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Deadline: Sat 24 Aug 2019
Location: International
Poems of up to 70 lines are invited for this year's Buzzwords competition, the proceeds of which will be used to fund ‘Buzzwords’ which is the longest running and most respected regular poetry gathering in Cheltenham. Top prize of £600. Read more...

Deadline: Mon 26 Aug 2019
Location: Teeside
Applications are now open for this funded development opportunity for six working class writers based in Teesside. Award-winning author Carmen Marcus and Jenna Warren of Book Corner in Saltburn have teamed up to offer aspiring working class writers a free place on this unique course on developing a strategy to write professionally, plus travel bursary.  Read more...

Deadline: Sat 31 Aug 2019
Location: International
Hosted by the international art and culture publication Aesthetica Magazine, the Award celebrates excellence in Poetry and Short Fiction, supporting new writing talent and presents writers with a fantastic opportunity to further their involvement in the literary world. Read more...

Deadline: Sat 31 Aug 2019
Location: International
Amazon has announced that TV presenter and host of popular podcast ‘Books to Live By’, Mariella Frostrup, will join the judging panel for the Kindle Storyteller Award. Now in its third year, the Award is a literary prize searching for the best, new, English language book published independently through Kindle Direct Publishing.  Read more...

Deadline: Sat 31 Aug 2019
Location: International
Original poems of no more than 40 lines on the theme of Change are invited for this year's Borderlines competition. First Prize - £250 Book tokens (£30 and £20) will be awarded to two runners-up for highly commended poems The competition will be judged by Cumbrian poet Geraldine Green. Read more...

Deadline: Sat 31 Aug 2019
Location: Fair Isle
Call for applications from artists, makers, designers, writers, musicians, researchers or anyone with a creative practice seeking self-funded development time. Fair Isle is Britain’s most remote inhabited island, sitting half way between Shetland and Orkney. Read more...

Deadline: Sat 31 Aug 2019
Location: UK
MIROnline is opening its doors to young authors from the UK. A team of enthusiastic students from Treasure House School will be taking over the website and publishing stories by young authors like themselves aged 12-19. Stories on the theme of Nature of up to 1000 words long are invited. Read more...

Deadline: Sat 31 Aug 2019
Location: International
In the last few years, we’ve seen an explosion of diverse and wonderfully weird teen protagonists in young adult fiction. At Odd Voice Out we want to keep expanding the boundaries of what a YA hero can be.  Read more...

Deadline: Sat 31 Aug 2019
Location: International
Prole magazine are looking for work that epitomises their values: writing that engages, challenges and entertains the reader. The winner will receive £400 and 25 complimentary copies with the opportunity to buy more copies at a discount price. Read more...

Deadline: Sat 31 Aug 2019
Location: Ontario, Canada
The Spark Box Studio Residency Program in rural Ontario is now accepting applications from national and international artists working in a range of mediums, including visual artists, writers and musicians. at all stages of their career.  Read more...
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