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Deadline: Sun 16 Dec 2018
Location: Scotland
BBC Introducing: Now & Next is a talent development scheme that will nurture and showcase emerging creative voices, as well as offer established artists a chance to try something new through a series of collaborative artists’ film commissions. Applications are now open for a series of 20 new short film commissions that show collaborations between artists and filmmakers, new and established. Read more...

Deadline: Sun 16 Dec 2018
Location: Argyll and Bute
In 2019 we are offering a three-week residency to an artist who works with groups, community organisations or individuals as part of their practice. This could be a practising visual artist, craftsperson, filmmaker, writer, dancer or musician who leads participatory activities or workshops alongside their practice or an artist who predominantly uses social engagement to inform their work.  Read more...

Deadline: Wed 19 Dec 2018
Location: Cumbria
Eden Arts are offering short artist residencies at our base, an old fire station in Penrith, Cumbria, between January and March 2019. Open to all art forms including writers. Read more...

Deadline: Thu 20 Dec 2018
Location: Wales
Our Associates will help us in our various Sector Development Groups, devoted to art forms and ways of working in the arts, as well as being involved in Grant Decisions. Remuneration available. Read more...

Deadline: Thu 20 Dec 2018
Location: UK
In memory of Professor Bill Overton (1946-2012), the School of the Arts, English and Drama at Loughborough University offers this prize for a sequence of poems on any subject, up to 300 lines. The first-placed entry will be published in chapbook form. 100 copies will be published, of which the winning poet will receive 50. Two runners-up will each receive £50 book tokens.  Read more...

Deadline: Fri 21 Dec 2018
Location: International
There are two age groups – under 15 years old and 15 to under 19 years old on 27th October 2018 – Dylan’s birthday. All entrants receive free membership of the Dylan Thomas Society for one year plus there are great prizes up to £500 in value. Read more...

Deadline: Fri 21 Dec 2018
Location: UK
In order to recognise one of the fastest-growing parts of the book market, BookBrunch, the daily online news service for the book industry, together with the London Book Fair, has launched a new awards scheme for self-published authors. This exciting initiative aims to discover new talent and reward the very best self-published titles each year. Read more...

Deadline: Sun 30 Dec 2018
Location: Bristol
Creative Bridges International is a weekend conference taking place in Bristol, UK in July 2019 to explore and showcase relevant research and practice in the field of words for wellbeing and Creative Writing for Therapeutic Purposes (CWTP). We are looking for presentations/workshops of 80-90 minutes. Read more...

Deadline: Mon 31 Dec 2018
Location: International
Holland Park Press invites any poem that deals with any aspects of the Brexit process. The actual word Brexit does not have to appear, but the poem needs to be inspired by Brexit, for example by throwing a new light on being in or out of the EU, or by expressing something that hasn’t been voiced before. Ist prize: £200 Read more...

Deadline: Mon 31 Dec 2018
Location: Huddersfield to Sheffield
Dwell Time is a newspaper published for the Penistone Line Railway in Yorkshire that seeks reflections on mental wellbeing. We are seeking drawings, illustrations, poetry and personal stories about real life, raw feelings and survival stories; more about the journeys than the destinations.  Read more...
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