Monday, 20 of November 2017

Creative Writing Course (Erdington)

A new creative writing course at Erdington Adult Education Centre (close to Erdington Railway Station) is designed to build knowledge and assurance in the art and support your existing and future writing needs.

There will be an enrollment session this Thursday (21st September) at 1PM and the course commences at the same time the following week.

When: Thursdays 13:00 – 15:00

Dates: 28th September – 14th December 2017

Cost: Full £110, Discount : £55, Concessionary £55

Here are the venue details:-


Erdington AE Centre
101 Sutton New Road,
Erdington B23 6RE
Tel: 0121 464 6190

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Tamworth Literary Festival Writing Competition 2017

Entries now open for the 2017 short story competition

Submission Guidelines (also see
Entries to be typed in black ink, double spaced using one side of A4 only, in size 12 font.
Please use a Word document (or comparable) and ensure your contact details and word count appear on a covering letter and NOT on your entry to give anonymity at the judging stage.

Entries can be submitted online to or by post or by hand to:
31 Juniper, Amington, Tamworth, Staffordshire B77 4ND United Kingdom
All entries must not have been published previously.
Closing date midnight 31st March 2018
Winners to be announced July 2018
(Please retain a copy of your submission as entries will not be returned.)

Three age categories:

  • Over 16 -  1,500 words limit – £4 per entry
  • 11-16 – 1,000 words limit – Free
  • Under 11’s – 500 words limit – Free

(If entering children’s categories please state age at time of entry, proof required prior to awarding prizes.)

  • Over 16 – Ist – £100, 2nd – £50, 3rd – £25
  • 11-16 – 1st – £50, 2nd – £25, 3rd – £15
  • Under 11’s – 1st – £20, 2nd – £15, 3rd – £10

Payment by cheques made payable to Tamworth Literary Festival
Or by B.A.C.S (using your name as payment reference ) to:
Tamworth Literary Festival
Account no: 33368440
Sort code: 20-84-13

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From 5th September

Deadline Midnight, 15th November 2017

Offers a national prize for women over 40 of £1,000 and a month’s writing residency provided by Hosking Houses Trust and a regional prize (East of England) of £600 and a mentoring session with Jill Dawson of Gold Dust.

The winning entries will be published online and in a Compendium of Words and Women’s best entries from the last 4 prize-winning anthologies.

Entries can be fiction, memoir, creative non-fiction and life-writing on any theme.

2,200 words

Guest judges: Emily Midorikawa and Emma Claire Sweeney, authors of A Secret Sisterhood: The hidden friendship of Austen, Bronte, Eliot and Woolf.

National prize open to women writers over the age of 40. Regional prize open to women writers over the age of 16 living or working in the East of England.

For more details email or visit our blog at

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Weirdbook Magazine submissions

Submissions open 1st-31st October
Stories of up to 5000 words: “fantasy, dark fantasy, sword and sorcery, ghost, horror, heroic fantasy, science fantasy or just plain odd”
Current payment is $5 per thousand words  and two printed contributor copies. Only one copy for poetry.

See website for details

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The inaugural Cambridge Short Story Prize will be opening to submissions on the 1st September and closing on 31st October. This is an international short story prize and we welcome entries from every corner of the globe.

There will be a £1500 prize fund, a local Cambridge Prize, and all shortlisted writers will be published in an anthology.

  • SUBMISSION PERIOD: 1st September – 31st October 2017
  • WORD LENGTH: 1,500 – 3,000 (including title)
  • ENTRY FEE: £8 (Via PayPal only)
  • PRIZES: £1000 (1st)  £300 (2nd)  £200 (3rd) & Local Cambridge Prize with Spilling the Ink.
  • PUBLICATION: Anthology publication for the winners and shortlisted writers.

The longlist will be announced in early January.

See the link for more details


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Luna Press Open Submissions

In October, small press Luna are holding their first open submission week:

  • Submission Dates: Thursday 5th of October to Thursday 12th of October 2017
  • Genre: Fantasy, Dark Fantasy, Science Fiction and all their sub-genres
  • Audience: Children, YA, Adults
  • Type: standalone novel (series will be considered, but the opening book must be able to stand alone); short stories collections (specify the theme)
  • Length: 200,000 word limit (or thereabouts)

See their website for more details

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PodCastle: Halloween Special Episode Submissions

PodCastle is looking for a Halloween story for 2017! If you’re a writer with a short story (original or reprint) that you’d like us to run this Halloween, please submit! Scary or funny, ghosts, ghouls, or demons—spooky stories of all kinds are welcome.

  • Submit using Standard Manuscript Format. We accept files in .odt, .rtf, .docx or .doc format.
  • Word count: up to 6,000 words.
  • No multiple submissions.
  • No simultaneous submissions for the Halloween submissions portal.
  • Reprints are welcome, and strongly encouraged.

Payment and Rights

We pay $.06/word for original fiction up to 6000 words, $100 flat rate for reprints above 2000 words, and $20 flat rate for reprints below 2000 words (flash fiction).

Further details on the website:

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Bizarro Pulp Press – call for submissions

They are looking for novella length pieces, but the boundaries are flexible.

They want to “push the boundaries of storytelling”

See website for details

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Short Story Competition

A competition for 2-4k science fiction stories.
Imagine that your plane touches down in San Francisco International Airport on June 28, 2037.
A “hopeful tone” is needed.

See more details on the website:

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DEATH BY WATER – call for submissions

Independent Legions Publishing is seeking original horror stories in English for the new Anthology THE BEAUTY OF DEATH 2 – DEATH BY WATER, edited by Alessandro Manzetti and Jodi Renée Lester, to be published October 2017 in print and digital editions.

We’re looking for stories that fit the theme: Death by Water. All types of horror are welcome. Sex or violence in a story should be artistically justified; no excessive gore. No stories about child abuse of any kind. We welcome all subgenres and forms of speculative fiction.

Word Count: We are open to stories of 4000-5000 words.
Deadline: September 1, 2017
Pay Rate: We pay (via PayPal) $100 for each original story.
We buy first exclusive English-language rights for three years.
For more details, visit the website

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