Friday, 26 of April 2019

Request for help with a project

The following request has been sent to us from Emil:

Dear all, I am a neuroscientist at University of Birmingham, and for the last few years I have been involved with several initiatives on Public Engagement with Science. One perspective that drives me is my feeling that science does not has a proper place in the cultural narrative of our time. It is certainly respected, it is certainly discussed about – but the majority of people treat from a certain distance. And I’d like to change that, and one initiative is to try to organise a group of storytelling with an interest and focus on science – in a variety of setups and forms of presentation.
I am thus reaching out to you, a group of writers, to see if anybody is interested in engaging with this challenge – maybe some pieces (shorter or longer, sketches or more elaborate) on or about science: the way you experience it yourself, the way you relate to it – all good or bad; I am not looking at eulogies of science, but at personal experiences of science (either as data or facts, or through its stated or experienced meanings).
At some point, depending also on the interest that this initiative might generate, I would also be willing and able to organise a workshop with scientists, for people who might want to work and develop further such mini-projects.

If interested, get in touch with me: Emil Toescu, on emiltoescu.ac@gmail.com

Looking forward to hearing from you,

 


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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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Creative Writing Course (Erdington)

The creative writing course at Erdington Adult Education Centre (close to Erdington Railway Station) is to be repeated this year. It’s to build knowledge and assurance in the art and support your existing and future writing needs.

When: Thursdays 13:00 – 15:00

Dates: 20th September – 6th December 2018

Cost: £176

Here are the venue details:-

Where:

Erdington AE Centre
101 Sutton New Road,
Erdington B23 6RE
Tel: 0121 464 6190
Visit: www.learnbaes.ac.uk

 


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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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The Pound Project

The Pound Project is a new independent publisher based and founded in Birmingham.

They are using crowdfunding to publish short stories from different writers every month.

Details of the current campaign:

“This month we’re releasing a never before published story by the late, great, Birmingham legend, Paul Murphy, with all the funds going to writers’ charity The John Hewitt Society and their community bursary. Info on the campaign here: https://goo.gl/162S5t

Born in Belfast, before moving to the UK and eventually settling in Cotteridge, Paul was the front-man of The Destroyers, set up Birmingham’s Songwriter’s Cafe, and became a much-loved figure in the Birmingham arts scene.”

 


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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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Picture Book Writing and Storytelling Retreat in Spain

Bringing Stories to Life: Picture Book Writing and Storytelling Retreat in Sunny Spain

26 January – 2 February, 2019

Whether you want to bring children’s stories to life on the page or through the oral tradition of storytelling, this retreat will give you the tools to make this happen. Participants will spend a week in Southern Spain exploring the craft of storytelling through writing exercises, games, drama, and puppetry. While each participant will choose to focus on either writing or oral storytelling workshops, there will also be combined skills workshops conducted by both tutors or special guests. Also included are yoga or tai chi each morning, daily Spanish lessons, and a day’s excursion in the nearby mountains.

Meet the tutors:

Zeeny Jhelumi is an international children’s storyteller, a children’s author, TEDx speaker, and an educator who leads classes for children and adults in the art of storytelling, creative writing, and public speaking. http://zeenyjhelumi.com

Rebecca Colby is a picture book author and poet. She is published       with Macmillan US, Albert Whitman & Company, and Floris Books.          www.rebeccacolbybooks.com

Meet the guest speakers:

Alice Corrie is the Picture Book Editor at David Fickling Books. She began her career at Random House Children’s Books in 2011. She went freelance in 2010 and works for a variety of clients including Penguin Random House, Egmont, Templar, Simon & Schuster, Ivy Kids, and of course, David Fickling Books. www.davidficklingbooks.com/team

Ness Wood is an Art Director and has worked for many major publishers on picture books, including Penguin Random House, Faber & Faber and David Fickling Books. She runs the Children’s Illustration Summer School at Cambridge School of Art and is a portfolio consultant for the MA in Children’s Illustration also at Cambridge. She is also one of the co-founders of Orange Beak Studio. www.nesswood.co.uk/

 

Peter Marley has over fifteen years’ experience in commissioning and editorial roles for major children’s publishers, including Egmont and Oxford University Press. He has particular expertise in picture books, illustrated non-fiction, pre-school publishing, and novelty formats.

Cost is £790 for 8 days, all meals are included, and payment may be made in instalments. For more information, contact: lifelearningretreats@gmail.com

 

 

 


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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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