Friday, 28 of August 2015

Category » Calls for submissions

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

www.forgemag.co.uk

Twitter

Facebook


 


Leave a comment

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.

 


Leave a comment

Curtis Brown taking pitches over twitter

Literary agent Curtis Brown are inviting pitches over Twitter:

http://www.curtisbrown.co.uk/news/curtis-brown-and-conville-walsh-launch-pitchcb


Leave a comment

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.

www.literacytrust.org.uk/poetryprize

 


Leave a comment

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.

OFFER ENDS WEDNESDAY 10 JUNE

 


Leave a comment

Luke Bitmead Bursary

Legend Press, the leading independent publisher in the UK would like to talk to you about their annual bursary prize for writers called the Luke Bitmead Bursary.

The prize was set up in honour of Luke Bitmead. His debut novel was the first novel Legend Press published but sadly, after struggling with depression, Luke committed suicide. The award has been set up by his mother in partnership with them to support and encourage the work of struggling writers, and is the UK’s biggest prize for unpublished authors.

Submissions must be adult fiction, and only completed novels will be considered. Full guidelines can be found on the website.

Closing: Submissions open 1st May until 1st August.

Prizes: A publishing contract with Legend Press and a £2,500 cash bursary.

Entry Fee: Free to enter.

Competition Page: http://www.legendtimesgroup.co.uk/legend-press/365-luke-bitmead-bursary

 


Leave a comment

Birmingham-based food columnist wanted

Local website Birmingham Favourites are looking for someone to write twice a month about their local dining experiences.

 


Leave a comment

Benchmark Creative Writing Competition

A fundraising collaboration between Willow Burn Hospice and writer Rachel Cochrane

With judges Writer Wendy Robertson, Dr Philip Le Dune and Writer Sue Spencer

Imagine you had a bench dedicated to you:

What would it say on the plaque?

Where would it be?

Why have you chosen that particular place?

Through Rachel’s online radio play Benchmark and associated writing competition, we want to encourage people to think positively about their lives and raise vital funds for Willow Burn Hospice.

Competition prizes:

First Prize is a solid Iroko Dalton 3 seater (1500cm) hardwood bench with personalised engraved plaque and delivery within the UK. Kindly donated by Faithful & Gould, Victory Signs and Solid Oak Hardwood Furniture.

Second Prize is a Kindle kindly donated by David Ridley

Third Prize is a £30 book token kindly donated by Rachel Cochrane

• All winning entries will also be showcased in written form on rachelcochrane.com

This national competition is open to all adults (18+) in the UK, so if you’ve never written creatively before – why not give it a try?

An entry fee of £5 with 40% of that donated to Willow Burn Hospice.

To enter the competition, visit

http://www.rachelcochrane.com/about-benchmark-writing-comp/

 


Leave a comment

Win a Kindle Fire in Birmingham Mail short story competition

To enter, we want you to write a short story of up to 500 words about one of the following themes, inspired by Macbeth, Romeo & Juliet, or Hamlet:

(a) Three witches

(b) Two doomed lovers OR

(c) A quest for revenge

There are two ways to enter:

You can either email your story to bmailentries@trinitymirror.com , with the subject line SHAKESPEARE COMP and including your name, age and address.

Alternatively, you can post your story to SHAKESPEARE COMP, Birmingham Mail, Floor 6, Fort Dunlop, Fort Parkway, Birmingham B24 9FF – remember to include your name, age and address.

Age categories:

• Under 11s

• 11 – 14 years

• 15 – 18 years

• 19 – 25 years

• Over 25s

http://www.birminghammail.co.uk/whats-on/competitions/birmingham-mail-shakespeare-story-competition-7755776


Leave a comment

Kent & Sussex Poetry Society OPEN POETRY COMPETITION

* First Prize: £1000,  2nd: £300,  3rd: £100,  4th: 4 x £50

* Judge: Mario Petrucci

* Entry fee: £5 per poem. 3 or more poems: £4 each

* Closing date: 31 January 2015

* 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 and pay by Paypal

 

For more details, go to:

www.kentandsussexpoetry.com


Leave a comment