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Deadline: Sun 20 Oct 2019
Location: Sussex
Brighton & Hove Arts Council, in partnership with the University of Brighton, invite submissions of poems not exceeding 40 lines on any theme or subject are invited from anyone over the age of 16 years who is resident, working, studying or was born in Sussex for this year's Open Competition. The Young Students Competition, with free entry, is open to students under 30 years of age. Read more...

Deadline: Sun 20 Oct 2019
Location: International
Following the success of last year's competition, Eyelands gr. & Strange Days Books invite submissions (published and unpublished) of poetry, novellas, short story collections, novels. New categories this year are Historical Fiction, Memoir, Children’s Books and Graphic Novels. Early bird submissions until 31 August. Read more...

Deadline: Sun 20 Oct 2019
Location: Sunderland
Transcend is a new night that blends aerial performance and spoken word. 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 21 Oct 2019
Location: Manchester/Salford
Proposals for panels and papers across the discipline are invited for this major conference celebrating the intellectual strength, diversity, and creativity of English language, literature, and creative writing in the UK and across the world, taking place in Manchester/Salford in June 2020. Alternative forms of engagement, such as ‘research in progress’ sessions, dialogues, shared readings, pop-up workshops, masterclasses and roundtables welcomed. Deadline extended to 21 October 2019.  Read more...

Deadline: Mon 21 Oct 2019
Location: Leeds
Leeds Playhouse and Rollem Productions invite applications from writers to The Kay Mellor Fellowship, an exciting, year-long dual development opportunity for stage and screen. The Fellowship will run from January to December 2020. Read more...

Deadline: Mon 21 Oct 2019
Location: International
Previously unpublished or broadcast poems written in English (max 45 lines) may be submitted from any country. First prize £2,000 plus other cash prizes. Read more...

Deadline: Fri 25 Oct 2019
Location: UK
Independent publisher Comma Press and the University of Central Lancashire have formed a new partnership with the Northern Short Story Festival to once again deliver the Dinesh Allirajah Prize for Short Fiction, now in its third year.  Read more...

Deadline: Sun 27 Oct 2019
Location: Plymouth
The National Memory Day Partnership invite applications for a free half-day National Memory Day poet training session taking place on Tuesday 19th November 2019, 1-5pm, in Plymouth.  Read more...

Deadline: Sun 27 Oct 2019
Location: Scotland
Stewed Rhubarb Press are open to unsolicited submissions of poetry pamphlets, full poetry collections and novellas. Both agented and unagented writers are encouraged to get in touch, especially those from groups underrepresented in poetry publishing. Read more...

Deadline: Wed 30 Oct 2019
Location: International
Our mentoring service, Cinnamon Pencil, is a brilliant way to focus on your writing and bring out your creative potential. We're offering a chance to win a free place, together with two 50% bursaries to the best runners-up. Open to all writers, beginners and established.  Read more...
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