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Deadline: Sun 22 Jul 2018
Location: UK
The Poetry School and Nine Arches Press are excited to announce that Primers Volume Four is now open for entries. Primers is an annual mentoring and publication scheme organised by the Poetry School and Nine Arches Press. It provides a unique opportunity for talented poets to find publication and receive a programme of supportive feedback, mentoring and promotion.  Read more...

Deadline: Sun 22 Jul 2018
Location: UK, Republic of Ireland
The Liverpool Hope Playwriting Prize is the second largest national playwriting competition and provides a great platform for new comedy writing across the UK and Republic of Ireland. Read more...

Deadline: Mon 23 Jul 2018
Location: UK
Jericho Writers have teamed up with literary agency Marjacq Scripts Ltd to offer a fully-funded weekend ticket to the Festival of Writing 2018 (7-9 September 2018, York) to a talented under-represented writer.  Read more...

Deadline: Mon 23 Jul 2018
Location: UK
Applications are now open for the inaugural Women Poets’ Prize, a biennial award established by the Rebecca Swift Foundation.  Read more...

Deadline: Tue 24 Jul 2018
Location: East Midlands, West Midlands and London
Discovery is Kali’s free writing programme for aspiring playwrights in the East Midlands, West Midlands and London run in partnership with Birmingham Rep, Leicester Curve and London's Pleasance Theatre. Open to UK based women writers of South Asian descent* who are eligible to live and work in the UK and who have not had a play presented as a full production. No previous playwriting experience is necessary.  Read more...

Deadline: Wed 25 Jul 2018
Location: UK
Open to anyone aged 18 and over. The competition is for any unpublished poem of up to 40 lines. The judge is Carole Bromley. Read more...

Deadline: Mon 30 Jul 2018
Location: Scotland
The Autumn Voices Project aims to promote and discuss creativity in later life and offers free opportunities to writers in later life. Submissions from writers over 70 welcomed.  Read more...

Deadline: Tue 31 Jul 2018
Location: International
Flash fiction is a great medium for flexing your writing muscles. Write a piece of up to 1,000 words and get it cast, recorded and promoted across the globe on Audio Jam’s podcast site.  Read more...

Deadline: Tue 31 Jul 2018
Location: Birmingham
Could you be Birmingham’s next Poet Laureate or Young Poet Laureate? Library of Birmingham and Writing West Midlands are looking for two wonderful poets to fill these honorary posts from October 2018 to September 2020. The Young Poet Laureate must be under 18 on 1 October 2018, and the Poet Laureate will be over 18 on the same date. Read more...

Deadline: Tue 31 Jul 2018
Location: UK
Our fifth creative writing competition is now open for entries. Whether you’re an experienced writer or are just beginning to express yourself through words, we’d love to receive your poems and short stories on the topic of caring. Free to enter. Read more...
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