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Deadline: Mon 7 Dec 2020
Location: Argyll and Bute
Cove Park is now accepting applications for funded Literature Residencies in spring and summer 2021. We will award a minimum of four funded Literature Residencies of between two to six weeks each to take place during our summer programme. Open to writers based in the UK. Read more...

Deadline: Mon 7 Dec 2020
Location: Scotland
The Maverick Award 2020 offers up to £2000 to the best application for a new project, with writing at its heart, that departs from the routine and starts to explore new and imaginative possibilities. Open to playwrights who live and work in Scotland and have done so for at least 4 years. Read more...

Deadline: Mon 7 Dec 2020
Location: International
There are two categories – single poem and pamphlet – and we welcome poems of any length, in any style and on any subject. Both competitions are open to any woman, regardless of background or location.  Read more...

Deadline: Mon 7 Dec 2020
Location: UK
The RSL’s Literature Matters Awards aim to reward and enable literary excellence and innovation.  Read more...

Deadline: Tue 8 Dec 2020
Location: Wales
Literature Wales and Firefly Press have launched a call out for submissions for the next Rising Stars Wales Award 2021, the second round of an initiative to identify and nurture talented children’s poets from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic backgrounds based in Wales, with the view to publish an anthology of their work. Read more...

Deadline: Thu 10 Dec 2020
Location: International
The Ireland Writing Retreat team have recently launched the second international edition of ‘Wild Atlantic Writing Awards,’ with 1,000 euro in prize money, comprising both flash fiction and creative non-fiction on the theme 'Nature'. Read more...

Deadline: Fri 11 Dec 2020
Location: Hampshire, Dorset
Are you a Hampshire or Dorset-based poet aged between 16-25 and looking to develop your writing in 2021? Poetry Ambassadors, a new scheme run by Winchester Poetry Festival, ArtfulScribe, and the University of Southampton, is offering free year-long mentoring to three young poets next year. Read more...

Deadline: Fri 11 Dec 2020
Location: Wales
There are just nine days left for schoolchildren across Wales to enter the Royal Mint Museum’s Short Story competition – helping to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Decimalisation. The bilingual short story competition is open to all pupils in years five and six. Judge: celebrated children’s author, Eloise Williams.  Read more...

Deadline: Tue 15 Dec 2020
Location: UK, Ireland
BBC Studios ScriptWorks and Thousand Films are partnering to find undiscovered writing talent from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic backgrounds. If you have a pilot script for drama or comedy and you don’t have agency representation, then submit your script for free to us. Read more...

Deadline: Tue 15 Dec 2020
Location: International
Proposals for papers are invited from researchers and from heritage and tourism practitioners that explore narrative non-fiction as a literary form or as professional practice for writing about place. Read more...
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