Saturday, 28 of November 2015

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.


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Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee – event in Birmingham

Waterstones have invited us to an event at their New Street store:

On the 29th July at 7pm in Waterstones’ Birmingham New Street store, the release of Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee.










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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.



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Workshop – Writing Television Drama

Writing Television Drama

Tuesday 24th November 2015   10am – 4pm

Venue: Quaker Meeting House Birmingham

A one day workshop to explore:

  • Why Television is different from Film
  • The Joys and Trials of TV Drama
  • Soap and Long Running Series
  • Opportunities to work in TV

The day will involve listening, discussion, practical exercises, information on the industry commissioning and on the spot writing.



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Leominster Festival


SAT 6 JUNE 10.00 – 16.00




READERS: Browse through bookswritten by local authors and meetthe writers. Books will be on display with many for sale.

Authors will begiving readings/talks on their workthroughout the day.

WRITERS: Meet the authors SimonWhaley and Fay Wentworth and take part in the writers’ workshops

(£8 each or £21 for all three).

Booking is advised. Tickets available from the Tourist Information Centre in person or on 01568 616460.


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Luke Bitmead Bursary

Legend Press, the leading independent publisher in the UK would like to talk to you about their annual bursary prize for writers called the Luke Bitmead Bursary.

The prize was set up in honour of Luke Bitmead. His debut novel was the first novel Legend Press published but sadly, after struggling with depression, Luke committed suicide. The award has been set up by his mother in partnership with them to support and encourage the work of struggling writers, and is the UK’s biggest prize for unpublished authors.

Submissions must be adult fiction, and only completed novels will be considered. Full guidelines can be found on the website.

Closing: Submissions open 1st May until 1st August.

Prizes: A publishing contract with Legend Press and a £2,500 cash bursary.

Entry Fee: Free to enter.

Competition Page:


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Writers’ Summer School in Derbyshire

Chairman of The Writers’ Summer School, Michael O’Byrne, is delighted to announce that Simon Brett, winner of the 2014 Crime Writers’ Association Diamond Dagger, has accepted an invitation to be one of the inspirational guest speakers at this year’s School. Simon is known to readers and listeners as the author of The Charles Paris Mysteries, dramatised on Radio 4 with Bill Nighy in the title role. He joins an impressive line-up including short story specialist and writers’ agony aunt Della Galton, fantasy author Mario Reading and Scottish bestselling author Alex Gray.

‘Crime writing is a very popular genre and we are thrilled to have persuaded Simon to join us this year. As well as our guest speakers and hugely popular courses and workshops, the Tuesday morning Publishing Q&A panel is expected to be a highlight of the week for new writers wanting to take the next step towards publishing and selling their work,’ said Michael.

The Writers’ Summer School has been held at The Hayes Conference Centre in the village of Swanwick near Alfreton in Derbyshire every year since 1949. The residential school attracts up to 300 published and aspiring authors who are offered a huge choice of courses and workshops, all run by experienced tutors, and enjoy the unique opportunity to share their experiences. This year’s School runs from Saturday 8 August to Friday 14 August.

Simon and his fellow guest speakers follow in illustrious footsteps – past speakers have included Peter James, Iain Banks and Deborah Moggach. Sir Terry Pratchett was a much-loved speaker and his recent passing will, no doubt, evoke memories for ‘Swanwickers’, some of whom have been attending the School for more than 40 years.

Details of speakers, courses, workshops, accommodation and nightly entertainment are available on the School’s website at Booking is available online or by emailing the secretary at


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Birmingham-based food columnist wanted

Local website Birmingham Favourites are looking for someone to write twice a month about their local dining experiences.


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Help with market research for a new writing magazine

Here are some details we have been sent by Criteria Fieldwork, an independent market research agency based in London (

The sessions that are mentioned are taking place in Edgbaston.

“We have been commissioned by a publisher who is launching a new magazine and website offering information and support to people who enjoy creative writing as a hobby (more info is available about the magazine/ website is available upon request).

They are organising some focus groups, in the evening, on Tuesday 17th March and would love to invite people along who enjoy creative writing to get some feedback on the new magazine and website.  This is not a sales exercise and all information obtained within the research will remain confidential.

The focus group would last 1.5 hours, we understand that time is valuable so those attending would receive a cash thank you of £50.00 as a token of our appreciation.

Please be assured that the research is conducted in accordance with the Data Protection Act and the Market Research Society Code of Conduct ( )

If you are interested in participating we would need to ask some questions to see if you are eligible for this particular session. If you would like to take part or are interested in finding out more, please reply to this email with your contact mobile number and I will give you a call.”

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Bournville Children’s Book Festival

The Bournville Children’s Book Festival is taking place on Friday 20th and Saturday 21st March 2015 at various venues in Bournville.

Children’s authors and illustrators attending the Festival include Ian Whybrow, top 10 best selling author of “Harry & the Bucketful of Dinosaurs” series and Korky Paul, the world famous illustrator of “Winnie the Witch” series.

They are also featuring local children’s illustrator, Jess Mikhail, and local children’s author, Juliet Clare Bell.

If you would be interested in attending the not-for-profit Festival, tickets are available online via the Events button on the Facebook page


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