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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 sarah.worrall@acorns.org.uk

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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 www.fictionfeedback.co.uk

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: mail@chorleywriters.org.uk 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: www.chorleywriters.org.uk Any queries: dea@compedge.net

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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The National Literacy Trust’s new Poetry Prize

The National Literacy Trust has  just launched an exciting new Poetry Prize with Bloomsbury Publishing!

Enter your poems and one of them could feature in a poster campaign across the country.

There’s also an iPad and £250 of books up for grabs. All proceeds go to the work of the National Literacy Trust.

Open now, closes 31 August 2015 with an announcement of the shortlist on 2 October, National Poetry Day.



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Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee – event in Birmingham

Waterstones have invited us to an event at their New Street store:

On the 29th July at 7pm in Waterstones’ Birmingham New Street store, the release of Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee.










- CALL US 0121 631 4333





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Aesthetica Creative Writing Award

The Aesthetica Creative Writing Award is open for entries. Now in its eighth year, the award is internationally renowned and judged by industry experts including Arifa Akbar, literary editor of The Independent and inewspapers.

Prizes include:

  • £500 prize money – Poetry winner
  • £500 prize money – Short Fiction winner
  • Publication in the Creative Writing Annual
  • A selection of books from Vintage and Bloodaxe
  • Subscription to Granta
  • A complimentary copy of next year’s Creative Writing Annual

How to Enter the Aesthetica Creative Writing Award 2015

To enter the Aesthetica Creative Writing Award 2015, you must purchase an entry fee and submit your work and completed entry form by 31 August 2015 midnight GMT. Please follow the two steps below.

The entry fee to submit to the Aesthetica Creative Writing Award 2015 is £15 + VAT.

To save 30% CLICK HERE and enter discount code SAVE-5.

You have until 31 August to send us your work.



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Workshop – Writing Television Drama

Writing Television Drama

Tuesday 24th November 2015   10am – 4pm

Venue: Quaker Meeting House Birmingham

A one day workshop to explore:

  • Why Television is different from Film
  • The Joys and Trials of TV Drama
  • Soap and Long Running Series
  • Opportunities to work in TV

The day will involve listening, discussion, practical exercises, information on the industry commissioning and on the spot writing.






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