Wednesday, 15 of August 2018

Emma Press Party and Launch

The Emma Press is celebrating five years of running as an independent press with a big anniversary party at 1000 Trades in the Jewellery Quarter on 17th March.

The party is also going to serve as a launch for our newest anthology: ‘The Emma Press Anthology of Love’. Poets who are featured in the book will be reading, we’ll have lots of copies on hand, and there will be drinks, games and goody bags too.

What’s more, for those who want to know what it’s really like to be a young female entrepreneur in Birmingham, the press’s founder, Emma Wright, will be talking about what goes on behind the scenes.

Join them for poetry readings, games, and more: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-emma-press-is-five-years-old-tickets-42708743000?aff=efbeventtix

 


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Black Library Anniversary Open Submissions (Games Workshop)

Open submissions until 10th April 2018

Read the process carefully, they are looking for ideas and writing samples.

Get all details on the website


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Ryedale Book Festival short story competition

Ryedale Book Festival and Blackthorn Press are joining forces to present an exciting opportunity for writers in the United Kingdom who are over 18 years old, to see their short story in print
There are cash prizes for the three winning entries [1st £ 250; 2nd £ 150; 3rd £ 100].

The competition opens on 25th January and the deadline for submissions is 9:00 am on 31st March 2018. Please note ENTRY is FREE and by EMAIL ONLY.
The best ten stories will be published by Blackthorn Press in a perfectly bound anthology as well as in eBook format.

The winners will be announced at a Ryedale Book Festival event in Malton, North Yorkshire on 22nd September when the printed books will also be on sale.
See website for details: http://ryedalebookfestival.com/writing-competitions/


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MONSTERS OF ANY KIND

Independent Legions Publishing is seeking original horror stories in English for the new anthology MONSTERS OF ANY KIND, edited by Alessandro Manzetti and Daniele Bonfanti, to be published in October 2018 in print and digital editions. Cover art by Wendy Saber Core.
We’re looking for horror stories containing at least one non-human monster/creature (and not vampires, ghosts, werewolves, zombies). Unusual creatures will be particularly appreciated. All subgenres and forms of speculative fiction are welcome.

Word Count: We are open to stories of 3,500-5,000 words.
Submissions Close: July 10, 2018
Pay Rate: We pay $100 for each original story.
We buy first exclusive English-language rights for three years.
See website for more details


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Write for Mills & Boon True Love

We’re looking for new authors for our Mills & Boon True Love series and we want to see YOUR fresh, vibrant voice! Submit your contemporary Mills & Boon True Love submission between February 1st and Valentine’s Day. Get a response, including editorial feedback, by Wednesday, February 21st!

Do you adore a feel-good love story? Mills & Boon True Love offers uplifting escapes featuring real, relatable women and strong, deeply desirable men. We’re on the lookout for new authors and you could be the next member of the fabulous Mills & Boon True Love family! We publish 50,000-word contemporary romances that whisk readers away to glamorous locations around the world. Relatable characters, engaging emotional drama, low sensuality and an unforgettable love story are a must! Check out our full guidelines below.

What you need to know:

  • The Mills & Boon True Love Blitz will run from Thursday 1st February 2018 – Wednesday 14th February 2018.
  • We’re looking for a query letter that introduces you and your book and includes any previous publishing credits, first chapter and complete synopsis only – no need to have the full manuscript written!
  • If we love the voice, we’ll invite you to submit further chapters and work with you on developing your story to its full potential. Please note that requests for additional chapters are not a guarantee of publication.
  • Please submit your entry at harlequin.submittable.com, ‘Harlequin Romance Blitz’. This page will be live from Thursday 1st February 2018 – Wednesday 14th February 2018.
  • Only one entry per person.
  • All entries will receive editorial feedback by Wednesday 21st February 2018.

Why enter?

  • Skip the slush pile and hear back from us within ONE WEEK after the submission period ends! Every submission will receive a response by Wednesday, February 21st.
  • Editorial feedback for every Mills & Boon True Love submission we receive.
  • The possibility of having your novel published in the global Mills & Boon True Love line! We will request to see more of the manuscripts which show the most promise for the series

Further details on the website: https://blog.millsandboon.co.uk/mills-boon-true-love-blitz/


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Launch of Roz Goddard’s Spill Poetry Collection

Flarestack Poets is delighted to be launching Roz Goddard’s fifth poetry collection, Spill.
Full of tenderness, this collection explores the transformative power of love, loss and spirituality.
Roz will read from Spill and will be supported by guest readers Jane Commane and Jacqui Rowe. The M.C. For the event is Jonathan Davidson.
Afternoon tea will be served with copious amounts of cake in variety. You are all very welcome.

  • Free event
  • Sun, February 11, 2018, 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM GMT
  • Birmingham Buddhist Centre, 11 Park Road, Birmingham B13 8AB

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/launch-of-spill-poetry-collection-tickets-41206097547


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Inferno Award – New award for horror novella

Inferno Award 2018
Independent Legions Publishing is pleased to announce the first year of the INFERNO AWARD, dedicated to original horror novellas in English.

Juries and Voting System

The Inferno Award finalists will be determined by a Preliminary Jury, composed of Independent Legions’ editiorial staff (Alessandro Manzetti, Jodi Renée Lester, Lucy Snyder and Michael Bailey), who will select five nominees, and the winner by a Final Jury, composed of Ramsey Campbell, Ellen Datlow, Jonathan Maberry, Stephen Jones and Edward Lee, who will choose the winner.

The five finalists will be revealed in July 2018 and the winner will be announced in September 2018.
The awarded novella will be published in 2019 by Independent Legions in paperback and digital editions, with a $600 advance against royalties, to be paid at the signing of the contract for first exclusive English-language rights for three years. The winning author will also receive a Fallen Angel Lucifer bronze statuette.

Submission Guidelines

Submissions are open to everyone. All types of horror are welcome. All subgenres and forms of speculative fiction are welcome. Sex or violence should be artistically justified; no stories about child abuse of any kind. Works must be written in English and previously unpublished in any form. This means they must not have been published in books, magazines, newspapers, on websites, etc.

Word Count: The Award is open to horror novellas between 45,000 and 50,000 words in length.
Submissions Open: February 3, 2018
Submissions Close: June 15, 2018

Further details: https://www.independentlegions.com/inferno-award.html


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Avon HarperCollins opens to unsolicited submissions

What are we looking for?
We are a commercial fiction publisher looking for crime, thrillers, women’s fiction, romance, romantic comedy, historical fiction,saga and time-slip fiction.
We unfortunately are not accepting non-fiction, children’s books, YA or teen, sci-fi or fantasy submissions at this time.

How soon will I hear back?
We aim to get back to everyone within 6 weeks
Full details at their website http://www.avonbooks.co.uk/submissions/


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Fox Spirit has new anthology call

“During March we will be accepting short story submissions for an anthology.

‘The Jackal who came in from the cold’

The anthology has a spy story theme, and we will consider stories written in most genres as long as they contain a spy story. They do not need to include a Jackal.

The stories in this anthology should be Furry. This means we are looking for anthropomorphised animal characters, people with extremely animalistic characteristics and the range in between. We have had plenty of stories that would classify as Furry in our anthologies in the past, but this is the first time we will be only accepting such tales, or tails. Anything from the secret life of animals, to a fox at Starbucks.”

See website for more details: http://www.foxspirit.co.uk/jackal-came-cold-submission-call/


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The Rialto/RSPB ‘Nature and Place’ Poetry Competition 2018

The RSPB and The Rialto are additionally working with BirdLife International and the Cambridge Conservation Initiative.
There’s a fantastic range of prizes on offer and prizewinners will be invited to read their poems at an event with Michael Longley at CCI in spring 2018.

The closing date for entries is midnight on 1st March 2018.

As well as offering poets the chance to win considerable cash prizes and publication of their poems, the competition will raise money for conservation and poetry. We are working in partnership with leading independent UK poetry magazine, The Rialto, as we feel the magazine will be the perfect place to showcase the winning entries.

Prizes

  • 1st PRIZE £1000
  • 2nd PRIZE £500
  • 3rd PRIZE A Place on a Creative Writing Course at Ty Newydd in 2018 (worth £550)

TWO ADDITIONAL PRIZES

  • A personal tour with Mark Cocker of his most cherished wild life places in East Anglia. Mark is one of Britain’s most celebrated writers on nature.
  • A personal tour with Nick Davies of his beloved Wicken Fen to learn about his research there. Nick is Professor of Behavioural Ecology at the University of Cambridge.

Our judge is celebrated poet, Michael Longley.

Michael Longley’s eleven poetry collections have received many awards, among them the Whitbread Prize, the T.S. Eliot Prize, the Hawthornden Prize, the Irish Times Poetry Prize, the Griffin International Prize and the PEN Pinter Prize. His Collected Poems was published in 2006, and Sidelines: Selected Prose in 2017. In 2001 he received the Queen’s Gold Medal for Poetry, and in 2003 the Wilfred Owen Award. He was appointed a CBE in 2010, and from 2007 to 2010 was Ireland Professor of Poetry. He and his wife, the critic Edna Longley, live and work in Belfast. In 2015 he was elected a Freeman of the City.

The entry fee is £6 for the first poem and £3.50 for each subsequent entry.

Full details and the facility to enter online can be found on The Rialto website:

https://www.therialto.co.uk/pages/nature-poetry-competition-2018/


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