Monday, 30 of March 2020

Aesthetica Creative Writing Award (entry fee payable)

The Aesthetica Creative Writing Award is an international literary prize that is a hotbed for new talent in Poetry and Short Fiction. Now in its 14th year, the Prize supports both emerging and established writers. By entering, writers can showcase their work to key industry figures and organisations including The Poetry Society, Granta, VINTAGE and more.

Winners are selected for both categories and awarded with £1,000. Publication within the Aesthetica Creative Writing Anthology, is also awarded to a further 60 writers whose works are highly commended.

Aesthetica is proud to champion new writing talent and supports its writing alumni beyond the Prize, offering print and digital publicity and continued exposure across our channels.

Poetry £12 | Short Fiction £18

Submissions close 31 August 2020

Website: https://aestheticamagazine.com/creative-writing-award/


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DHA Open Day for Under-Represented Writers (Newcastle, but travel expenses may be available)

When: Wednesday 10th June 2020

Where: Royal Station Hotel, Neville Street, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 5DH

We’re hugely excited at David Higham to be taking our Open Days on the road! Our first stop is Newcastle where we will be offering ten writers the opportunity to meet with industry experts and receive tailored feedback on their work from top literary agents.

The Open Day will take place on Wednesday 10th June 2020 at the Royal Station Hotel in Newcastle and will focus on fiction-writing for adults*. There will be sessions throughout the day to answer questions about all aspects of the industry, from the role of an agent to the publishing process, as well as one-to-one sessions to provide tailored feedback on current writing projects.

Applications for this day are now open! We welcome applications from any writer living in the UK from an under-represented background including LGBTQ+ writers, BAME writers, writers from working-class backgrounds, writers from ethnic, cultural and religious minorities, and disabled writers. Writers must be un-agented.

As this event is in Newcastle, we strongly encourage under-represented writers from the North of England to apply. We have plans to run further open days across the UK in the future.

*We are not at this time looking for poetry, plays, screenplays or children’s fiction.

Visit their website for details


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The Emma Press launches biennial call for poetry pamphlet submissions

The Emma Press has announced that it is accepting poetry manuscripts submissions until 24th January 2020. There are two categories – pamphlets for adults and collections for children – which will be judged by publisher Emma Dai’an Wright and poet Edward van de Vendel.

The Birmingham-based publisher is inviting poets to submit 6 pages of poems for either or both categories. There is a £10 submission fee, which is limited to one per poet and allows the poet to submit a manuscript to one or both of the categories. The selected manuscripts will be published in 2021.

See more details on their website


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Gollancz and Ben Aaranovitch launch a writing prize for BAME authors

Gollancz and author Ben Aaronovitch are launching a writing prize championing under-represented voices in science fiction, fantasy and horror.

Read more about the initiative at The Bookseller:

https://www.thebookseller.com/news/gollancz-and-aaronovitch-launch-writing-prize-bame-authors-1088156

It will be launched on 1st October at https://www.gollancz.co.uk/


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Vacancy at Writing West Midlands

Writing West Midlands is recruiting a Creative Producer / Festival Director.

3 days/week, £28-30k pro rata, based in Birmingham and primarily working on Birmingham Literature Festival.

Potential applicants are invited to attend the upcoming Birmingham Literature Festival to get a feel for the kind of events you would be working on.

Deadline: 17 October 2019

https://www.writingwestmidlands.org/job-creative-producer-festival-director/

 


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Middleground: looking for submissions from mixed race creatives

Received from Middleground:

We’re Middleground, an online magazine focused on publishing the stories and experiences of writers and artists of mixed ethnic backgrounds. It was born from a desire to achieve better understanding of mixed identities and offer a community to those who identify as part of this group.

Here’s more information if you need it:

Who can submit work?
Middleground focuses on the voices of mixed race people. If you identify as such, and have a desire to tell or explore your racial identity and its meanings, ambivalences, and beauty, we’d love to hear from you.

What are we looking for?
Exploration of one’s identity is a diverse and fluid journey, and Middleground wants to honour that.

We accept:

  • Non-fiction up to 2,500 words
  • Fiction up to 2,500 words
  • Up to three poems per submission
  • Illustrations, photography, digital artwork, etc.

Please note that all contributors will be paid a small fee.

Our submission guidelines can be found here: https://www.middlegroundmagazine.co.uk/submissions

For further information, please contact contact@middlegroundmagazine.co.uk or visit https://www.middlegroundmagazine.co.uk


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Digbeth at Midnight

Digbeth at Midnight will be an interactive storytelling experience spread across Digbeth.

See https://www.facebook.com/DigbethAtMidnight/ for details on how to enter your story


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A Poem for Europe Open Poetry Competition

A Poem for Europe Open Poetry Competition

Deadline: 31 July 2019
Judge: Gillian Clarke
Prize: £500
Entry fee: £6

A Poem for Europe Young Poets Competition

Open to all those aged 16 – 25 on 31 July 2019
Deadline: 31 July 2019
Judge: tbc
Prize: £500
Entry fee: £3

For further details, rules and how to enter visit www.apoemforeurope.org


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Writing Humour and Comedy: 1 day course

Naomi Paul will run a 1 day course for writing West Midlands on 6th April 10am – 4pm

Cost: £45

Find more info here


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Unislam grand final at Old Rep, Birmingham

UniSlam is the UK’s international, collegiate team poetry slam.
The Grand Finals will take place on Sunday February 3rd at The Old Rep Theatre in Birmingham.
The event will include performances from judges Hollie McNish, Melissa Lozada-Oliva and Dizraeli.
UniSlam will take place throughout the weekend, including free entry to the preliminary bouts and semifinals at the Hippodrome.
Tickets for the finals can be reserved through The Old Rep’s site: http://livebrum.co.uk/the-old-rep-theatre/2019/02/03/unislam-grand-finals


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