Monday, 20 of August 2018

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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Emma Press call for anthology submissions

The Emma Press is launching a call for ‘night-time stories’ for their debut anthology of short fiction.

The call opens on 30th May 2018 and it ends on 3rd August 2018.
Writers are invited to send in up to 2 short stories of up to 2250 words each to be considered for the anthology.

This will be The Emma Press’s first short fiction anthology. It will be edited by Yen-Yen Lu, a member of the Emma Press core team.

Find out more here: https://theemmapress.com/2018/05/call-for-night-time-stories/

 


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Picture Book Writing and Storytelling Retreat in Spain

Bringing Stories to Life: Picture Book Writing and Storytelling Retreat in Sunny Spain

26 January – 2 February, 2019

Whether you want to bring children’s stories to life on the page or through the oral tradition of storytelling, this retreat will give you the tools to make this happen. Participants will spend a week in Southern Spain exploring the craft of storytelling through writing exercises, games, drama, and puppetry. While each participant will choose to focus on either writing or oral storytelling workshops, there will also be combined skills workshops conducted by both tutors or special guests. Also included are yoga or tai chi each morning, daily Spanish lessons, and a day’s excursion in the nearby mountains.

Meet the tutors:

Zeeny Jhelumi is an international children’s storyteller, a children’s author, TEDx speaker, and an educator who leads classes for children and adults in the art of storytelling, creative writing, and public speaking. http://zeenyjhelumi.com

Rebecca Colby is a picture book author and poet. She is published       with Macmillan US, Albert Whitman & Company, and Floris Books.          www.rebeccacolbybooks.com

Meet the guest speakers:

Alice Corrie is the Picture Book Editor at David Fickling Books. She began her career at Random House Children’s Books in 2011. She went freelance in 2010 and works for a variety of clients including Penguin Random House, Egmont, Templar, Simon & Schuster, Ivy Kids, and of course, David Fickling Books. www.davidficklingbooks.com/team

Ness Wood is an Art Director and has worked for many major publishers on picture books, including Penguin Random House, Faber & Faber and David Fickling Books. She runs the Children’s Illustration Summer School at Cambridge School of Art and is a portfolio consultant for the MA in Children’s Illustration also at Cambridge. She is also one of the co-founders of Orange Beak Studio. www.nesswood.co.uk/

 

Peter Marley has over fifteen years’ experience in commissioning and editorial roles for major children’s publishers, including Egmont and Oxford University Press. He has particular expertise in picture books, illustrated non-fiction, pre-school publishing, and novelty formats.

Cost is £790 for 8 days, all meals are included, and payment may be made in instalments. For more information, contact: lifelearningretreats@gmail.com

 

 

 


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TOR open to novella submissions

Tor.com Publishing are open to unsolicited novella submissions! Starting May 1, 2018, Lee Harris, Carl Engle-Laird, and Ruoxi Chen will be reading and evaluating original novellas submitted by authors to https://tor.moksha.io/publication/tornovellas. You can find full guidelines here, and we highly recommend you read the guidelines before submitting. We will be open for two weeks beginning on May 1 around 9:00 AM EST (UTC-1:00) and ending on May 15 9:00 AM EST (UTC-1:00).

This open period is intended for authors who have completed works ready or close to ready for submission. We will reopen slush a second time in July 2018 for authors who are actively working on (or beginning) something that would fit our list. In other words, don’t panic if you’re not ready to submit in May! We would rather see a polished novella in July than a rushed one in May.

Look at the website for more details


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WINCHESTER POETRY PRIZE

We are pleased to announce that the Winchester Poetry Prize is now open for entries for the 2018 prize.
The prize will be judged by Liz Berry who will read all the entries and will be present the prizes to winners at the prize-giving event at the Winchester Poetry Festival on Saturday 6 October 2018.

First prize will be £1000, second prize £500 and third prize £250.
Long-listed poets will be invited to read at the special prize-giving event in Winchester at which the winners will be announced. Winning and commended poems will also be published in a competition anthology to be launched on the day.
Festival chair, Stephen Boyce said: “We’ve been exceptionally pleased with the response to the Winchester Poetry Prize. It’s very rewarding to receive so many thoughtful, well-crafted and original poems, and we enjoy all the more celebrating the poets’ work at our prize-giving reading and in our anthology. I am delighted that Liz Berry, who made such an impact at the 2014 festival, has agreed to be our judge for 2018.”

The competition is open to anyone aged 16 or over and entries may be on any subject in any form or style and no longer than 40 lines. Entry fee is £5 for the first poem and £4 for each subsequent entry.

Closing date is 31 July 2018. Full details of how to enter are on the Winchester Poetry Festival website.


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Harper’s Bazaar Literary Salon

Taking place in London on 20 May; a day of talks and panels featuring leading female novelists such as Ali Smith, Elif Shafak and Tessa Hadley and senior women from the world of publishing.
Includes a panel titled ‘How to Get Your First Book Published’, in which experts including Bazaar‘s editor-in-chief Justine Picardie, Bloomsbury’s group editor-in-chief Alexandra Pringle and the literary agent Karolina Sutton offer advice on how to make your manuscript stand out.

Tickets start at £25 (£75 for the whole day) and include a bespoke gift bag and a champagne reception.

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-bazaar-literary-salon-tickets-39086628157


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Kindle Storyteller Award

Amazon Announces Return of Literary Prize, The Kindle UK Storyteller Award

Winning author to receive £20,000 cash prize and be recognised at central London award ceremony later this year

After the success of the first award in 2017 with thousands of entries, the Kindle UK Storyteller Award returns for its second year

 

London – 10th April 2018 – Amazon UK today announced The Kindle Storyteller Award 2018, a literary prize recognising outstanding work by authors, independent of genre around the country. The prize is open to all authors who publish their book through Kindle Direct Publishing on Amazon.co.uk from 1st May 2018 to 31st August 2018.

 

Readers will play a significant role in the competition with the award shortlist compiled based on a number of factors that measure customer interest in the titles, followed by an esteemed panel of judges made up of book and publishing industry experts who will select the Kindle Storyteller 2018 winner.

 

The prize will be announced at a central London ceremony in the Autumn, with the winning author awarded a cash prize of £20,000 and a marketing campaign to support the book on Amazon.co.uk as well as the opportunity to have their book translated for international sales.

 

Claire Johnson, Head of Kindle Content, Amazon UK said, ‘we are delighted to bring back the Kindle Storyteller Award for a second year. Our aim is to encourage aspiring authors and those who have already been published, to start writing and release their first – or next – story. Publishing a book has never been easier’.

 

Alessio Santarelli, Director of Kindle Content EU, added ‘this award encourages people to be creative and pursue their passion. Great books deserve to be celebrated and that’s what we want to do with the Kindle Storyteller competition’.

 

Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP) is a fast, free and easy way for authors to keep control and publish their books in print and digital to a global audience, and receive up to 70% royalties on their work. On any given day, up to 25% of the Top 100 books on the Kindle store are published through KDP.

 

David Leadbeater, the winner of the 2017 UK Kindle Storyteller Award said, ‘Winning the 2017 Storyteller Award has been a dream, and its enabled me to go further in my career than I ever thought possible, taking my readers along with me. When I started publishing independently in 2011, Kindle Direct Publishing changed my life. I can’t wait to see what tales and stories authors come up with for this year’s competition’.

 

Claire Allfree, the Metro’s Literary Editor added, ‘My favourite thing about this prize is the diversity of literary genres and authors, as I witnessed whilst on the judging panel this year. I’m excited to read the shortlist again and to see what brilliant and talented writers from across the country submit again’.

 

The Kindle Storyteller prize is open to submissions of new English language books from eligible authors and genres, and entries must be submitted using Kindle Direct Publishing. Titles must be previously unpublished, with a minimum of 24 pages in paperback. Readers can access all titles entered into the prize in print or in the Kindle store on any device with the free Kindle app for iPhone, iPad, Android phones and tablets, PC and Mac, and on Kindle e-readers and Fire Tablets.

 

For the Kindle Storyteller Award, at least five books from all submissions will be selected for the shortlist. The shortlist is ultimately chosen by the readers themselves, as positive reviews are a focal point of the shortlisting process. The judging panel will then select a winner.

 

The Kindle Storyteller Award 2018 opens for entries on 1st May 2018, and titles must be entered into the KDP Select programme and remain there for the duration of the competition. For further information authors can visit www.amazon.co.uk/storyteller.

 


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Free workshop on marketing and publicity from Writing West Midlands and Nine Arches Press

Specifically designed for authors and small presses, this two hour marketing and publicity workshop will focus on how to create impactful campaigns with tiny (or zero) budget.

We’ll cover such topics as: how to use social media if you’re time stretched; how to mobilise your authors to promote their titles; how to write a press release that hooks with the first line; how to garner great endorsements for your authors; creating book jackets that will grab attention; best practice around creating a marketing and publicity campaign, and how to engage with literary editors, reviewers, bloggers and radio producers.

Saturday 7th April

1400-1630

Custard Factory

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/marketing-publicity-on-a-shoestring-budget-room-204-tickets-43385364794

 

 


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Harpers Bazaar Free short story competition

The 2018 edition of the Harper’s Bazaar short story competition closes in just over two weeks

Those wishing to apply should submit 2,500 words on the subject of ‘The Looking Glass’ to shortstory@harpersbazaar.co.uk.

The deadline is 9 April 2018 and it is free to enter.

The winner will receive a two-night stay and a three-course dinner for two at Amberley Castle and the chance to be published by Harper’s Bazaar. Please find the terms and conditions on the link below.

 

http://www.harpersbazaar.com/uk/culture/culture-news/a36157/harpers-bazaar-short-story-competition-2018/

 


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