Opportunities for Writers

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Please check submission deadlines and guidelines carefully before submitting your work. 

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

 

2014 

 

August

 

OPEN ZINE SUBMISSIONS

The connection between art and politics is never more poignant than in moments of change. People in Scotland are energised by the referendum debate, and creatives are no exception. In its dedication to documenting the arts in Scotland, Northern Renewal is now turning to address this pivotal moment in our collective, creative experience of civic life.

And so submissions open for BORDERS, Issue 2 of Northern Renewal. All submissions are encouraged including nonfiction, fiction, photography, illustration, fashion, product design, sculpture, film, comic strips, music and reviews. 

Date: Saturday 30 August 2014

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THE SKETCHBOOK PROJECT

Five challenges, five weeks, hundreds of writers.

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

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

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

Deadline: Saturday 30 August 2014

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GREAT WAR DUNDEE CHILDREN'S BOOK PRIZE COMPETITION

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

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

Deadline: Sunday 31 August 2014

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ILLICIT INK: CALL FOR PERFORMERS

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

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

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

Deadline: Sunday 31 August 2014

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AESTHETICA CREATIVE WRITING AWARD

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

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

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

Deadline: Sunday 31 August 2014

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September

 

COMMONWORD DIVERSITY WRITING FOR CHILDREN PRIZE

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

Deadline: Monday 1 September 2014

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PICTURE HOOKS: MENTORING SCHEME FOR ILLUSTRATORS

The mentoring scheme is set up to provide an opportunity for development under the guidance of established professional illustrators.  Five participants and five mentors are carefully paired and worked together for a year.  During the course of the year, each illustrator will be able to focus step-by-step on their work, step out of their comfort zone and trying new techniques and methods of working.  They will be able to concentrate on particular aspects of illustration for picture books such as characterisation, emotion and continuity.  At the end of the year, their work will be displayed in an exhibition at the Scottish National Gallery.

Deadline: 1 September 2014

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WORKSHOP: WRITING A TV PILOT SCRIPT

Got an idea for a new TV series or serial? This course is intended for writers who want to develop original ideas and scripts specifically for television. 

The course will take place on Saturdays over 5 months. Students should come with an idea ready to develop in a supportive workshop environment.

Students will work up ideas and, over the course of the 5 months, develop a first draft ready to be presented to commissioners, and ready for schemes such as the annual Red Planet Prize, the Sir Peter Ustinov Television Scriptwriting Award and BBC Writers room.

We will cover:

- The structure of modern scripted television (series, serials and sitcoms)
- Writing the treatment proposal for an original television idea (students will produce their development 'bible')
- Maintaining dramatic tension and conflict in episodic storytelling (students will learn how to write effective TV episode scripts)
- Writing and revising the screenplay (students will write their draft scripts)
- Advice on approaching commissioners and agents

Classes will be a combination of tutor led workshop, reading of work, and peer critique. You must be willing to do your own writing outside of the classroom meetings. Guest speakers and commissioners are being lined up.

Classes will take place from 10.00am to 4.00pm on Saturdays (with a 1 hour lunch break) in the centre of Edinburgh.

Workshop Dates: 6 September 2014 / 4 October 2014 / 1 November 2014 / 6 December 2014 / 31 January 2015

Deadline: Monday 1 September 2014

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THE BIG IDEA: CHILDREN'S WRITING

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

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

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

Deadline: Tuesday 2 September 2014

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LAPIDUS SCOTLAND: 'WRITING PLACE' WORKSHOP

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

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

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

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

Date: Saturday 6 September 2014

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FORTH VALLEY COLLEGE CREATIVE WRITING EVENING COURSE

The purpose of this course is to give you the space to work on your own novel, script, poetry or short stories with feedback on your writing from an experienced tutor. You will also participate in workshops designed to help you develop your skills as a writer. There will be the opportunity to reflect on your writing progress at the end of the unit.

Date: Thursday 11 September-Thursday 20 November 2014.

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SCATTERED AUTHORS SOCIETY 'GRAND DAY OUT' CONFERENCE

The Scattered Authors Society is open to professionally published writers for children and young people. The themes are 'Making Links' and 'Making Transitions' and this friendly event will feature talks and discussion about author visits, social networking, indie publishing, and other topics of interest to writers.

Cost: £25 including lunch, teas and coffees.

Date: Saturday 13 September 2014, West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds, on Saturday 13th September 2014, 10:30am - 5pm.

Enquiries: Teresa Flavin, teresa@teresaflavin.com

 

THE SHORT STORY COMPETITION

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

Word limit: 1,000 - 5,000.

Deadline: Monday 15 September 2014

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DR GAVIN WALLACE FELLOWSHIP

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

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

The successful candidate will receive time and resources to develop their practice. This includes a stipend of £20,000. Other possible support includes residential courses, retreats and mentoring. These are not compulsory and the final terms of the Fellowship will be agreed by the successful candidate and Moniack Mhor. 

Deadline: Thursday 18 September 2014

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PICTURE HOOKS: CONFERENCE FOR ILLUSTRATORS

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

Conference date: Saturday 20 September 2014

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JONATHAN CAPE GRAPHIC NOVEL PRIZE

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

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

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

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

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

Deadline: Friday 26 September 2014

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THE SUNDAY TIMES EFG SHORT STORY AWARD 2015

Now accepting entries from publishers, agents and authors.

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

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

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

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CALL FOR POLITICAL POEMS AND POEMS ABOUT VOTING

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

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

Deadline: Sunday 28 September 2014.

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

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

Deadline: Tuesday 30 September 2014

Retreat dates: Sunday 12- Sunday 19 October 2014

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NEW WRITING SCOTLAND: ISSUE 33

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

Deadline: Tuesday 30 September 2014

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LITERATURE WORKS FIRST PAGE WRITING PRIZE

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

Deadline: Tuesday 30 September 2014

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NATIONAL LITERACY TRUST: CHILDREN'S AUTHOR PRIZE 2015

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

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

Deadline: Tuesday 30 September 2014

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'IN PROCESS' MASTERCLASS WITH JACKIE KAY

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

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

Date: Tuesday 30 September 2014

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NEW CHILDREN'S AUTHOR PRIZE 2015

In partnership with Bloomsbury Children's Books we want to find talented new authors of children’s fiction.

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

Early rounds of the competition will be judged by our experts, with the winners selected from the shortlist by a panel of judges, including children’s author Katherine Rundell and author and critic Nicolette Jones.

All proceeds from entry fees will help the National Literacy Trust continue our vital work improving literacy across the country. Every entrant will receive exclusive tips on writing for children from Katherine Rundell.

First prize:

  • A publishing contract with Bloomsbury, which includes an advance of £5,000 and a print run of your work
  • Use of  “Winner of the New Children's Author Prize 2015 from Bloomsbury and National Literacy Trust”
  • A prize ceremony in your honour, with press, authors and publishers in attendance

Deadline: Tuesday 30 September 2014

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October

 

THE PROLITZER PRIZE FOR PROSE WRITING 2014

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

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

Word limit is 2,500.

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

Deadline: Wednesday 1 October 2014

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RESIDENTIAL WRITING COURSE IN GALLOWAY

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

Deadline: Sunday 5 October 2014

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

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

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

Dates: Friday 17-Sunday 19 October 2014

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IDEASTAP EDITOR'S BRIEF: ROAD TRIP 


We want your artistic work – whether that's writing, visual art/photography, audio or video – about road trips. Have as much fun as you want with the theme – we’re looking for originality, talent and creativity. 

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

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

Audio and video (no longer than two minutes) 
Writing (no longer than 1,000 words) 
Visual art/photographs (no more than two) 
All first-prize winners will become part of our alumni. Please note that you can only apply with one entry to one category.

Deadline: Thursday 30 October 2014

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NATIONAL POETRY COMPETITION 2014

The National Poetry Competition is now open for entries.  

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

Prizes

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

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

Deadline: Friday 31 October 2014

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SOLSTICE SHORTS: CALL FOR SHORT STORY WRITERS

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

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

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

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

What we are looking for:

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

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

Deadline: Friday 31 October 2014

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November

NEON LITERARY MAGAZINE: CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS

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

Deadline: Saturday 1 November 2014

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The Caledonia Novel Award

Judge: Hellie Ogden, Literary Agent at Janklow & Nesbit

Prize: £1,000 | Entry fee: £20

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

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

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SELF-HYPNOSIS TO IMPROVE YOUR WRITING CREATIVELY

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

The course includes:

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

Deadline: Sunday 16 November 2014

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December

 

 

AN LUCHT LONRACH: STRANGE PHENOMENA SUBMISSIONS

We are searching for articles, stories and artwork around the subject of Strange Phenomena.

For written contributions the style is easy reading – pretend you are telling your story to a close friend over a cuppa. The subject matter - strange but true.

For artwork we are looking for watercolour images to complement written contributions that are accepted for the Annual. In the first instance please contact us with a brief writeup about your contribution through our website.

Deadline: Monday 1 December 2014

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NEON SEEKS CHAPBOOK PROPOSALS

Neon chapbooks will be booklets of up to forty pages in length, each containing the work of a single author or poet. They might contain a series of thematically-linked poems, a single long story, or a collection of linked short stories. Pamphlets will be much shorter booklets, containing just a few poems or a short piece of prose by a single author. They will be distributed for free along with chapbooks and issues of Neon. 

Deadline: Wednesday 31 December 2014

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2015

 

THE BATH NOVEL AWARD

The Bath Novel Award is an international prize for aspiring and self-published writers

£1000 Prize. 

Writers are invited to submit the first 5,000 words plus a one page synopsis.

Our 2015 judge is Mildred Yuan Literary Agent at United Agents. Mildred is particularly  interested in a great story, unique talent or a fresh perspective that will appeal to a broad audience. 

Deadline: Tuesday 31 March 2015

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Ongoing opportunities

 

1000 WORDS: SUBMISSIONS OPEN

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

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POETRY SUBMISSIONS WELCOME FOR AN GUTH

Poems in Irish and/or Scottish Gaelic are sought for the annual anthology An Guth. Consideration will also be given, for inclusion in Gaelic translation, to unpublished work in English by poets with a collection profile.

For more information, please email Editor Rody Gorman: anguth@btinternet.com

 

THE WOMENTORING PROJECT

The WoMentoring Project exists to offer free mentoring by professional literary women to talented up and coming female writers who would otherwise find it difficult to access similar opportunities.

The mission of The WoMentoring Project is simple: to introduce successful literary women to other women writers at the beginning of their careers who would benefit from some insight, knowledge and support. The hope is that we’ll see new, talented and diverse female voices emerging as a result of time and guidance received from our mentors.

There is no application deadline and mentors will keep receiving applications until they have selected their mentee. This is a pilot project and will begin in April 2014 and finish in April 2015 initially – with potential to make it an ongoing permanent project.

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DUNDEE WRITES: SUBMISSIONS WELCOME

Dundee Writes is a little magazine of creative writing from students, staff and recent graduates of the University of Dundee.  It is produced and edited by postgraduates on the MLitt in Writing Practice and Study, part of the University of Dundee’s Creative Writing Programme in the School of Humanities.

All kinds of creative writing will be considered, with a limit of 1000 words (prose) or 40 lines (poetry). Please send your work (in word doc format) to dundeewrites@dundee.ac.uk including a separate cover page with name, department and contact details. All pieces will be judged anonymously.

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THE HAWICK NEWS- POETRY CORNER

Regional newspaper The Hawick News is looking for poems to feature in its weekly Poetry Corner. Submissions of up to 4 poems (in English or Scots) of up to 16 lines each are welcomed, and should be sent to poetry editor Thomas Clark at tommy.clark@btinternet.com, either in the body of the e-mail or attached as a PDF, RTF or Word document. Previously published poems are accepted, but please let us know in the body of your e-mail where and when the poem has been published! The submission window is open all year round.

Responses can normally be expected within 2-3 weeks of submission.

 

HARPER COLLINS- THE WEDNESDAY POST

HarperCollins is inviting unsolicited manuscripts from aspiring authors in Australia, New Zealand and around the world. Whether or not you’ve been previously published, this is the perfect opportunity to submit your work and have a chance to be published by an award-winning, international publishing house.

Our online submissions scheme, The Wednesday Post, is ready to uncover the best voices writing today. All entries will be considered for both print and ebook publication as well as digital-only publication.

Every Wednesday, we will accept submissions through the website. Submissions must be sent through the online portal and should meet all the guidelines outlined below. Please note that submissions sent by post or email will NOT be considered for publication.

If we are interested in seeing more of your work, we will contact you within three weeks. Unfortunately we do not have the capacity to provide feedback for unsuccessful submissions.

We are currently looking for: adult fiction and non-fiction including novels (all genres), memoirs, biographies, narrative histories, young adult, popular science and illustrated non-fiction.

We are not currently accepting: plays, poetry, mind body spirit, religious titles, health and fitness, children’s books and educational texts.

Submissions open from: Wednesday 26 February 2014

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SALT PUBLISHING- 'MODERN DREAMS' CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS

In their fifteenth year of publishing, Salt are seeking submissions for their new digital-only initiative. Salt is calling for submissions for a new series of digital-only novellas as an extension of its 'SALT MODERN FICTION' list. Submissions must deal with 18 to 24 year olds living in contemporary inner-city Britain.

Manuscripts are currently being accepted on an ongoing basis. Please check the Salt website for the latest details before submitting your work.

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THE NEW CURIOSITY SHOP: CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS

The New Curiosity are seeking informative and entertaining ebooks on topics writers know and love well. The ebook will be between 13,000 to 17,000 words in length, just right for someone with a Kindle tucked into their travel bag.

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BLOOMSBURY SPARK: CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS

Bloomsbury Spark is a one-of-a-kind, global, digital imprint from Bloomsbury Publishing dedicated to publishing a wide array of exciting fiction eBooks to teen, YA and new adult readers. 

If you have a manuscript between 25 and 60k words long, then send it to: BloomsburySparkUK@bloomsbury.com

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THE BOOK THAT MADE ME...

Books are powerful things. They can introduce us to new ideas. Give us the courage to do what we couldn't do before.
Even transform our lives completely.

The Book That Made Me... is an ongoing collection of stories about lives that have been changed by books.

Whatever the story (and whatever the book), anyone can submit their own story online or in any Waterstones bookshop.

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PUFFIN REVIEW: SUBMISSIONS WELCOME

The Puffin Review welcomes submissions of fiction, poetry or journalism. 

Fiction submissions should be flash fiction of up to 500 words, short stories or stand-alone novel extracts of up to 3,000 words. Poetry submissions should consist of three poems, with a maximum total of 150 lines. Articles can be a range of essays, reviews and opinion pieces of a maximum of 1,500 words.

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THI WURD MAGAZINE: CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS

Thi Wurd, a fiction magazine based in Glasgow, are seeking submissions of short fiction and illustrations. Submissions should be no more than 4,000 words and there is no minimum amount.

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NEW EDINBURGH WRITERS

New Edinburgh Writers meet every Wednesday from 6-8pm in Fountainbridge Library, near the leisure centre. The format can vary from week to week, but meetings usually involve members reading their own material and/or writing exercises with the occasional visiting professional writer.

The group welcomes all writers, including children's literature, drama, short stories and poetry.

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STRANGER THAN FICTION WRITERS' GROUP

Stranger Than Fiction is a very informal and friendly writers' group for Edinburgh folk who are interested in writing non fiction. It’s open to anyone who is serious about non-fiction writing, whatever their level of publication/aspiration/activity. Most months the group will discuss a chapter or two of a member's current project and there will occasionally be guest speakers asked along. On the whole, it's a largely social event for non fiction writers including general chat and jokes about the use of the semi-colon.

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THE FICTION DESK: CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS

The Fiction Desk welcome submissions of short fiction on a rolling basis. They seek stories about people and places, rather than about writing itself. Stories should be between 2,000 and 11,000 words in length. 

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EDINBURGH CREATIVE WRITERS CLUB

Edinburgh Creative Writers Club meets every Monday in Pulp Fiction Books, located at 43 Bread Street. Most people bring something to read and the range of style and form is wide. Further discussions have ranged from submitting to agents/publishers and dealing with writer's block.

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THE BOHEMYTH: CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS

The Bohemyth Literary Journal is open for submissions of previously unpublished works of short fiction and personal essay. They are looking for contemporary short fiction with a literary bent, with ideas that affect, engage, move and entertain. The word count is less than 3,000 words for short stories and personal essays, and under 700 words for flash fiction pieces.

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NAWE: THE WRITER'S COMPASS

The Writer’s Compass is the name for all NAWE’s professional development services for writers. It brings together NAWE’s professional development programme with the free information and advice services for all writers formerly offered by literaturetraining.  

Our aim is to help writers in all genres, and at all stages in their development, to steer a course through the complexities of the writing life and build and sustain their careers.

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HIGHLAND LITERARY SALON 

Created in the tradition of the literary salons of Paris and New York, and based on the successes of similar gatherings in Edinburgh and Glasgow, the HLS brings together those with an interest in literature to discuss writing, ideas, projects, publishing, and all things literary.

The Salon will be on the third Tuesday of each month at Maverick's, 5 Young Street, Inverness, IV3 5BL.

Salons may feature writers, agents, and other literary professionals as guest speakers. More details can be found on the website

For more information, contact: info@highlandlitsalon.com 

 

WEEGIE WEDNESDAY

Weegie Wednesday began in January 2007, inspired by Edinburgh UNESCO City of Literature’s salon night (last Tuesday of every month at the Wash Bar, upstairs). Writers, booksellers, publishers, librarians, or anyone who wishes to network and talk books is welcome. Please pass the word. The meetings take place once a month at the following venue:

CCA (Centre for Contemporary Arts) Glasgow, 350 Sauchiehall Street, G2 3JD. Telephone : 0141 352 4900

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