Thursday, 16 of July 2020

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Room 204 Submission window open until 31st January

Room 204 is Writing West Midlands’ writer development programme. Every year we select a small number of emerging writers from the West Midlands to work with us on a programme of creative writing career development.

Room 204 has been running yearly since 2012 and to date, over 100 writers have joined the programme and seen their writing careers take off as direct result of being part of Room 204.

This is your chance to secure mentoring and career development worth over £1,000!

This year, we are also partnering with Word Factory to be able to offer ONE Word Factory Apprentice Award for a West Midlands Short Story writer.

The successful candidates will receive a year of support including:

  • 1-1 meetings, 2 times a year, with experienced Writing West Midlands staff.
  • A year’s membership to the Society of Authors
  • Access to a “writer buddying” scheme.
  • Group networking and career development sessions.
  • Occasional workshops on particular themes such as pitching, fundraising, time management or digital writing.
  • Tailored signposting and brokering via Writing West Midlands towards performance and development opportunities, potential collaborators, bursaries, courses and events that might benefit the individual writer.
  • Access to a private information-sharing and support group on Facebook.
  • A free place at the National Writers’ Conference on 22 June 2019, run by Writing West Midlands.
  • Ongoing support as a member of Room 204 beyond the 1st year.

More details on the Writing West Midlands site

 


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International poetry anthology: Magnum Opus. Call for submissions

Theme

Poetry is a universal form of language hobnobbing with other souls and minds. It is means to understand our feelings and to find our place in the universe. Poetry is a divine antidote to our inner upheaval and is a medium of peace in itself. The goal of anthology is to display the greatest contemporary poems wrapped up in one book. The title is self-explanatory and will showcase the greatest single poem of the poet being featured i.e. your poem that has been best appreciated or adjudged by the readers, reviewers, critics, social media or journals etc.  It is also self-revealing that one cannot submit more than one poem and each poet will be evenly and equally represented. It is also evident that such poem would mostly be previously published. If you think that your unpublished or freshly composed poem can be your magnum opus you can submit it as well. It is in those aforementioned senses we use the term ‘Universal Oneness’ in the subtitle.

Submission Requirements

  • Send only one poem, of no more than 50 lines at magnumopuspoem@gmail.com.Poem should originally be written in English. No translation, please.
  • Include a bio in maximum 100 words.
  • Submission of more than one poem shall be rejected without intimation.
  • Save MS word file with your name, paste your bio, email id and poem into it. Send it as an email attachment.

Further details on the website

 


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Grimbold Anthologies call for submissions

Submission window is open until 30th November for:

  • Lost Gods
  • Forgotten Sidekicks
  • Unexpected Heroines

Submissions should be (ideally) between 4-7,000 words.

Payment will be £15 per story and a physical copy of the final anthology for which the story appears

More details here


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The Emma Press launches call for poems about insects for children’s anthology

The Emma Press has launched a call for poems about insects, for a children’s anthology to be edited by Fran Long and Dr Isabel Galleymore.

The call opens on the 14th August 2018 and ends on 5th October 2018.

The anthology will be part of the publisher’s continuing series of themed anthologies of poetry for children.

Dr Isabel Galleymore is an award-winning writer and lecturer at the University of Birmingham. Her poems, which explore ecology and our human place within it, have been published in a number of PRESS RELEASE For immediate release magazines in the UK and US, whilst her first collection, Significant Other, is forthcoming from Carcanet in 2019. In 2016, Isabel’s curiosity for animals took her to the Amazon Rainforest where she spent a month as a poet-in-residence and encountered howler monkeys, caiman, pink-toed tarantulas and lots and lots of mosquitos. Long says: ‘With literacy a high priority on the primary curriculum, it is vital to ensure that there are quality resources to support creative cross curriculum delivery. Poems that are factually and scientifically correct are essential, and a fantastic way to embed key scientific vocabulary. All mention of bugs is banned! Enjoy delving deeper into the fascinating world of insects: habitats, characteristics, anatomy (exoskeletons, invertebrates), names (check out famous scientist Carl Linnaeus), classifying, food sources (food chains), how living things depend upon each other, superpowers, life cycles, dangers they are facing, extinction, similarities and differences, how they have changed over time (peppered moth). Be insect champions!’ Galleymore says: ‘While big animals like pandas and dolphins get a lot of attention, the smaller creatures of this world often get overlooked despite the fact that they play a crucial role in the ecosystem. How can we begin to write poems about a few of the 950,000 species of insect currently said to live on Earth? What similarities and differences can we find between these weird and wonderful beings and ourselves? To engage with these inhabitants, we need to explore scientific fact about insect bodies and behaviour, but we also need to engage our empathy and our imagination.’

Poets are invited to send in up to 3 poems, which should be suitable for readers aged 8+.

The submissions guidelines are available on the publisher’s website: https://theemmapress.com/about/submissions/


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Writing competition (Hammmond House and University Centre Grimsby)

Awarded by the University Centre Grimsby, the annual Hammond House Literary Prizes are open for submissions.

The theme, entry fees and submission deadline are the same across all three categories.

See website for details


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Charity anthology: Wild Voices

David Bassett, a wildlife writer from Hampshire, UK is collating flash fiction pieces to form an anthology based on wildlife issues entitled ‘Wild Voices’.

When completed, all proceeds of this anthology will be donated to wildlife charities in order to raise money for threatened species, their protectors and the fight against the extinction.

All are invited to get involved and submit pieces of writing, contributing to a great cause.

See the link for more details:

https://www.facebook.com/Wild-Voices-an-anthology-on-wildlife-issues-220912515127041/

 


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Robot Dinosaurs Open Submissions

An open submission call for stories featuring a robot dinosaur.

Stories must be 750-1200 words, and there is payment of $60

See the website for more details


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Emma Press call for anthology submissions

The Emma Press is launching a call for ‘night-time stories’ for their debut anthology of short fiction.

The call opens on 30th May 2018 and it ends on 3rd August 2018.
Writers are invited to send in up to 2 short stories of up to 2250 words each to be considered for the anthology.

This will be The Emma Press’s first short fiction anthology. It will be edited by Yen-Yen Lu, a member of the Emma Press core team.

Find out more here: https://theemmapress.com/2018/05/call-for-night-time-stories/

 


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TOR open to novella submissions

Tor.com Publishing are open to unsolicited novella submissions! Starting May 1, 2018, Lee Harris, Carl Engle-Laird, and Ruoxi Chen will be reading and evaluating original novellas submitted by authors to https://tor.moksha.io/publication/tornovellas. You can find full guidelines here, and we highly recommend you read the guidelines before submitting. We will be open for two weeks beginning on May 1 around 9:00 AM EST (UTC-1:00) and ending on May 15 9:00 AM EST (UTC-1:00).

This open period is intended for authors who have completed works ready or close to ready for submission. We will reopen slush a second time in July 2018 for authors who are actively working on (or beginning) something that would fit our list. In other words, don’t panic if you’re not ready to submit in May! We would rather see a polished novella in July than a rushed one in May.

Look at the website for more details


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WINCHESTER POETRY PRIZE

We are pleased to announce that the Winchester Poetry Prize is now open for entries for the 2018 prize.
The prize will be judged by Liz Berry who will read all the entries and will be present the prizes to winners at the prize-giving event at the Winchester Poetry Festival on Saturday 6 October 2018.

First prize will be £1000, second prize £500 and third prize £250.
Long-listed poets will be invited to read at the special prize-giving event in Winchester at which the winners will be announced. Winning and commended poems will also be published in a competition anthology to be launched on the day.
Festival chair, Stephen Boyce said: “We’ve been exceptionally pleased with the response to the Winchester Poetry Prize. It’s very rewarding to receive so many thoughtful, well-crafted and original poems, and we enjoy all the more celebrating the poets’ work at our prize-giving reading and in our anthology. I am delighted that Liz Berry, who made such an impact at the 2014 festival, has agreed to be our judge for 2018.”

The competition is open to anyone aged 16 or over and entries may be on any subject in any form or style and no longer than 40 lines. Entry fee is £5 for the first poem and £4 for each subsequent entry.

Closing date is 31 July 2018. Full details of how to enter are on the Winchester Poetry Festival website.


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