Thursday, 28 of October 2021

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Congratulations Rachel McLean!

Birmingham Writer’s Group is thrilled that our very own Rachel McCollin, AKA author Rachel McLean, has been shortlisted for the 2021 Kindle Storyteller Award!

There were a record number of submissions for the award, now running for its fifth year. Clare Balding will help select the winner who will receive a £20,000 cash prize, a dedicated marketing campaign on Amazon.co.uk, a golden Kindle and more.

Congratulations Rachel, and good luck!

The Corfe Castle Murders by Rachel McLean

Rachel is a crime, thriller and mystery writer from Birmingham whose first experience with storytelling started in 2003. Since then, Rachel took a much-needed break to raise her two boys before returning to her deep-rooted passion in 2010. After self-publishing her first book in 2017 Rachel has seen success and continued writing several crime, thriller, and mystery stories. Now, her shortlisted novel, The Corfe Castle Murders and first book in her Dorset Crime series follows DCI Lesley Clarke a straight-talking city copper as she investigates a murder at one of England’s most iconic landmarks.


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New Talent Aesthetica Creative Writing Award 2021

Aesthetica is looking for the best new writing talent. The international literary prize is open to poetry and short fiction submissions on any theme, celebrating innovation in content, form and technique.

What We’re Looking For

The Creative Writing Award is open to Poetry and Short Fiction submissions on any theme, however, we are particularly interested in works that reflect upon our ever changing world.

Previous anthologies have harnessed the power of language to explore an age of unprecedented change and uncertainty. They have expressed complex emotions – telling personal and global stories. Our 2021 shortlisted works connected readers to a profound sense of self as well as their shared humanity: friendships, fairytales and romantic relationships told in new ways.

We are looking for pieces that challenge us – that redefine the parameters of form, concept and technique. Winning pieces have reflected upon both social and political structures, human relationships and experiences. They have pushed the boundaries of imagination – providing new possibilities and ideas. To find out more about our shortlist, view our Success Stories here.

Guidelines

  • Poetry entries should be no more than 40 lines.
  • Fiction entries should be no more than 2,000 words.
  • Works published or entered elsewhere are accepted.
  • We accept works on any theme.
  • You may enter the Award as many times as you wish – but each new requires a fee and new submission form.
  • For more information, read our FAQs here or for our refund policy. For further enquiries please email: writing@aestheticamagazine.com

Entry Fee: Poetry £12 | Short Fiction £18

For more information, see the website.

 


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Digbeth at Midnight

Digbeth at Midnight will be an interactive storytelling experience spread across Digbeth.

See https://www.facebook.com/DigbethAtMidnight/ for details on how to enter your story


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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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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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Chaos in Lancashire short story competition

Chorley & District Writers’ Circle launch their annual short story competition with prizes totalling £180.

The theme this year is a little bit different: ‘Chaos in Lancashire’. We are looking for a setting in or strong connection to any part of Lancashire.

Maximum word count is 2,000.

Closing date: 4 Oct 2015

Judge: Shortlist will be judged by the competition’s sponsors: editorial consultancy Fiction Feedback www.fictionfeedback.co.uk

Prizes: £100, £50 and £30

Entry fee: £5 for one story, £9 for two or £13 for three.

The three winning stories will be published in the Circle’s annual collection of writing, Aware. Shortlisted entrants’ names and story titles will be listed in Aware, and on the Circle’s website and Facebook page as well as on sponsor Fiction Feedback’s website. All rights remain with the author.

Submissions: can be made by email or post. Email: mail@chorleywriters.org.uk 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, please send the cover sheet and your story as two separate files attached to the same email.

Payment is by cheque to the above address or by PayPal. Please ensure you provide details to enable us to marry up your payment, however you make it, with your story submission.

We reserve the right to cancel the competition and refund entry fees if entries are insufficient to cover the prize fund.

See our website for more details including the PayPal button: www.chorleywriters.org.uk Any queries: dea@compedge.net

We hope you have fun writing a story with this intriguing theme.

 

People sometimes ask what criteria the stories are judged by. These are fairly equal considerations:

1)      Interpretation of theme

2)      Originality

3)      Quality of writing; narrative drive, pace and flow, characterisation, plot, technique

4)      Quality of prose; grammar, spelling and punctuation.

We hope that’s helpful and look forward to receiving your entry by October 4.

 


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The National Literacy Trust’s new Poetry Prize

The National Literacy Trust has  just launched an exciting new Poetry Prize with Bloomsbury Publishing!

Enter your poems and one of them could feature in a poster campaign across the country.

There’s also an iPad and £250 of books up for grabs. All proceeds go to the work of the National Literacy Trust.

Open now, closes 31 August 2015 with an announcement of the shortlist on 2 October, National Poetry Day.

www.literacytrust.org.uk/poetryprize

 


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Aesthetica Creative Writing Award

The Aesthetica Creative Writing Award is open for entries. Now in its eighth year, the award is internationally renowned and judged by industry experts including Arifa Akbar, literary editor of The Independent and inewspapers.

Prizes include:

  • £500 prize money – Poetry winner
  • £500 prize money – Short Fiction winner
  • Publication in the Creative Writing Annual
  • A selection of books from Vintage and Bloodaxe
  • Subscription to Granta
  • A complimentary copy of next year’s Creative Writing Annual

How to Enter the Aesthetica Creative Writing Award 2015

To enter the Aesthetica Creative Writing Award 2015, you must purchase an entry fee and submit your work and completed entry form by 31 August 2015 midnight GMT. Please follow the two steps below.

The entry fee to submit to the Aesthetica Creative Writing Award 2015 is £15 + VAT.

To save 30% CLICK HERE and enter discount code SAVE-5.

You have until 31 August to send us your work.

OFFER ENDS WEDNESDAY 10 JUNE

 


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Bedford Short Story Competition

You are invited to enter the Short Story Competition 2014 being run by the Bedford Writing Competition. This is a new competition with the aim of providing a platform for the finest in fiction writing. BWC is a non-profit making organisation and any proceeds will be donated to charity.

This year the competition is for short stories of up to 3000 words in length, on any theme. Prizes totalling £200 will be awarded to three stories judged to be the best by award-winning novelist Leigh Russell with ten of the short-listed entries being published on BWC’ s website.

To see the entry requirements for stories which should be submitted by 30th September 2014 please click here

We look forward to receiving your entries.

Good luck.

The BWC Organising Committee


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Kingston Writing School Hilary Mantel International Short Story Competition

Twice Man Booker Prize winning author, Hilary Mantel, will be judge for this competition.

First Prize £3000 and two Runners Up Prizes of £500

open for entries from May 1st to June 30th.

For more details, please see here


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