Friday, 25 of July 2014

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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Postgraduate Diploma in Creative Writing at the University of York

From the University of York:

The Centre for Lifelong Learning (CLL) has carved out a niche in offering high-quality, distance learning provision over the last decade, focusing on first-rate student engagement and flexible models of delivery. As a learning provider, we have offered a variety of educational opportunities for more than twenty-five years, and have received numerous Vice-Chancellor Awards for the standard of teaching and student support.


CLL is a thriving unit within the University, offering a variety of innovative learning opportunities both locally and globally, with a specific remit of supporting non-traditional students as they return to learn. The Centre offers around 200 evening and day classes during the academic year, receiving around 2,200 applications annually. We are based on the Heslington campus, and aim to make the University a place for everyone, priding ourselves on working in partnership with university departments, external funding bodies and local agencies throughout our work.

Since 2007, we have developed an extensive programme of distance learning to reach learners nationally and around the world, with a particular focus on creative writing. In that time, we have taught literally hundreds of students from the UK and around the globe, and have utilised that expertise to devise new, part-time postgraduate programmes of study that offer you study flexibility without compromising academic rigour. Our approach is to create vibrant and dynamic learning experiences despite students’ distance from one another, fostering a sense of community through keenly-facilitated learning.

Our technology-enhanced delivery uses the University’s virtual learning environment, Blackboard, to ensure that you receive a comprehensive learning experience regardless of whenever or wherever you engage, without the need for extensive IT knowledge. All our online learning is supported by experienced staff, and there is never a need for you to be on the course site a set time for core activities, making this the ideal way for the busy student to extend their learning journey.

The Programme

Led by Elizabeth Linklater, the Postgraduate Diploma in Creative Writing is a two-year part-time programme, aimed at writers wishing to develop their creative and critical skills at an advanced level. The programme adopts an all-encompassing approach to the discipline of creative writing, taking in a variety of genres and exploring the major forms of prose, poetry and scripts.  The award is delivered wholly online, in a fully-supported learning environment, and builds upon many years of experience in the international distance learning arena.

The programme comprises six 20-credit modules which will develop students’ writing skills and their critical faculties in a range of genres. These modules are:

Year One

  • · Creative Practice: Creativity, Theory and the Craft of Writing
  • Critical Approaches: Methodology, Research and Literature
  • Compressed Fiction: The Art of the Short Story

Year Two

  • · Poetic Power: Theory and Practice in Contemporary Poetry
  • · Sustained Fiction: The Novel as Narrative
  • · Dramaturgy, Sound and Screen

The programme also includes residential weekends at York each year. Each event is an opportunity to meet teaching staff network with fellow students, engage in study activities, and hear established writers talk about specific topic areas. These weekends are free of charge, though students will be expected to meet the cost of their travel, accommodation and sustenance. For anyone unable to attend, there will also be the option to engage via real-time video conferencing or to watch recordings of the key sessions.

What Next?

For more information, please visit or email The programme launches in late September 2014, and if you have any specific questions you would like answering, please do feel free to give Iain a call on 01904 328474.

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Free TV writing workshop at mac birmingham on 28 April 2014

TV writing and feedback workshop

Playwright, TV screenwriter and Creative Space member Jon Barton will be hosting these open to all sessions for IdeasTap writer members.

Topics and exercises covered will include pitching, giving and receiving feedback, coping with rejection and discussing TV formats.

The session takes place at mac birmingham at 2-4pm or alternatively 4.30-6.30pm on 28 April. Free tickets can be booked at


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Blackshaw’s FREE New Writing Surgery (London)

New Writing Surgery
Do you want to write but struggle to motivate yourself to start?
Are you a writer looking for a helping hand or feedback?
Do you just want to learn more about the process of writing?
If the answer to any of the above questions is yes, then come along to Blackshaw’s FREE New Writing Surgery presented as part of the Wandsworth Arts Festival + Fringe.
Please let us know you’d like to attend by emailing
Saturday 17th May, 4.30pm to 6pm
Upstairs@The Selkirk, 60 Selkirk Road, Tooting, SW17 0ES

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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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Friday 9 May – An evening with Samantha Hayes, Studio Theatre, Library of Birmingham 7pm

Meet Samantha Hayes, bestselling author of Until You’re Mine, which was chosen as this year’s Birmingham Big City Read.  Samantha will be reflecting on the Big City Read and introducing her gripping new psychological suspense novel Before You Die.

About Before you Die:

It has taken nearly two years for the Warwickshire village of Radcote to put a spate of teenage suicides behind it.Then a young man is killed in a freak motorbike accident, and a suicide note is found among his belongings. A second homeless boy takes his own life, this time on the railway tracks.

Is history about to repeat itself?

DI Lorraine Fisher has just arrived for a relaxing summer break with her sister. Soon she finds herself caught up in the resulting police enquiry. And when her nephew disappears she knows she must act quickly.

Are the recent deaths suicide – or murder?

And is the nightmare beginning again?

Tickets £5 available from the Box –

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World Book Night event at Library of Birmingham (Studio Theatre) 23rd April 7pm

Join the Library of Birmingham to celebrate World Book Night.  Authors Adele Parks, Matt Haig, Jane Fallon and Ben Aaronovitch will be joining us for a very special event.

The authors, whose books all appear on this year’s World Book Night title list, will be taking part in a special panel event in the Studio Theatre.  The event starts at 7pm.  Tickets are free and are available at Everyone who attends will get a free World Book Night book!

At 5.30 – 6.15, the authors will be doing pop-up book clubs in the Library.  These are not ticketed and places will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.

There are lots of other things going on in the library during the day.  See for more details.

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Birmingham Independent Book Fair

Birmingham Independent Book Fair will take place on Saturday 12th April

Browse, buy and discover new books, many of which are not available on the high street.

This day-long event will feature independent publishers from the West Midlands and beyond, offering you the chance to buy books directly from the publishers, who will be on hand to answer questions and introduce you to new writing. From poetry pamphlets to prose fiction, graphic novels to science fiction and fantasy, a wide range of forms and genres will be represented.

The fair is free and all are welcome!

11:00am – 5:00pm

Ikon Gallery, 1 Oozells Square, Birmingham B1 2HS

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Flarestack Poets are open for submissions

Birmingham small press Flarestack Poets is open to submissions from 1st March to 31st May 2014.

Check out their submission page for details

If you want to see what their current poetry pamphlets look like, they will be at the Birmingham Independent Book Fair on 12th April


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Open submissions window at Jonathan Cape

From 1–30 June, 2014, Jonathan Cape will be open for fiction submissions from new writers of high calibre and imagination.

Submissions should be an initial 50 pages of prose fiction. These can be part of a novel or novella, or short stories. The pages can be finished work or a work in progress.

For graphic-novel submissions, please contact the editors through

Submissions should be emailed as attachments to Please include contact details, and a covering paragraph of any information you think might prove helpful in considering your submission.

Regrettably, due to the number of submissions we receive, we cannot respond in every instance, but all entries will be read. Submissions received after 30 June will not be considered

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