We are delighted to welcome leading novelist and short story writer Susmita Bhattacharya as our spring/summer 2021 Word Factory Writer in Residence. During her residency, running from March to July 2021, Susmita will be offering four exclusive half-hour one-on-one advice sessions aimed at helping writers at the beginning of their writing journey. Within the session, she will critique a story sample of around 500 words and also offer time to answer any questions you may have related to the business of writing, from practical considerations such as dealing with agents to pitching, to the technical writing queries.Once your place has been secured, we will contact you to find out what you are hoping for from the session and to put you in touch with Susmita for your online mentoring session. We will add new sessions in the season if they become available.Susmita Bhattacharya is an award-winning author and creative writing lecturer. Her debut novel, The Normal State of Mind (Parthian, 2015, BEE Books, India 2016) was long-listed for the Word to Screen Prize at the Mumbai Film Festival, 2018 and her short story collection, Table Manners (Dahlia Publishing, 2018) won the Saboteur Award for Best Short Story Collection (2019) and was a finalist for the Hall & Woodhouse DLF Prize, 2019. She teaches creative writing at Winchester University.Dates: Monday 1 March - Saturday 31 July 2021 Location: Online Cost: £65.27Further details and to book here
Lancaster’s 42nd Annual Literature Festival returns on the 12th – 21st March 2021 with a bit of a twist! Having had to cancel the 2020 festival due to Covid, Litfest has bounced back with an innovative and totally online programme, full of events, activities and ideas, that will be accessible to more people than ever before. And this year, in recognition of the tough time everyone has been having, Litfest will not be charging for tickets but actively seeking donations.Litfest 2021 offers four new and ambitious projects, supported by public funding from Arts Council England, that will engage audiences all over the region:- The Litfest Big Read (2 reading challenges) - How We Live Now (6 documentary films of local lives) - How We Live Next (4 talks and a panel discussion with live Q&A on life after Covid) - New Writing Northwest (4 workshops in 4 different genres for emerging writers) Click to find out more!
On the 22nd of April, our friends at The Literary Consultancy will be running a special WRITING THROUGH MOVEMENT workshop, hosted by author Sally-Anne Lomas and Sam Ruddock of Story Machines. No rules and no pressure, this workshop is an exploration of writing and creativity through breath, posture, and movement.It’s wheelchair friendly, requires no previous dance experience and is a no fuss, light-hearted environment for flexing those creative muscles and having fun while you do it.Get out of your head and into your body. Click through to find out more.
Nottingham City of Literature have paired up with the BBC to bring a series of workshops, talks, and guided creative sessions that aim to inspire audiences to talk about the power of the novel, catalysts for change throughout history and the present, and much more. Events run through the 6th of March to the 20th.
Grimm & Co are a literacy charity that champion the writer in every child. They build confidence, self-esteem and skills in both their workshops for schools and their out of school holiday clubs. Their new season of activities includes adventure writing, writing for wellbeing, flash fiction Friday, and much more! Their programs are year-round so either take a look today or file away the website for those days and weeks you need access to free creative writing resources and exercises for children.
Curated and hosted by Jennifer Hodgson, Humber Mouth’s current Reader-in-Residence, and delivered in partnership with Hull Libraries, Humber Mouth is an exciting series of events for readers and writers alike welcoming some of the very best contemporary writers. Writers giving talks and workshops include Nisha Ramayya, Holly Pester, Joanna Walsh, and Isabel Waidner. All events take place online and are FREE. Visit https://www.http://humbermouth.com to find out more.
Wasafiri is excited to announce a series of online writing workshops tutored by our Writer-in-Residence Jennifer Wong, and our Associate Editor Thomas Glave. Jennifer Wong’s series of writing workshops will focus on poetry, human geography and writing across and between languages, while Thomas Glave’s short course will help writers put their experience of the pandemic into words. Workshops have multiple dates and are available from February 20th through to April 7th.
The Desperate Literature Short Fiction Prize is for original, unpublished short fiction up to 2,000 words. The aim of the Prize is both to celebrate the best of new short fiction and to give winners the most visibility possible for their writing. That’s why they've teamed up with fourteen different literary and artistic institutions to offer not only a £1,500 cash prize and writing retreats but to ensure that all of their shortlisters have the opportunity to be published in multiple print and online journals, have their work put in front of literary agents and perform in multiple countries.This year Desperate Literature have added more to the kitty: an increased winners package, a second residency, a spot at the Georgia literary festival and more sponsored entries. You’ll also still get published in a limited edition book collecting the shortlisted pieces. Deadline: 15th April
The Writers’ HQ Characterisation Masterclass is a week-long email course which’ll teach you how to craft unique, intriguing characters who have their very own agenda, opinions, fears and dreams. Learn how to write backstories and memories, and find out how to thwart your poor protagonist’s desires at every turn to up the stakes and layer your story with conflict. Join a FREE seven-day online course delivered straight to your email from the word-herding crew at Writers’ HQ and learn how to make fictional people with your brain. Dates: Monday 1 - Sunday 7 March 2021 Location: Online Price: FREE!
One Hand Clapping is a free online magazine that attempts to help new, under-represented and unpublished authors, as well as artists and musicians and composers, by featuring them in the same pages as those who are more established. So far, they have been lucky enough to feature work by Ali Smith, Les Murray, Lydia Davis, Mark Doty, Colm Toibin, Paul Muldoon, John Burnside and many other well-known authors alongside emerging writers. Submissions are open year-round
The 2021 Fitzcarraldo Editions/Mahler & LeWitt Studios Essay Prize is now open for submissions. Initially made possible by an Arts Council Grant in 2015, the prize awards £3,000 to the best proposal for a book-length essay (minimum 25,000 words) by a writer resident in the UK & Ireland who has yet to secure a publishing deal. In addition to the £3,000 prize the winner has the opportunity to spend up to three months in residency at the Mahler & LeWitt Studios in Spoleto, Italy, to work on their book. The book will then be published by Fitzcarraldo Editions. The deadline is 15 March 2021.
Pontas Literary & Film Agency and JJ Bola are partnering to create a mentoring prize for unagented, unpublished, under-represented writers. The winner will receive a 1,000 GBP grant to support their writing, mentoring from JJ Bola and Maria Cardona and representation from the Pontas Literary & Film Agency. The prize is open to writers from Black, ethnic minority, LGBTQ+ and working class backgrounds who are currently working on a novel. The writers can be based anywhere in the world as long as their work is written in English. Writers must submit the three chapters of their unpublished novel, even if it’s not finished, along with a full synopsis and a comprehensive biography before March 15th, 2021 by email to email@example.com. The novels submitted do not need to be completed at the time of submission.
The London Library Emerging Writers Programme, now in its third year, is a unique opportunity which offers writers, in all genres, one year’s free membership of The London Library and includes writing development masterclasses, literary networking opportunities, peer support and guidance in use of the Library’s resources. With its rich cultural heritage, extensive open access book collection, dedicated writing spaces and its diverse community of established writers, the benefits of Library membership are invaluable. The London Library Emerging Writers Programme is open to anyone over 16 years of age who is committed to pursuing a career in and developing their writing. Applicants should be working, or planning to work, on a specific project, with the aim of publication or production, have a clear idea of how they might use the Library’s resources to achieve that aim and be willing to fully participate in all elements of the Programme. There is no application fee and participation on the Programme is funded. (Please see the Application Guidelines for more eligibility details.)The Programme runs from 1 July 2021 to 30 June 2022 and is designed to take place as much as possible at the Library. However, it will be adapted to move online as much as is required according to Covid-19 restrictions (much of this year’s Programme has successfully been adapted to take place online).Applicants will be selected anonymously by a panel of judges including: travel writer and London Library Trustee Sara Wheeler (Chair), Publishing Director at Virago, Abacus and Little, Brown Ailah Ahmed, YA and adult fiction writer Sareeta Domingo, screenwriter Karim Flint, poet Will Harris, playwright and screenwriter Alexis Zegerman, novelist, memoirist and writing mentor Tim Lott, and agents from A M Heath.Applications close at 11am on 5 March 2021
Entries are now being accepted for TGIUK's free migrant writing competition, Entrants are asked to write about journeys or migrations in any literary form they like. Their aim in running the competition is to provide a platform for people to share their stories and insights, to encourage creativity and to help find the next generation of brilliant migrant writers. There are two categories: under and over 18s. There are all kinds of prizes to be won, including a place on Migrant Voice's media training, an iPhone, a scooter, vouchers - basically, there's a lot up for grabs! Deadline: April 30th.
The Rheidol Prize for Prose with a Welsh Theme or Setting seeks entries of 5,000 - 30,000 words by writers based in the UK or Ireland (or writers based elsewhere who have been educated in Wales for a period of over six months). The prize is judged by New Welsh Review editor Gwen Davies. First prize is £1,000 as an advance against e-publication plus a critique by leading literary agent Cathryn Summerhayes at Curtis Brown. Second prize is a four-night stay at Nant, the retreat at Literature Wales’ Ty Newydd Writers’ Centre and third prize is a two-night stay at Gladstone’s Library in Flintshire. Extracts from the winners and the highly commended entries will be published in the New Welsh Reader and the writers will receive the associated fee. A writer aged between 18 – 25 will also be considered for publication either online or in print. Entry costs £12 with bursaries available; the closing date is 16 March 2021. Visit www.bit.ly/NewWelshAwards for more information #NewWelshAwards
HarperFiction has launched Killing It: The Killer Reads Competition for Undiscovered Writers which aims to open the door for crime authors looking for a way into the publishing industry.The competition, which is encouraging submissions from Black, Asian and minority ethnic writers in particular, is offering three winners editorial reports from HarperFiction crime editors on their full manuscripts, covering pace, characterisation, pitch, and more, plus editorial mentoring with up to three one-hour sessions.Entrants are asked to send the first 10,000 words of their fiction crime, thriller or suspense novel and the book needs to be complete or near complete by April to enter, as full scripts may be called in. They must also include a short synopsis of up to 500 words and a short paragraph about themselves, sending it to firstname.lastname@example.org by 7th April 2021.An optional opening sentence is also provided for those who might be just getting started: “The body was lying in the snow, covered in a smattering of dead leaves.” The judging panel will feature HarperFiction editorial director Phoebe Morgan, commissioning editor Kathryn Cheshire, assistant editor Sophie Churcher, and crime reviewer and journalist Ayo Onatade.
The Literary Consultancy’s annual Writers' Day is going digital! Join in for a day of online talks and workshops run by industry professionals, creative challenges and workshops for you to get involved with and the iconic TLC Pen Factor competition.You’ll also get links to video recordings of your sessions to watch back for up to 30 days after the event, so you don’t miss a thing. The format might be different but the creativity remains, and they’ve made sure to put the writing community at the heart of it with a stellar lineup that has something for everyone. Save the date: 13th March, 2021.Tickets available NOW!