Opportunities for Writers

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The opportunities listed are not directly associated with Scottish Book Trust. Please check submission deadlines and guidelines carefully before submitting your work. 

At Scottish Book Trust we get lots of people telling us about different opportunities for writers in Scotland. Here's the current crop, organised by the month of deadline:

 

2015

 

March

 

MAIRI HEDDERWICK BURSARY: WRITING FOR CHILDREN COURSE AT MONIACK MHOR

Kindly donated by Mairi Hedderwick, this annual bursary will support one place on the Moniack Mhor Writing for Children and Young Adults course on July 13th to July 18th. The tutors for the course are Joan Lennon, Melvin Burgess and guest Anne Fine. It is hoped that this opportunity will support those wanting to develop skills in the genre and enhance their writing practice.

The Bursary ­is open to unpublished/published writers living and working in Scotland who have or would like to have a ‘Writing for Children or Young Adults’ piece in development.

Deadline: Friday 27 March 2015

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ALL OF US VS. ONE GIANT LEAP TRON THEATRE STORYTELLING NIGHT


All of Us is a bold new night of (mostly) true storytelling.

On the first Tuesday of every month, in the Tron Theatre’s historic Victorian Bar,  the audience will be treated to a night of untold stories direct from the real life people that lived so they could tell the tale.

Stories of the epic in the everyday, of chance encounters, of near-death nightmares and dreamlike discoveries. Told live, without notes, recorded, and plastered across the interwebs as a brand new podcast.

Deadline: Friday 27 March 2015

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PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT PLANNING FOR WRITERS

Writing is a solitary pursuit. As writers, you are usually juggling your writing with lots of other work and family commitments. What professional development planning offers is an opportunity to step back for a moment from the hurly burly of daily life and spend some time reflecting on where you want to get to as a writer, with the help of someone experienced, impartial and supportive. 

Cost: £35 or £65 if you’d like to book a follow-up session as well. Also available: a face-to-face session followed by two half-hour coaching sessions by Skype/telephone £50.

Date: Saturday 28 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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SCOTTISH ARTS CLUB SHORT STORY COMPETITION 2015

Author Alexander McCall Smith is the chairman of judges in the 2015 Scottish Arts Club Short Story Competition. The competition is open to all published and unpublished writers over 16 years. Stories should be no more than 1,500 words and can be on any topic.

All funds raised through the competition will be channelled through the Scottish Arts Club Charitable Trust to benefit the arts in Scotland.

Entry fee: £10.

Deadline: Tuesday 31 March 2015

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SCIENCE FICTION MAGAZINE: CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS

Shoreline of Infinity is a new forthcoming Science Fiction magazine from Scotland. Issue 1 will be launched this summer and writers are invited to submit stories which explore our unknown future. 

Deadline: Tuesday 31 March 2015

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April

 

THE FEDERATION OF WRITERS SCOTLAND EASTER COMPETITION 2015

Poetry (any number of poems; maximum 40 lines each); short stories (up to 2 stories: 1500-2000 words each); flash fiction/mini-story (up to 500 words). Prizes in each category: 1st prize £50, 2nd prize £25, 3rd prize £10. Open Entry

Deadline: Wednesday 1 April 2015

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EDINBURGH INTERNATIONAL SCIENCE FESTIVAL: SCI-KU COMPETITION 

The Sci-Ku competition returns as part of the 2015 Science Festival. This year writers are invited to create a Sci-Ku on the theme of Light. It’s a broad topic: you could write about photosynthesis, solar energy, the stars or even light-based technologies?

A Sci-Ku is a 3-line haiku poem about science.

Deadline: Friday 3 April 2015

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NEON LITERARY MAGAZINE, BATTERY PACK II: CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS

Battery Pack II will be a tiny anthology of short stories, made from a single folded sheet of paper. The finished article will be given away for free with the Summer issue of Neon.

Stories should be no more than seventy-five words in total. 

Deadline: Wednesday 15 April 2015

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THE PLEASURES OF THE TEXT WRITING WORKSHOP

As part of BIG LIT: The Stewartry Book Festival, which runs in Gathouse of Fleet from April 16th – 19th, Booker award nominee and award-winning novelist Michèle Roberts will run a writers workshop from 3pm to 6pm on Friday 17 April. entitled The Pleasures of the Text, this fiction workshop will explore how we write about sex. 

Cost: £25

Date: Friday 17 April 2015

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SELF-EDITING FOR NOVELISTS WITH ALLAN GUTHRIE

Emergents is delighted to offer a one-day seminar for novelists with Allan Guthrie.

Award-winning crime writer Allan Guthrie will lead an all-dayinteractive workshop to demonstrate practical techniques to help strengthen those self-editing muscles.

Topics covered will include language revisions, sharpening your dialogue, character consistency, point of view, plot and pacing, description and exposition, scene construction, building drama and lots more.

Allan Guthrie is the author of several novels, including Two-Way Split, which won the Theakston’s Crime Novel of the Year.

He is also a literary agent with Jenny Brown Associates, co-founder of the publishing company Blasted Heath and works with various publishers as a freelance editor.

Date: Saturday 18 April 2015

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PURE RIDDY! DIARY READING EVENT

Inspired by Sarah Brown's CRINGE teenage diary-reading nights in New York, and more recently in London, Pure Riddy! will take place during the Southside Fringe in May.

Do you have a brother, sister, friend, aunt, uncle, nana, granddad, neighbour, cousin who kept a diary or journal in their youth? Do you have a few hiding in a box somewhere just waiting to be discovered? 

Teenage crushes, gossiping and scheming at school, adventures with friends, parties, family hollybags, becoming a witch because you watched The Craft, writing rubbish poetry, blatant teenage angst ('nobody understands' you)...

Writers are invited to submit information about their readings in advance. 

Deadline: Thursday 23 April 2015

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POETRY REPUBLIC POETRY AND SHORT STORY PRIZES 

First Prize:  2 x £2,000

Poems up to 42 lines | Stories up to 3,000 words

Both prizes are judged through an anonymous peer review online process.

Established eBook anthologies.

Deadline: Thursday 30 April 2015

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'LIVING STORIES' WORKSHOP WITH MELANIE MCGRATH

Award-winning author and journalist Melanie McGrath will run the “Living Stories” workshop on Friday 1st and Saturday 2nd May. Over two days Melanie, an experienced Arvon tutor, will help participants to strengthen core story-telling skills in structuring plot, developing convincing characters, portraying vivid settings and using dialogue effectively. Open to all over 18 years, the “Living Stories” workshop will be valuable for anyone interested in developing skills in short or long fiction or gripping non-fiction.

Deadline: Thursday 30th April 2015

Dates of workshop: Friday 1 and Saturday 2 May 2015

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May

 

THUNDERSTONE BOOKS: CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS

ThunderStone Books aim to publish children's books that have an educational aspect, stories that encourage learning for children, whether that be learning about a new language/culture or learning more about science and math in a fun, fictional format. Fiction and Non-Fiction submissions are currently being accepted.

Deadline: Friday 1 May 2015

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HOW TO SELF-PUBLISH YOUR BOOK WITH BEN GALLEY

Emergents is delighted to offer a one-day masterclass for writers with one of the UK’s leading self-publishing authors, Ben Galley.

This one-day intensive course will focus on Ben’s “Shelf Help” method of self-publishing – a DIY method that gives you maximum control, maximum royalties, and yet keeps the process nice and easy using today’s newest technology.

Ben will cover in detail the three main stages of self-publishing – Polishing, Publishing, and Promotion. By the end of this course, you will not only have a deep insight into the industry, and a game plan for publishing your books, but a bank of knowledge and know-how that can help you to build a career as an indie author.

This course is suitable for any author currently considering self-publishing their work.

Dates:

Saturday 2 May 2015 (Stornoway).

Saturday 16 May 2015 (Kirkwall).

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5TH ANNUAL COMIC BOOK AWARDS: CALL FOR ENTRIES

The award is open to comic book artists, writers and publishers who have created or published a sequential work within the medium of comic book/graphic novels; a work which was published between April 2014 and May 2015. 

Deadline: Tuesday 5 May 2015

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EMERGENTS WRITER 1-2-1S- REGISTER YOUR INTEREST

Emergents is delighted to announce details of writer 1-2-1s taking place in Kirkwall on 14th & 15th May 2015. Writer 1-2-1s are an opportunity for you to meet with Emergents and, where appropriate, to access the services provided to support writers and their careers.

1-2-1s are aimed at writers with projects that have broad mainstream commercial potential, and writers approaching the traditional publishing industry and those wishing to self-publish their work.

Support is available for all genres and types of writing for children and adults, including stage, screen and broadcast writing, fiction, nonfiction and poetry.

The 1-2-1s last one hour, and are with Emergents Director (Writing & Publishing), Peter Urpeth.

Dates: Thursday 14 and Friday 15 May 2015

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WRITE BY THE SEA WEEKEND RETREAT

This writing retreat by the sea will run over the weekend of 15/16/17 May, in the beautiful seaside town of North Berwick, just half an hour by train from Edinburgh. The weekend will begin on the Friday evening with a masterclass given by multi-award-winning novelist, short story writer and memoirist, Janice Galloway. For the rest of the weekend, the focus will be on writing time.

Date: Thursday 14 May 2015

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MAIRI HEDDERWICK BURSARY: TRAVEL WRITING COURSE AT MONIACK MHOR

Kindly donated by Mairi Hedderwick, this annual bursary will support one place on the Moniack Mhor Travel Writing course on October 12th to October 17th 2015. The tutors for the course are Chris Stewart and Mairi Hedderwick with guest Nick Thorpe. It is hoped that this opportunity will support those wanting to develop skills in the genre and enhance their writing practice.

The Bursary ­ is open to unpublished/published writers living and working in Scotland who have or would like to have a travel piece in development.

Deadline: Friday 15 May 2015

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CHEKOV, HEMMINGWAY AND YOU!- WRITING WORKSHOP

This workshop will look at what the masters of the short story form have done, and take inspiration from them to create stories. This inspiring day runs from 10am - 5pm.

Janis Mackay (MA creative writing) is the author of several novels, and also teaches creative writing at Edinburgh University.

Cost: £60

Deadline: Saturday 16 May 2015

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INTRODUCTION TO SCREENWRITING COURSE

Got great screenwriting ideas but pushed for time? Try this express version of the extremely popular Introduction to Screenwriting evening class and develop a premise and outline for a 5-10 min screenplay over two intensive weekends.

Dates of courses: Saturday 16th-Sunday 17th May

Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th May

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THE BRIDPORT PRIZE 2015

One of the richest writing competitions in the UK, the Bridport Prize is open to all nationalities aged 16 years and over.

The poem and short story categories each have a first prize of £5,000, second prize £1,000 and third prize £500. An additional 10 supplementary prizes (for each category) of £50 each are awarded.

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 £50.

Deadline: Sunday 31 May 2015

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THE FELXIBLE PERSONA: CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS

The Flexible Persona is a biweekly literary journal that publishes fiction and nonfiction in audio and print format. Writers in Scotland, England, Ireland, and Wales are invited to submit engaging, character-driven fiction.  The Flexible Persona is a space for experimentation, chances, accidents and discoveries. Word count: 1200 – 6500 words. 

Deadline: Sunday 31 May 2015

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ZOOMORPHIC MAGAZINE: CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS

Zoomorphic Magazine are currently looking for submissions of previously unpublished work from writers of fiction, creative non-fiction, science or conservation journalism and poetry that celebrates and defends the animal world.

Writers are invited to submit prose of up to 3,000 words and poetry of a of maximum 40 lines.

Deadline: Sunday 31 May 2015

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June

 

THE BRUNTWOOD PRIZE FOR PLAYWRITING 2015

The Bruntwood Prize for Playwriting is the biggest national competition for playwriting. It is the search for great new plays and great writers.

With prize money totalling £40,000, The Bruntwood Prize for Playwriting, a joint venture between property company Bruntwood and the Royal Exchange Theatre, is the UK’s biggest playwriting competition. Since its inception in 2005, over 7000 scripts have been entered, £160,000 has been awarded to 15 prize winning writers and eight winning productions have been staged.

Deadline: Friday 5 June 2015

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WEST SUSSEX WRITERS NATIONAL SHORT STORY COMPETITION

 The competition has no set theme and entries must be a maximum of 3000 words.

The final judge for this year's competition will be novelist Rosanna Ley.

Prizes:

£250  first prize

£75 Second Prize

£50 third Prize

Entry fee: £5 per submission

Deadline: Tuesday 30 June 2015

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July

DISABILITY POETRY ANTHOLOGY - NINE ARCHES PRESS

Nine Arches Press has commissioned Sandra Alland, Markie Burnhope and Daniel Sluman to co-edit an anthology of UK Disability Poetry with an aim to publish in 2016.

Poets who self-identify as disabled, people with disabilities, and those who may consider their impairments and/or their disabled or deaf identity a key part of their thematic, conceptual and aesthetic practice are invited to submit their work.

Deadline: Friday 31 July 2015

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November

 

3 DAY RESIDENTIAL WRITING COURSES IN GALLOWAY

Whether you are starting out as a writer or seeking to enhance your skills, this is your opportunity to discover your writing potential at this 3-day residential course based at Durhamhill in the beautiful and tranquil Galloway countryside. The tutors are Margaret Elphinstone & Mary Smith. They are well-established, published writers with a wealth of teaching experience who will support & encourage attendees to develop their writing. Workshop topics include the creation of character & plot, the role of the narrative voice & writing from personal experience. 

Fee: £295

Deadline: Monday 9 November 2015

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Ongoing opportunities

 

ABERDEEN PERFORMING ARTS SCRATCH NIGHTS- CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS

Aberdeen Performing Arts are giving a call out to writers from or based in the North East for script submissions of 8-10 minute excerpts of new writing along the themes of Black Gold, Northern Lights and My Aberdeen.

Submission Deadlines: 

Black Gold- Monday 30th March 
Northern Lights- Monday 8th June 
My Aberdeen- Monday 21st September 

To be suitable for the scratch event scripts must be 8-10 minutes and be able to be performed as a monologue or a 2-3 hander. The submission can be a short play piece or an excerpt from a longer script. It should be possible to stage with minimal props, sound and lighting requirements.

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WRITERS' ESSENTIALS FREE CREATIVE WRITING PROGRAMME

This May, Writers' Essentials will be launching a free creative writing programme, including twelve writing classes, split either side of National Novel Writing Month, taking writers through the novel writing process, from conception, right through to editing and submission.

The classes, each on a different key aspect of novel-writing, will be delivered live on the first Tuesday of every month at 6pm, in The White Horse Bar on the Royal Mile, in Edinburgh, and then a recorded version of each class will go out on the website and on YouTube the day after.

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WRITE HERE! WRITE NOW! WEEKLY WRITING WORKSHOPS

The weekly Write Now! Sleep Later! writing workshops are for writers of all levels. The workshop is a place to try out new ideas, and to be surprised with what comes out on paper when the so-called "conscious mind" that continually asks "what, how, why" is quietened, and the creative mind is allowed to prevail. The workshops focus on the creation of new writing in a supportive, creative atmosphere.  The workshops are structured with readings, discussion and timed writing exercises to allow the creative part of writing to happen. The writer need only write, and does not need to concern themselves with the what, how or why of it. Writers from all disciplines and levels are welcome.

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PRODUCT MAGAZINE: CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS

Product Magazine recently issued a call out for visual art strong enough to elicit a creative response from writers. Each week six pieces of art will be published and writers are invited to submit stories inspired by the work.

Texts can relate to one or more of the artworks and, if chosen, will be published on the site in coming months. 

  • 3,500 words maximum per story
  • Two stories maximum per writer
  • 100 lines of poetry maximum

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JANIS MACKAY WORKSHOPS

Author Janis Mackay will be running various workshops throughout 2015. Please download the information leaflet for more information

 

1000 WORDS: SUBMISSIONS OPEN

1000words is looking for previously unpublished flash-fiction of up to 1000 words in length. The stories may be in any genre, but must have been written in response to one of the images from our Pinterest Boards. We do not accept poetry.

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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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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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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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THE BOHEMYTH: CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS

The Bohemyth Literary Journal is open for submissions at certain times of the year for 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.  

The 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 venue for the Salon is The Glen Mhor Hotel 8-15 Ness Bank, Inverness, IV2 4SG. Meetings are held on various Tuesdays every month (check website for details).

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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