Sunday, 26 of February 2017

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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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Essay competition

Whichisthebetter.com believes deeply among the value of education and giving back.This contest aims to recognise and reward talented writers.

You can write on any of the topics below:

  1. How Movies Affect Our Lives
  2. How Android Changed The World

Deadline : The final date for submission is March 31st, 2017
Categories: Movies , Android , Mobile ,Technology
Entry Fees: No submission fees
Prizes:

    1st Prize (1 winner) :  Cash $300 + 1 year Premium Movie and Music  Subscription (Worth 250$)
    2nd Prize (3 winner) : Cash $100 + 1 year Premium Movie and Music  Subscription (Worth 250$)
     

    3rd Prize (5 winner):  Premium Android apps (worth 150$)

Eligibility needs: The competition is open to all writers.

To apply , check the website

 

 


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New literary agency taking submissions

Caskie Mushens is a new literary agency, although the agents themselves have an impressive track record.

They are actively seeking submissions.

https://www.caskiemushens.com/


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Commissions for Adrian Mole’s 50th birthday

There are some paid commissions to celebrate Adrian Mole’s 50th birthday.

There will be three five-minute radio plays or monologues which will be performed at Adrian Mole’s birthday party, hosted by Literary Leicester on 2 April 2017 in partnership with Penguin.

See the instructions here


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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:

www.kentandsussexpoetry.com


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Tor.com Publishing Opening to Fantasy Novellas on October 12th

Tor.com 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 http://submissions.tor.com/tornovellas/.

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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