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Southlands Arts Competition

 Full details  Southlands are please to announce its first Creative Writing Competition. This page features everything you need to know.   Please read thoroughly. When you are ready, please fill in the application form, you will then be sent to the payment page. Once step one and two are complete, you can send your completed story to writingcompetition@southlandsarts.co.uk   Please ensure you use the same email for all stages of the competition.  Your story needs to be in a readable font and ideally double line spaced. You can also submit by emailing: writingcompetition@southlandsarts.co.uk with your submission and a copy of the application form (download link found below). Payment will then be arranged via email.  Or in post by sending to: Creative Writing Competition Southlands Arts Centre 75 The Green West Drayton UB7 7PW With a cheque for the entrance fee.  ** If you find a broken link, please do let us know and our web guy will fix it.   Entry Form Age grou

National Theatre

 Full submissions  Submissions and proposals We accept script submissions and production proposals for development. Script submissions We are happy to receive and consider unsolicited scripts from writers across the UK and Ireland. This is one of the ways we develop our awareness of artists’ work, as well as welcoming invitations to see productions. Due to the volume of scripts we receive and our small team size, unfortunately we can’t provide feedback on all submissions. However, our aim is to respond within three months to let you know whether or not we wish to further engage with your work. To submit a script or ask about the process, please email the Senior Reader: scripts@nationaltheatre.org.uk  

Amazing Stories

 Full details  Introduction So. We’re all fans here, so we probably don’t have to tell you that Amazing Stories was started in 1926 by Hugo Gernsback, giving it the distinction of being the first science fiction magazine in the world. You already know that Amazing Stories published many of the early greats in the field, including Jules Verne, H. G. Wells, E. E. “Doc” Smith, Ursula Le Guin, Isaac Asimov, John Campbell Jack Williamson, and Claire Winger Harris. But what has Amazing Stories done lately? The field of science fiction (or scientifiction as Gernsback originally called it) has changed substantially in the ninety years since Amazing Stories was first published. For one thing, science has progressed substantially, giving us men on the moon, a map of the human genome, virtual reality, the Internet of things, and real robots and artificial intelligence; never before have science fiction writers had so many toys to play with, and new ones seem to be appearing every

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 

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    

Contingent Magazine

  Full details  We are currently open to any pitches for: REVIEWS of books (especially books by non-tenure-track historians), films, museum exhibits, television shows, really anything reviewable. If there’s a book coming out soon you’d like to review, we can arrange to have an advance reader copy sent to you. Reviews are roughly 1,000 to 1,500 words; the base pay is $250. SHORTS , shorter pieces, roughly 800 to 1,500 words (or a comic/video/multimedia work of equivalent scope). The base pay for a short is $250. MINI-ESSAYS , roughly 200 to 500 words (or a comic/video/multimedia work of equivalent scope). We are especially interested in short pieces centered on a single primary source. The base pay for a mini-essay is $100. [You’ll find examples of mini-essays in the Shorts category.] FIELD TRIPS are pieces that demystify the work that historians do. These can include interviews, object studies, stories about chasing footnotes, behind-the-scenes videos— Mr. Rogers at

Bridport Prize

  Full details  For writers everywhere We are committed to discovering new writers in poetry, short story, flash fiction, the novel and memoir. Our alumni reads like a Who’s Who of the literary world: Kate Atkinson MBE, Gail Honeyman and Kit de Waal. Judges have included Roger McGough, Monica Ali and Zoe Heller. Our patron is Kit de Waal. We are a route to being published so send us your words and it could be your name up here next year.   Poetry, short story, flash, novel? Our competition in these categories is now open! Deadline 31 May 2024. Believe in your words. For added inspiration, read last year’s winners in our latest anthologies available from our online shop .      

Walela Books

 Full details  Walela is the Cherokee word for hummingbird.   A quote from one of the authors from our other imprints:    "Hummingbirds are small but eye catching. They’re colourful. They’re a diverse group. Everyone loves a hummingbird!" We're a small press but distinctive and we aim to offer  something diverse and colourful that everyone will love.    We have identified a gap in the market for high concept, upmarket literary fiction that really deserves to be published but doesn’t quite fit with current trends of the bigger presses.  Walela Books will open its submission window later this year, following the release of their first novel in the autumn  

Newcastle Writing Conference

 Full details  The Newcastle Writing Conference is back! The writing conference is an event for writers at all stages of their careers. It aims to demystify the world of publishing and supports you to connect with peers and industry experts. Across one day, the conference offers a programme of panels, breakout sessions and practical workshops. Writers choose their own bespoke journey throughout the day, whether you want a deep dive into the editing process or to dip your toes into flash-fiction and audio writing.   Making connections is just as important as a fantastic programme of events. We encourage attendees to mingle over complimentary tea and coffee, visit our pop-up book stall from Forum Books, and meet other writers during the networking time at the end of the day. And don’t forget to pick up your free NWN tote bag!   If you can’t join us in person, you can still be part of Newcastle Writing Conference. We’ll be live-streaming the keynote, panel events, and se

Huddersfield Literary Festival

 Full details  Huddersfield Literature Festival (HLF) is an award-winning two-week Festival held annually in the spring. A blended Festival of around 70 digital, outdoor and venue-based events held online and at accessible spaces in Huddersfield, HuddLitFest champions accessibility, diversity and under-represented groups. Showcasing emerging writers and artists alongside major names, the Festival offers a diverse programme of author talks, workshops, discussion topics, performance poetry, multi-arts performances, wellbeing projects, events for young people and family friendly events. Our Aims & Objectives , first set out in 2013, were recalibrated by the Steering Committee in 2023 to the following: It’s 2028 and we are proud that… HLF represents the diverse population of Huddersfield in both performer and visitor demographics with accessible events supported by diverse partners and community groups. HLF is a multi-award-winning Festival with an excellent reputation

Stephen Spender Prize

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  Full details The Stephen Spender Prize is the leading annual prize for poetry in translation, with categories for pupils, teachers and individual young people in the UK and Ireland, as well as an Open category for adults from all over the world. The rules are simple: translate into English any poem from any language – from French to Farsi, from Spanish to Somali – and win publication and cash prizes! Scroll on to discover the different prize categories and to relive the highlights of the 2023 prize. The 2024 prize will launch on Wednesday 1 May 2024 . Teachers can now register  here  to involve their students. All those who register will receive regular resources and activities to help them to integrate creative translation into their teaching. Teacher registration for the 2024 prize What’s new for 2023-24? The 2023 prize saw lots of exciting changes, and we’re delighted to launch a new Portuguese Spotlight for 2024! Here are the

Foyles Young Poets Award

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  Full details  he Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award 2024 is open! Enter your poems by 31 July 2024 at foyleyoungpoets.org The Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award is one of the biggest and most prestigious poetry competitions for 11-17 year olds in the world. Every year, 15 top winners and 85 commended poets are chosen; together, they represent some of the most exciting new voices writing today. This year’s judges are the fantastic Vanessa Kisuule and Jack Underwood, and they can’t wait to read your poems! If you’re aged 11-17, send in your poems for the chance to be among the 100 winners and kick-start your writing career. Poems can be on any theme and in any style but must be no longer than forty lines. You can submit as many as you like. On Tuesday 12 March, we ran a webinar with the judges and a former winner where we introduced young poets to the award and heard the judges’ thoughts about writing poetry. If you missed the event but would like a link to the recordin

Crime Cymru First Novel Prize

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 Full details he  Gwobr Nofel Gyntaf Crime Cymru First Novel Prize  has been created to promote new crime writing talent from Wales. The prize has two categories: Welsh language entries and English language entries. For each category there are separate judges and individual prizes.  Specific information for the 2025 Competition: competition opens to submissions on the 31 st of March and the deadline for receipt of entries is midnight on 1 st  September 2024. Winners will be announced at the Gŵyl Crime Cymru Festival in Aberystwyth, 25-27 April 2025. All shortlistees will receive a two-person weekend pass to Gŵyl Crime Cymru Festival 2025. The winner in both languages will receive a mentoring package with a successful crime writer in the appropriate language worth at least £1000. The two other shortlisted writers will receive a bundle of Crime Cymru authors’ books. Mentoring packages will comprise five one-hour meetings to be conducted over the course of no longer tha