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TIPS & EXERCISES
In the world of creative writing, not all words are created equal. Yes, choosing the right adjectives matter; yes, you should…
Write your main character’s obituary. Obituaries often follow a set form, including details about where the subject was born (and to…
Inspiration from the Dead
A couple of years ago (when my enthusiasm for writing romantic comedy was severely dented by several personal challenges) an editor…
Free Arvon 5 Day Poetry Challenge with Malika Booker
Sign up for our free 5 Day Poetry Challenge.Each day, from Thursday 29 October to Monday 2 November you’ll receive a new exercise from acclaimed poet and veteran tutor, Malika Booker. By the end of the challenge you’ll have a draft of a brand-new poem!Themed around mythology, you’ll be looking at and responding to your favourite myths and folklore from around the world! Whether you’re new to poetry or looking for a new approach, Malika challenge will take you on a fresh, surprising journey to a new poem.
The Stories We Tell
In our new blog series, The Stories We Tell, leading writers share with you some of the inspirations, challenges and discoveries that led to the writing of their own stories, novels and poems.
My Arvon Week: Cat Brogan – Queer Poetry
18 Nov 2020 / My Arvon Week
‘The image doesn’t know it’s a metaphor – don’t … control it’ (Caroline Bird)
We feel for Billy Collin’s ‘light switch’*…
Lara Feigel – The Stories We Tell
26 Aug 2020 / The Stories We Tell
On Living alongside Dead Writers
‘Do you think, because I am poor, obscure, plain, and little, I am soulless…
My Arvon Journey – Liz Henderson
12 Aug 2020 / My Arvon Journey
A personal journey to publication of my first book
‘The West Façade’
A collection of short stories.
Butcher’s Dog Call for Poems: Now Open!
Butcher's Dog poetry magazine are currently accepting submissions for their fifteenth issue. There's no theme or fees: just brilliant poetry. Simply send them up to three of your best unpublished poems by Valentine's Day.The Spring 2021 issue will be co-edited by Jo Clement and Ian Humphreys. They are paritcularly keen to hear from anybody who feels as though they are writing from the margins.
New Welsh Writing Awards 2021: Rheidol Prize for Prose
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
Competition now open: The Killing It Award for Crime Writing with Harper Collins
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 email@example.com 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.