Thursday, 5 of August 2021

New Talent Aesthetica Creative Writing Award 2021

Aesthetica is looking for the best new writing talent. The international literary prize is open to poetry and short fiction submissions on any theme, celebrating innovation in content, form and technique.

What We’re Looking For

The Creative Writing Award is open to Poetry and Short Fiction submissions on any theme, however, we are particularly interested in works that reflect upon our ever changing world.

Previous anthologies have harnessed the power of language to explore an age of unprecedented change and uncertainty. They have expressed complex emotions – telling personal and global stories. Our 2021 shortlisted works connected readers to a profound sense of self as well as their shared humanity: friendships, fairytales and romantic relationships told in new ways.

We are looking for pieces that challenge us – that redefine the parameters of form, concept and technique. Winning pieces have reflected upon both social and political structures, human relationships and experiences. They have pushed the boundaries of imagination – providing new possibilities and ideas. To find out more about our shortlist, view our Success Stories here.


  • Poetry entries should be no more than 40 lines.
  • Fiction entries should be no more than 2,000 words.
  • Works published or entered elsewhere are accepted.
  • We accept works on any theme.
  • You may enter the Award as many times as you wish – but each new requires a fee and new submission form.
  • For more information, read our FAQs here or for our refund policy. For further enquiries please email:

Entry Fee: Poetry £12 | Short Fiction £18

For more information, see the website.


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Manuscript submission to Bluemoose Books

Bluemoose Books is an award winning independent publisher based in Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire. Kevin and Hetha Duffy started Bluemoose in 2006 and as a ‘family’ of readers and writers we’re passionate about the written word and stories. Stories are transformative and as publishers we delight in finding great new talent. We don’t have the heft of a London publishing house with the millions of pounds to promote our writers but we do manage through innovative marketing to get our books into high street bookstores and reviewed in the national press.


We do not publish children’s books, YA or poetry. Please send the first three chapters and a synopsis. Unfortunately we can’t get back to you straightaway but will do our best to let you know if we want to see the full manuscript hopefully within sixteen weeks. Thanks for your patience.

Submissions should be sent electronically to kevin [at] bluemoosebooks [dot] com.


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Free online courses for poets and fiction writers

What better time to focus on your writing than the Easter bank holiday weekend? The National Centre for Writing’s new, short, free, online writing courses will help boost your confidence, increase your productivity and demystify the writing process. Bite-sized chapters make it easy to progress even while balancing work, school or family commitments. All you need is a computer and a love of writing!

  • Make fast progress with bite-sized chapters
  • Fits in around your busy life and responsibilities
  • Study from anywhere on your computer or mobile device
  • No deadlines, no pressure, take it at your own pace
  • Gain new techniques and insights

See their website for further information.

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Writers’ Weekend

Memoir, Non-Fiction and Self-Publishing at the Writers’ Weekend 

24-27 June 2021

Are you writing about your life experience, exploring childhood memories, or documenting an important moment in your life? Or are you researching an over-looked historical event or writing a book about a scientific interest? Whether you’re writing memoir or non-fiction see how the Writers’ Weekend can help you develop your book, from planning to publication. 

The Virtual Writers’ Weekend is for writers working at all levels and in every genre who want to improve their writing, get their manuscript published, and network with agents, published authors, and other writers.  Due to the success of the 2020 virtual event, we’ve decided to hold the 2021 Writers’ Weekend as a virtual event again. We are based in the lovely and historic city of Winchester, England, but due to the virtual nature of our event, you can attend from anywhere in the world!

Information and booking on their website.



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Harper’s Bazaar short-story competition 2021

Bazaar has celebrated original fiction within its pages since its foundation, having published the work of everyone from Virginia Woolf and Thomas Hardy to, more recently, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and Ali Smith. Continuing this literary legacy, we are once again launching our short-story competition in celebration of original fiction, this year adjudicated by a panel that includes the author and former Man Booker International Prize judge Tahmima Anam, who is renowned for her Bengal trilogy of novels. Joining her on the panel are the editor-in-chief of Bloomsbury Publishing Alexandra Pringle, the literary agent Caroline Michel, our contributing literary editor Erica Wagner and our editor-in-chief Lydia Slater.

To enter, submit up to 2,200 words on the theme of ‘Threads’ to by midnight on 15 March. If possible, please submit as a Word document attachment, titled with your own name, and please provide a wordcount.

The winner will receive a two-night stay at The Mitre in Hampton Court, plus the chance to see their work published.

For full details please see the competition page.


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Sky Blue Theatre invites entries to its British Theatre Challenge

2021 will see five winning plays produced by a professional cast & crew for a one week run of performances in London. Moreover, this opportunity will also see the winning works filmed in performance, given full written assessments by theatre professionals and considered for publication by our partnered publishers!

With over 50 of our previous winning plays having received offers of publication don’t miss the chance to see your work in motion!

Furthermore, we have been working hard over the last few months to future proof the Challenge against Covid-19 related disruption. If Covid-19 restricts live audience at the
time of performance, plays will be live-streamed (with live editing by Mini Mammoth Films).

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Anthology Magazine Short Story Competition

Anthology Magazine Short Story Competition

Writers of short fiction are invited to enter the Anthology Magazine Short Story Competition.  Established to recognise and encourage creative writing and provide a platform for publication, it is open to original and previously unpublished short stories in the English language by a writer of any nationality, living anywhere in the world. Stories submitted must be on the theme of ‘Memories’ and not exceed the maximum of 1,500 words. Writers can submit as many entries as they wish.

It is not a requirement, but is advisable to refer to Anthology Magazine or purchase a copy before submitting your work, so that you can see the type of material we publish. Subscriptions and single copies are available to purchase through our online shop.

The winner will receive a €500 cash prize and the chance to see their work published in a future issue of Anthology.

The winner will also receive a one year subscription to Anthology Magazine

Submission Deadline & Entry Fees:
Early Bird: 30 April 2021 – €10 per story
Deadline: 31 July 2021 – €15 per story

Website for details


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Socially conscious small press seeks submissions

Fly on the Wall are a socially-conscious small press based in Manchester.
They are currently seeking submissions of poetry and short story manuscripts with a strong voice and style and elements of social engagement.
At the moment, they are particularly seeking submissions of single short stories (5,000 – 11,000 words) for ‘shorts’ season where they will publish a series of limited edition political short fiction pamphlets.

  • The deadline is 23rd October.
  • Submission guidelines can be found at:

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    DHA New Writers’ Open Week in January 2021

    David Higham Associates: a literary agency based in central London will be running an online Open Week to support under-represented writers across the world.

    “We are thrilled to be inviting all applicants to a series of events this October aiming to demystify the industry, including advice on writing submission letters, a look at the role of the agent, as well as the work of translation and film & TV rights teams. Twenty writers will then be selected to attend our DHA New Writers’ Open Week in January 2021, which will feature further exclusive talks from agents, authors and editors, and include an in-depth 1-1 feedback session on their submitted work with a DHA agent.

    This open day will be an excellent opportunity for budding authors from under-represented backgrounds (LGBTQ+ writers, writers of colour, writers from working-class backgrounds, writers from ethnic, cultural and religious minorities and writers with a disability) to find out more about the industry and have their material looked at by a leading literary agent.”

    For further information about the event and to apply, please see here:

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    Wenlock Olympian Society Flash Fiction Competition

    Wenlock Olympian Society

    (providing access to sport and the arts since 1850)

    Flash Fiction Competition

    • Prizes: £150, £50 and £25 plus a Gold, Silver or Bronze Wenlock Olympian Society (WOS) medal
    • Deadline for entries: 31 October 2020
    • Length of story: max 1,000 words
    • We are looking for flair and creativity on any one of the following themes:
      • Five Rings
      • Winning
      • Gold is Only a Colour
    • All genres of stories are welcome (excluding Children’s and Young Adult Fiction)
      • Entry Fee: £5 (£8 for 2 entries,  £12 for three entries)

    Winning stories will be published on the WOS website

    First prize to be read at a WOS social evening in March 2021

    The competition is UK based but International entries are welcome

    To enter, please go to: Wenlock Olympian Society


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