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Senior Lecturer in Creative and Professional Writing
Deadline: 11/08/2016 - South West England
The University of the West of England are seeking to appoint a Senior Lecturer in Creative and Professional Writing
Director, National Association of Writers in Education (NAWE)
Deadline: 30/04/2018 - UK
The National Association of Writers in Education (NAWE) is seeking someone with experience of working in the arts and/or educational sectors at a senior level and who is passionate about promoting the value of creative writing in community and educational settings to lead the organisation over the next decade.
Professor in Creative Writing, Queen's University Belfast
Deadline: 16/05/2018 - Northern Ireland
Working 22.2 hours per week, the successful candidate will make a substantial contribution to the research and teaching activities of the School and the Seamus Heaney Centre, providing academic and research leadership, and enhancing international links and research capabilities. In addition, they will be an advocate for Creative Writing in all its forms through the activities of the Seamus Heaney Centre
Assistant Professor in English Creative Writing, Hong Kong Baptist University
Deadline: 19/05/2018 - International
The Department of Humanities and Creative Writing at Hong Kong Baptist University is now inviting applications for an assistant professorship in English Creative Writing. The appointee is expected to teach a range of introductory and upper level broad-based, writing and interdisciplinary core courses in the Department.
Lecturer in English, Creative Writing or History - Foundation Stage Lead, University of Plymouth
Deadline: 14/05/2018 - South West England
The School of Humanities and Performing Arts at the University of Plymouth is seeking an energetic and committed teacher and scholar with a background in either History, English, or Creative Writing (or a combination of these.
Lecturer in Modernism and Creative Writing Grade 7, University of Liverpool
Deadline: 02/05/2018 - North West England
The Department of English at the University of Liverpool seeks to appoint a full-time Lecturer in Modernism and Creative Writing. You will contribute extensively to the teaching of our successful BA and MA programmes in English and will work with other members of the department in the further development of these programmes. You will also have the opportunity to undertake research degree supervisions.
Lecturer in Creative Writing (Fiction), University of Kent
Deadline: 30/04/2018 - South East England
This part-time lectureship in creative writing (teaching & research) at the University of Kent offers an exciting opportunity for an academic with an emerging record of international excellence in practice and publication commensurate with career stage, and experience in teaching at University level.
Lecturer in Creative Writing - Poetry, Queen's University Belfast
Deadline: 16/05/2018 - Northern Ireland
Working 22.2 hours per week, the successful candidate will undertake research in line with the School’s research strategy, to teach in the area of Creative Writing (Poetry) and poetry criticism at undergraduate and postgraduate level, and to contribute to the activities of the School and the Seamus Heaney Centre.
Partnerships and Projects Manager, First Story
Deadline: 04/05/2018 - London
This is a critical role sitting between First Story’s programme and fundraising teams delivering major events to support our high-profile advocacy, programme and fundraising efforts, including the Young Writers’ Festival, Summer Residentials, National Writing Day, and a range of cultivation events such as First Story’s 10th Anniversary Gala.
Programme Officer, London, First Story
Deadline: 04/05/2018 - London
We are looking for an enthusiastic and proactive Programme Officer to act as a champion for First Story and creative writing in schools in London.
Project Coordinator, Moniack Mhor Creative Writing Centre
Deadline: 04/05/2018 - Scotland
Three year, part-time role working with care experienced young people to develop their writing skills, confidence and creative voice.
People and Project Manager/Rheolwr Pobl a Phrosiect, The Reader
Deadline: 26/04/2018 - Wales
We are looking for a target-driven, motivated and focussed leader to take responsibility for the successful management of our Feel Better with a BookBig Lottery funded project in North Wales.
Workshop leaders for children's bookshop, Moon Lane Ink
Deadline: 19/05/2018 - London
We are Moon Lane Ink CIC a new social enterprise looking to promote equality in children's literature. We've just opened a bookshop between Forest Hill and Catford called Moon Lane Books which has an inclusive book range and two events spaces. We are looking for people to run fun activities through out the day, during school term for parent and baby groups; after school clubs etc.
Creative Tutors (Staffordshire), Interact Arts C.I.C
Deadline: 27/04/2018 - West Midlands
Interact Arts are a small not for profit registered community interest company. We deliver creative workshops, projects and courses for vulnerable people and those who work with these individuals and groups across Staffordshire and the West Midlands. We are currently looking for experienced and qualified creative tutors to deliver courses on an ‘ad hoc’ basis at venues across Staffordshire.
Digital Storytelling Residencies Manager, Scottish Book Trust
Deadline: 27/04/2018 - Scotland
Scottish Book Trust, Scotland’s national charity transforming lives through reading and writing, is looking for a manager for its Digital Storytelling Residencies programme. This role will be part of the Reader Development team which is also responsible for the delivery of Book Week Scotland, Reading Friends and the annual story campaign.
Lecturer in Creative Writing - Creative Non-Fiction, University of Glasgow
Deadline: 07/05/2018 - Scotland
The University of Glasgow - School of Critical Studies seeks an experienced lecturer and researcher to undertake high-quality research and research supervision and make an active and high level contribution to teaching at undergraduate and postgraduate level.
Boat Poets 2018: Call for poets
Deadline: 27/04/2018 - London
Boat Poets is an exciting new Arts Council England funded residency opportunity for poets aged 18-25 in the London, Bristol and Plymouth areas to spend time on board a boat on your local river or harbour.
Arts Administration Internships (Paid), Ways With Words Festival
Deadline: 16/04/2018 - South West England
This is an exciting opportunity for anybody passionate about the arts, culture, and literature to help organise the Ways With Words Festival of Words and Ideas at Dartington Hall, one of the largest and most prestigious literature festivals in Britain.
Events and Education Manager, The Royal Society of Literature
Deadline: 25/04/2018 - London
We are seeking an enthusiastic and experienced Events and Education Manager to play a central role in engaging the public in literature through events and education programmes at the RSL.
Reading Friends Communications Manager, The Reading Agency
Deadline: 18/04/2018 - London
We are looking for an experienced Communications Manager to develop and lead the communications strategy for our Reading Friends programme, with a particular focus on the national launch in October 2018. You'll need to be a highly organised and resourceful creative thinker with excellent project management skills.

Blankpages - Call for Submissions
Deadline: 27/01/2012 - UK
An online magazine dedicated to giving a high quality platform to share your work
Paper Nations
Deadline: 01/03/2017 - South West England
Paper Nations is currently looking for writers to run creative writing workshops across a range of schools we are working with in the South West
EIFF Talent Lab: Open For Applications
Deadline: 30/04/2018 - Scotland
EIFF (Edinburgh International Film Festival) Talent Lab gives emerging Scottish, UK and international directors, producers and screenwriters an amazing opportunity to learn from the world’s key film industry players. They will have the unmissable chance to discuss the industry, their projects and their ideas with a selection of invited industry professionals including sales agents, executive producers, literary agents, story editors and distributors.
NAWE Conference 2018: Call for Proposals
Deadline: 07/05/2018 - Yorkshire
The NAWE conference explores writing in education in all settings. We welcome presentations and workshop proposals from creative writing tutors working in schools, colleges, community settings and in higher education at any level. Our 2018 conference takes place from 9-11 November in York. Deadline: Monday 7 May 2018
Winchester Poetry Prize 2018: Open for submissions
Deadline: 31/07/2018 - International
Winchester Poetry Festival are pleased to announce that the Winchester Poetry Prize 2018 is now open for entries from anyone aged 16 or over. Entries may be on any subject in any form or style and no longer than 40 lines. Judge: Liz Berry
Creative Future Literary Awards 2018
Deadline: 18/06/2018 - UK
Founded in 2013, the Creative Future Literary Awards are the UK’s only national writing competition and high profile awards ceremony for under-represented writers. We showcase talented writers who lack opportunities due to mental health issues, disability, identity or other social circumstance.
Hastings Literary Festival Competitions 2018
Deadline: 31/05/2018 - International
The Hastings Literary Festival Short Story and Crime Novel Competitions are now open for entries.
Esyllt Prize 2018-2020 – A Storytellers’ Bursary
Deadline: 10/05/2018 - Wales
Chwedl, a network of women storytellers in Wales, is looking for young talented women storytellers in Wales and is inviting them to apply for a commission, to create a new piece of performance storytelling. The commission was created in 2016 in memory of Esyllt Harker, one of Wales’ leading storytellers, who died in 2014 and who played a unique and vital role in storytelling in Wales.
The Kindle UK Storyteller Award 2018 opens for entries on 1st May 2018
Deadline: 31/08/2018 - UK
Amazon is pleased to announce the Kindle UK Storyteller Award will return for a second year. Celebrating the work of self-published authors, independent of genre, around the nation, the Kindle Storyteller Award saw thousands of entries in its inaugural year. In addition to the £20,000 cash prize, Amazon will also award £5,000 to a second title in its first ever Judge’s Prize.
The Masters Review Flash Fiction Contest
Deadline: 31/05/2018 - International
Stories under 1000 words (previously unpublished stories only). The winning writer will be awarded $3000 and publication on The Masters Review site. Second and third place prizes are $200 and $100 respectively.
V. Press Submissions Windows 2018
Deadline: 31/07/2018 - UK
V. Press will be open to submissions for poetry pamphlets, poetry collections and flash fiction pamphlet during the following submissions windows in 2018. Poetry submissions: open through April and May 2018. Flash fiction submissions: open through July 2018.
Developing your Creative Practice Fund: Opens for applications on 12 April 2018
Deadline: 16/05/2018 - England
Developing your Creative Practice is a new Arts Council England development fund designed to support independent creative practitioners to ensure excellence is thriving in the arts and culture sector. This fund will create more pathways for individuals, from a range of creative practices and backgrounds.
2018 Manchester Writing Competition: Open to entries
Deadline: 14/09/2018 - International
Designed to encourage and celebrate new writing across the globe, The Manchester Writing Competition offers the UK’s biggest literary awards for unpublished work and is open internationally to new and established writers.
Poetry and Psychoanalysis Competition 2018: Call for entries
Deadline: 27/05/2018 - International
The Institute of Psychoanalysis and Nine Arches Press are pleased to announce the open-themed Poetry and Psychoanalysis Competition 2018, in conjunction with the conference Poetry and Psychoanalysis: Writing Shame, taking place on June 29th to 30th 2018.
Stephen Spender Prize for Poetry in Translation 2018
Deadline: 06/07/2018 - Republic of Ireland
Entrants are invited to submit an English translation of a published poem from any language, ancient or modern, together with a commentary of no more than 300 words. The translation should be max. 60 lines (extracts are accepted). Entrants must be UK or Irish citizens or residents.
The Annual Ambit Poetry Competition 2018
Deadline: 15/07/2018 - International
The Annual Ambit Poetry Competition is now open. Cash prizes of £500, £250 and £100 will be awarded as well as publication in Ambit 234.
Sentinel Poetry Book Competition 2018
Deadline: 31/07/2018 - International
The Sentinel Poetry Book Competition 2018 is now accepting entries for full poetry collections by single authors. For the first stage of this competition, poets of all nationalities, living in any part of the world are invited to submit 20 pages of poetry in English Language, on any subject, in any style.
The Michael Terence Publishing Short Story Competition: Now open
Deadline: 30/06/2018 - International
Open to new authors worldwide, writing in English, who have never had a full-length work published. 3,000 words maximum. Most genres accepted: fiction, science fiction, non-fiction e.g. biography, memoir, true story.
Eyelands 8th International Short Story Contest
Deadline: 20/06/2018 - International
We’re looking for short stories of 2.500 words maximum in any genre on the theme of “Luggage”. First prize: A week’s holiday on the island of Crete (for 2)
Scratch morning at Liverpool Everyman and Playhouse: Call for applications
Deadline: 13/04/2018 - North West England
Our sixth Scratch morning is now open for applications from playwrights based in the North West region who are making new, original work for the stage. The event will be taking place on Saturday 28 April 2018 at 11am.

Deborah Rogers Foundation Writers' Award 2018
Deadline: December 15
An award of £10,000 will be presented to a first-time writer whose submission demonstrates outstanding literary talent and who needs financial support to complete their work
RSL Giles St Aubyn Awards for Non-Fiction 2017
Deadline: October 2nd
The Royal Society of Literature is establishing annual awards for first-time writers of non-fiction – in perpetuity – because of a generous bequest from author and RSL Fellow Giles St Aubyn
New Writing South TLC Free Reads
Deadline: July 17 - October 15 & November 6 - January 14
The Literary Consultancy Free Reads Scheme offers talented, low-income writers in the south east the opportunity to apply for bursaried access to their valuable commercial services for writers
Literature Wales Funding for Writers Scheme
Deadline: August 16th
Literature Wales has announced that the next round of Writers’ Bursaries and Mentoring is now open for submissions
Seed Fund for New History Plays
Deadline: July 31st
Previously... Scotland's History Festival is launching a seed fund for the development of new history plays
New Writers Awards 2018
Deadline: July 5th
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 to enable them to concentrate on developing their work
Royal Literary Fund
Deadline: Rolling
You are eligible to apply for help from the RLF if you have commercially published several works in the UK for a general readership and are suffering financial hardship
Royal Literary Fund Fellowships
Deadline: Rolling
Royal Literary Fund Fellowships offer professional writers the opportunity to work for two days a week in a university helping students to develop their writing skills
Travel Writing Bursary
Deadline: June 12th
The bursary ­ is open to unpublished/published writers living and working in Scotland who have, or would like to have, a travel piece in development
Clarissa Luard Award for Independent Publishers
Deadline: June 23rd
The Clarissa Luard Award for Independent Publishers recognises excellence and creativity in literary publishing, awarding one independent publisher from the UK or Ireland a cash prize of £10,000
Live Theatre Bursary 2017
Deadline: April 3rd
Would you like £2000 to develop an outstanding, imaginative, new piece of theatre?
The Creative Future Literary Awards 2017
Deadline: June 126th
The Creative Future Literary Awards is a national literary competition and high profile awards ceremony which celebrates talented writers who lack opportunities due to mental health issues, disability, health or social circumstance
The Julia Darling Travel Fellowship 2017
Deadline: March 31st
The Julia Darling Travel Fellowship supports a creative writer or writers for a period of travel and exists to remember the late writer Julia Darling
The 2017 £10 000 Wilbur Smith Adventure Writing Prize
Deadline: January 23rd
The Wilbur Smith Adventure Writing Prize is an annual award for adventure writing
Jerwood Creative Fellowships
Deadline: January 2nd
Thanks to the generosity of the Jerwood Charitable Foundation, Manchester International Festival are now offering six Greater Manchester-based creatives the chance to win a special MIF17 Fellowship that does exactly that
The Charles Pick Writing Fellowship
Deadline: February 28th 2017
The fellowship will give support to the work of a new and, as yet, unpublished writers of fictional or non-fictional prose
Deadline: Friday 18th November
‘#goseeshare’ has been set up by the HYAH as a way to enable young people from across the Highlands to experience creative activity
Playwright's Studio Scotland Writers Projects
Deadline: Friday 18th November
Writers Projects are an opportunity for experienced mid-career or established playwrights to develop their work in a way that suits their creative process
Community Arts Commissions
Deadline: December 9th
Peterborough Presents… is a consortium of local artists, arts organisations and communities working together to create great art in our city
Writer's Centre Norwich - Free Reads
Deadline: December 5th 2016
TLC Free Reads is an Arts Council-funded bursary scheme designed for high quality writers living in the East of England who are finding that financial barriers are stunting their progress

Big Lit : The Stewartry Book Festival
Region: Scotland
Big Lit is Galloway's boutique Book Festival based in the beautiful town of Gatehouse of Fleet which takes place from 19 to 22 April 2018. A packed programme celebrates 100 years of women’s suffrage and the centenary of WW1 with Ajay Close’s suffragette-inspired novel ‘A Petrol Scented Spring’ and some unexpected war verse from Robert W Service.
Writing Scripts for Comic Books & Graphic Novels
Region: Scotland
Learn how to write exciting, vibrant scripts for comics and graphic novels in this eight-week evening class with award-winning writer Emma Beeby run by Skriva Writing School.
NCLA Creative Saturday: Life Stories with Lucie Brownlee
Region: North East England
What is memoir? Stories shape us and those around us. Sharing them helps us to navigate life. What stories might you tell? Using practical writing exercises, discussion and examples of craft, this full-day workshop considers the art of memoir and gives you the tools to start writing yours.
Mindful Writing Workshop run by Mindful Arts
Region: North West England
Mindfulness and creativity are combined in this workshop presented by writer and wellbeing facilitator Tom George. Incorporating guided meditation, examining natural objects (rocks, shells etc.) and fun, collaborative exercises, we will learn to free our creativity and write from the heart - poetry, prose or whatever comes out.
Playwriting Workshop with Tina Jay
Region: East Midlands
Join award-winning playwright Tina Jay for a one day workshop aimed at developing a range of dramatic writing techniques for creating your own short or full length play.
Writing West Midlands: The National Writers’ Conference 2018
Region: West Midlands
A day with industry experts and best-selling authors, plus opportunities to meet and mingle with other writers of all genres and disciplines. The National Writers’ Conference helps writers of all skill levels to develop their craft and sustain their creative careers. Early Bird tickets now on sale.
Spoken Word Workshop with Dean Atta
Region: South East England
Apples and Snakes and New Writing South present… Dean Atta. Dean leads a beginners workshop for all wanting to take the first steps to performing their poetry live on stage. Participants in this afternoon workshop will have the opportunity to share in the evening open mic at 7pm.
Short story writing with Ruth Brandt
Region: South East England
Learn the fundamentals of writing as you develop your ideas into short stories. Through a series of exercises with plenty of feedback discover how to use character, setting, dialogue, conflict and dramatic structure to write and edit your work. Develop skills in finding ideas and working with them to complete stories; whether flash fiction, commercial or other, this West Dean course will take you closer to becoming a writer.
Arvon: Science Fiction and Fantasy with tutors Emma Newman and Peter Newman
Region: West Midlands
Science fiction and fantasy encompass a dazzling array of potential worlds and stories. The scope is so wide it can be hard to know where to begin. Designed for budding writers of SFF, this course gives you the tools to understand the opportunities these exciting genres can offer.
Creative Writing in the Therapeutic Encounter
Region: South West England
This experiential Continuing Professional Development day focuses on creative writing and its use within therapy and therapeutic settings. With Claire Williamson
The Literary Consultancy Writers’ Day
Region: London
A day of talks and workshops by inspiring speakers for writers seeking to learn more about ways of navigating the changing literary landscapes of writing, editing and publishing. With special industry guests.
Awakening The Writer Within Summer Retreat in York
Region: Yorkshire
This summer, for the fifth in our successful series of Awakening The Writer Within retreats, we are in the beautiful city of York. Facilitators Clara Challoner Walker and Janet Dean aim to encourage and inspire new and developing writers to start something fresh or to make progress with an existing prose or poetry project.
Poetry School: Poetry Surgeries with Nuar Alsadir
Region: London
Book a one-to-one feedback session with visiting American poet Nuar Alsadir! There are four one-hour sessions available on May 7th 2018.
Creative Writes: Space to Write Wednesdays
Region: London
We are delighted to announce our new Space To Write Wednesdays! Giving our participants space to write is central to all of our workshops so we are providing a dedicated fortnightly space to write. In addition to guided free flow creative writing exercises, you will have the choice of developing your own work, at your own pace and taking inspiration from the resources Nichola brings along which will vary with each workshop.
Hay Festival Schools Programme 2018
Region: Wales
Blending live performance, workshops and storytelling, these two specially curated days on 24 and 25 May 2018 are free for all state schools and funded by the Welsh Government and Hay Festival Foundation. Booking closes on Monday 30 April 2018.
International Literary Translation & Creative Writing Summer School
Region: East England
The Summer School brings together writers and translators for an intensive, one-week, residential programme of hands-on translation and creative writing practice.Delivered by the British Centre for Literary Translation in partnership with Writers' Centre Norwich. Deadline for applications is Sunday 22 April 2018.
Introductory Workshop Day in Creative Writing for Therapeutic Purposes
Region: South West England
The Metanoia Institute is offering a one day introductory workshop in Creative Writing for Therapeutic Purposes. Open to writers who are interested in supporting others to write, and practitioners in the healthcare or caring professions who are curious about bringing writing into their practice.
WoWFest18 - Crossing Borders
Region: North West England
The full line-up is announced for WoWFest18, the 18th annual festival from Writing on the Wall, Liverpool’s longest running literary and writing organisation. Join an exciting array of artists including Lily Allen, Robert Webb, Akala, LowKey, Benjamin Zephaniah, Mourid Barghouti, Carmen Bugan, and Paul Farley.
Poetry School Summer 2018 Launch Reading
Region: London
A free public reading from a heavenly half dozen of poetry stars to celebrate the launch of our 2018 Summer term, and the culmination of 20 years of Poetry School teaching, and of course our move to Canada Water.
The Essay: Taking Ideas for a Walk
Region: Scotland
The essay, for many, exists as a form of writing associated with assessment and examination – a formulaic procedure that bears little or no resemblance to its original literary expression of risk- taking - as the word essayer suggests – to attempt, have a go, try something out. What happens when we think of essays less as objects or nouns… and more of “essaying” as an activity, a kind of writing adventure?

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