Saturday, 10 of December 2016

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Kent & Sussex Poetry Society Open Poetry Competition

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

Judge: Catherine Smith

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

Closing date: 31 January 2017

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:

Leave a comment Publishing Opening to Fantasy Novellas on October 12th Publishing will soon be reopening to unsolicited novella submissions!

Starting October 12, Lee Harris and Carl Engle-Laird will be reading and evaluating original novellas submitted by hopeful authors to

You can find full guidelines here.

Be sure to read the guidelines, as they are on the lookout for a specific type of novella.

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Hometown Tales

Weidenfeld & Nicolson (part of Orion group) is launching a series of short books – Hometown Tales – featuring new voices from regions that are under-represented in the UK book market.

Each book will include a work by an unpublished writer and one by a high-profile author, both writing about the same place.

The series will promote greater inclusivity and provide a platform for new writers, helping them to launch the first step of their careers, edited and mentored by editors at W&N.

Find out about the submission process at their web page

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Penguin Random House seek writers from under-represented communities

In an initiative called Write Now, Penguin Random House are looking for writers from under-represented communities.

This might mean you’re from BAME (Black, Asian, Minority Ethnic) or LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Queer) communities, or have a disability.

They are hosting a series of insight days (one of which is in Birmingham).

Find out more at the website

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Verve – A Birmingham Festival of Poetry and Spoken Word

Poetry Competitions now open:
Verve is Birmingham’s first Festival of Poetry and Spoken Word, launching in February 2017. In the run up to Verve, we’re launching a poetry competition for both adults and children. Entries are welcome from anywhere, both in the UK and abroad, as long as they relate to Birmingham, UK.

Dates for your diary:
Submissions open: 11th July
Submissions close (Adults): 11th September
Submissions close (Children): 30th September

See website for details

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August Open House at United Agents

A series of specific days are open for submissions of:

  • Children’s and YA
  • Crime & thrillers
  • Commercial fiction
  • Literary fiction

See website for details

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Radio station showcases emerging writing talent in Birmingham and the West Midlands

Call for Short Stories and Voice Actors Now Open:

Tall Tales is a brand new fiction, drama and spoken word programme on Brum Radio, showcasing the very best emerging writing talent in Birmingham and the West Midlands. Each week, host Philip Ellis introduces a new work of fiction by a local author, brought to life by talented voice actors.

Stories of jealous lovers and lost youth, shady magicians and dangerous dinner parties, treacherous journeys and ghostly encounters — we’ve got a little something for everybody.

Tune in every Tuesday at 10:30pm for a new story by a different author. Episodes are repeated the following Sunday at 12:00pm.

Follow us on Twitter and Facebook @BrumRadioTales

Short Story Submission Guidelines

Deadline: Midnight, Sunday 31st July

We are currently seeking short stories of all genres to be performed by voice actors in our second season, which begins in September. Writers must be from or currently live in Birmingham / the West Midlands.

Word count: Minimum 1,500 words. Maximum 4,000.

See website for details


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Dark fiction wanted by Dirge magazine

“Here at Dirge Magazine, we love dark fiction. Even more, we love something to look forward to, and we love getting lost in ongoing characters and worlds. We want to bring the very best of that to our readers. We want to get lost in your world.

We are looking for a monthly dark fiction serial series. We are offering a $200 advance and $50 each month for 12 months to the author who pitches the best series for our readers. We will also publish the serial as a collection.

Our first round of submissions will run from July 1st 2016 to July 31st. Here’s what we want from you:

  • A 100-200 word pitch for your serial. Outline what it’s about, give us a brief sketch of characters and themes; the elevator pitch for your story.
  • A 1-2 sentence outline for all 12 entries. These don’t have to be detailed, just show us the arc you imagine your story taking over the year.
  • When you’re ready, email this to:

    Finalists will be chosen by August 7th, and given 3 weeks to complete a first chapter.”

    See website for more details

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    Infected Books invite pitches for zombie novellas

    The 25 word pitch and 250 word excerpt should be posted directly into a special, dedicated thread on the Infected Books facebook page.

    Readers are encouraged to like the entries that appeal to them. In fact, the more popular an entry is, the more it may draw the eye of some of our judges.

    The overall favourite, chosen by our judges, will be required to deliver their completed zombie novella (10K – 15K) to Infected Books immediately.

    If the manuscript is delivered, they will be offered a contract and published in October 2016. If the manuscript is not delivered, the next favourite entry will be chosen.

    See the website for full details


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    Chorley & District Writers’ Circle short story competition

    Chorley & District Writers’ Circle are holding their annual, national short story competition with prizes totalling £180. This year the theme is ‘Toxic’. It’s up to writers how they interpret the theme: we anticipate plenty of variety!

    Maximum word count is 2,500 and the closing date is earlier than usual: 10 August 2016. The shortlist will be judged by the competition’s sponsors: editorial consultancy Fiction Feedback

    The first prize is £100, second prize £50 and third prize £30. The three winning stories will be published in the Circle’s annual collection of writing, Aware, and by entering writers agree to that condition. Shortlisted entrants will be listed in Aware and online. Entry fee is £5 for one story, £9 for two or £13 for three. Subscribed members of the Writers’ Circle are entitled to one free entry.

    Stories are eligible for entry if they’ve been published online (not in print), provided they’ve not won first prize in any other competition.

    ‘We hope writers enjoy stirring our imaginations with interpretations of “toxic”,’ says the Circle’s chairwoman Dea Parkin. ‘As for judging criteria, they are as ever: interpretation of theme; originality of story; quality of writing, for example narrative drive, pace and flow, characterisation, plot and style; and quality of prose including grammar, spelling and punctuation. We hope that’s helpful and look forward to receiving your entry by August 10.’

    Submissions can be made by email or post. Email: 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, send the cover sheet and your story as two separate files attached to the same email. Payment is either by cheque to the Circle at the above address or by PayPal. Please ensure you provide details to enable the Circle to marry up your payment with your story submission.

    The Circle reserves the right to cancel the competition and refund entry fees if entries are insufficient to cover the prize fund. No entrant is allowed to win more than one prize.

    Please see the Circle’s website for details including PayPal details:

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