Tuesday, 23 of October 2018

One-day workshop: Yoga for writers (Cheshire)

Awaken Your Creativity through Kundalini Yoga

Calling all writers!  Join us for this one-day workshop of yoga and writing practice to awaken your creativity, fire your imagination, and prepare the body and mind for writing.

Who is it for?
Anyone who is interested in finding out how yoga can help to get the creative writing juices flowing.  The workshop is suitable for the beginner or more experienced writer and you don’t need to have done yoga before to attend.  The only requirement is an ability to breathe!

Details: http://www.kundaliniyogaforyou.com/workshops


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International poetry anthology: Magnum Opus. Call for submissions

Theme

Poetry is a universal form of language hobnobbing with other souls and minds. It is means to understand our feelings and to find our place in the universe. Poetry is a divine antidote to our inner upheaval and is a medium of peace in itself. The goal of anthology is to display the greatest contemporary poems wrapped up in one book. The title is self-explanatory and will showcase the greatest single poem of the poet being featured i.e. your poem that has been best appreciated or adjudged by the readers, reviewers, critics, social media or journals etc.  It is also self-revealing that one cannot submit more than one poem and each poet will be evenly and equally represented. It is also evident that such poem would mostly be previously published. If you think that your unpublished or freshly composed poem can be your magnum opus you can submit it as well. It is in those aforementioned senses we use the term ‘Universal Oneness’ in the subtitle.

Submission Requirements

  • Send only one poem, of no more than 50 lines at magnumopuspoem@gmail.com.Poem should originally be written in English. No translation, please.
  • Include a bio in maximum 100 words.
  • Submission of more than one poem shall be rejected without intimation.
  • Save MS word file with your name, paste your bio, email id and poem into it. Send it as an email attachment.

Further details on the website

 


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Grimbold Anthologies call for submissions

Submission window is open until 30th November for:

  • Lost Gods
  • Forgotten Sidekicks
  • Unexpected Heroines

Submissions should be (ideally) between 4-7,000 words.

Payment will be £15 per story and a physical copy of the final anthology for which the story appears

More details here


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Request for help with a project

The following request has been sent to us from Emil:

Dear all, I am a neuroscientist at University of Birmingham, and for the last few years I have been involved with several initiatives on Public Engagement with Science. One perspective that drives me is my feeling that science does not has a proper place in the cultural narrative of our time. It is certainly respected, it is certainly discussed about – but the majority of people treat from a certain distance. And I’d like to change that, and one initiative is to try to organise a group of storytelling with an interest and focus on science – in a variety of setups and forms of presentation.
I am thus reaching out to you, a group of writers, to see if anybody is interested in engaging with this challenge – maybe some pieces (shorter or longer, sketches or more elaborate) on or about science: the way you experience it yourself, the way you relate to it – all good or bad; I am not looking at eulogies of science, but at personal experiences of science (either as data or facts, or through its stated or experienced meanings).
At some point, depending also on the interest that this initiative might generate, I would also be willing and able to organise a workshop with scientists, for people who might want to work and develop further such mini-projects.

If interested, get in touch with me: Emil Toescu, on emiltoescu.ac@gmail.com

Looking forward to hearing from you,

 


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The Emma Press launches call for poems about insects for children’s anthology

The Emma Press has launched a call for poems about insects, for a children’s anthology to be edited by Fran Long and Dr Isabel Galleymore.

The call opens on the 14th August 2018 and ends on 5th October 2018.

The anthology will be part of the publisher’s continuing series of themed anthologies of poetry for children.

Dr Isabel Galleymore is an award-winning writer and lecturer at the University of Birmingham. Her poems, which explore ecology and our human place within it, have been published in a number of PRESS RELEASE For immediate release magazines in the UK and US, whilst her first collection, Significant Other, is forthcoming from Carcanet in 2019. In 2016, Isabel’s curiosity for animals took her to the Amazon Rainforest where she spent a month as a poet-in-residence and encountered howler monkeys, caiman, pink-toed tarantulas and lots and lots of mosquitos. Long says: ‘With literacy a high priority on the primary curriculum, it is vital to ensure that there are quality resources to support creative cross curriculum delivery. Poems that are factually and scientifically correct are essential, and a fantastic way to embed key scientific vocabulary. All mention of bugs is banned! Enjoy delving deeper into the fascinating world of insects: habitats, characteristics, anatomy (exoskeletons, invertebrates), names (check out famous scientist Carl Linnaeus), classifying, food sources (food chains), how living things depend upon each other, superpowers, life cycles, dangers they are facing, extinction, similarities and differences, how they have changed over time (peppered moth). Be insect champions!’ Galleymore says: ‘While big animals like pandas and dolphins get a lot of attention, the smaller creatures of this world often get overlooked despite the fact that they play a crucial role in the ecosystem. How can we begin to write poems about a few of the 950,000 species of insect currently said to live on Earth? What similarities and differences can we find between these weird and wonderful beings and ourselves? To engage with these inhabitants, we need to explore scientific fact about insect bodies and behaviour, but we also need to engage our empathy and our imagination.’

Poets are invited to send in up to 3 poems, which should be suitable for readers aged 8+.

The submissions guidelines are available on the publisher’s website: https://theemmapress.com/about/submissions/


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Writing competition (Hammmond House and University Centre Grimsby)

Awarded by the University Centre Grimsby, the annual Hammond House Literary Prizes are open for submissions.

The theme, entry fees and submission deadline are the same across all three categories.

See website for details


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Creative Writing Course (Erdington)

The creative writing course at Erdington Adult Education Centre (close to Erdington Railway Station) is to be repeated this year. It’s to build knowledge and assurance in the art and support your existing and future writing needs.

When: Thursdays 13:00 – 15:00

Dates: 20th September – 6th December 2018

Cost: £176

Here are the venue details:-

Where:

Erdington AE Centre
101 Sutton New Road,
Erdington B23 6RE
Tel: 0121 464 6190
Visit: www.learnbaes.ac.uk

 


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Charity anthology: Wild Voices

David Bassett, a wildlife writer from Hampshire, UK is collating flash fiction pieces to form an anthology based on wildlife issues entitled ‘Wild Voices’.

When completed, all proceeds of this anthology will be donated to wildlife charities in order to raise money for threatened species, their protectors and the fight against the extinction.

All are invited to get involved and submit pieces of writing, contributing to a great cause.

See the link for more details:

https://www.facebook.com/Wild-Voices-an-anthology-on-wildlife-issues-220912515127041/

 


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Robot Dinosaurs Open Submissions

An open submission call for stories featuring a robot dinosaur.

Stories must be 750-1200 words, and there is payment of $60

See the website for more details


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The Pound Project

The Pound Project is a new independent publisher based and founded in Birmingham.

They are using crowdfunding to publish short stories from different writers every month.

Details of the current campaign:

“This month we’re releasing a never before published story by the late, great, Birmingham legend, Paul Murphy, with all the funds going to writers’ charity The John Hewitt Society and their community bursary. Info on the campaign here: https://goo.gl/162S5t

Born in Belfast, before moving to the UK and eventually settling in Cotteridge, Paul was the front-man of The Destroyers, set up Birmingham’s Songwriter’s Cafe, and became a much-loved figure in the Birmingham arts scene.”

 


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