Opportunities for Writers
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Disclaimer: Unless stated otherwise, Scottish Book Trust do not directly endorse any of these opportunities. While every effort is made to ensure that the most up-to-date information is available, 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:
STORY SHOP AT THE EDINBURGH BOOK FESTIVAL
Calling new, emerging writers! The City of Literature Trust is offering you the chance to read your work at the Edinburgh International Book Festival as part of the Story Shop this August.
Story Shop is a showcase for new writing and new writers from Edinburgh, produced by Edinburgh UNESCO City of Literature Trust, which takes place every day - for free and un-ticketed - in the Book Festival’s iconic Spiegeltent. Each daily ten-minute slot features a new writer reading either two 4-5 minute 'flash fiction' pieces or one 8-10 minute piece of fiction.
Writers applying must be living or working in Edinburgh.
Deadline: Monday 28 April 2014
1-2-1 COMIC BOOK TUITION
Garry Mac offers detailed 1-2-1 tuition from a studio in Partick. Courses in how to create, write and draw comics from idea to character to page. Get the benefit of 1-2-1 advice and exercises that will sharpen your existing skills and teach you brand new ones, including how to understand the complex yet immediate language of comics and sequential art.
6 week block will take you through the basics, including how to show the passage of time in comics, leading the reader around the page, panel transitions, and the professional pencilling process that will allow you to build up detail using layers.
Date: Wednesday 30 April 2014
SCOTTISH ARTS CLUB SHORT STORY COMPETITION
Author Alexander McCall Smith will be the judge in the first short story competition launched by the Scottish Arts Club. The competition is open to all published and unpublished writers over 16 years. The stories, up to 1,500 words, can be on any topic.
Deadline: Wednesday 30 April 2014
EAST 15 PLAYWRITING COMPETITION
Playwrights! Fancy seeing your work up on the London stage? East 15 Acting School is looking for a new writing play to produce as part of their series of BA Acting final year performances in May/June next year.
This play will be performed a minimum of two times at a London theatre during the summer 2015 term by a company of final year BA Acting students, director TBC.
Deadline: Wednesday 30 April 2014
BRISTOL SHORT STORY PRIZE
The Bristol Short Story Prize is an annual international writing competition open to all published and unpublished writers. They publish an annual anthology of all the winning stories.
First prize is £1,000 and a £150 Waterstones gift card.
Deadline: Wednesday 30th April 2014
ADRIFT IN LANDSCAPE: PLACE AND WRITING RETREAT
Taking inspiration from the surrounding landscape, this retreat will explore what place means to us emotionally, psychologically, culturally and personally. Drawing upon tutor Sheree Mack’s expertise in writing about nature, place and belonging, the retreat will combine walking, memory, story-telling, narrative and science.
Course dates: 12-19 October 2014
Deadline: Wednesday 30 April 2014
SCOTTISHPEN: NEW WRITING SUBMISSIONS
Submissions are now open for submissions for the June issue of ScottishPEN. The theme is PENning Leavings.
Please email submissions (up to three poems of not more than fifty lines each or one prose piece of not more than 2000 words). The theme may be interpreted in any number of ways but it should be the central theme of the work submitted.
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). Collaborations with those writing in other languages very welcome. Work may have been previously published.
Deadline: Wednesday 30 April 2014
JOLLEY SHORT STORY PRIZE 2014
Entries are now open for the 2014 ABR Elizabeth Jolley Short Story Prize. This year, for the first time, The Australian Book Review will be accepting online entries as well as hard-copies. They have also decided to open the Prize so that all writers are eligible to enter.
Entries must be a single-authored short story of between 2,000 and 5,000 words, written in English. Stories must not have been previously published or be on offer to other prizes or publications for the duration of the Jolley Prize.
Deadline: Thursday 1 May 2014
BBC COMEDY: ROOM TO WRITE WORKSHOP
In a brand new BBC Comedy and BBC Writersroom initiative, the BBC are looking to select 10–20 comedy writers to work with to create the next wave of Scottish comedy shows. This is a rare opportunity to learn from some great people, including writers Jack Docherty and Susan Calman, and to be part of an exclusive online comedy writing forum – where ideas will flow and laughter will, if we’re lucky, grow. You’ll get to develop your scripts, gain excellent feedback and have your work read by Comedy Producers.
Workshops are taking place in Edinburgh, Glasgow, Dundee, Aberdeen and Inverness. Please note that the Edinburgh and Glasgow workshops are now fully booked.
Date of workshops:
Dundee- Saturday 3 May 2014.
Aberdeen-Saturday 24 May 2014.
Inverness-Sunday 25 May 2014.
CHILDREN'S WRITING WORKSHOP WITH LARI DON
Award-winning writer Lari Don has been inspired to create adventures and ambushes by artworks at Jupiter Artland and would love to inspire you to write here too. You’ll need warm clothes, sensible footwear, gloves and plenty of imagination!
There are two separate workshops available on the 3rd May 2014 for two different age groups:
10am to 1pm - For mid to late Primary aged children.
2pm to 5pm - For late Primary to early Secondary aged children.
Date: Saturday 3 May 2014
[UNTITLED] CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS
[Untitled] is now open for submissions of artwork in any media or format for our fourth issue. We are looking for original, inspiring and local works that address and engage with the people and environs of Falkirk. All works should reflect and promote the arts and culture of the Falkirk area.
Deadline: Sunday 4 May 2014
GRAZIA AND THE BAILEYS WOMENS PRIZE FOR FICTION COMPETITION
Grazia has teamed up with the Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction for a fourth year to find a star female writer.
Sarah Waters – critically acclaimed and award-winning author of five novels, most recently The Little Stranger – has written the opening paragraph of a new story. All you have to do is complete the first chapter in 800-1,000 words. It’s up to you what you write: we’re looking for imaginative, original storytelling.
The winner will be invited to join Grazia editor-in-chief Jane Bruton at the Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction award ceremony on 4 June, where they’ll be presented with their prize of £1,000 in front of some of the world’s best novelists, agents, publishers and editors.
Deadline: Tuesday 6 May 2014
INTRODUCTION TO SCREENWRITING COURSE
This short course offers an introduction to the art of screenwriting. The course will strip the film script down to its basic elements, discussing each one in turn and then explore how the elements merge and work together to form a coherent ‘blue print’ for a moving picture. Students will explore script analysis, view short and feature length films and undertake practical writing exercises.
Students will also explore elements such as industry standard formatting, creating realistic characters, relationships, dialogue, and subtext.
Course dates: Wednesday 7 May- Wednesday 25 June 2014 (8 weeks)
SCREENWRITING GOLDMINE: SCREENWRITING CONTEST
The 3rd Annual Screenwriting Goldmine Contest is now open for entries.
Scripts can be for films, television or all genres and should be 45 pages to 125 pages in length.
Our 2012 winner was optioned by Island Pictures, our 2013 winner has just been commissioned on her first episode of TV drama for CBBC.
Deadline: Thursday 8 May 2014
WRITERS' FACTORY- INTRO TO SCREENWRITING- EXPRESS!
Develop your ideas into stories on this intensive double weekend course. Over the two weekends, you’ll develop a premise and outline for a five to ten-minute screenplay.
Deadline for booking: Friday 9 May 2014
Date of course: 17th /18th May and 31st May/1st June 10am-5pm
APPLETREE WRITERS WORKSHOP: INTO THE UNKNOWN WITH PETE LANCASTER
Exploring our world through words and imagination.
Date: Sunday 18 May 2014, 10.30-4.30 pm.
MANCHESTER METROPOLITAN UNIVERSITY NOVELLA AWARD
In 2014, Manchester Metropolitan University’s Cheshire Faculty is launching the inaugural MMU Novella Award, the first iteration of what will become a bi-annual literary prize. The competition will conclude with a one-day Novella Festival at the Cheshire Campus consisting of readings, talks and panel discussions. Novelist Jenn Ashworth will front the judging panel and decide the winner after a team of internal readers whittles down the submissions to a shortlist.
Entries must be between 20,000 and 40,000 words long.
Deadline: Friday 23 May 2014
This day is for writers thinking about self-publishing or who already self-publish their work. The aim is to give the best practical advice on how to get your material as good as it can be and then how to find readers and buyers for it. There will be lots of opportunities to ask questions and network.
Date: Saturday 24 May 2014
THE BRIDPORT PRIZE FOR POEMS, SHORT STORIES AND FLASH FICTION
The mission of the Bridport Prize is to encourage emerging writers and promote literary excellence through its competition structure.
The Bridport Prize is open to all nationalities aged 16 years and over.
A new category for flash fiction with a prize of £1,000 was launched in 2010. There is a second prize of £500, 3rd prize of £250 and 3 supplementary prizes of £25.
Deadline: Saturday 31 May 2014
PINT-SIZED PLAYS COMPETITION
Pint-sized plays welcomes submissions of scripts capable of being staged in a pub with a running time of between 5 and 10 minutes. Scripts should require two or three characters only with minimal additional props.
Deadline: Saturday 31 May 2014
COOPER GALLERY: CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS
Cooper Gallery are seeking writers to participate in a Group Critical Writing Residency edited by Maria Fusco for 'Studio Jamming: Artists’ Collaborations in Scotland'.
Deadline: Saturday 31 May 2014
JONATHAN CAPE OPEN SUBMISSIONS
From 1–30 June 2014, Jonathan Cape will be open for fiction submissions from new writers of high calibre and imagination.
Submissions should be an initial 50 pages of prose fiction. These can be part of a novel or novella, or short stories. The pages can be finished work or a work in progress.
For graphic-novel submissions, please contact the editors through www.capegraphicnovels.co.uk
Submissions should be emailed as attachments to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include contact details, and a covering paragraph of any information you think might prove helpful in considering your submission.
Submissions open: Sunday 1- Monday 30 June 2014
THE EMMA PRESS ANTHOLOGY OF DANCE: CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS
The Emma Press are looking for poems about different styles of dance, the experience of dancing, the experience of watching dance, the history and future of dance, and the significant moments that can occur during and through dance.
Deadline: Sunday 1 June 2014
TODAY'S WRITERS FOR TODAY'S CHILDREN: CALL FOR MANUSCRIPTS
Emergents, in association with Fraser Ross Associates, Scotland’s leading literary agency for children’s writers, is launching a search to find Scotland’s best unpublished fiction for readers aged between 7 and 12 years old.
Writers currently living in Scotland can submit their work to the project (entry is free of charge and multiple submission is accepted).
Emergents, in association with Fraser Ross Associates, will select the most promising work to develop for submission to publishers. The selected writers will be given guidance and feedback, and there will be a meeting with Fraser Ross Associates and Emergents to discuss the work, its commercial potential and how best it can be taken forward.
Deadline: Monday 9 June 2014
PLAYWRITING RESPONSES TO THE COMMONWEALTH GAMES
The Tron Theatre are looking for short 15 minute plays in response to The Commonwealth Games. These plays will be performed as readings during Glasgow 2014 as part of The Tron’s Home Nations Programme.
The scripts should be a response to the athletes, events, sports, political issues or scandals of The Commonwealth Games since 1930. We would like these plays to take us on an interesting, alternative journey. Scripts should be no more than 15 pages and have no more than five characters.
Please email submissions to email@example.com with the heading ‘Commonwealth Plays’.
Deadline: Monday 9 June 2014
V.S PRITCHETT MEMORIAL PRIZE 2014
This prize was founded by the RSL at the beginning of the new millennium to commemorate the centenary of an author widely regarded as the finest English short-story writer of the 20th century, and to preserve a tradition encompassing Pritchett’s mastery of narrative.
The Royal Society of Literature is delighted to announce the sixteenth V.S. Pritchett Memorial Prize. There is a prize of £1,000, and the winning entry will be published in Prospect online and in the RSL Review. In addition to this, there will be an opportunity to appear at an RSL event with established short story writers in autumn 2014.
The judges this year are Margaret Drabble, Tibor Fischer and Helen Oyeyemi.
Deadline: Monday 16 June 2014
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
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
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
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
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.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
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.
EDINBURGH UNIVERSITY OPEN STUDIES CREATIVE WRITING COURSES
Edinburgh Unviersity's Open Studies programme offers a number of creative writing courses. You can find out more about the courses by clicking on the links below:
Find Your Voice 3- From 25 April 2014
Get Ready to Write your First Novel- From 22 April 2014
Innovative Fiction- From 24 April 2014
Poetry in Practice- From 23 April 2014
Ripping Scripts 3- From 24 April 2014
Shut Up and Write!- From 23 April 2014
Starting to Write 2- From 24 April 2014
VISPO! Visual Poetry, Found Poetry and Other Experimental Forms-From 23 April 2014
Write That Story 2- From 22 April 2014
Writing Creative Nonfiction- From 22 April 2014
Writing Drama for Radio- From 22 April 2014
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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