Thursday, 30 of March 2017

Pitch novels to DHH agents

DHH Literary agency is thrilled to be opening its doors to unrepresented writers who would like to pitch their novels to experienced agents. Five agents will be available for a ten-minute slot for an individual pitch session. Each writer will receive honest and valuable feedback. The agents are approaching this with a view to finding new clients. The pitch sessions will run from 4pm to 7pm on 12th April at Library Club on St Martin’s Lane.

Each writer will only be able to approach one agent on the team so do choose carefully. Information on the event and what each agent represents can be found at www.dhhliteraryagency.com. To apply for a place, you will need to email your work in advance. Spaces are limited so please submit your work promptly. The deadline for submissions is Wednesday 5th April.

More details: http://www.dhhliteraryagency.com/blog/pitch-dhh


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Milestones International Poetry Competition in association with Write Out Loud

Open: 21 March 2017

Deadline: 21 June 2017

Prizes: First prize £500, second £100, and third £25. Separate prize for under-16s (£100). Free anthology for prize winners and commended poets.

Entry fee: £5 per poem, three poems for £10, subsequent poems in same entry, £3. Entrants aged 15 and under £1 per poem

Judge: Brian Patten.

The competition is open to all internationally but must be in English and up to 40 lines in length.

Results announced – early August 2017.

Prize-giving:
The winner will be invited to read their poem at an award ceremony in Long Compton, Warwickshire on 7 October, 2017.

Further details:
www.writeoutloud.net/competitions/milestones2017


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Participate in the Event United for Peace – Unity through Poetry

 

University of Birmingham: College of Arts and Law


Participate in the Event United for Peace – Unity through Poetry

WEDNESDAY 10 MAY 2017



18:00 PM – 21:00 PM



MUIRHEAD TOWER G15



UNIVERSITY OF BIRMINGHAM


The Oxford Foundation in partnership with The Edward Cadbury Centre for the
Public Understanding of Religion at the University of Birmingham, is hosting a
gathering entitled, United for Peace: Unity through Poetry. Leading luminaries
from across the faith, cultural, and non-faith traditions will read, chant and
sing beautiful poetry that will speak across different cultures and faiths
affirming the universal message of peace, love, wisdom, unity and harmony. The
evening will incorporate poetry interspersed with silent reflection and music
that will celebrate and affirm these shared values.

United for Peace is a
national initiative
by The Oxford Foundation that draws United Kingdom’s
diverse communities together to affirm the values that unite us. The values of
respect, love, peace, compassion and understanding as opposed to the narratives
that extremists advocate of ugliness, division, hatred, and violence.

If you would like to contribute and present a reading whether spoken, chanted or
sung, we’d be delighted to here from you.


Please contact: Kaleem Hussain, The Oxford Foundation Representative for West
Midlands and Buckinghamshire at kaleem@theoxfordfoundation.org.uk with
the following details no later than


10th April 2017
:

Organisation

 

Affiliation to a tradition

 

Presenter Details (Individual, group, numbers)

 

Poetry Being Recited (Author, Tradition, Poem)

 

Oral Reading or Interspersed with Music? If music, what acoustics will
be required?

 

Approx Duration of Poem (5-10 min max)

 

Contact Details

 

Any Additional Information

 

Sponsorship (If
you would like to sponsor this event please provide your details and the
amount and we shall be in touch. The sponsors details shall feature in The
United for Peace-Unity through Poetry
event
booklet.)

 


Once you have forwarded the above information, there will be a process of
selection and The Oxford Foundation shall be in touch with further details
regarding the event. A United for Peace: Unity through Poetry
event booklet shall also be produced as part of this event which will feature
all the poetic readings from those presenting along with messages of support
from prominent faith, non-faith and civic leaders.


For more information about this event please visit the
Eventbrite
online page





For further information about The Oxford Foundation please visit the
foundation’s
online
page





For more information about the Edward Cadbury Centre for the Public
Understanding of Religion, please
visit
our website
,
and follow
@PTRBirmingham on
Twitter


ADDRESS

University of Birmingham,

Edgbaston,

Birmingham B15 2TT,

United Kingdom

EMAIL:

cadburycentre@contacts.bham.ac.uk

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www.birmingham.ac.uk/cpur

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Commission – Artificial Intelligence

From Leicester Uni’s Centre for New Writing:
“We wish to commission a writer to help researchers to allay public fear about the development of artificial intelligence technologies. Science fiction has traditionally has painted an Orwellian picture of new technologies. Much dramatic representation, too, envisages brave new worlds where robots murder the last humans on earth. None of this helps researchers who wish to develop these technologies for the public good. It affects the uptake of potentially life-saving technological solutions to everyday challenges. The technology to alert the emergency services when an elderly person falls, for example, is cheap and readily available. Devices for tracking where patients with dementia are could also save time, money, and anxiety. Why is such technology not being used? Working closely with Professor Jeremy Levesley and his team, the commissioned writer will explore the public understanding of artificial intelligence and promote its uptake for improving the quality of life. It is hoped that this will only be the start of such collaboration, as the challenge is significant, but the potential benefits considerable.

The commissioned writer will produce a short story, short poetry sequence, monologue or piece of narrative non-fiction which will be featured in a pamphlet about artificial intelligence, introduced by Professor Levesley. The pamphlet will be distributed to target audiences and we hope that the writing will help to reshape attitudes towards artificial intelligence across a number of sectors.”

The fee is £150.
The Deadline is 31st March 2017
See the website for details of how to submit your application


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Penguin Random House The Writers’ Academy – webinar invitation

The Writer’s Academy will hold their first webinar of 2017 on Monday 13th February.

This will cover point of view and narrative voice – Further details and free registration here.


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The 11th Aesthetica Creative Writing Award is Now Open for Entries

The 11th Aesthetica Creative Writing Award is now open for entries, presenting an opportunity for emerging and established writers and poets to showcase their work to new international audiences and further their involvement in the literary world.

The award is an internationally renowned prize presented by Aesthetica Magazine and judged by literary experts, including Arifa Akbar, journalist, critic and former Literary Editor of The Independent. Enter your poetry or short fiction for a chance to be one of 60 writers published in the Aesthetica Creative Writing Annual – an outstanding collection of the best in new writing.
Prizes include:

  • £1,000 Poetry Winner
  • £1,000 Short Fiction Winner
  • Publication in the Aesthetica Creative Writing Annual for 60 finalists
  • Consultation with Redhammer Management (Short Fiction Winner)
  • Full Membership to The Poetry Society (Poetry Winner)
  • Selection of books courtesy of Bloodaxe and Vintage
  • One year subscription to Granta

Short Fiction entries should be no more than 2,000 words. Poetry entries should be no more than 40 lines. Works previously published are accepted.
Deadline for submissions is 31 August 2017. For full entry requirements and to submit, visit www.aestheticamagazine.com/cwa


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Writing workshop – Motivation and Moving Forward: how to make your book happen

Motivation and Moving Forward: how to make your book happen
A three-hour workshop aimed at those with a work in progress (novel, non-fiction or short story collection) who are determined to complete but are seeking help with motivation or practical issues.

Date: Saturday 11 February 2017

Venue: Stratford-upon-Avon ArtsHouse

Cost: £25

Book tickets at https://sua-makingyourbookhappen.eventbrite.co.uk

There is a discount of 20% on the workshops for members of local writing groups, creative writing students and those over 60.
Anyone who wants to attend the workshop and benefit from the discount should email: coaching@elliestevenson.co.uk


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Tamworth Writing Competition

Entries are now open for The Tamworth and District Civic Society and Tamworth Writers Group Tamworth writing competition.
Entries must  be set in and around Tamworth Staffordshire.
Closing date 31st January 2017
Three age categories:

    16+ – 1,500 words limit – £4 per entry
    11-16 – 1,000 words limit – £2 per entry
    Under 11’s – 500 words limit – £1 per entry (Proof of age will be required prior to the awarding of prizes)

Prizes

    16+ – 1st prize £100, 2nd – £50, 3rd – £25
    11-16 – 1 st – £50, 2nd – £25, 3rd – £15
    Under 11’s – 1st – £20, 2nd – £15, 3rd – £10

Full details here

Note that the above document states 2016 as the deadline. I believe that it’s a typo – there is a new competition


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Essay competition

Whichisthebetter.com believes deeply among the value of education and giving back.This contest aims to recognise and reward talented writers.

You can write on any of the topics below:

  1. How Movies Affect Our Lives
  2. How Android Changed The World

Deadline : The final date for submission is March 31st, 2017
Categories: Movies , Android , Mobile ,Technology
Entry Fees: No submission fees
Prizes:

    1st Prize (1 winner) :  Cash $300 + 1 year Premium Movie and Music  Subscription (Worth 250$)
    2nd Prize (3 winner) : Cash $100 + 1 year Premium Movie and Music  Subscription (Worth 250$)
     

    3rd Prize (5 winner):  Premium Android apps (worth 150$)

Eligibility needs: The competition is open to all writers.

To apply , check the website

 

 


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New literary agency taking submissions

Caskie Mushens is a new literary agency, although the agents themselves have an impressive track record.

They are actively seeking submissions.

https://www.caskiemushens.com/


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