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

 

January

 

ILLICIT INK: CALL FOR STORYTELLERS

On Wednesday 15th April, Illicit Ink Skyground are running a show at the Royal Observatory as part of the Edinburgh International Science Festival called ‘Apollo 21: Lost Among Stars’. The show will be a dramatic story about astronomy told by a diverse group of writers and performers.!

Illicit Ink Skyground shows mix spoken word and storytelling. They consist of an ensemble cast, with each individual performance an essential component of the overall narrative.

Stories will need to be about 7-12 minutes in length. For this show, pieces must be polished and performed entirely off script, unless the performance genuinely lends itself to notes (e.g. the narrator is a newsreader). 

Deadline: Wednesday 28 January 2015

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WRITING CLASSES: SCRIPT AND SCREEN

Writing: Script to Screen is delivered by Neil Rolland and this course has seen many people write a script for the first time and produce short film screenplays from 3-20 pages in length.

This course provides you with an environment where you feel supported, encouraged and able to develop and write a short film script that can then be used to approach filmmakers for production or be shot by you yourself.

Date: Wednesday 28 January 2015

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IDEAS TAP EDITOR'S BRIEF: FAMILY

Ideas Tap are welcoming submissions about 'Family'- their ties, tensions, trees, secrets and feuds. As many of us contemplate returning home for Christmas, give us your take on a topic that has inspired every form of art, from Medea to Arrested Development. 

Submit your creative work on the theme of "family" – whether that's writing, visual art/photography, audio or video.

Writing submissions should be no more than 1,000 words. 

Deadline: Friday 30 January 2015

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FABER NEW POETS SCHEME 

Faber and Faber, in partnership with Arts Council England, is now accepting submissions for the 2014–15 Faber New Poets scheme. Faber New Poets exists to encourage new writers at a crucial point in their career. Open to those who have yet to publish a first collection or pamphlet, the scheme offers mentoring, pamphlet publication and financial support.

By offering a tri-partite package of financial assistance, mentorship and pamphlet publication, the Faber New Poets scheme intends to provide support and direction for four new poets to develop their work in 2014–15.

Deadline: Friday 30 January 2015

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PALIMPSEST WRITING EDINBURGH COMPETITION

From the Old Town, with its dark, winding closes and looming gothic spires, watched over by the castle perched on craggy cliffs, to the New Town with its elegant rows of Georgian houses, public gardens and dramatic vistas out over the Forth, Edinburgh has inspired countless writers.

Writers are invited to respond to this rich literary history and/or to Edinburgh’s geography and urban development, taking as your starting point either a map or a text. The style and genre of the piece are up to you, but submissions should be prose fiction up to a maximum of 3000 words.

The contest will be judged by a team of literary critics and published authors, led by Edinburgh-based novelist Doug Johnstone. The results will be announced at public reception in March and shortlisted authors will be invited to read at the reception. There will be one winner, who will receive a cash prize of £250. 

Deadline: Friday 30 January 2015

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FEARIE TALES WRITING COMPETITION

Winter Words returns for its 11th year featuring a stellar line-up of wordsmiths, adventurers, musicians, film-makers, and broadcasters. 

The unique Fearie Tales Writing Competition receives more and more submissions every year, both from would be authors and more established writers. The format is simple. You write a Fearie Tale and send it in. Three or four entries are then chosen to be read aloud in the cosy atmosphere of the Theatre Foyer on Friday and Saturday evenings throughout Winter Words.

Every Fearie Tale must be an entirely new story, written especially for Winter Words and not previously published in any form.

Each entry must be a minimum of 2,250 words up to a maximum length of 3,250 words.

Deadline: Saturday 31 January 2015

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JOIN WEE THEATRES GLASGOW

Wee Theaters is an exhibition of 3 plays, each of which lasts between 15 and 25 minutes. Each play is repeated several times during the evening to a maximum audience of 20 viewers This way, the audience can feel involved in the play; there is no stage, and everybody is on the same level. Customers get the opportunity to see each play, one after the other, with breaks in between for food and drinks.

Wee Theaters Glasgow is always looking for new artistic outlets so if you are interested get in touch! 

Deadline: Saturday 31 January 2015

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February

UNEARTH: POETRY WORKSHOP WITH REBECCA SHARP

This workshop will explore beginnings: new ideas that need some help to break the surface of the soil.  Multi-sensory techniques will be used through objects, images, visualisation, sound and scent to generate writing. Beginners and seasoned writers alike will gain fresh perspectives and techniques to take away.

Date: Sunday 1 February 2015

Time: 11am-5pm

Cost: £65

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'IN PROCESS' MASTERCLASS WITH CARO RAMSAY

Glasgow born crime writer Caro Ramsey burst onto the crime fiction scene in 2007 with her first novel, Absolution. Released on the 31st July this year, her latest novel The Night Hunter is now the fifth of the hugely popular Anderson & Costello series.

Tickets: £6

Date: Tuesday 3 February 2015

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PRODUCT MAGAZINE: CALL FOR FILM AND MUSIC WRITERS

Product Magazine is looking for smart, original writers to contribute articles on film and music to the magazine, online and in print. Contributors should have abundant ideas, a passion for their subject and a writing style that speaks to readers. 

Deadline: Tuesday 3 February 2015

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PANEL: WRITING FOR FILM AND TV

Come along to hear a panel of scriptwriters share their collective knowledge and offer tips on how to get that break as a writer in Film and TV. From the development of ideas, to pitching, funding and making it as a script writer – this is your chance to ask any burning questions.

Stephen Greenhorn (Doctor Who, Sunshine on Leith) and Karen Laws (Hollyoaks, Waterloo Road) will be amongst the panelists. 

Date: Thursday 5 February 2015

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PLAYWRITING FOR ACTORS WITH PETER ARNOTT

Based on the premise that you as actors are already half way there. This eight week workshop is an opportunity to learn from an industry professional. By the end of the course you will have written a 10 to 15 min short play. Professional actors and a director will then rehearse these through the day and finish with a performance in the evening. 

Dates of course: Wednesdays the 4th, 11th 18th and 25th of Feb 6-9pm

Cost: £275 - deposit £75 

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1-2-1s FOR WRITERS WITH PETER URPETH IN STORNOWAY

Emergents is delighted to announce a new series of writer 1-2-1s across the Highlands and Islands of Scotland.  1-2-1s are aimed at writers with projects that have broad mainstream commercial potential, and an interest in traditional publishing or self-publishing. 

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

Deadline: Friday 6 February 2015

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THE ISLAND REVIEW: CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS

The editors of The Island Review are seeking fiction, non-fiction and visual art submissions that come from, are inspired by or seek to understand the extraordinary appeal of islands, as places and as metaphors.

Submissions are welcomed from islanders everywhere, as well as from those whose work is about islands, set on an island or inspired by islands. 

Deadline: Saturday 7 February 2015

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1-2-1s FOR SELF-PUBLISHING AUTHORS WITH BEN GALLEY

Emergents is pleased to announce the availability of six 45 minute 1-2-1 sessions with Ben Galley, aimed at authors writing fiction for adults and self-publishing or planning to self publish their work in the near future.

The 1-2-1s will enable authors to get advice on their work and their marketing and sales presentation and activities with a view to increasing the professionalism and commercial benefit of their self-publishing projects.

The 1-2-1s will take place on Sunday 15th February 2015 in Inverness (venue will be confirmed nearer the time). 

Deadline: Thursday 12 February 2015

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BBC RADIO 4 OPENING LINES SUBMISSIONS

The BBC Radio Drama Readings Unit welcomes submissions from writers new to radio for their annual series, Opening Lines which is broadcast on BBC Radio 4.

The three successful writers will have their stories broadcast on BBC Radio 4 and be invited to the BBC in London to see their stories being recorded. As well as broadcasting the three strongest stories we publish transcripts of the best stories submitted within this period on the Opening Lines website.

Deadline: Friday 13 February 2015

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FAR OFF PLACES MAGAZINE: OPEN FOR SUBMISSIONS

Far Off Places is a young magazine featuring creative writing and illustration which launched in spring 2013. 

Submissions are currently open for the upcoming issue: The Epistolary Edition

An epistolary novel is a novel written as a series of documents. The usual form is letters, although diary entries, newspaper clippings and other documents are sometimes used. Recently, electronic “documents” such as recordings and radio, blogs, and e-mails have also come into use. The word epistolary is derived from Latin from the Greek word ἐπιστολή epistolē, meaning a letter.

Writers are invited to submit for poetry, prose pieces and short-form drama around the theme of all things letters. Pieces built out of the form of diary entries, newspaper articles or similar are also welcomed.

Deadline: Saturday 14 February 2015

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HOW TO SELF-PUBLISH YOUR BOOK WITH 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.

Date: Saturday 14 February 2015

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STANZA MASTERCLASS WITH SIMON ARMITAGE

Simon Armitage offers in-depth critique and comment on selections from poems submitted by participants. The session will also provide an opportunity for audience critical input. 

Cost: £4.50

Date of masterclass: Sunday 8 March 2015

Deadline: Monday 16 February 2015

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PITLOCHRY FESTIVAL THEATRE: WRITE ON! 3 DAY WRITING COURSE

This exciting three day course, with writer and teacher, Zoe Venditozzi, is ideal for aspiring writers who'd like to develop their skills further. 

There will be writing exercises, break-out sessions and discussions. Participants will also look at the skill of editing and discuss how to pitch their work to agents and publishers. A one to one tutorial will also be offered with Zoe, where the focus will be on the writer's work in progress.

Participants will be asked to submit a one page example of their writing in advance of the course. Please email: annie.hibberd@pitlochryfestivaltheatre.com

Deadline: Tuesday 17 February 2015

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1-2-1s FOR WRITERS WITH PETER URPETH IN LERWICK

Emergents is delighted to announce a new series of writer 1-2-1s across the Highlands and Islands of Scotland.  1-2-1s are aimed at writers with projects that have broad mainstream commercial potential, and an interest in traditional publishing or self-publishing. 

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

Deadline: Wednesday 18 February 2015

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DUNDEE INTERNATIONAL BOOK PRIZE 2015

Submissions are being sought for the Dundee International Book Prize 2015, with a £10,000 cash prize and a coveted publishing contract with Cargo Publishing up for grabs. Budding authors are invited to enter their debut novels for the Prize, which last year attracted more than 400 entries from across the globe. 

Deadline: Thursday 19 February 2015

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SEMINAR: HOW TO MAKE A LIVING WITH YOUR WRITING 

Emergents is delighted to over this one-day seminar with Joanna Penn – one of the UK’s leading creative entrepreneurs, and who was voted as one of The Guardian UK newspaper’s Top 100 Creative Professionals 2013. 

Who is this course for?

Those who long to make writing a more active part of their life, but are lacking the confidence to take it further. 

People who write – diaries, letters, long emails, blog posts, articles, stories, books, poems, anything – and who want to make writing their career.

What you’ll walk away with:

An overview of the changing industry for writers - the rise of ebooks, digital publishing, self-publishing, global and mobile markets, changing consumer habits to support artists directly, blogging and content marketing, micro-niches and more. 

Date: Saturday 21 February 2015

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THE STANZA SLAM

The StAnza Slam has become a highlight of the festival and a fixture of the Scottish slam scene, proving a milestone for such rising stars as Carly Brown, who went onto compete in the national and then world slam championships. A weird and wonderful night is guaranteed whether you come to compete for the coveted StAnza Slam title or to cheer on the contestants.

To take part, email your name, email, and mobile number to works@stanzapoetry.org by Saturday 21 February 2015. Places are limited.

Date of slam: Saturday 7 March 2015

Deadline: Saturday 21 February 2015

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RALLY AND BROAD LITERARY MASTERCLASS WITH SALENA GODDEN

This masterclass explores different ways to turn personal memoir into a live set. Writing your story your way, poetry and prose, how to hear your own voice and tell your own truth. Open to new and experienced writers and performers.

Date: Saturday 21 February 2015

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THE REVERBERATING IMAGE: POETRY WORKSHOP WITH REBECCA SHARP

This workshop will explore the various elements at play within a poem, beyond the words. Participants will look at things like imagery, shape, scale, form, rhythm, and sound. Learn how to make work that is clear and strong by understanding how all these layers and elements correspond. As well as developing poems within the session, writers will practice new techniques to take forward at home.

Date: Sunday 22 February 2015

Time: 11am-5pm

Cost: £65

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APPLETREE WRITERS' WORKSHOP WITH SHEREE MACK

The focus of this workshop is to notice nature around us. Attendees will give it their full attention in a series of writing exercises which utilise all senses. 

Date: Sunday 22 February 2015

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SUBMIT A PLAY TO THE HIGH TIDE FESTIVAL

Up to two winners of this brief will each receive feedback from Steven Atkinson, HighTide Artistic Director, and Stephanie Street HighTide Literary Associate, and a public reading at HighTide’s London offices. If a play is deemed to be exceptional, there may then be the chance to have the reading remounted at the HighTide Festival 2016 in Aldeburgh.

The HighTide Literary Department exists to discover and nurture exciting new plays by exceptional emerging writers.

If you’re a writer and would like to send your script to HighTide, then the Literary Department is your first port of call. They are particularly looking for bold plays that engage with the world we live in, and share contemporary experience through playful theatricality. HighTide are looking for full-length new plays, not previously produced work, and will happily accept scripts in English from writers around the world.

Deadline: Monday 23 February 2015

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MACPHAIL CENTRE: CREATIVE WRITING WEEKEND 

Creative Writing Weekends in Ullapool are designed for those who want to write more, who may have written in the past, or who have an idea or a project which needs a little time, space and encouragement.
Tutor: Poet & writer Stephen Keeler.

Deadline: Tuesday 24 February 2015

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THEORY OF RELATIVITY ANTHOLOGY: CALL FOR ENTRIES

Einstein published his revolutionary paper on general relativity in November 1915 and changed the way we think about the world. He also purportedly insisted that imagination was more important than knowledge – so here's a chance to use yours and borrow from his -  with no background in physics required!

To celebrate the 100th anniversary of this world changing theory Freight books are publishing an anthology of short fiction and non-fiction inspired by general relativity, which will be edited by Pippa Goldschmidt and Tania Hershman. 'I am because you are' will be published by Freight Books in Autumn 2015. Around fourteen authors are contributing short stories, alongside essays by astrophysicists about the impact of general relativity on cosmology, black holes and quantum gravity.

Space has been assigned for three more stories and writers should contribute stories of no more than 3000 words inspired in some way by general relativity.

Deadline: Saturday 28 February 2015

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THE KELPIES PRIZE 2015

From Dumfries to Dundee, Glasgow to Aberdeen and everywhere in between, Kelpies are looking for Scottish children's novels with a difference.

Fantastic fantasies, sensational sci-fi, awesome adventures and satisfying slices of life -- the Kelpies range of Scottish children's novels has them all.  Do you have a cracking story, with strong characters and believable dialogue which children won't be able to put down? Then Kelpies want to read it!

This year, for the first time, the Kelpies Prize has three categories to reflect Kelpies' expanding audience:


Young Kelpies (6-8 year olds)
Kelpies (8-11 year olds)
KelpiesTeen (11-14 year olds)

Winning authors receive a £2,000 cash prize and have their novel published in the Kelpies range.

Deadline: Saturday 28 February 2015

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DODADADA CREATIVE WORKSHOP

This workshop is one of four new creative events that combine poetry, dance, music, art history and the thrill of making an individual piece of art. All workshops take place at Delta Studios, The Creative Centre and are led by Artist/Director Craig McKechnie. 

Date: Saturday 28 February 2015

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March

 

WILLIWAW ANTHOLOGY: OPEN CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS

Williwaw is an anthology of short fiction. We’re looking for literature of the marvellous, in which the realistic and strange meet. We are first and foremost an anthology of magical realism, though we are happy to accept slipstream, new weird, fabulism, and modern fairy tales.

Short stories: maximum 3,500 words.

Flash fiction: maximum 750 words

Deadline: Sunday 1 March 2015

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ATELIER PROJECT

The Atelier Project is a website/ebook dedicated to exploring, illuminating, and celebrating the process of creativity. Turn on the lights. Explore your creative process and share it with us. Feel free to explore and expand these guidelines where applicable. We are looking for the roots of CREATIVITY.

GUIDELINES

Contributors must be artists who have previously created and publicly produced a creative project. This can include but is certainly not limited to writing and publishing a poem, creating and producing a song, creating a piece of visual art, etc. 

All submissions must address the process of creativity. No exceptions.

Prose: personal essays, memoirs, creative non-fiction and flash fiction that hovers between 500-3,000 words.

Poetry: no more than 3 poems, each no longer than 40 lines. 

Deadline: Sunday 1 March 2015

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NEIL GUNN WRITING COMPETITION

Following its launch on 11th September by author James Robertson, the 13th Neil Gunn Writing Competition is open for entries until 02 March 2015. There are two sections open to writers worldwide – short story and poetry.  This year there is a choice of three themes, all of which are quotes from Neil Gunn’s writing.

  • “For love is the creator and cruelty is that which destroys”
  • “The secret loveliness and laughter in things”
  • “The extra magic of distance”

Deadline: Monday 2 March 2015

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POETRY WORKSHOP: A TASTE FOR POETRY

The workshop will take place in the beautiful setting of Hill of Tarvit near Cupar, one of Scotland's finest Edwardian mansion houses, replete with a splendid collection of antiques, furniture, Chinese porcelain and superb paintings by Sir Henry Raeburn, Allan Ramsay and eminent Dutch artists. The workshop will be tutored by Gerry Cambridge, the leading Scottish poet and editor/publisher of The Dark Horse poetry journal, who has a strong interest in design, typography and nature photography. 

Date: Monday 2 March 2015

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ORKNEY WRITERS' COURSE

Now in its fifth year, the Orkney Writers’ Course will run from 17-21 June 2014, as part of the St Magnus International Festival in Orkney. The course is based in the Pier Arts Centre, Stromness.
Directed by Orkney-based writer Pamela Beasant, and co-tutored by Shetland-based poet Jen Hadfield, the course offers the following:


• A session with Festival Poet Stewart Conn
• The opportunity to interact with composers on the St Magnus Composers’ Course
• One-to-one mentoring on request
• The chance to read your work at a dedicated Festival event, Poems with Tea and Cake
• Advice on how to get your work into print

Fee: £550

Course dates: Wednesday 17-Sunday 21 June 2015

Deadline: Monday 2 March 2015

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TINDER PRESS OPEN FOR SUBMISSIONS

Headline imprint Tinder Press will celebrate two years of publishing by opening submissions for unagented manuscripts for two weeks in March.

Tinder Press Publisher Mary-Anne Harrington said ‘Since we launched Tinder Press with the publication of INSTRUCTIONS FOR A HEATWAVE by Maggie O’Farrell, we’ve had a huge amount to celebrate, and 2015 is already shaping up to be an exciting year, with new novels from Patrick Gale and Sarah Winman.

‘At Tinder Press we are committed to finding the freshest literary voices, and the time seems right for us to reach out directly to authors at an early stage in their careers. This business is all about discovering new talent, so we’re hoping to be surprised and delighted, and that at the end of the day we’ll find an author we can go on to work with in the future.’

Writers are invited to submit fifty pages, an outline and an author biography from previously unpublished writers of fiction. Short stories will be considered, in addition to novels.

Submissions will only be accepted electronically, and should be made via tinderpress.submissions@headline.co.uk

Submission window: Monday 2-Sunday 15 March 2015

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POETRY WORKSHOP: CELEBRATING AND RAIDING THE BALLAD TRADITION

The workshop will take place in the beautiful setting of Kellie Castle near Pittenweembe. The workshop will be tutored by Alexander Hutchison, winner of the Saltire Poetry Book of the Year award for 2014 for his collection ‘Bones & Breath’. A prize-winning poet who has taught creative writing in Canada, the US and Scotland, he will start from the castle’s own long history and from the nearby fishing port in Pittenweem to explore Scotland’s maritime and rural heritage, celebrating the ballad tradition of poetry and song, and how that offers a feast of imagery and rich detail for your own writing.

Cost: £24.00

Date: Wednesday 4 March 2015

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POETRY WORKSHOP: VOICES AND TIME

This workshop led by acclaimed poet and tutor Gerrie Fellows for poets interested in developing a poetry sequence or long poem, will explore several key aspects of the poetry sequence – narrative and present time, and voice. The group will look at these through the work of published poets before coming afresh to their own writing. Participants are encouraged to bring a theme they can work with or are already working on.

Date: Thursday 5 March 2015

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POETRY WORKSHOP: NEW POEMS AND RE-REVISIONS

Carolyn Forché has taught writing and literature for forty years. She is a Professor of English at Georgetown University, where she also directs The Lannan Center for Poetics and Social Practice. this workshop will explore methods of generating work, and unusual revision techniques.

Date: Friday 6 March 2015

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COASTWORD FESTIVAL WRITING COMPETITION

What do you think of when you hear the word ‘hotel’? The best hotel you’ve stayed at? The worst? What’s your ideal hotel? Does it have a view of the Grand Canyon, or sunrise over Mount Fuji, or the heathery hills of the Trossachs? Why did you go there? Who did you meet? Was it a wedding, a ceilidh, a Burns Supper, a romantic weekend for two, an anniversary, a wake? Or perhaps you were the curious chambermaid? The hard-working concierge?

You are invited to submit your stories and poems inspired by The Hotel, for the CoastWord 2015 anthology.

Stories are limited to 1,500 words, poems to 40 lines.

Deadline: Friday 6 March 2015

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POETRY WORKSHOP: LEAVING THE COMFORT ZONE

Poetry improvisation is an approach to writing that involves spontaneity, collaboration, and oral composition. In this workshop a maximum of five participants will work collaboratively with Robin Vaughan-Williams to develop a performance piece that grows out of their different voices and the ways they interact. The group will explore freestyle and structured approaches to improvisation, working in a supportive environment where participants feel able to openly follow their creative instincts. At the end of the day it will be brought together for an audience in a short improvisational performance. 

Cost: £4.00

Date: Saturday 7 March 2015

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POETRY WORKSHOP: EDIT, DRAFT, EDIT, [REPEAT]

Ahren Warner, the poetry editor for Poetry London, a leading international poetry magazine, has been praised by the Sunday Times for his 'pizzazz, wit and – astonishing at his age – both technical assurance and a genuinely integrated humanity.’ His books have been shortlisted for major prizes and have twice been named as Poetry Book Society Recommendations. In this intensive writing workshop on the practice, process and publishing of poetry, he offers an editor’s insight into the importance of effective editing.

Cost: £4.00

Date: Saturday 7 March 2015

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JAMES TAIT BLACK PRIZE FOR DRAMA

The James Tait Black Prize is Britain’s oldest literary award and was extended to include drama for the first time in 2012. The prize for the best original new play written in English, Scots or Gaelic is organised by the University in association with Playwrights’ Studio, Scotland and the Traverse Theatre. The winner of the third £10,000 annual award will be announced in August 2015. 

Judges will award the accolade to a play which displays an original voice in theatre and one that they feel has made a significant and unique contribution to the art form. 

The prize is open to any new work by playwrights from any country, and at any stage in their career. The judges will include students and staff of the University’s School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures, representatives from Playwrights’ Studio, Scotland and the Traverse Theatre. 

Deadline: Monday 9 March 2015

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PERFECTING YOUR SUBMISSION LETTER AND SYNOPSIS

In this master class, Nicola Morgan offers a hands-on workshop. If you want to craft a cover letter and synopsis that can help you get the attention of agents or editors (in a good way), don’t miss this Edinburgh event! Learn how to craft a perfect pitch for your wonderful book, produce a shimmering synopsis and show yourself as the clued-up, personable and hard-working professional that you are.

Deadline: Saturday 14 March 2015

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WRITERS AND CREATIVE PRODUCERS LAB

The Lab consists of a Writers Lab and a simultaneous and integrated Creative Producers Lab:

The Writers Lab aims to be a pressure cooker development process for screenwriters and writer-directors. Writers will be challenged professionally and coached by international colleagues to bring out the heart of a story in an effective screenplay.

Creative Producers concentrate on story development and the creative process; refining skills, tools and working practices in collaboration with international advisors and writers(-directors) of the Lab.

There are 8 spots for writers and/or writer-directors with a project and 4 for creative producers.

Deadline: Sunday 15 March 2015

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VESSEL: POETRY WORKSHOP WITH REBECCA SHARP

This multimedia poetry workshop will help make participants' words more tangible. Writers will have a particular subject or theme in mind, eg: a memory, place, feeling, experience; something you wish to describe, commemorate, celebrate or exorcise.  Participants will explore how a poem can be a vessel and talisman, imbued with personal power that radiates out to the wider world and conversely gives something back to the bearer. 

Date: Sunday 15 March 2015

Time: 11am-5pm

Cost: £67.50

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MSLEXIA WOMEN'S SHORT STORY COMPETITION 2015

Stories can be up to 2,200 words in length and can be on any subject.

1st Prize: £2,000

plus two optional extras: a week’s writing retreat at Tŷ Newydd Writers’ Centre*, and a day with a Virago editor*

2nd prize: £500

3rd prize: £250

Three other finalists will win £100 each

All winning stories will be published in Mslexia magazine.

Fee: £10 per story

Deadline: Monday 16 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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April

 

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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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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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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June

 

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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Ongoing opportunities

 

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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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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