Hachette UK is officially launching its new creative writing resource, The Future Bookshelf – http://thefuturebookshelf.co.uk/ . It is a creative writing hub for aspiring writers which aims to demystify publishing and guide users of the website through the process of writing, editing, submitting and publishing.
The Future Bookshelf will also be hosting an Open Submissions period in December 2017. This will be for unpublished, unagented writers of novels and non-fiction, who feel that the industry doesn’t adequately represent people from their background or with their experiences. It is to run from Friday 1st to Friday 8th December 2017.
You can find them on Twitter @FutureBookshelf and use the hashtag #ChangingtheStory
Full press release attached here: The Future Bookshelf press release
For its 20th year, Birmingham Literature Festival welcomes Jess Phillips MP, bestselling novelist Lionel Shriver, poet Inua Ellams, as well as pop-up events and workshops across the city from Friday 21 April – Sunday 23 April 2017.
The full programme can be downloaded here BLF Spring Festival Programme e vesrion for the first ever Spring Edition, to complement the annual October festival- great speakers and workshops plus more events for children, and fun activities including canoeing and cycling!
You can find out more via our website: https://www.birminghamliteraturefestival.org/
Milestones International Poetry Competition in association with Write Out Loud.
21 March 2017
21 June 2017
The 5th Virginia Prize for Fiction
Now open for submissions
Aurora Metro, the Twickenham-based arts organisation, is once again searching for the best new fiction by a woman writing in English. The winner will receive £1,000 and a conditional offer of publication by Aurora Metro Books.
This biennial prize was launched in 2009 as a tribute to Virginia Woolf who published her first novel, The Voyage Out, whilst living in Richmond. The prize’s founder, publisher Cheryl Robson, hopes that “by naming this prize in Virginia Woolf’s memory we will inspire women to find their voice and contribute to the pantheon of great women writers.”
*Ceridwen and the Cauldron of Transformation – A workshop to inspire
*When: Saturday 18th February 2017*
*Time: 10 am – 4 pm*
*Where: Morville Village Hall*
In this workshop, run by writer Ruth Cameron, writers will explore the Welsh myth of* Ceridwen and the Cauldron of Transformation*.
Ceridwen, a great sorceress, intends to give her son the gift of wisdom. However, Gwion Bach, the young boy who is set to stir the cauldron accidently spills three drops onto his thumb and licks it off thus acquiring the gift. In fear he runs from Ceridwen and they both go through a series of transformations a she hunts him down, which ultimately results in Gwion transforming into the legendry bard and prophet Taliesin.
The 2017 Leominster Festival has launched their writing competition, along the theme of Paint the Town. They’re looking for up to 500 words, or 8 miles of poetry. Entry fee £2, First Prize £25, and the closing date is 13th April 2017. For more information download the entry form: leominster-festival-writing-competition
Oh Zoe! – is a new children’s book publisher looking for titles ahead of our launch in autumn this year.
They’re running the Oh Zoe! Rising Talent Award to find new authors with unpublished work – there is a prize fund of £500 and a range of professional development courses.
The competition runs until the end of March and more details can be found on their website www.ohzoe.com
Entries are now open for The Tamworth and District Civic Society and Tamworth Writers Group Tamworth writing competition.
With prizes totalling £310.00, which will hopefully aspire all budding writers who have not yet been published, to enter. Entries must be set in and around Tamworth, Staffordshire and a particular building or address.
The closing date for all entries is Tuesday 31st January 2017. Winners to be announced in April 2017.
For full entry details please click on the writing-competition PDF link.
Short Story Competition
Taking this Jane Austen quotation as the story title, writers are encouraged to respond in 2017 words or fewer. Open to writers aged 16 and over, across the world.
“Selfishness must always be forgiven you know, because there is no hope of a cure.”
First Prize £1000. Second Prize £500. Judges David Constantine and Claire Fuller. Closing date 28 February 2017.
Hosted by Hampshire Cultural Trust in partnership with Jane Austen’s House Museum to mark Jane Austen 200.
Full details and how to submit stories: www.janeausten200.co.uk/competitions
Ware Poets is running its competition for the 19th year, and we are delighted that Hannah Lowe has agreed to judge the competition. Hannah Lowe’s first poetry collection, Chick, won the Michael Murphy Memorial Award for Best First Collection, and she has been named one of the 20 Next Generation poets, as of 2014. Her family memoir is Long Time, No See (Periscope, 2014). Chan, her second poetry collection, is published by Bloodaxe. She lives in London and teaches at Kingston University.
The Ware Poets competition offers cash prizes for the winning poems, including one for the best sonnet, and we publish a competition anthology of prizewinning and shortlisted poems.
Tamworth Literary Festival, in conjunction with The Tamworth and District Civic Society and Tamworth Writers Group, have recently launched a brand new writing competition. Sponsored by Tame Valley Wetlands with total prizes just over £300, the competition is open to everyone.
Pen a short story, maximum 1,500 words, and submit before midnight on January 31st 2017 to be in with a chance of winning. All entries are judged anonymously and winners are to be announced in April. A selection of the best entries will be included in an anthology, to be produced later that year and timed to coincide with a walk around the town where any of the entrants can join us to read their entry inside or outside the venue.
NOVEMBER 25th – 27th 2016
Shrewsbury’s inaugural Festival of Literature kicks off at the end of November and we have something for everyone. Festival Patron Jonathan Coe will be in conversation with Paul McVeigh on the opening night (Friday 25th November) and the weekend will finish with the wonderful John Agard (on Sunday 27th) performing his one-man verse play “Roll Over Atlantic”. Both these events will take place in the beautiful Blackburn Chapel and Theatre in Prestefelde School, London Road and the venue will also play host to best-selling author Louise Doughty on the Saturday night.
Full details of the programmes are available on the website http://www.shrewsburylitfest.co.uk and tickets may be purchased online or through Pengwern Books, Fish Street, Shrewsbury. (TEL: 01743 232236)
The 2017 Bristol Short Story Prize is open for entries. The competition is open to all writers around the world
whether published or unpublished, UK or non-UK based, over 16 years of age.
The closing date for entries is midnight (BST) May 3rd 2017. The maximum word limit is 4,000, there is no minimum.
Stories may be on any theme or subject and entry can be made online or by post.
There is an £8.00 entry fee for all stories submitted and entries must be previously unpublished.
The Kent & Sussex Poetry Society OPEN POETRY COMPETITION for 2017 is now accepting entries:
* First Prize: £1000, 2nd: £300, 3rd: £100, 4th: 4 x £50
* Judge: Catherine Smith
* Entry fee: £5 per poem. 3 or more poems: £4 each
* Closing date: 31 January 2017
* Entries to: The Competition Organiser, 13 Ruscombe Close, Tunbridge Wells, TN4 0SG
* Put name and address on separate sheet – not on poem
* OR ENTER ON-LINE and pay by Paypal
For more details, go to:
Does anyone know Jacqueline Zacharias? She was longlisted in our 2015 Doris Gooderson short story competition, which is why the editor of Dreamcatcher magazine has approached us. He’s trying to get hold of her. She’s sent him some stories and he’d like to use some in an upcoming issue, but he has no contact details for her!
So, if anyone knows Jacqueline Zacharias, please ask her to get in touch with John Gilham, editor of Dreamcatcher magazine (www.dreamcatchermagazine.co.uk). It’s good news!
The deadline for the 2017 competition is 31st January 2017. The Judge is poet Catherine Smith and she will read all the submissions.
For more information, visit: www.kentandsussexpoetry.com
First prize: £1,000
Second prize: £300
Third prize: £100
Plus 4 x £50
How to enter –
Black Pear Press are looking for 1500-word short stories on any theme before 1st August 2016. Entry £5, with a first prize of £75. For more details visit: https://blackpear.net/2016/06/08/black-pear-press-short-story-competition-2016/
Norwich Writers’ Circle is proud to announce the launch of its 2016 Olga Sinclair Open Short Story Competition. We do hope that this year’s competition will inspire your members to enter a story including a reference to SHOES, chosen in honour of the historical shoe and boot making trade in Norwich. Van Dal Shoes, the only remaining working shoe factory in the City, is one of our sponsors, offering vouchers for their footwear to add to our generous cash prizes. For full details of how to enter see our blog link at https://norwichwriters.wordpress.com/competitions/open-competition/
The closing deadlines are 17th and 31st JULY and this year the entry fee is £8. We look forward to receiving your stories…..
The 2016 Wigtown Poetry Competition has been launched.
Greenacre Writers and Finchley Literary Festival are launching the 2016 festival with a short story competition. The winning entries will win cash prizes and will be published on the FLF blog and that of Greenacre Writers. The winners will be announced at the Finchley Literary Festival, 25th June 2016.
The Leominster Festival has just launched its 2016 Writing competition, with two categories: prose and poem.
Cheltenham Writers’ Circle is launching its first open short story competition with cash prizes totalling £150 plus book tokens. The theme, chosen to commemorate the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death, is ‘What You Will’ – in other words your creativity has no bounds.
Maximum word count is 2,000.
Opening date: 1 March 2016
Closing date: 4 June 2016
The first ever Aurora Poetry and Short Fiction Competition now open for entries!
Prizes: 1st £500/ 2nd £100/ 3rd £50
Plus the Stonewood Press Prize for the best home-grown talent from the East Midlands: £70
We have recently launched the 2016 Bristol Short Story Prize and
are sending you some details
just in case any of your writing group members may be interested.
To celebrate our new competition Kindle versions of our anthologies, including the latest, are
on special offer at just £0.99p until the end of January! Please click here to visit our page on amazon.co.uk
Here are some details of the 2016 Bristol Short Story Prize:
2016 Bristol Short Story Prize is open to all published and unpublished writers.
Stories can be on any theme or subject and
entry can be made online via the website or by
post. Entries must be previously unpublished
with a maximum length of 4,000 words (There is no minimum).
The entry fee is £8 per story.
The closing date for entries is April 30th 2016.
17 further prizes of £100 will be presented to the writers
whose stories appear on the shortlist. All 20 shortlisted
writers will have their stories published in the Bristol Short
Story Prize Anthology Volume 9.
The 20 shortlisted writers will be invited to an awards ceremony
in Bristol in October 2016 when the winners will be announced and the anthology launched.
The judging panel will be chaired by celebrated writer Tania Hershman. Tania is joined on the panel by
acclaimed writer Niven Govinden, owner of award winning Big Green Bookshop, Simon Key,
and Juliet Pickering, literary agent at Blake Friedmann.
Full details and rules at www.bristolprize.co.uk
Ware Poets is running its competition for the 18th year, and are delighted that Philip Gross – poet, a playwright, librettist and writer for young people – has agreed to judge the competition. Philip leads the MPhil/PhD in Writing programme at the University of South Wales. He won the T S Eliot Prize 2009 with The Water Table, and Wales Book of The Year 2010 with I Spy Pinhole Eye. This year he published A Fold In The River with artist Valerie Coffin Price (Seren), and a new collection called Love Songs of Carbon (Bloodaxe).
We’ve received information about a three day course in Wolverhampton, organised by the Arvon foundation, to take palce in January 2016. The details are as follows:
Hello from Arvon. We are running a 3 day writing course in Wolverhampton in January with Liz Berry (Black Country) and Sathnam Sanghera (The Boy With The Topknot). I was wondering whether you would be interested in helping us spread the word about the course. You could mention this to your writing group and/or mention it on social media, an example tweet is written below. We are always delighted to reciprocate with anything you might like to pass on to our networks (we have a 16K mailing list on Twitter or Facebook).
We are also offering two grants worth £200 to encourage writers to apply, to read more about our grants and to download our grant application form, click here. Thecourse details are:
ARVON WOLVERHAMPTON: STARTING TO WRITE
Get started, keep going
Jan 29th – Jan 31st 2016
In partnership with Writing West Midlands
Whether you’re searching for inspiration, need a creative boost, or want help getting your ideas onto the page, you can look no further because Arvon is wrapping up its special ingredients and bringing them to the Arts and Crafts splendor of Bantock House in Wolverhampton for a long weekend of writing.
Led by acclaimed writers, novelist and journalist Sathnam Sanghera and poet Liz Berry, this non-residential course will help you find your writing voice and make it sing. You’ll experience a powerful mix of workshops, one-to-one tutorials, the support of fellow writers and plenty time and space to write. For more information on the course click here.
Course fee: £285 (lunch and dinner included).
Info / booking: 020 7234 2554 or book online.
The theme of the competition this year is ‘Fire’ which, on the face of it, seems a bit limiting so we asked our members to suggest ways in which it can be used. These are just some of the ones we received:
Bonfire, house fire, barbeque, candle flames, fireworks, firing a gun, canon fire, lightning, brush fire, wood burning stove, coal fire, garden fire, firing someone from work, rockets, St Elmo’s fire, execution by firing squad, burning crop fields, smoke signals, brazier, fire pit, roasting chestnuts on an open fire, volcanic eruption, gas explosion, dynamite, cowboy shoot out, food smoker, sauna, assassination …
We decided to stop there!
Kent & Sussex Poetry Society have launched their 2016 Open Poetry competition:
First Prize: £1,000
2nd: £300 3rd: £100 4th: 4 x £50
* Judge: Anne-Marie Fyfe
* Entry fee: £5 per poem, 3 or more poems: £4 each
* Closing date: 31 January 2016
* Entries to:
The Competition Organiser, 13 Ruscombe Close, Tunbridge Wells, TN4 0SG
* Put name and address on separate sheet – not on poem
Or enter on-line
The judges have announced the shortlist from which they shall make their final decision in the next few days. The shortlisted entries and authors are:
The deadline for the 2016 competition is 31st January 2016. The Judge is poet Anne-Marie Fyfe and she will read all the submissions.
First prize: £1,000
Second prize: £300
Third prize: £100
Plus 4 x £50
How to enter – visit: http://kentandsussexpoetry.com/the-kent-sussex-poetry-society-open-competition/
£1000 top prize for short fiction in Writers’ Village Contest winter 2015
£1000 is the top prize on offer for short fiction in the Writers’ Village International Short Fiction Award winter 2015, with cash prizes totaling £2000 The second prize is £500, third prize £250 and there are five runner up prizes of £50. (more…)
The Galley Beggar press have launched a short story competition with a difference. First prize is £500, or 12 months of constructive feedback on your work. For more information visit: http://galleybeggar.co.uk/2015-short-story-prize
The closing date for entries is 15th November 2015.
Chorley & District Writers’ Circle launch their annual short story competition with prizes totalling £180. The theme this year is a little bit different: ‘Chaos in Lancashire’. They are looking for a setting in or strong connection to any part of Lancashire.
Maximum word count is 2,000.
Closing date: 4 Oct 2015
Judge: Shortlist will be judged by the competition’s sponsors: editorial consultancy Fiction Feedback www.fictionfeedback.co.uk
Prizes: £100, £50 and £30
Entry fee: £5 for one story, £9 for two or £13 for three.
Monday the 22nd June saw the launch of the fifth biannual Ruth Rendell Short Story Competition, hosted by the award winning charity InterAct Stroke Support, and proudly sponsored by Oberon Books.
The challenge for writers is to write a piece in any genre in no more than 1000 words. The winner of the competition will receive £1000 and a commission to write four further stories for InterAct Stroke Support over the course of one year. (more…)
The National Literacy Trust has just launched their first Poetry Prize in partnership with Bloomsbury Publishing. They are asking people to write a poem of up to 16 lines, on the themes of reading and/or literature. Poems will be aimed at children/young people.
The 2015 Short Story Competition, run by the Bedford Writing Competition, has just been launched. This is the second year they have run this contest and they hope it will be as exciting as last. BWC is a non-profit making organisation and any proceeds will be donated to charity. (more…)
The Peace Hospice Care poetry competition has just been launched. (Peace Hospice Care is based in Watford).www.peacehospice.co.uk
The Theme of the competition is ‘Love and Loss’ and we welcome entries.
The competition will be judged by our Royal Patron HRH Princess Michael of Kent.
Entrants may see their work in print in a poetry anthology that will be published later this year.
Please follow the link.
Mane Chance Sanctuary is delighted to announce details of their inaugural Mane Chance Writing Competition in association with Blue Max Banner Ltd and supported by Surrey Occasions. Renowned author, poet, playwright and British Children’s Laureate, Michael Morpurgo, OBE, will be chairman of the panel of judges. If you would like a unique opportunity to have this literary genius read your composition, then this competition is for you. (more…)
Fancy immersing yourself in two weeks of creativity? Well the 2015 University of Cambridge’s Creative Writing Summer School might just be what you’re looking for!
For further details lick here: http://www.ice.cam.ac.uk/international-summer-schools/programmes/creative-writing
2 – 15 August 2015
Programme Director: Professor Jem Poster
The Creative Writing Summer School builds on a rich literary tradition at Cambridge: it is designed for participants who wish to develop their existing writing skills. Elements will focus on writing for perfomance (stage, radio, television and film), short stories, non-fiction and the writer’s art, in a range of genres and styles. Course Directors – all established writers – will set practical writing tasks, and guide students in critical reflection on their own work and that of their fellow students, as well as on the work of published writers.
Students are expected to put in a minimum of two hours per weekday of writing as private study. Participants may elect to use free time at weekends for a sustained period of writing. The course is intentionally rigorous, and all applicants must demonstrate a high level of fluency in English in their applications.
Details of the 2015 Wigtown Book Festival Poetry competition have just been announced:
Main Prize £1500
Eight additional prizes of £25 each
Judge: Jim Carruth
The 2015 Luke Bitmead Bursary has just been launched.
The prize was set up in honour of Luke Bitmead. His debut novel was the first novel Legend Press published but sadly, after struggling with depression, Luke committed suicide. The award has been set up by his mother in partnership with us to support and encourage the work of struggling writers, and is the UK’s biggest prize for unpublished authors. This is an award that we are very proud to run and I am emailing you today to let you know about it in case any of your writers would be interested in entering. (more…)
Details of the Erewash Open Short Story Competition (judged by our very own Simon Whaley can be found here.
The competition is looking for short stories of up to 2,000 words on any theme. First prize is £100.00
We are delighted to announce that the seventeenth annual V.S. Pritchett Memorial Prize for the best unpublished short story is now open for entries. The closing date for entries is 22 June 2015. For more information, and to download an entry form, click here.
£1000 top prize for short fiction in Writers’ Village Contest summer 2015. £1000 is the top prize on offer for short fiction in the Writers’ Village International Short Fiction Award summer 2015, with cash prizes totaling £2000 The second prize is £500, third prize £250 and there are five runner up prizes of £50. Ten further Highly Commended entrants will have their stories acknowledged at the site.
The Wells Festival of Literature writing competitions will commence on 1st April 2015.
This year there are three prizes for winners, £500, £200, £100, in both categories plus the Hilly Cansdale local poetry prize of £100 and the Wyvern local short story prize, also £100. Entries are open to anyone throughout the world.
Wild Words is an organisation run by university tutor, psychotherapist and writer Bridget Holding, that offers a variety of online and real world creative writing courses. Designed to reconnect you with your instincts, the help on offer is designed to help both fiction and non-fiction writers. Booking are now being taken for their next online You, The Explorer course (starting May 4th) and offers:
“This course emboldens you to become ‘the explorer’, to be the hero of your own story. Over 6 weeks you will move past block into a profound and creative exploration of what it means to write ‘Wild Words’. This is the foundation for an increasingly potent exploration of your creative writing skills, via the Level 2 and Level 3 courses.
The course includes evolutionary psychology, body-based psychotherapy, and creative writing theory; as well as exercises, a peer support programme, and an optional once-a-week live group check-in with Bridget.”
For more information visit: http://www.wildwords.org/online-writing-courses.html
February 28 @ 1:00 pm – 4:30 pm
Writing West Midlands
Our third Student Writers’ Toolkit is aimed at student writers or those recently graduated. The afternoon will be an excellent opportunity to network with the writing industry and pick up valuable knowledge about how professional writers sustain their creative careers. (more…)
Treat yourself to a Relax & Write weekend and enjoy the 4-star venues with award winning authors. 2015 courses include: (more…)
The 2015 Welsh Poetry Competition has been launched. (more…)