Wednesday, 1 of July 2015

Category » Calls for submissions

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in partnership with them to support and encourage the work of struggling writers, and is the UK’s biggest prize for unpublished authors.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

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.


Leave a comment

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


Leave a comment

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


Leave a comment

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


Leave a comment