'. 

Deadline: Saturday 30 August 2014

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GREAT WAR DUNDEE CHILDREN'S BOOK PRIZE COMPETITION

Could you write a book for children aged 9-12 about Dundee during the Great War?

Dundee Libraries are working with Cargo Publishing to launch an exciting new book competition. The winning entry, judged by school children in Dundee, will win £2,500 as well as having their book published by Cargo Publishing.

Deadline: Sunday 31 August 2014

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ILLICIT INK: CALL FOR PERFORMERS

Illicit Ink Underground asks performers to submit a story based on a broad but interesting theme. Previous themes have included magic, utopia, espionage, time and many, many more. Writers are supported in developing their stories for performance and encouraged to make them as interesting and unusual as they like. 

Illicit Ink Skyground does new things with narrative and is suited to more experienced writers and performers. Beginning with a specialised theme, a handful of professional writers and performers meet for cake and work out an overall story. Then, each go away and write their individual pieces, to be later assembled into a giant shiny narrative. It’s hard work, but totally worth it. So far, Skyground themes have included an alien apocalypse, historical lady scientists having a whinge and a wedding involving kelpies. 

We’re always looking for various kinds of performers to submit to our Underground shows, or to bring into the Skyground family. These might include writers, magicians, actors. musicians, actors again, puppeteers circus performers, etc. No matter what your skill, art or niche, if you think you can create a narrative or collaborate with a writer to make one, we’d absolutely love to hear from you. 

Deadline: Sunday 31 August 2014

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AESTHETICA CREATIVE WRITING AWARD

The Aesthetica Creative Writing Award presents a fantastic opportunity for established and emerging writers to showcase their poetry and short fiction to new, international audiences. 

Prizes include publication in the Aesthetica Creative Writing Annual, a compelling anthology of new writing; £500 for the Poetry winner; £500 for the Fiction winner; a selection of inspirational books from Bloodaxe Books and Vintage.

Fiction entries should be no more than 2,000 words each and poetry entries should be no more than 40 lines each. Both short fiction and poetry entries should be written in English. Submissions previously published elsewhere are accepted.

Deadline: Sunday 31 August 2014

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September

 

COMMONWORD DIVERSITY WRITING FOR CHILDREN PRIZE

The Commonword Children’s Diversity Writing Prize welcomes submissions from unpublished children’s authors whose writing embraces ethnic diversity either through their own ethnicity and culture and/or in their writing. Entries must be a maximum word count of 4,000 words and must be the first 4,000 words of an already finished novel.

Deadline: Monday 1 September 2014

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THE BIG IDEA: CHILDREN'S WRITING

Have you got an idea for a great story that children will love?

'The Big Idea' competition from Chicken House will discover the next big story idea and 'challenge convention on how great ideas become stories today'.

The judges of the Big Idea are Chicken House founder and publisher Barry Cunningham; Tess Daly, TV broadcaster; literary agent Neil Blair, who represents J K Rowling; Debra Hayward, film producer; Sonia Friedman, theatre producer; and Philip Ardagh, children's author and critic. They will choose six winning ideas, with the creators winning £1,000 each and the chance to see their ideas come to life. Chicken House will offer the overall winner a publishing contract for the development of his or her idea by an established author.

Deadline: Tuesday 2 September 2014

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LAPIDUS SCOTLAND: 'WRITING PLACE' WORKSHOP

Join Lapidus Scotland on the west coast in the wonderful setting of Lochinver for a day of stimulating creative writing workshops in the company of others interested in words for wellbeing. 

Morning workshop: ‘Coming Home to Here’ with Margot Henderson 
In the year of Homecoming, a chance to use writing as a practice of mindfulness, a way of coming home to ourselves and our sense of place, to the world within us and the world around us.

Afternoon workshop: ‘Words, Wood and Water’ with Mandy Haggith
Join Mandy on a writing walk through the woods to the stunning White Shore beach and discover how you can use the natural environment as creative inspiration.

For further information, please contact philippajohnston@btinternet.com (Philippa Johnston), or call 01337 842513, or visit http://lapidusscotland.org.uk

Date: Saturday 6 September 2014

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THE SHORT STORY COMPETITION

Now in its fourth year, the competition is looking to publish the best short stories from around the world. New and established writers welcome. Winners will be announced in December 2014 and the stories published on The Short Story website. 

Word limit: 1,000 - 5,000.

Deadline: Monday 15 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.

Deadline: Friday 26 September 2014

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ADRIFT IN THE LANDSCAPE: PLACE AND WRITING RETREAT WITH SHEREE MACK

Taking inspiration from the surrounding landscape, this year we will explore what place means to us, emotionally, psychologically, culturally and personally. Drawing upon Sheree’s expertise in writing about nature, place and belonging, this week will combine walking, memory, story-telling, narrative and science, as we explore how we negotiate place in our writing. Each day we will connect with our surroundings, both rural and urban, to explore how we gather locations, directions and borders to gain or not, that sense of belonging to a place. We will practice paying close attention to our surroundings in order to capture those fully-engaged moments of writing. We will keep our eyes, ears, nose, mouth, fingers, feelings and minds open as we write beyond our expectations. 

Deadline: Tuesday 30 September 2014

Retreat dates: Sunday 12- Sunday 19 October 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.

Deadline: Tuesday 30 September 2014

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LITERATURE WORKS FIRST PAGE WRITING PRIZE

The hugely successful First Page Writing Prize is back. We’re seeking superb opening pages of unpublished novels (and a 150 word synopsis) from promising writers around the country. We’re looking for openings of a novel that make us want to read on, for that compelling first page of a novel that captures the imagination! 

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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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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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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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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NATIONAL POETRY COMPETITION 2014

The National Poetry Competition is now open for entries.  

The judges of the 2014 National Poetry Competition are: Roddy LumsdenGlyn 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).

We are not asking for submissions just now because we have yet to secure funding (which might not be til the beginning of October).

So we are inviting you 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

 

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

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

 

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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