Imagined Futures

  Full details rom The Iron Man to The Day of the Triffids to The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy ; from The Hunger Games to Gone to The Knife of Never Letting Go , science fiction remains incredibly popular across all media. Offering clues to the future and glimpses of what can and must not be, science fiction novels often stand as a form of protest and pose the question: What can reimagining the world teach us? At a time of extraordinary global change and societal and environmental turmoil, Faber launches this prize for fiction that shines a spotlight on the immense power and value of the natural world and explores the enormous number of potential outcomes for our collective future. Some of the most imaginative and immersive fiction is science fiction, but there isn’t enough of it. Particularly now when young adults need great e

Live Theatre Elevator Bursary 2022

  Full details  We are on the lookout for outstanding, imaginative story-led ideas to be the recipients of the £2500 Live Theatre Elevator Bursary. Submissions can come from individuals, companies, collaborations or those who may work a little differently. The Live Theatre Elevator Bursary offers a £2500 cash grant to use as against any part of your project. In addition, the bursary will also include dramaturgical and producing support as well as R&D and rehearsal space. With an estimated £10,000 in-kind value. Bursary winning pieces will also have the opportunity to be performed as part of Live Theatre’s Elevator Festival in 2023. To date we have awarded 29 Live Theatre Elevator Bursaries. Many have gone on to tour nationally or have life beyond Elevator Festival. Recent recipients include Intergalactic (Petals and Constellations) by Alison Scurfield, The Twenty Seven Club by Lucy Nichol and Chris Connell, Red Coat by Lewis Jobson, S

The Inaugural Patricia Eschen Prize for Poetry 2022

 Full details  The 2022 competition does not have a theme – poems can be on any subject that kindles your imagination, to a maximum line length of 40 lines for each poem. The competition is open to international entries, entry is free and limited to one poem per individual. Poems must be written in the English language.   The Patricia Eschen Prize for Poetry is sponsored by the Dennis Myner Trust which supports Morrab Library in its charitable work, continuing the legacy of former member Dennis Myner who was devoted to our library. The name of this new poetry prize honours Dennis’ sister, Patricia Eschen. You can read more about Dennis Myner and Patricia Eschen over on our blog .   How to enter   Poems can be submitted via email to or posted to ‘Poetry Competition, Morrab Library, Morrab Gardens, Penzance, TR18 4DA’ or dropped off

Writer-in-residence for Quay Words Autumn 2022 'Heritage' season, Literature Works

 Full details  Literature Works is delighted to announce the latest writer-in-residence opportunity at Exeter Custom House as part of the Quay Words ongoing live literature programme.   We are seeking to appoint a writer, storyteller, spoken word artist or other wordsmith to be in residence during the months of October and November 2022. You will spend at least 6 days ‘in-residence’ over the period, which can be spread out over a number of weeks, or compressed into a shorter period. During this time the selected writer will deliver up to three public facing events or workshops of their own design. The selected writer will be engaged by Literature Works on a contractor/freelance basis as writer-in-residence for the term.   The season theme of ‘Heritage’  Throughout the Quay Words programme we have returned on more than one occasion to the theme of Heritage, as one that reflects Quay Words’ historic home at Exeter Custom House. All of our past writ

Writers wanted: Creative Writing against Coastal Waste

Full detail s   Surelines and D-Rift: Creative Writing Against Coastal Waste   In 2017 the United Nations declared 2021-2030 a Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development. But what does this mean for local beaches? How can Creative Writing encourage a deepening awareness of coastal ecologies and encourage a commitment from beach-users towards behaviour change that will help protect coastal creatures and habitats for future generations?   ArtfulScribe is recruiting a team of writers to co-author and develop approaches aimed at inspiring behavioural change through arts interventions supported by university research.  We’d like to encourage environmental responsibility in line with both international ambitions and local policy aims, and measure the efficacy of Creative Writing as a change-maker, capable of conveying and challenging perspectives of the natural world.   This team of writers will attend two online preparatory workshops, creating links between

The Bedford Competition

  Full details  The Bedford Competition has been open for entries for some weeks now and we would like to thank everybody who has sent us a story or poem so far. There is still plenty of time to send in your entry but with much needed holidays being taken it is all too easy to let time slip by.   As a reminder the competitions will be open to receive entries in the poetry and short story competitions until 31st October 2022. The prizes for both competitions will be: First place - £1,000 Second place - £200 Third place - £100 The entry fees remain the same as last year at, £7.50 for one story or poem or £15 if three are submitted on the same entry form. These fees are reduced to £5 and £10 respective for entries from full-time students. Please ensure that you have read the rules and good luck. Below is a link to an advert which we would be glad if you could display for the benefit of potential entrants in you area. Many thanks. The Bedford Competition Advert Administrator T


  Full details  Editorial Philosophy VQR strives to publish the best writing we can find. While we have a long history of publishing accomplished and award-winning authors, we also seek and support emerging writers. A look at one of our latest issues will show you the diversity of voices we publish. Genres Poetry: All types and length. Short Fiction: Length is from 3,500–8,000 words. We are generally not interested in genre fiction (such as romance, science fiction, or fantasy). Nonfiction: Length is 3,500–9,000 words. We publish literary, art, and cultural criticism; reportage; historical and political analysis; and travel essays. We publish few author interviews or memoirs. In general, we are looking for nonfiction that looks out on the world, rather than within the self. General Guidelines We only consider unpublished work. Please do not submit previously published material, including work published in anthologies, chapbooks, or online. We only accept submissions onlin