Wednesday, 24 of August 2016 Publishing Opening to Science Fiction Novellas

During June , will open submissions for novellas of between 20,000 and 40,000 words that fit one of the following science fiction subgenres:

  • Time Travel
  • Space Opera
  • Near Future Thriller
  • Cyberpunk

Check their website for details


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Bedford International Writing Competitions (short story and poetry)

Short Story Competition:

For unpublished stories of up to 3,000 words on any theme.

1st prize: £200 2nd prize: £100 3rd prize: £50 Bedford Prize £50 awarded to the best story by a Bedford writer

Top ten shortlisted stories to be published online and made into an e-book anthology

Entry fee: £5 one story, £10 three stories Concession for students

Judge: Toby Litt Toby Litt is the author of several published novels and collections of short stories. Born in Ampthill and a former pupil of Bedford Modern School, Toby is now a lecturer in creative writing at Birkbeck College, University of London.

Poetry Competition:

For unpublished poems of up to 40 lines on any theme.

1st prize: £200 2nd prize: £100 3rd prize: £50

Top ten shortlisted poems to be published online and made into an e-book anthology

Entry fee: £5 one poem, £10 three poems Concession entry fee for students

Judge: Ian McEwen Ian McEwen has had his poems published in a variety of magazines as well as producing a pamphlet, The Stammering Man and his first full collection in book form, Intermittent beings. He is interested in opportunities to broaden the practice and appreciation of poetry, through readings, workshops or residencies.

Find out more about both competitions and enter online by going to:

All entries must be received by 30th September 2016

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National Writers Conference (Birmingham)

Saturday 16 July 2016, 9.30am – 4pm, Bramall Music Building, University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, Birmingham B15 2TT

This July Writing West Midlands is launching its first ever National Writers’ Conference in Birmingham, featuring inspiring keynote speeches and specialist subject sessions for emerging and established writers.

In partnership with University of Birmingham, this intensive day of talks, discussions and presentations brings together the individuals and organisations to help creative writers in a range of genres get the best from their talents.

The conference succeeds the annual Writers’ Toolkit run by Writing West Midlands, the region’s literature development agency, and will take place at Bramall Music Building, University of Birmingham, Edgbaston. Previous events have drawn a wide audience from across the region and beyond.

The conference gives writers the pick of nine sessions with industry professionals including an exploration of the book trade, financial management, how to write for broadcast and podcast, and how to get booked onto festival programmes.

For the first time, the conference also offers one-to-one sessions with an agent, a bookseller and a literature festival programmer.

This year’s closing keynote speech is from award winning writer for children and young people, Bali Rai. Most of Rai’s stories are about modern Britain and his first novel (un)arranged marriage is a recommended read for KS3, whilst Rani & Sukh is now a set text for GCSE. He is a charismatic and inspiring speaker who has appeared on television and radio.

Jonathan Davidson, Chief Executive of Writing West Midlands, said:

“One of the many events, activities and projects run by Writing West Midlands, the National Writers’ Conference is an invaluable opportunity for writers to make new contacts, share ideas, and celebrate the world of writing.

“This event brings them into contact with industry professionals, including agents, editors and publishers as well as providing a rare opportunity for peer networking and support.”

The National Writers’ Conference is programmed and produced by Writing West Midlands, and supported by University of Birmingham.

Tickets cost just £50 / £45 (concs) and includes a buffet lunch. To book, and for the full programme, see

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Saturday 11th June, 1pm-2:30pm
QUAD, Market Place, Derby
Tickets £8/£6 conc.

From or from QUAD Box Office on 01332 290606

Ever wondered what an agent does for an author? Or how a publisher decides on the next big thing? Or what the publicity and marketing team do to get a book out there? Well here’s where you can get the answers!

Join us for a fascinating panel session giving an unparalleled insight into the world of publishing with author Antonia Hodgson, who is also a publisher of twenty years’ experience, Penguin Life publicist, Julia Murday (both from Derby!) and a literary agent, Ella Kahn.

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Troubadour International Poetry Prize

Five great reasons for entering the annual Troubadour International Poetry Prize:

  • top prizes: 1st=£5000 + 22 more prizes totalling £2,000 + season tickets + Troubadour prizes (£100 restaurant gift voucher & champagne)
  • shortest turnaround: less than 7 wks from deadline (Jun 21) to contacting winners (Aug 8)
  • least conflict – with other major prizes as we’ve moved our deadline from October to June
  • no sifters/shortlisters – judges read every poem
  • prize-winners’ night – chance to read at the Troubadour alongside Jane Yeh, Glyn Maxwell & fellow prize-winners on Oct 31.

Enter by e-mail or post, full details below & on website. And good luck with the poetry!

(NB, there is an entry fee)


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Paid opportunity – poetry-film project about Coventry ringroad


DISAPPEAR HERE – 9 x writers / 9 x film-makers / 27 poetry-films


We are looking for writers/poets/artists to submit THREE ideas / proposals / full poems for a collaborative poetry-film project about Coventry ringroad.

The 18 artists selected will (in pairs) produce 3 poetry-films between them that explore the ringroad as brutalist/modernist structure/setting/inspiration.

We are interested in artistic approaches to urban space, telling city stories and re-imagining the cyclical ringroad as an (in-between) area of change/flux/progress.

Selected artists will be commissioned for the production of up-to three poems, at a fixed-fee of£350 (to include all travel and costs – with a focus upon paying writers to write) and will work alongside the film-maker in performance/production/consultation of their work.

There will be a summit meeting in Coventry (SAT – 23/7/2016) between all of the participating artists – if applying – please ensure you are free on this date.

DEADLINE for applications is midnight 15/6/2016


There is a simple application form to be completed – more information:


If you have any questions, wish to talk through initial ideas, plesae email:


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Yoga for writers

25 June at 14:00–17:00
Simply Be YOGA
Quaker Hall, Kenelm Road (off Manor Hill), B73 6HD Sutton Coldfield

A dedicated workshop to introduce yoga to writers who spend a lot of time sitting and working at computers.

This practical workshop will work on the physical issues faced by writers but also we will use the breath to ease the mind and to help us concentrate.

Finally the workshop will introduce ways we can access out own creative energy by working on the energy centres that influence communication and creativity.

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With more than twenty-five years experience writingfor radio, television and film in the UK and in Hollywood,screenwriters Adam and Barbara Fox share how to structure,write and craft a compelling story for the screen.

In this inspiring workshop, illustrated by Academy Awardwinning movie ‘Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid’, you will discover the skills and techniques that make a good script great.



Saturday 21st May from 2.30 to 6.30pm.
Tickets are £45 from the box office on 01789 403493.

Full details are available on our RSC web page at

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Peepal Tree Press seeks poetry submissions

The Inscribe imprint of Peepal Tree Press, one of the UK’s largest publishers of Black and Asian British writing, is seeking submissions of original poetry for an upcoming anthology titled, ‘Filigree’.

‘Filigree’ typically refers to the finer elements of craftwork – the parts that are subtle; our ‘Filigree’ anthology seeks work that plays with the possibilities that the word suggests, work that is delicate, that counters the heavy handed representation of colour in the media, work that responds to the idea of edging, a comment on the daily marginalisation of the darker voice. But as Inscribe enjoys pushing boundaries, we are open to poets turning the word, the image, upside down to present us with a Filigree poem that we wouldn’t expect!

Poems for ‘Filigree’ must be previously unpublished. The anthology will include work from established Black British poets residing inside and outside the UK, Black poets who have made Britain their home, as well as exciting new and emerging poets around the country who have never published a poem before who respond in compelling ways to the idea of ‘Filigree’.

The deadline for submissions is Saturday, 30 April. Further information can be found here.


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DC Comics developing new writing talent

DC Comics are opening their doors to applications from writers to join their development programme.

Applications are open from the 1st of May.

See more about the process on their website:

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