Wednesday, 25 of November 2015

Stephen King short fiction competition

Hodder & Stoughton are running a short story competition, in which King himself will pick the winner.

The prize will include publication of the winning story on the the Guardian books website and a chance to improve your skills at a Guardian Masterclass run by King’s UK editor, Philippa Pride.

“We’re looking for original and gripping stories of not more than 4,000 words. Your story must be inspired by and reflect some aspect of the brief King has provided:”

Click here for details on how to enter the competition. The closing date is 18 December, 2015.

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Angry Robot Open Submissions

Open for submissions: 1st December 2015

Doors close: Midnight GMT on 31st January 2016. Anything sent after that time will not be read.


In brief, a previously unpublished, original, novel-length work of speculative or fantastical fiction.

Length: Novel-length, which we’re arbitrarily judging as 70-150,000 words. Your novel should be finished.

Age: Adult-level please. Your book should be for an adult audience. This means a specifically Young Adult or Middle Grade novel is not appropriate in this instance. Sure, there may be secondary characters who are teenagers or children.

Subject: Anything broadly in the subject of science fiction or fantasy, a book that would sit in the adult SF/Fantasy section of a typical bookstore. This includes steampunk, dark fantasy, alternate history, military SF, modern fantasy, horror, space opera, dieselpunk, cyberpunk, whatever else they come up with between now and the closing date. Look at our existing range of 150+ novels for a good indication of what we publish already.

See here for further details

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Gollancz to open for direct submissions in January

From the Gollancz website:
  • Submissions will be open 4th to 22nd January 2016.
  • We will only be accepting PHYSICAL submissions.
  • We will only consider SF, Fantasy, Horror or YA Crossover novels. They must be complete and more than 80,000 words.
  • We will consider previously self-published works.

See full details here.


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Harper Voyager Impulse Submissions



Come back here ( on November 2nd at Noon Eastern to start submitting for this Fall’s open call!

While we’re always on the lookout for full-length fantasy, science fiction, and horror, we’re really in the market right now for Urban Fantasy and Military Sci-Fi. And be sure to check back throughout the year—we’ll be doing other calls for different genres as well!

Keep in mind we are looking for full length manuscripts between 60,000 and 90,000 words. The submission window closes on November 6th so get your manuscripts ready!


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Kent & Sussex Poetry Society 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

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Pens of Erdington creative writing competition

A prize winning challenge to local budding writers, a chance to uncover your creativity in writing.
The local creative writers group Pens of Erdington, is launching a Creative Writing Competition on 22nd September 2015.
Open to all ages in two categories, Adults 16 years of age and over, Children up to 15 years. There are cash prizes for the winners in each category with the final winners being judged by well known local writer and performer Jan Watts, former Poet Laureate of Birmingham 2011-12.

Closing date is the 5th November 2015, winners will be announced and prizes awarded by Jan Watts on 12th December 2015 at Erdington Library.
Entry forms and full competition details are available from the Pens of Erdington website:
They are downloadable to print out or printed copies can be picked up from the Erdington Library, Orphanage Road, Erdington.

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PR & Comms volunteer needed for Acorns Childrens Hospice

Established in 1988, Acorns Children’s Hospice Trust is a registered charity offering a network of care for life limited and life threatened children and young people, and their families, across the heart of England. These children and young people are not expected to reach adulthood and require specialist care 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. In the last year Acorns has supported over 760 children and more than 980 families, including those who are bereaved.

Acorns is the only organisation that provides this level of care to these vulnerable youngsters whilst offering a range of support services to the whole family to help them cope at every stage of their child’s life and beyond into bereavement.

Thet provide tailored nursing care for each child; short breaks, emergency and end of life care at each of our three hospices:

They are currently looking for a volunteer to help their PR & Comms team and have asked if any members of the group might be interested.


Job Description

An enthusiastic, self-motivated intern to become an integral part of and play a key role in the communications team. Excellent written and oral skills are essential, as is an approachable, personable manner. This individual will be highly organised and proactive with the ability to foster strong relationships and gain trust.

The successful candidate will report directly to the PR & Communications Manager, work with colleagues across the organisation, as well as supporters and volunteers to deliver accurate and effective communications for Acorns Children’s Hospice, promoting awareness and generating income.

The role will assist with a range of duties such as preparing press releases, photocalls, event PR and liaison with journalists. It will also support marketing campaigns and both fundraising and care events, whilst helping maintain internal systems of monitoring and reporting.

A degree or training in a relevant discipline is strongly desired, although not essential.

Minimum commitment of two days per week for three months.

What we can offer you:

This is an opportunity to work with one of the region’s best known and well-respected charities.

Responsibilities will involve activities ranging across small community-based and large-scale fundraising events, major partnerships with key regional organisations and businesses (including Birmingham Airport, Aston Villa FC and Worcester Warriors), hospice based care events and the charity’s retail division of charity shops.

The role will help develop essential skills required for working in communications and marketing as well as an understanding of charity and fundraising.

An experienced and committed team will provide on-going opportunities for learning and development with on the job mentoring.

Please apply by emailing your covering letter outlining your reasons for applying and CV to Sarah Worrall at

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mac Birmingham seek emerging creatives to be part of new magazine Forge

Calling all emerging 16-30 West Midland based creatives! mac Birmingham is proud to announce the launch of an exciting new culture magazine Forge. It is being developed by the Icing Agency, a group of young creatives, as part of the Next Generation ‘Creative Agency’ project. The magazine aims to highlight the work of creative young people across the region and we are interested in hearing from: writers, artists, entrepreneurs, photographers, collectors and cultural promoters.

Forge is seeking submissions on the loose theme of ‘Meraki’, a word that describes what happens when you leave a piece of yourself -your soul, creativity, or love- in your creative work. Forge aims to gather together varied content for the magazine whether it’s about you, someone you know, an organisation you support or just a thought about culture.

Forge are seeking journalistic writing, personal stories, poetry, photography, and  visual art submissions. In addition to finished pieces, we’re also accepting ideas for articles e.g interviews, reviews or features.

For more details please download our submissions form from the Forge website.


Deadline: 5pm, 3rd August 2015




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Chaos in Lancashire short story competition

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’. We 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

Prizes: £100, £50 and £30

Entry fee: £5 for one story, £9 for two or £13 for three.

The three winning stories will be published in the Circle’s annual collection of writing, Aware. Shortlisted entrants’ names and story titles will be listed in Aware, and on the Circle’s website and Facebook page as well as on sponsor Fiction Feedback’s website. All rights remain with the author.

Submissions: can be made by email or post. Email: Post: Chorley & District Writers’ Circle, The Writing House, 3 Dale View, Chorley, Lancashire PR7 3QJ.

Please submit a separate cover page with your name, contact details including email and phone, story title(s) and first line(s). Please ensure the story manuscript itself does not feature your name. If emailing, please send the cover sheet and your story as two separate files attached to the same email.

Payment is by cheque to the above address or by PayPal. Please ensure you provide details to enable us to marry up your payment, however you make it, with your story submission.

We reserve the right to cancel the competition and refund entry fees if entries are insufficient to cover the prize fund.

See our website for more details including the PayPal button: Any queries:

We hope you have fun writing a story with this intriguing theme.


People sometimes ask what criteria the stories are judged by. These are fairly equal considerations:

1)      Interpretation of theme

2)      Originality

3)      Quality of writing; narrative drive, pace and flow, characterisation, plot, technique

4)      Quality of prose; grammar, spelling and punctuation.

We hope that’s helpful and look forward to receiving your entry by October 4.


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Curtis Brown taking pitches over twitter

Literary agent Curtis Brown are inviting pitches over Twitter:

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