Friday, 21 of July 2017

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DEATH BY WATER – call for submissions

Independent Legions Publishing is seeking original horror stories in English for the new Anthology THE BEAUTY OF DEATH 2 – DEATH BY WATER, edited by Alessandro Manzetti and Jodi Renée Lester, to be published October 2017 in print and digital editions.

We’re looking for stories that fit the theme: Death by Water. All types of horror are welcome. Sex or violence in a story should be artistically justified; no excessive gore. No stories about child abuse of any kind. We welcome all subgenres and forms of speculative fiction.

Word Count: We are open to stories of 4000-5000 words.
Deadline: September 1, 2017
Pay Rate: We pay (via PayPal) $100 for each original story.
We buy first exclusive English-language rights for three years.
For more details, visit the website


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Bearwood Slamathon

Bearwood Action for Refugees are celebrating UK Refugee Week 2017 in style and inviting the whole community to join them.

On Sunday 25 June, in partnership with Agora Poetry, they are hosting a mammoth poetry slam, SLAMATHON, at Thimblemill Library in Bearwood, 2-7pm.

It will be fun-packed for all ages with storytelling, comedy, poetry workshops, crafts and plenty to eat with a bring and share buffet.

The event will be in aid of Aegean Solidarity Network and every penny raised will help support refugees in transit.

The application form for those wishing to enter the competition is here


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Wasafiri New Writing Prize 2017

The Wasafiri New Writing Prize 2017 is now open

Submit in one of three categories: PoetryFiction and Life Writing (the competition is open to anyone who has not published a complete book in the category entered).

Simply fill in the entry form and send it with your entry and fee of UK Sterling £6.00 if entering one category, £10.00 for two and £15.00 for three categories.

The closing date is 5pm GMT on 14 July 2017.

Please click here to download an entry form, or email wasafiriprize@open.ac.uk. Only entries with an accompanying entry form will be accepted.

£300 will be awarded to the winner of each category and the work will be published in Wasafiri.


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Contributions wanted for one-off magazine on Birmingham

DO YOU HAVE A STORY ABOUT BIRMINGHAM TO TELL?

We’re looking for news stories, long-form features, flash, short and long form fiction, poetry, photo stories, illustrations, interviews and opinion pieces about Birmingham for a one-off edition of BRUM.

We’re interested in new and original ideas to tell the different stories of the people, history and culture of the city. You do not have to have lived in Birmingham, or even visited the city. We want to tell the story of Birmingham from any perspective – from the long term resident to the far-off observer.

Your story can be in the first, second or third person. It can be celebratory or scathing. It can even be told from the perspective of an historic figure, or that of a future resident.

But it must tell us something about Birmingham today that we’d be hard pressed to read elsewhere.


BRUM is a one-off publication designed to explore the people and perceptions of the UK’s second-largest and all-to-often overlooked city. It’s aim is not to sell the city, but to intertwine the various and diverse narratives of the city in a single place, at a single time.

It will be printed in tabloid format (but not red-top tabloid style) and sold* and distributed across the city and online.


Get in touch
Send your pitch (including word length) to Fred at fcs.reynolds@gmail.com

Any queries – please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

*yet to be decided; as close to free as possible


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Writers residency in Germany

There is a new writers residency programme at the Pfaelzer Hof in the Huensrueck region of Germany (made famous by Edgar Reitz’s epic films ‘Heimat’).

“We are inviting applications from established and emerging writers to come and stay in our beautifully renovated apartments over the summer months, from 3 weeks to 5 months in May to September. Each apartment has large windows with wonderful natural light, interesting vistas and ample space for writing.

This is an opportunity for writers to get away from it all and find time and space to write.”

For more information about the Pfalezer Hof and photos of the apartments please see our website: www.pfaelzerhof.org.
Full details of our residency programme can be found here:
http://www.pfaelzerhof.org/Site/Artists_%26_Writers_Residencies.html.


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Milestones International Poetry Competition in association with Write Out Loud

Open: 21 March 2017

Deadline: 21 June 2017

Prizes: First prize £500, second £100, and third £25. Separate prize for under-16s (£100). Free anthology for prize winners and commended poets.

Entry fee: £5 per poem, three poems for £10, subsequent poems in same entry, £3. Entrants aged 15 and under £1 per poem

Judge: Brian Patten.

The competition is open to all internationally but must be in English and up to 40 lines in length.

Results announced – early August 2017.

Prize-giving:
The winner will be invited to read their poem at an award ceremony in Long Compton, Warwickshire on 7 October, 2017.

Further details:
www.writeoutloud.net/competitions/milestones2017


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Participate in the Event United for Peace – Unity through Poetry

 

University of Birmingham: College of Arts and Law


Participate in the Event United for Peace – Unity through Poetry

WEDNESDAY 10 MAY 2017



18:00 PM – 21:00 PM



MUIRHEAD TOWER G15



UNIVERSITY OF BIRMINGHAM


The Oxford Foundation in partnership with The Edward Cadbury Centre for the
Public Understanding of Religion at the University of Birmingham, is hosting a
gathering entitled, United for Peace: Unity through Poetry. Leading luminaries
from across the faith, cultural, and non-faith traditions will read, chant and
sing beautiful poetry that will speak across different cultures and faiths
affirming the universal message of peace, love, wisdom, unity and harmony. The
evening will incorporate poetry interspersed with silent reflection and music
that will celebrate and affirm these shared values.

United for Peace is a
national initiative
by The Oxford Foundation that draws United Kingdom’s
diverse communities together to affirm the values that unite us. The values of
respect, love, peace, compassion and understanding as opposed to the narratives
that extremists advocate of ugliness, division, hatred, and violence.

If you would like to contribute and present a reading whether spoken, chanted or
sung, we’d be delighted to here from you.


Please contact: Kaleem Hussain, The Oxford Foundation Representative for West
Midlands and Buckinghamshire at kaleem@theoxfordfoundation.org.uk with
the following details no later than


10th April 2017
:

Organisation

 

Affiliation to a tradition

 

Presenter Details (Individual, group, numbers)

 

Poetry Being Recited (Author, Tradition, Poem)

 

Oral Reading or Interspersed with Music? If music, what acoustics will
be required?

 

Approx Duration of Poem (5-10 min max)

 

Contact Details

 

Any Additional Information

 

Sponsorship (If
you would like to sponsor this event please provide your details and the
amount and we shall be in touch. The sponsors details shall feature in The
United for Peace-Unity through Poetry
event
booklet.)

 


Once you have forwarded the above information, there will be a process of
selection and The Oxford Foundation shall be in touch with further details
regarding the event. A United for Peace: Unity through Poetry
event booklet shall also be produced as part of this event which will feature
all the poetic readings from those presenting along with messages of support
from prominent faith, non-faith and civic leaders.


For more information about this event please visit the
Eventbrite
online page





For further information about The Oxford Foundation please visit the
foundation’s
online
page





For more information about the Edward Cadbury Centre for the Public
Understanding of Religion, please
visit
our website
,
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@PTRBirmingham on
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University of Birmingham,

Edgbaston,

Birmingham B15 2TT,

United Kingdom

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cadburycentre@contacts.bham.ac.uk

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www.birmingham.ac.uk/cpur

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Commission – Artificial Intelligence

From Leicester Uni’s Centre for New Writing:
“We wish to commission a writer to help researchers to allay public fear about the development of artificial intelligence technologies. Science fiction has traditionally has painted an Orwellian picture of new technologies. Much dramatic representation, too, envisages brave new worlds where robots murder the last humans on earth. None of this helps researchers who wish to develop these technologies for the public good. It affects the uptake of potentially life-saving technological solutions to everyday challenges. The technology to alert the emergency services when an elderly person falls, for example, is cheap and readily available. Devices for tracking where patients with dementia are could also save time, money, and anxiety. Why is such technology not being used? Working closely with Professor Jeremy Levesley and his team, the commissioned writer will explore the public understanding of artificial intelligence and promote its uptake for improving the quality of life. It is hoped that this will only be the start of such collaboration, as the challenge is significant, but the potential benefits considerable.

The commissioned writer will produce a short story, short poetry sequence, monologue or piece of narrative non-fiction which will be featured in a pamphlet about artificial intelligence, introduced by Professor Levesley. The pamphlet will be distributed to target audiences and we hope that the writing will help to reshape attitudes towards artificial intelligence across a number of sectors.”

The fee is £150.
The Deadline is 31st March 2017
See the website for details of how to submit your application


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The 11th Aesthetica Creative Writing Award is Now Open for Entries

The 11th Aesthetica Creative Writing Award is now open for entries, presenting an opportunity for emerging and established writers and poets to showcase their work to new international audiences and further their involvement in the literary world.

The award is an internationally renowned prize presented by Aesthetica Magazine and judged by literary experts, including Arifa Akbar, journalist, critic and former Literary Editor of The Independent. Enter your poetry or short fiction for a chance to be one of 60 writers published in the Aesthetica Creative Writing Annual – an outstanding collection of the best in new writing.
Prizes include:

  • £1,000 Poetry Winner
  • £1,000 Short Fiction Winner
  • Publication in the Aesthetica Creative Writing Annual for 60 finalists
  • Consultation with Redhammer Management (Short Fiction Winner)
  • Full Membership to The Poetry Society (Poetry Winner)
  • Selection of books courtesy of Bloodaxe and Vintage
  • One year subscription to Granta

Short Fiction entries should be no more than 2,000 words. Poetry entries should be no more than 40 lines. Works previously published are accepted.
Deadline for submissions is 31 August 2017. For full entry requirements and to submit, visit www.aestheticamagazine.com/cwa


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Tamworth Writing Competition

Entries are now open for The Tamworth and District Civic Society and Tamworth Writers Group Tamworth writing competition.
Entries must  be set in and around Tamworth Staffordshire.
Closing date 31st January 2017
Three age categories:

    16+ – 1,500 words limit – £4 per entry
    11-16 – 1,000 words limit – £2 per entry
    Under 11’s – 500 words limit – £1 per entry (Proof of age will be required prior to the awarding of prizes)

Prizes

    16+ – 1st prize £100, 2nd – £50, 3rd – £25
    11-16 – 1 st – £50, 2nd – £25, 3rd – £15
    Under 11’s – 1st – £20, 2nd – £15, 3rd – £10

Full details here

Note that the above document states 2016 as the deadline. I believe that it’s a typo – there is a new competition


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