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October 2017

The Caledonia Novel Award

Mon 1 May 2017 - Wed 1 November 2017

The Caledonia Novel Award 2018

We are an Edinburgh-based, international award for unpublished and self-published novelists, in any genre for adults and young adults.

Judge: Madeleine Milburn, literary agent and director at Madeleine Milburn Literary, TV & Film Agency
Prize: £1,000 for winner
Extra prize: Writer of best novel from UK + Ireland will win a...

The Caledonia Novel Award 2018

We are an Edinburgh-based, international award for unpublished and self-published novelists, in any genre for adults and young adults.

Judge: Madeleine Milburn, literary agent and director at Madeleine Milburn Literary, TV & Film Agency
Prize: £1,000 for winner
Extra prize: Writer of best novel from UK + Ireland will win a free place on a week-long residential course at Moniack Mhor Creative Writing Centre
Entry fee: £25
Entries close: 1st November, 2017 | Winner announced: February, 2018
First 20 pages + 200-word synopsis and cover sheet
Full terms and contact details: http://thecaledonianovelaward.com/rules-entry/

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£5 for single short story or poem, £10 for 3 poems or £10 Novella Other writing events Competition Short stories Poetry

NAWG Open Writing Competitions

Thu 1 June 2017 - Tue 31 October 2017

Poetry Maximum 40 Lines. 1st prize £200 2nd prize £100 3rd prize £50

Short Story 500-2000 Words. 1st prize £200 2nd prize £100 3rd prize £50

Novella -First 5000 Words. Print deals worth up £300.00

Go to website for rules and details of how to enter.

Audible New Writing Grant: The Crime Edition

Wed 7 June 2017 - Thu 30 November 2017

The Audible New Writing Grant: The Crime Edition invites the UK’s most promising crime writers to submit an unpublished thriller of 50,000 words or more to a panel of experts. Free to enter, a shortlist of three candidates will be announced in early 2018.

The winning author will be selected from the shortlist in Spring 2018 by a judging panel which includes: Sunday Times...

The Audible New Writing Grant: The Crime Edition invites the UK’s most promising crime writers to submit an unpublished thriller of 50,000 words or more to a panel of experts. Free to enter, a shortlist of three candidates will be announced in early 2018.

The winning author will be selected from the shortlist in Spring 2018 by a judging panel which includes: Sunday Times Best-Seller and two-time Theakston's Old Peculier Crime Novel Of The Year winner Mark Billingham; Sunday Times Best-Seller and CWA Dagger In The Library winner Sharon Bolton; The Girl On The Train and The Widow narrator Clare Corbett, the Daily Telegraph’s Crime Critic Jake Kerridgeand Audible’s Director Of Content Laurence Howell.

The winning author will receive a £10,000 advance, accountable against royalties, for an exclusive Worldwide English language audio publication deal, as well as mentoring from Audible’s panel of judges.

To enter, applicants must email (in Word or PDF format) a copy of their manuscript, submission letter and synopsis of the story to crimegrant@audible.co.uk before 23:59 on 30th November 2017. Terms and conditions apply, please visit www.audible.co.uk/CrimeGrant for full details.

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London Short Story Course with Adam Marek

Free Word Centre London

Thu 6 July 2017 - Thu 7 December 2017, 19:00 - 21:00

The best stories linger long in the reader’s mind. So how can you achieve that in just a few pages? Short stories offer the writer huge creative freedoms, but they also teach great discipline and precision.

Join Comma Press, one of the UK’s leading publishers of short fiction, on one of our popular, nation-wide courses, this time run by award winning short story writer Adam...

The best stories linger long in the reader’s mind. So how can you achieve that in just a few pages? Short stories offer the writer huge creative freedoms, but they also teach great discipline and precision.

Join Comma Press, one of the UK’s leading publishers of short fiction, on one of our popular, nation-wide courses, this time run by award winning short story writer Adam Marek. Together in a series of six workshops, we’ll explore the fundamentals of great story writing, including: generating ideas, plotting vs making it up as you go along, writing convincing characters, creating conflict, starting and ending a story, and editing your work. Whether you’re a beginner or a pro, by the end of the workshops you’ll be writing stories that will hook your readers from the opening line.

You don’t necessarily need any practical experience of writing stories, nor of supervised creative writing of any kind, but it’s important that you have an interest in, and enthusiasm for, the short story form.

To get the most from the course, you should be prepared to do some background reading, and undertake writing tasks in and between the sessions.

The course isn’t geared towards any particular sub-genre within the short story form – be it literary fiction, sci-fi, or horror – we’ll be looking at techniques applicable to all these genres.

Tickets can be booked below and are listed for the start date of the course. One ticket covers the whole course, which runs on the following dates:

Thursday 6th July
Thursday 17th August (*please note: amended from 3rd Aug*)
Thursday 7th September
Thursday 5th October
Thursday 9th November
Thursday 7th December

Concessions are available for students, under 16s, over 65s, those with a disability, single parent writers and those in receipt of means tested benefits. All bookings for concession tickets, will be asked to confirm eligibility at the first session.

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Your Novel

Bloomsbury Publishing London

Wed 13 September 2017 - Tue 14 November 2017, 6.00 - 8.30pm

Join us for a ten-week course dedicated to helping you transform your novel idea into a fully-fledged manuscript.

Whether you've written half a draft or on your third edit, we've designed this course to help you progress as a writer. Along with giving you the ‘how-to’ writing tools you need to hone your novel-in-progress, your work will be assessed along the way by experts in...

Join us for a ten-week course dedicated to helping you transform your novel idea into a fully-fledged manuscript.

Whether you've written half a draft or on your third edit, we've designed this course to help you progress as a writer. Along with giving you the ‘how-to’ writing tools you need to hone your novel-in-progress, your work will be assessed along the way by experts in their fields, all designed to help you take your writing to the next level.

Led by author and creative writing tutor William Ryan, the course will look at essential elements of the writing craft and how you can apply them to your own manuscript, including writing exercises that directly involve the material of your novel-in-progress.

Based at our Bloomsbury offices, evening sessions will last for two and a half hours, from 6-8.30pm, making it ideal for those with full-time jobs and other commitments. There will be opportunities at the beginning and the end of the course to get to know the other writers, as well as William himself.

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Your Children's Book

Bloomsbury Publishing London

Wed 20 September 2017 - Wed 8 November 2017, 6.00 - 8.30pm

Do you aspire to be the next Julia Donaldson or Liz Pichon?

If so, join us in the heart of literary London for five stimulating weeks of practical workshops and expert advice from some of the top names in children’s fiction. Led by the editor of the Children’s Writers’ & Artists’ Yearbook Alysoun Owen and author Lucy Courtenay, this course looks at the essential elements of...

Do you aspire to be the next Julia Donaldson or Liz Pichon?

If so, join us in the heart of literary London for five stimulating weeks of practical workshops and expert advice from some of the top names in children’s fiction. Led by the editor of the Children’s Writers’ & Artists’ Yearbook Alysoun Owen and author Lucy Courtenay, this course looks at the essential elements of writing for children, in particular how to successfully combine text and illustration, and how you can apply them to your own writing.

This course welcomes writers at all stages in their writing. Whether you have an initial idea and want to know where to start, or have a full draft and need help with revising and making it the best it can possibly be, this is the course for you.

Each week will combine a tutored session and a hands-on workshop format with practical exercises and discussion from your course tutor and special guest speakers. You will be given takeaway practical exercises based around your own writing to complete for the subsequent week.

Based at our Bloomsbury offices, these evening sessions will last for two and a half hours each, from 6-8.30pm, making it ideal for those with full-time jobs and other commitments. There will be opportunities at the beginning and the end of the course to get to know the other writers, as well as Alysoun and Lucy.

For a full course outline and speaker profiles, please visit https://www.writersandartists.co.uk/events/your-children-s-book

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£225 / £200 concession Other writing events Workshop Poetry

Beginner's Poetry with Helen Ivory

Norwich School Norwich

Tue 26 September 2017 - Tue 28 November 2017, 7 - 9pm

Whether you’re taking up poetry for the first time or you’ve already started but could do with extra support – this course is for you. Led by Bloodaxe poet Helen Ivory, this ten week course will help you get to grips with key elements of writing poetry, from imagery and metaphor to how the poem looks on the page and sounds to the ear.

Through a combination of group discussion...

Whether you’re taking up poetry for the first time or you’ve already started but could do with extra support – this course is for you. Led by Bloodaxe poet Helen Ivory, this ten week course will help you get to grips with key elements of writing poetry, from imagery and metaphor to how the poem looks on the page and sounds to the ear.

Through a combination of group discussion and one-to-one feedback, Helen will lend her 15 years’ teaching experience to ensure that you come away with an excellent framework for developing your writing. Your efforts will be rewarded with a Certificate of Attendance from the University of East Anglia.

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Writers' & Artists' Short Story Competition 2018

Sun 1 October 2017 - Tue 13 February 2018

For published and aspiring writers alike - enter our free annual short story competition and be in with a chance of winning a place on one of Arvon's four- or six-day Clockhouse writing retreats, as well as seeing your story published on www.writersandartists.co.uk.

To enter, all you have to do is submit a short story (for adults) of no more than 2,000 words. And that's it. Unlike...

For published and aspiring writers alike - enter our free annual short story competition and be in with a chance of winning a place on one of Arvon's four- or six-day Clockhouse writing retreats, as well as seeing your story published on www.writersandartists.co.uk.

To enter, all you have to do is submit a short story (for adults) of no more than 2,000 words. And that's it. Unlike previous years, there's no theme for you to base your story on; all you have to do is make sure you're registered with the website, the subject line of your email reads 'W&A Short Story Competition 2018' and you send it to competition@bloomsbury.com.

The closing date for entries is midnight on Tuesday 13th February, 2018. The winner of the competition - along with two runners-up - will be announced on the blog pages of this site in March 2018.

Remember you MUST be registered with www.writersandartists.co.uk in order for your entry to be eligible. For full terms and conditions, please visit www.writersandartists.co.uk/competitions

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Open for Entries

Words and Women Norwich

Thu 5 October 2017 - Wed 15 November 2017

WORDS AND WOMEN ANNUAL NEW WRITING COMPETITION IS OPEN FOR ENTRIES

Deadline Midnight, 15th November 2017

Offers a national prize for women over 40 of £1,000 and a month’s writing residency provided by Hosking Houses Trust and a regional prize (East of England) of £600 and a mentoring session with Jill Dawson of Gold Dust.
The winning entries will be...

WORDS AND WOMEN ANNUAL NEW WRITING COMPETITION IS OPEN FOR ENTRIES

Deadline Midnight, 15th November 2017

Offers a national prize for women over 40 of £1,000 and a month’s writing residency provided by Hosking Houses Trust and a regional prize (East of England) of £600 and a mentoring session with Jill Dawson of Gold Dust.
The winning entries will be published online and in a Compendium of Words and Women’s best entries from the last 4 prize-winning anthologies.
Entries can be fiction, memoir, creative non-fiction and life-writing on any theme.

2,200 words

Guest judges: Emily Midorikawa and Emma Claire Sweeney, authors of A Secret Sisterhood: The hidden friendship of Austen, Bronte, Eliot and Woolf.

National prize open to women writers over the age of 40. Regional prize open to women writers over the age of 16 living or working in the East of England.
For more details email wordsandwomencomp@gmail.com or visit our blog at www.wordsandwomennorwich.blogspot.co.uk

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