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Deadline: Fri 20 Apr 2018
Location: Bristol
Applications are now open for the University of Bristol Theatre Collection 2018 Kevin Elyot Award – created in memory of the acclaimed actor and writer.  Read more...

Deadline: Mon 30 Apr 2018
Location: UK
Colonial Countryside is a child-led writing and history project about National Trust houses’ Caribbean and East India Company connections. Steered by a child advisory board, this five year project assembles authors, historians and primary pupils to commission, resource and publish new writing.  Read more...

Deadline: Mon 30 Apr 2018
Location: International
Entries are open for the Scottish Arts Club's inaugural Edinburgh International Flash Fiction Award for compelling stories on any topic up to 250 words.  Read more...

Deadline: Mon 30 Apr 2018
Location: Edinburgh
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.  Read more...

Deadline: Mon 30 Apr 2018
Location: Scotland
Scottish PEN's online magazine PENning is now accepting submissions for the Smeddum (Scots for an inner strength of character) issue. Read more...

Deadline: Mon 30 Apr 2018
Location: UK
The SI Leeds Literary Prize, for unpublished female, Black and Asian writers in the UK, is now accepting entries for the 2018 award.  Read more...

Deadline: Mon 30 Apr 2018
Location: UK
We are one of the few organisations to make grants to writers for works in progress, currently awarding a total of £250,000 each year. Read more...

Deadline: Mon 30 Apr 2018
Location: International
The Bath Novel Award is an international £2,500 prize for unpublished or self-published novels of any genre written for adults or young adults. Additional longlist prize of a place on Cornerstones Literary Consultancy's professional editing course.  Read more...

Deadline: Mon 30 Apr 2018
Location: London
The Poetry School’s move to Canada Water is fast approaching. We're hoping to raise £15,000 to make our new home as welcoming, stimulating and accessible as possible. With the generous match funding of our Board, we need to raise just half of that to reach our goal. Read more...

Deadline: Mon 30 Apr 2018
Location: Internationa
We're accepting submissions of previous unpublished fiction (250-3500 words) and narrative non-fiction (1000-3500 words) that fall under the theme Underdog.  Read more...
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