Monday, 2 of May 2016

Curtis Brown open for submissions

Respected agent Curtis Brown has introduced an online portal for open submissions.

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A prize of £7500 is up for grabs in this short story competition.

Up to 2500 words, closing date is March 6th.

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Pet writing (blog post) competition: Eurotunnel Le Shuttle Pets Corner

Win a pet-friendly break in Normandy by writing a blog post about your pet
The winner will receive a three-night stay for two at the Chateau de St Paterne, a free Eurotunnel short break return ticket for the winner, their pet and one vehicle, a pre-loaded Post Office travel money card worth £300 and a year’s supply of pet food. Runners up will win pet food.
To enter the Pet Writing Competition, write a story of  250 words or more about your favourite pet and post it on a blog, linking back to the Eurotunnel Le Shuttle and Arden Grange websites and sharing the post across social media using #petlovers.
The closing date is 25 January.

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Free workshops for 16-25 year olds (Birmingham)

From Sampad arts:

“Do you want to tell your story by writing a short story, poem, blog post, article or script?

Sampad Arts is holding FREE writing & storytelling workshops in Birmingham on Saturday 27th and Sunday 28th February 2016 with respected British / Bangladeshi writer / actress Leesa Gazi.

This is a great opportunity which is likely to interest young women of Bangladeshi origin.


or call 0121 446 3260 to register your interest”

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Bristol Short Story Prize 2016

The 2016 Bristol Short Story Prize is open to all published and unpublished writers.
Stories can be on any theme or subject and entry can be made online via the website or by post.

Entries must be previously unpublished with a maximum length of 4,000 words (There is no minimum).
The entry fee is £8 per story.
The closing date for entries is April 30th 2016.

1st £1000
2nd £700
3rd £400
17 further prizes of £100 will be presented to the writers whose stories appear on the shortlist.

All 20 shortlisted writers will have their stories published in the Bristol Short Story Prize Anthology Volume 9.

The 20 shortlisted writers will be invited to an awards ceremony  in Bristol in October 2016 when the winners will be announced and the anthology launched.

The judging panel will be chaired by celebrated writer Tania Hershman. Tania is joined on the panel by acclaimed writer Niven Govinden, owner of award winning Big Green Bookshop, Simon Key,
and Juliet Pickering, literary agent at Blake Friedmann.

Full details and rules at

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The Fenland Reed

Call for Submissions

After the success of its first issue, The Fenland Reed is now seeking submissions of poetry and prose for issue 2 on the theme “Lost and Found”. The deadline is 15th January and full guidelines can be found online at:

The Fenland Reed is a new East Anglian literary magazine, publishing poetry and short stories from emerging and established authors. The first issue was published in the autumn and sold out within a few weeks – here are some comments from readers:

A beautifully produced & readable mag.

Some fine work and very high production values.

A high quality publication both in content and production and a very exciting (and brave) enterprise.

Some fantastic pieces of writing from a collection of really impressive poets.




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Birmingham Horror Group launches this week

Next Meeting: Saturday, December 5th 2015, 7:00pm

Venue: The Spread Eagle, Acocks Green, Birmingham B27

Interested in the dark fantasy fiction of such writers as MR James, Shirley Jackson and Stephen King? Or perhaps the horror films of George Romero, Sam Raimi and Guillermo del Toro? From Bride of Frankenstein to It FollowsThe Haunting of Hill House to The Books of BloodThe Twilight Zone to Ash vs Evil Dead, the Birmingham Horror Group offers a relaxed forum for all fans of the genre to meet and discuss their favourite writers, artists and film-makers, with occasional special guest appearances from leading creators.

See website for more details

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Stephen King short fiction competition

Hodder & Stoughton are running a short story competition, in which King himself will pick the winner.

The prize will include publication of the winning story on the the Guardian books website and a chance to improve your skills at a Guardian Masterclass run by King’s UK editor, Philippa Pride.

“We’re looking for original and gripping stories of not more than 4,000 words. Your story must be inspired by and reflect some aspect of the brief King has provided:”

Click here for details on how to enter the competition. The closing date is 18 December, 2015.

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Angry Robot Open Submissions

Open for submissions: 1st December 2015

Doors close: Midnight GMT on 31st January 2016. Anything sent after that time will not be read.


In brief, a previously unpublished, original, novel-length work of speculative or fantastical fiction.

Length: Novel-length, which we’re arbitrarily judging as 70-150,000 words. Your novel should be finished.

Age: Adult-level please. Your book should be for an adult audience. This means a specifically Young Adult or Middle Grade novel is not appropriate in this instance. Sure, there may be secondary characters who are teenagers or children.

Subject: Anything broadly in the subject of science fiction or fantasy, a book that would sit in the adult SF/Fantasy section of a typical bookstore. This includes steampunk, dark fantasy, alternate history, military SF, modern fantasy, horror, space opera, dieselpunk, cyberpunk, whatever else they come up with between now and the closing date. Look at our existing range of 150+ novels for a good indication of what we publish already.

See here for further details

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Gollancz to open for direct submissions in January

From the Gollancz website:
  • Submissions will be open 4th to 22nd January 2016.
  • We will only be accepting PHYSICAL submissions.
  • We will only consider SF, Fantasy, Horror or YA Crossover novels. They must be complete and more than 80,000 words.
  • We will consider previously self-published works.

See full details here.


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