Saturday, 26 of July 2014

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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Entrants are encouraged to submit the first 300 words or less of an unpublished novel.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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Bedford Short Story Competition

You are invited to enter the Short Story Competition 2014 being run by the Bedford Writing Competition. This is a new competition with the aim of providing a platform for the finest in fiction writing. BWC is a non-profit making organisation and any proceeds will be donated to charity.

This year the competition is for short stories of up to 3000 words in length, on any theme. Prizes totalling £200 will be awarded to three stories judged to be the best by award-winning novelist Leigh Russell with ten of the short-listed entries being published on BWC’ s website.

To see the entry requirements for stories which should be submitted by 30th September 2014 please click here

We look forward to receiving your entries.

Good luck.

The BWC Organising Committee


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Kingston Writing School Hilary Mantel International Short Story Competition

Twice Man Booker Prize winning author, Hilary Mantel, will be judge for this competition.

First Prize £3000 and two Runners Up Prizes of £500

open for entries from May 1st to June 30th.

For more details, please see here


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Flarestack Poets are open for submissions

Birmingham small press Flarestack Poets is open to submissions from 1st March to 31st May 2014.

Check out their submission page for details

If you want to see what their current poetry pamphlets look like, they will be at the Birmingham Independent Book Fair on 12th April

 


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Open submissions window at Jonathan Cape

From 1–30 June, 2014, Jonathan Cape will be open for fiction submissions from new writers of high calibre and imagination.

Submissions should be an initial 50 pages of prose fiction. These can be part of a novel or novella, or short stories. The pages can be finished work or a work in progress.

For graphic-novel submissions, please contact the editors through www.capegraphicnovels.co.uk

Submissions should be emailed as attachments to capesubmissions@randomhouse.co.uk. Please include contact details, and a covering paragraph of any information you think might prove helpful in considering your submission.

Regrettably, due to the number of submissions we receive, we cannot respond in every instance, but all entries will be read. Submissions received after 30 June will not be considered

http://www.vintage-books.co.uk/capesubmissions/


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A ‘RIDICULOUS’ SHORT STORY COMPETITION

SHORT STORY COMPETITION, from Heather King

OPEN TO:   UNPUBLISHED AUTHORS

CLOSING DATE:   30 APRIL 2014

GENRE:   ANY BUT HORROR

WORD LIMIT:   1500 words

JUDGES:   SUE JOHNSON, HEATHER KING

PRIZES:   1ST £50     2ND £25    3RD £15

ENTRY FEE:   £5.00

OPENING SENTENCE:      ”She did not need a looking glass to know she must look a fright.”

Cheques made payable to Sue Johnson

Double space entry

Put contact details on separate sheet

Entries will not be returned, so please do not send your only copy!
Only postal entries accepted. Please ensure correct postage!

 

Send To:

 

‘Ridiculous’ Short Story Competition,

c/o 2, Teme Close,

Bromyard,

Herefordshire.

HR7 4TP

http://regencywriter-hking.blogspot.co.uk/


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Write a chocolate short story and win lunch with Joanne Harris

The FIG Tree in Garstang is delighted to announce their FIRST SHORT STORY WRITING COMPETITION!
The challenge for budding writers is to write a piece in any genre in no more than 1000 words on the theme of chocolate.
Shortlisted entries to be judged by our patron, the acclaimed author Joanne Harris
PRIZE: The top three finalists will be invited for lunch with Joanne Harris at The FIG Tree on Sunday 27th April 2014 and given free admission to her talk and discussion at the Crofters Hotel on the  same day.
Entry fee: £4 per story or £7 for two stories
No restriction on the number of stories entered by any individual
1000 words maximum per short story
Closing date: Friday 14th February 2014
Find full details here: http://www.fairtradecentre.org/

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