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Deadline: Mon 6 Apr 2020
Location: International
The Burlington Contemporary Art Writing Prize seeks to discover talented young writers aged up to 35 on contemporary art, with the winner receiving £1,000 and the opportunity to publish a review of a contemporary art exhibition in The Burlington Magazine. Read more...

Deadline: Fri 10 Apr 2020
Location: Newcastle
Transcend is a new night that blends aerial performance and spoken word at Alphabetti Theatre, Newcastle. Artists responding to artists, without a rehearsal... We need all kinds of writers to make it happen. You will read your work alongside an aerialist who will respond to your words.  Read more...

Deadline: Mon 13 Apr 2020
Location: International
The major literary prize competition returns for its eighth year, with some fantastic prizes for the winning poems. As in previous years, this prestigious competition is run by YorkMix, in association with York Literature Festival. The judge for this year’s competition is Sean O’Brien. Read more...

Deadline: Wed 15 Apr 2020
Location: International
Experimental writing magazine streetcake is open for submissions for its March 2020 issue. Read more...

Deadline: Thu 16 Apr 2020
Location: England
We are making £20 million available to individuals working in the cultural sector, including artists, creative practitioners and freelancers. Artists and creative practitioners will be able to apply for grants of up to £2,500 if they have a track record in publicly funded culture.  Read more...

Deadline: Fri 17 Apr 2020
Location: International
A new writing competition for Flash Fiction and Flash Non-Fiction, established in memory of Manchester blogger Dave Murray, and run by the Manchester Writing School at Manchester Metropolitan. £1,000 first prizes in each category, plus runner up prizes of £200 and £50.  Read more...

Deadline: Sun 19 Apr 2020
Location: UK
Middleground is a literary and art magazine for mixed race people and their identities, stories and voices. We are looking for art and writing for our second issue, which will be published in summer 2020. Read more...

Deadline: Sun 19 Apr 2020
Location: UK
The BBC Studios Writers’ Academy gives writers the opportunity to learn from some of the biggest names in the industry, the chance to develop their skills on the BBC’s flagship shows (EastEnders, Casualty, Holby City, Doctors, and River City), and the opportunity to work with some of the UK’s best television drama production companies. In 2020, for the first time, the Writers’ Academy will be open to submissions from all writers, including those that have neither a professional commission, nor an agent. Read more...

Deadline: Mon 20 Apr 2020
Location: UK, Republic of Ireland
BBC Writersroom's annual window for unsolicited comedy scripts (TV, film, radio, stage or online) will open at 10am on Monday 23rd March 2020 and close at 5pm on Monday 20th April 2020. Entrants must be resident in the UK or Republic of Ireland. Read more...

Deadline: Mon 20 Apr 2020
Location: International
Stories up to a maximum of 2200 words on any theme or subject are invited for our seventh yearly international Short Story Award. First prize: £1200 Read more...
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