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Deadline: Sat 8 May 2021
Location: International
2021 marks the 200th anniversary of the composition of Percy Bysshe Shelley’s ‘A Defence of Poetry’ (1821) – one of the boldest and most profound statements on the power of poetry to act as a social and political force.  Read more...

Deadline: Sun 9 May 2021
Location: International
The London Reader is looking for stories, poems, or art that reflect on, gaze upon, or feel the pull of the moon in any way for its next issue. From myth or history, through our torn present moment, or gazing forward toward a radically different future. Read more...

Deadline: Mon 10 May 2021
Location: UK
This research aims to understand how synergies can be nurtured between higher education arts teaching and teachers’ own creative practice.  Read more...

Deadline: Wed 12 May 2021
Location: International
Our 2021 bursaries are now open. These give under-represented writers a free entry to the Bridport Prize competition in any category. There will be monthly bursary awards running through to May 2021. Read more...

Deadline: Fri 14 May 2021
Location: International
Entries are invited for this year's competition for full-length collections. There are two categories: first collections and second and subsequent collections. Guest Judge: Kirsten Irving. Read more...

Deadline: Fri 14 May 2021
Location: International
Are you a budding author? Have you ever noticed that engineers don’t feature in many stories? Read more...

Deadline: Fri 14 May 2021
Location: International
Are you an unpublished and unagented writer with an original and exciting story for 7-to-18-year-olds? We're looking for original ideas, a fresh voice, a diverse range of entries and stories that children will love! Open to writers worldwide aged 18 or over. Read more...

Deadline: Sat 15 May 2021
Location: International
Nine Pens is a North Pennines-based poetry press that is all about helping early career poets get their foot on the ladder. They have opened submissions for the 'Hair Raising' anthology in support of Macmillan Cancer. Open to poets worldwide. Read more...

Deadline: Sat 15 May 2021
Location: International
Submissions are invited of flash fiction up to 500 words, essays and articles on writing, craft, and flash fiction, and original artwork. Read more...

Deadline: Sat 15 May 2021
Location: UK
Multilingual Creators is a new creative learning programme from the Stephen Spender Trust [SST], the UK's leading charity for multilingual creativity in schools.  Read more...
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