Monday, 27 of June 2016

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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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During June , will open submissions for novellas of between 20,000 and 40,000 words that fit one of the following science fiction subgenres:

  • Time Travel
  • Space Opera
  • Near Future Thriller
  • Cyberpunk

Check their website for details


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Bedford International Writing Competitions (short story and poetry)

Short Story Competition:

For unpublished stories of up to 3,000 words on any theme.

1st prize: £200 2nd prize: £100 3rd prize: £50 Bedford Prize £50 awarded to the best story by a Bedford writer

Top ten shortlisted stories to be published online and made into an e-book anthology

Entry fee: £5 one story, £10 three stories Concession for students

Judge: Toby Litt Toby Litt is the author of several published novels and collections of short stories. Born in Ampthill and a former pupil of Bedford Modern School, Toby is now a lecturer in creative writing at Birkbeck College, University of London.

Poetry Competition:

For unpublished poems of up to 40 lines on any theme.

1st prize: £200 2nd prize: £100 3rd prize: £50

Top ten shortlisted poems to be published online and made into an e-book anthology

Entry fee: £5 one poem, £10 three poems Concession entry fee for students

Judge: Ian McEwen Ian McEwen has had his poems published in a variety of magazines as well as producing a pamphlet, The Stammering Man and his first full collection in book form, Intermittent beings. He is interested in opportunities to broaden the practice and appreciation of poetry, through readings, workshops or residencies.

Find out more about both competitions and enter online by going to:

All entries must be received by 30th September 2016

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Troubadour International Poetry Prize

Five great reasons for entering the annual Troubadour International Poetry Prize:

  • top prizes: 1st=£5000 + 22 more prizes totalling £2,000 + season tickets + Troubadour prizes (£100 restaurant gift voucher & champagne)
  • shortest turnaround: less than 7 wks from deadline (Jun 21) to contacting winners (Aug 8)
  • least conflict – with other major prizes as we’ve moved our deadline from October to June
  • no sifters/shortlisters – judges read every poem
  • prize-winners’ night – chance to read at the Troubadour alongside Jane Yeh, Glyn Maxwell & fellow prize-winners on Oct 31.

Enter by e-mail or post, full details below & on website. And good luck with the poetry!

(NB, there is an entry fee)


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Paid opportunity – poetry-film project about Coventry ringroad


DISAPPEAR HERE – 9 x writers / 9 x film-makers / 27 poetry-films


We are looking for writers/poets/artists to submit THREE ideas / proposals / full poems for a collaborative poetry-film project about Coventry ringroad.

The 18 artists selected will (in pairs) produce 3 poetry-films between them that explore the ringroad as brutalist/modernist structure/setting/inspiration.

We are interested in artistic approaches to urban space, telling city stories and re-imagining the cyclical ringroad as an (in-between) area of change/flux/progress.

Selected artists will be commissioned for the production of up-to three poems, at a fixed-fee of£350 (to include all travel and costs – with a focus upon paying writers to write) and will work alongside the film-maker in performance/production/consultation of their work.

There will be a summit meeting in Coventry (SAT – 23/7/2016) between all of the participating artists – if applying – please ensure you are free on this date.

DEADLINE for applications is midnight 15/6/2016


There is a simple application form to be completed – more information:


If you have any questions, wish to talk through initial ideas, plesae email:


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Peepal Tree Press seeks poetry submissions

The Inscribe imprint of Peepal Tree Press, one of the UK’s largest publishers of Black and Asian British writing, is seeking submissions of original poetry for an upcoming anthology titled, ‘Filigree’.

‘Filigree’ typically refers to the finer elements of craftwork – the parts that are subtle; our ‘Filigree’ anthology seeks work that plays with the possibilities that the word suggests, work that is delicate, that counters the heavy handed representation of colour in the media, work that responds to the idea of edging, a comment on the daily marginalisation of the darker voice. But as Inscribe enjoys pushing boundaries, we are open to poets turning the word, the image, upside down to present us with a Filigree poem that we wouldn’t expect!

Poems for ‘Filigree’ must be previously unpublished. The anthology will include work from established Black British poets residing inside and outside the UK, Black poets who have made Britain their home, as well as exciting new and emerging poets around the country who have never published a poem before who respond in compelling ways to the idea of ‘Filigree’.

The deadline for submissions is Saturday, 30 April. Further information can be found here.


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DC Comics developing new writing talent

DC Comics are opening their doors to applications from writers to join their development programme.

Applications are open from the 1st of May.

See more about the process on their website:

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Aesthetica Creative Writing Award 2016

Prizes include publication in an anthology of outstanding poetry and short fiction, a consultation with a literary agent and subscriptions to leading writing organisations and publications.

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The Aesthetica Creative Writing Award 2016 is now open for entries, presenting an opportunity for emerging and established writers and poets to showcase their work and further their involvement in the literary world. Now in its ninth year, the award is an internationally renowned prize presented by Aesthetica Magazine and judged by literary experts.

Prizes include:

  • £500 each (Poetry Winner and Short Fiction Winner)
  • Publication in the Aesthetica Creative Writing Annual
  • One year subscription to Granta
  • Selection of books courtesy of Bloodaxe and Vintage
  • Consultation with Redhammer Management (Short Fiction Winner)
  • Full Membership to The Poetry Society (Poetry Winner)

Short Fiction entries should be no more than 2,000 words. Poetry entries should be no more than 40 lines. Deadline for submissions is 31 August 2016.

To enter, visit



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This Twisted Earth Anthology

Submission guidelines

Submission deadline: March 27th, 2016

Payment: 4% royalties per story published. You will also receive a physical copy of the book, and you will be able to purchase additional copies at a reduced rate.

Six Minutes to Midnight are putting together a new shared world anthology to help realise your wildest time-twisting dreams. This Twisted Earth (Vol 1) is set for release in Autumn 2016. There is the potential for all kinds of stories in all kinds of genres, but we want this first volume to emphasise the Pulp vibe. Think of John Carter and Tarzan, think Black Mask Detective stories, think Doc Savage but go further. The fabric of Time has been unravelled. This is your chance to grab the skein of history and play cat’s cradle with it. Bring any people, any cultures, any creatures from Earth’s vast chronology together and weave us new stories, new cultures, and new mythologies.

This Twisted Earth gives you the licence to unleash your imaginations and reinvent our world. Walk your readers through as wide-eyed new arrivals or craft us a ‘used universe’ where the cataclysm happened millennia ago. Do you have the vision to help stitch together a Frankenstinian new world? The guts to splice genres, to tear apart convention and rummage through its entrails? If so, this is the sandpit for you.

We’re looking for thrilling plots, intriguing nuggets of real history, and truly inspired world-building. Under-represented cultures and histories will be welcomed with open arms in the true spirit of diversity, exploration and discovery. With history’s tipping points cast to the winds anything and everything is up for grabs. What treasures can you bring us?

Prospective writers are invited to join the This Twisted Earth Facebook group to interact with other writers, gain a clearer understanding of the project and help us bring a sense of cohesion to the book.

Send your story to as either a .doc or .rtf file. The subject of your email should have your Surname, the word ‘Twisted’ and your word-count in it.
To avoid disappointment please ensure your submission reflects the brief and sticks to the following format:

  • 4000 to 9000 words long, in Standard Manuscript Format.
  • Typed in Times New Roman, size 12, double line spaced.
  • Include your full details (name/address/telephone number/email address) at the top of your document.

Failure to comply will result in… CSI Australopithecus investigating your untimely demise on prime time television.

Previously published stories will not be considered for this anthology. Authors will retain copyright for their stories. As a shared-world project, please note that elements and events from your stories may be used as backdrops and reference points for future This Twisted Earth releases without impinging on your copyright.

A maximum of 3 stories can be submitted per author for consideration.

We will write to you between four and eight weeks after the submission deadline to let you know if you have been successful.

Good luck, and have fun!

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