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Writing and Artistic Project Commissions available for exceptional artists

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  Full details  We are looking to commission writers and artists to take part in a brand new £2M ground-breaking national project called Nature Calling funded by Arts Council England and Defra. We are seeking an exceptional, diverse range of artists to explore and celebrate nature and our National Landscapes (formerly known as Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty – AONBs), for a programme that culminates in a Season of art between May and October 2025. Opportunities in six hub locations across England We are looking to commission writers and artists to take part in a brand new £2M ground-breaking national project called Nature Calling. We are seeking an exceptional, diverse range of artists to explore and celebrate nature and our National Landscapes (formerly known as Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty – AONBs), for a programme that culmi

Ware Poets Open Poetry Competition

 Full details  Open now until June 30th Welcome. We’re delighted to announce the 26th annual Ware Poets competition, open to all. Since 1998 we have been committed to offering poets an opportunity for your way with words to resonate with our judge and win a prize. The competition also offers the chance for your work to reach a wider public by being featured in our anthology, which includes all winning and commended poems. Each year, our judge provides an expert assessment and offers critical feedback in an introduction to the anthology. The competition has become well known and well regarded. It has attracted judges with a high profile in the poetry world, and poems from poets both established and previously unknown have been included in the anthologies. Entries are received from throughout the United Kingdom and abroad. Winning poems are entered for the Forward Prize. Some copies of previous competition anthologies are still available: please contac

Scratch A4 - Summer '24

 Full details  Deadline: Sat 25 May 2024 Enter your short story of 1000 words and less. The six shortlisted authors will be invited to read their story in Soho, London on Saturday 6 July 2024 - they also win copies of the Reverse Engineering series. The first-placed author wins feedback on their short story from the judges. The judges this year are: Francesca Reece - the author of Glass Houses (2024), Voyeur (2021), and the 2019 recipient of the Desperate Literature Prize. Laurie Robertson - literary agent with Peters Fraser and Dunlop. Tom Conaghan - publisher of Scratch Books. If your story is chosen in the shortlist of six, you will need to be able to get to Soho on 6 July 2024. Find out more here . Deadline: 25th May 2024  

Broken Sleep Books: Open for submissions of poetry collections (40 pages+)

  Full details  We have no definitive preference for what are looking for, we enjoy a variety of genres and styles and will consider all submissions, regardless of location. Collaborative submissions are welcome. Broken Sleep Books are a working-class, small, innovative press, who publish a range of poetry and prose, from a range of writers. Our primary focus is on increasing access to the arts, in ensuring more people are able to engage with creativity regardless of their socioeconomic status. Find out more  here Deadline: 31 May 2024

Guts Publishing

  Full submissions  See site for details 

Fern Academy Prize

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 Full details Fern Press and How To Academy are delighted to launch the inaugural Fern Academy Prize, in association with Tortoise Media – a new annual non-fiction essay prize for those working at the frontier of creativity and thought. The prize is designed to find and nurture emerging non-fiction talent and will be awarded to an essay of literary merit with an international and multicultural interest. The prize encourages essays that shine a light on the universal human experience – on a micro or macro scale – and which speak clearly to the times we live in. The prize is open to unagented and unpublished writers from around the world, writing in the English language. The winning writer will receive: £3,000 cash prize; publication with Tortoise Media ; literary representation by RCW literary agent Laurence Laluyaux; a five-night writing course* run by How To Academy’s sister company, Unmissable Courses; an appearance on How To Academy’s biweekly podcast; and

ALCS Educational Writers’ Award

Full details  For an outstanding example of traditionally published non-fiction that stimulates and enhances learning The Authors’ Licensing and Collecting Society (ALCS) Educational Writers’ Award is awarded to an outstanding example of traditionally published non-fiction that stimulates and enhances learning. The total prize money is £2,000, shared between author and illustrator. The ALCS Educational Writers’ Award was established in 2008 by ALCS and the Society of Authors, “to celebrate educational writing that inspires creativity, encourages students to read widely and builds up their understanding of a subject beyond the requirements of exam specifications.” The 2024 ALCS Educational Writers’ Award is now open for submissions . Please enter via the application form below. Deadline for submissions: 1 July 2024. The 2023 ALCS Educational Writers’ Award Winner