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Finding Words – A New Writing Initiative

The Ashton Group



Calling all young playwrights… 



The Ashton Group is searching for a new stage play with which to tour the North West, professionally produced by its acclaimed Apprenticed Actors Company. 

The one act play should have a running time of 60 minutes.

The play should be written for four young actors: 2 male, 2 female. If practicable, these four actors can play any number of different characters.  

The play can be upon any theme or subject.


Selection Process:

All writers should submit before the deadline below a synopsis including plot and character outline, and the first ten pages of their play. 

Four writers will then be given the opportunity to expand their work into a full length piece with the support and guidance of a professional mentor.

One of these plays will then be selected to go into development for production by the Apprenticed Actor Company.

All writers will be offered feedback on their work.

Please send submissions to The Ashton Group’s Associate Director Chris …

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Scottish Book Trust Launches Search for New Writing Talent

New Writers Awards

Scottish Book Trust has announced that applications for the New Writers Awards 2015 are now open, providing a unique opportunity for 10 unpublished writers who live in Scotland to pursue a career as a published author.


The New Writers Awards are managed by Scottish Book Trust in association with Creative Scotland and each year they provide 10 unpublished writers with financial support enabling them to concentrate on developing their work, as well as professional guidance to help them move towards publication. 

Each recipient will receive a £2000 cash award, as well as a tailored package including mentoring from writers and industry professionals, training in public relations, social media and performance and the opportunity to showcase their work to publishers and agents. 

Applications for the New Writers Awards are open to Scotland-based writers who have not published a novel, short story or poetry collection and have a strong commitment to developing a career in writing. The …

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The HG Wells Short Story Competition

H. G. Wells Festival

Do you dream of being a published author?

Can your short stories win you prize money?

Would you like to see your short story in print?


Your ideas and writing talent could win £1000 or £250 in prize money and get your name published in a printed anthology.

Enter our annual short story competition for the chance to win two major prizes: the £1000 Turnill Prize or our £250 Grand Prize.

All shortlisted stories are published in a beautiful anthology, sold via Amazon and on Kindle.

The annual HG Wells Short Story Competition is now open. Stories are to be between 1,500-5,000 words and on the topic of “Fortune”.

Closing date: 14th July 2014

We also hold a series of free practical workshops at venues across Kent throughout May, June and July. They are hosted by authors and creative writing tutors. Check our website and Facebook for updates. 

For full details of the competition, please take a look here and follow them on Twitter here.

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Virtual Romance Festival

Virtual Romance Festival

This weekend, HarperCollins will host its first ever virtual Romance Festival, taking place on 7th and 8th June. 


Celebrating all things romance, it’s an entirely virtual festival which will include Twitter interviews, videos, Google Hangouts, online content and lots of activity over the entire weekend - with plenty of advice and tips for unpublished writers, from authors who've already been through the process.

The festival will feature authors from HarperCollins imprints in the UK and US - HarperImpulse, Avon UK, Avon US – as well as Mills & Boon, Piatkus and some indie authors. Its aim is to be as inclusive as possible and HarperCollins has issued an open invitation to all romance authors, indies and published alike, to get involved.

The programme has been devised with both romance fans and romance authors at its heart. The fan day will provide lots of news and insight into books and authors, whilst the author day, a must for writers looking for publishing hints and tips, …

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Short Story Competition: Driving in Europe

Ben Hatch

Budding writers nationwide are being given the chance to bring to life the experience of driving in Europe, and win £500, by having their short story published by the RAC. The fictional story should capture the unmistakable spirit and sense of adventure that comes from driving in Europe, as well as delivering a narrative that captures the imagination of the reader. 

Ben Hatch, author of Are We There Yet? and The Road to Rouen, will be judging the competition with the winner receiving £500 and RAC 5* European Breakdown Cover for a year, as well as being published in the RAC Club digital magazine. The two runners-up will be awarded £100 M&S vouchers and shortlisted entries have the chance to be published on the RAC website. 

Ben Hatch said: “Short stories are an excellent way of trying out writing styles and narratives and can be a lot of fun, but that’s not to say it’s always easy. With a short story, each sentence really does have to earn its place and work in …

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