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Deadline: Mon 27 Jan 2020
Location: Wales
This is an opportunity for students from the UK and EU to apply for a PhD with the South, West and Wales Doctoral Training Partnership. Writing Pain is a partnership between the pain management team at Powys NHS Teaching Health Board, Creative Writing at Aberystwyth University and the Reading Centre for Cognitive Research. Read more...

Deadline: Wed 29 Jan 2020
Location: Scotland
The Robert Louis Stevenson Fellowship is an annual award offering professional writers based in Scotland a month-long writing retreat at Hôtel Chevillon. There are four fellowships available per year, taking place during June, July, August or November. Read more...

Deadline: Thu 30 Jan 2020
Location: West Midlands
Room 204 is Writing West Midlands’ flagship year-long programme of career development for writers in the West Midlands. Deadline is fast approaching! Read more...

Deadline: Fri 31 Jan 2020
Location: UK
The #WriteMentor Children’s Novel Award is a competition for unagented or unpublished writers of PB/CB/MG/YA fiction of any genre. Winner – £500 and trophy. Shortlist – a place on #WriteMentor programme (if you’re not agented by June 2020). Read more...

Deadline: Fri 31 Jan 2020
Location: Arundel
Writers are invited to submit plays for the 2020 Arundel Festival Theatre Trail. Conceived and presented by Drip Action Theatre Company, eight short plays will be performed at eight different venues all over Arundel on each of the Festival’s eight days from 22nd to 29th August. Read more...

Deadline: Fri 31 Jan 2020
Location: International
London-based poetry press Bad Betty Press are open for submissions of pamphlet and collection manuscripts until 31st January 2020. Successful manuscripts will be accepted for publication in 2021. Read more...

Deadline: Fri 31 Jan 2020
Location: International
Half Moon Books are inviting submissions for Faster, Higher, Stronger, an anthology of poems inspired by Olympic sport to mark the 2020 Olympic Games.  Read more...

Deadline: Fri 31 Jan 2020
Location: International
The International Radio Playwriting Competition 2020 - from the BBC World Service and British Council in partnership with Commonwealth Writers - is an opportunity for new and established writers from outside the UK aged over 18 on 31 January 2020 to tell their stories.  Read more...

Deadline: Fri 31 Jan 2020
Location: International
The theme of 2020’s Keats-Shelley Prize is Songbird. This marks two landmark bicentenaries in Romantic poetry. The composition 200 years ago of PB Shelley’s To a Skylark and the publication in book form of John Keats’ Ode to a Nightingale. Categories: poetry and essay. Total Prizes worth over £5000. Read more...

Deadline: Fri 31 Jan 2020
Location: International
The 2019 Plough International Poetry Prize is now open for entries of poems of up to 40 lines. 1st prize £1000. This year's judge is Greta Stoddart. Read more...
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