Monday, 22 of September 2014

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The National Literacy Trust and Bloomsbury Books announce New Children’s Author Prize 2015 for unpublished authors.

A new writing competition to find the “next big thing” in children’s literature has been launched by the National Literacy Trust in partnership with Bloomsbury. The New Children’s Author Prize is set to unearth brilliant new talent in writing for children.

Unpublished authors who enter the competition will be in with the chance of winning a publishing contract with Bloomsbury, publisher behind the Harry Potter series. The first prize will also include an advance of £5,000 and an exclusive print run of the new author’s work.

To enter, authors should submit a 20,000–40,000 word children’s story, targeted at children aged 8 to 12, with a 350 word synopsis and a 1,000 word passage highlighted for judging in the early rounds. Pay for your entry by 30 September and submit your entry by 31 October. Entries cost £30. All proceeds from the competition go towards the National Literacy Trust’s work in tackling low literacy levels in deprived communities across the UK. Visit www.literacytrust.org.uk/authorprize for more details and how to enter.


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Write Angles 2015 – Southend International Playwrights Festival

Final Call for Scripts – 10 October 2014

Write Angles 2015 – Southend International Playwrights Festival

The Write Angles Festival, formally known as the Southend Playwriting Festival, is now accepting entries for next year’s Festival to be held at the Dixon Studio, Palace Theatre in Southend-on-Sea from 4-6 February 2015.

There are 3 categories for submissions to be considered under – Comedy, Drama, and Young Writers (16-25 yrs of age) – with a cash prize of £250 for the overall Festival winner.

Anyone can enter the festival with plays of any genre, except musicals, as long as they are simple to stage.   The maximum running time for entries is 45 minutes – there is no minimum running time.  Authors can submit extracts from full plays to this running time (or less) or complete pieces.  Authors submitting extracts will need to include a synopsis which can be given to the audience before the performance begins.

How to Enter

Entries will be accepted up to 10 October 2014.  Entries must be written in English, certified as an original piece of work and copyrighted by the author.  All entries must be submitted electronically to writeangles2015@outlook.com

Each submission (play) carries an entry fee of £5 to cover reading fees.  Entry fees must be paid prior to submission by BACS to Lloyds Bank sort code 77-08-08, account number 57719168, account name Write Angles Treasurers Account.  Authors must use their submission email address as a reference to ensure we can cross-reference payment to script received.

Authors can submit as many entries as they like – but please note each entry (play) carries an entry fee of £5.

When submitting entries, writers are asked to put the following details at the head of their script:

  • Authors Name
  • Title of play
  • Synopsis – and note if entry is an extract
  • Confirmation of originality of work and copyright by author
  • Authors email address used to submit play
  • Category entered:   please specify which of the following categories applies:
    • Comedy
    • Drama
    • Young Writers award (16-25 yrs of age at time of submission)

The best submissions in each category will be chosen by Full Circle Theatre to form a three day programme of rehearsed readings by professional actors.  We will also be choosing an overall winner from the plays chosen for performance and the author will receive a cash prize of £250.  The decision by Full Circle for the programme and the winning entry will be final and this will be announced at the Festival itself in February 2015.

Playwrights will be informed whether their play has been chosen for the festival in October 2014.

The Festival is organised by Full Circle Theatre, and sponsored by Southend Theatres.   Any enquiries about the Festival should be sent to writeangles2015@outlook.com

Full details of the Festival are given on http://writeangles2015.weebly.com We look forward to receiving your plays for consideration

With many thanks

FULL CIRCLE THEATRE/Write Angles Festival Organisers


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Invitation to submit short stories

Jon Harvey, who is a small press publisher, invites submissions of short stories from Birmingham Writers Group members.

He’s looking for stories that are quirky.

He’s interested in fantasy or  horror, get in touch with him at spectrepress01@gmail.com


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Prima magazine wants YOUR stories!

From Rachel at Prima:

I am writing from Prima magazine and currently on the lookout for fantastic new writers with short stories to feature in our ‘Reader Short Story’ competition.

We are particularly looking for Christmas and New Year themed stories for our December and January edition.

The competition prize is £100.

We were hoping that you could put a message out in your writers group as we’d love to hear from them!

All the competition details are very straightforward and written below:

- Only one entry can be accepted per person.

- The story must be 800 words.

- You must send in a good-quality photo in with your entry, as well as you name, age, address and phone number.

- All entries must be sent to either:

yourwinningstory@hearst.co.uk

 

Or:

 

Your Winning Stories,

Prima Features,

72 Broadwick Street,

W1F9EP


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Bare Fiction Prize

Bare Fiction Prize 2014

DEADLINE FOR ENTRIES: OCTOBER 31st 2014

Bare Fiction Magazine has launched its inaugural Bare Fiction Prize with awards for Poetry, Flash Fiction, and Short Story with a total prize fund of £2500.

All winners will be published in the Spring 2015 issue of Bare Fiction Magazine and on the magazine’s website, with the prizes to be awarded at the Spring launch reading in London in March 2015.

Judges: Adam Horovitz (poetry) and Angela Readman (flash fiction) will read all entries in their categories. Short story judges Tania Hershman & Rachel Trezise will select winners from a longlist of 50 writers chosen by filter judge Penny Thomas (fiction editor at Seren Books).

Prizes (in each category)

1st Prize: £500

2nd Prize: £200

3rd Prize: £100

plus 4 Highly Commended Awards of £25.

Cost per entry:

Flash Fiction Entries: £6 / £4 for subscribers

Short Story Entries: £8 / £6 for subscribers

Poetry Entries: £5 / £3 for subscribers

For more details, including competition rules, to enter online or download an entry form,

please visit: http://www.barefictionmagazine.co.uk/competitions


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LETTER TO AN UNKNOWN SOLDIER

LETTER TO AN UNKNOWN SOLDIER, a new kind of war memorial, made only of words and by thousands of people.

1418now.org.uk/letter

Until 4 August, 11pm

There are only 10 days left to contribute to LETTER TO AN UNKNOWN SOLDIER, the digital memorial created by Neil Bartlett and Kate Pullinger as part of the 14-18 NOW programme of cultural commissions to commemorate World War One.

16,000 people have already written letters to the memorial, which is inspired by Charles Sargeant Jagger’s statue of a soldier reading a letter on Platform One at Paddington Station.

Letters are pouring in from people of all ages, from 4-90 years old, from grandmothers and Gurkhas, midwives, musicians, schoolchildren, students, teachers, politicians and prisoners.

Letters are being sent from as far away as China, Brazil, South Africa, USA, Australia, India and Egypt.

Distinguished writers, personalities and politicians who have written letters to the soldier include A L Kennedy, Joanna Lumley, Stephen Fry, Sheila Hancock, Sebastian Faulks, Dawn French, Lee Child, Andrew Motion, Lesley Pearce, Malorie Blackman and the Prime Minister David Cameron.

Our team of editorial moderators are reading every single letter that comes in. If you need some inspiration, they’ve come up with a wishlist of letters that they’d love to see. Their ideas include letters from the ghost of Archduke Ferdinand, a Time Traveller, a prisoner forced to enlist, a spy, and a woman fighting at the front disguised as a man.

All the letters are published online and the entire collection will eventually be archived in the British Library web archive.

LETTER TO AN UNKNOWN SOLDIER will remain open to receive letters until 11pm on 4 August.

Everyone can contribute a letter, either by visiting the website 1418now.org.uk/letter

or posting it to LETTER TO AN UNKNOWN SOLDIER, PO Box 73102, London EC1P 1TY.


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Enter the New Children’s Author Prize 2015 and you could win a publishing contract with Bloomsbury

The National Literacy Trust and Bloomsbury Children’s Books are teaming up to find talented new authors of children’s fiction.

Submit a story for 8 to 12-year-olds to be in with a chance of winning a publishing contract with Bloomsbury, including advance payment of £5,000 for your work.

First prize:

  • A publishing contract with Bloomsbury, which includes an advance of £5,000 and a print run of your work
  • Use of  “Winner of the New Children’s Author Prize 2015 from Bloomsbury and National Literacy Trust”
  • A prize ceremony in your honour, with press, authors and publishers in attendance

Shortlisted authors:

  • Use of “Runner up in the New Children’s Author Prize 2015 from Bloomsbury and National Literacy Trust”
  • Signed book bundles
  • Plus all shortlisted authors will be invited to attend the prize ceremony with the opportunity to meet agents, editors, press and others.

Full details here


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Instant Hook Literary Contest

The 2014 Instant Hook Literary Contest, sponsored by HB Creativity, is now open.

Entrants are encouraged to submit the first 300 words or less of an unpublished novel. As the competition title suggests, the goal is to create an opening that commands attention, and makes the reader wish for more.

The (postmark) deadline is December 2, 2014.

The word limit is 300 words and the prize is $300 (Canadian).

All details regarding how to enter can be found on the JUNE INK STAINS entry on the following blog:www.paulbutlernovelist.wordpress.com


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The Great British Write Off

Calling all Birmingham poets and writers, The Great British Write Off is an exciting free competition, where one lucky winner will win every penny in the prize fund, which increases every time a new entry is received.

If you live in the UK and are 18+, you are welcome to enter a poem, short story, mini saga or novel extract that is your own original work. It’s quick and easy to upload your work online at www.greatbritishwriteoff.co.uk. Our website has further information on the rules, prizes, judges and of course, a live prize fund totalizer!

The Great British Write Off is a celebration of both poets and writers, but only one person can win the 1st prize, so who will it be … a poet or a writer? We’ve had a bit of fun with our marketing and created our very own Poets v Writers head-to-head challenges, which have been captured on film for your enjoyment!

#GBWO judges Mark Grist and Mixy have competed in The Word Association Challenge (link to https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kS4BwQLuwOQ) and check out the Foam Wrestle to see who won that challenge!

Here at The Great British Write Off we have 3 further Poets vs Writers videos to release over the next 2 weeks! Don’t worry, you won’t need a gimmick for your work, we know great writing doesn’t need one – all it needs is an audience, and The Great British Write Off can certainly help with that.

For the current prize fund, to enter and much, much more visit www.greatbritishwriteoff.co.uk today!


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Local poetry events

The following list of events has been sent to us by Jacqui Rowe of Flarestack Poets:

WORKSHOPS AT THE BARBER INSTITUTE
I’m very pleased by how popular my workshops at the Barber Institute have become. Booking is essential (see below for details)

VOYAGES
SATURDAY 24 MAY
1.30 – 4PM
Be inspired by the seascapes in our galleries and explore personal maps and journeys and write about the sea in its many forms…

MARBLE BRONZE WOOD STEEL
SATURDAY 28 JUNE
1.30 – 4PM
Embark on a treasure hunt for the hidden and unexpected artworks around the University of Birmingham campus! Be inspired in your writing by this diverse and eclectic range of sculpture, both inside and out, including works in the Barber Institute and the Campus Collection of Fine and Decorative Art.
Please bring suitable footwear for walking, and protection against bad weather.
This workshop,

FACE TO FACE
SATURDAY 19 JULY
1.30 – 4PM
In response to our Lasting Impressions exhibitions, this workshop looks at how we describe people and create characters. Explore these ideas and have the opportunity to write a dialogue by pairing two disparate portraits.
This workshop, led by Barber Write in Residence Jacqui Rowe, is suitable for writers of prose or poetry, at all levels of experience.

£6; £4 concessions & students per workshop. Limited spaces available – booking essential. To book, contact 0121 414 2261 or education@barber.org.uk.

www.barber.org.uk

POETRY BITES 7.30 pm 27th MAY
Guest poets for Poetry Bites in May are Roy Marshall and James Sheard. Floor spots are also available for you to share your own work with a supportive and appreciative audience. Kitchen Garden Cafe, York Road, Kings Heath, Birmingham B14 7SA (entry through Fletcher’s, a few yards up the road). To book a floor spot contact jacquirowe@hotmail.co.uk or arrive before 7.15 pm on the night. £5 (£4 concs) inc readers. Poetry bites receives no public funding so a fee is charged to cover room hire and to contribute to guests’ expenses.

FLARESTACK POETS SUBMISSIONS WINDOW
Flarestack Poets press, publisher of the year 2013 at the Michael Marks Awards and twice publisher of the Michael Marks pamphlet of the year is open for submissions until 31st May. For details see www.flarestackpoets.co.uk


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