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Deadline: Thu 21 Feb 2019
Location: England
Developing your Creative Practice is a new Arts Council England development fund designed to support independent creative practitioners to ensure excellence is thriving in the arts and culture sector. Round 4 closes at noon on 21 February 2019.  Read more...

Deadline: Sun 24 Feb 2019
Location: UK
Creative Future, Myriad Editions and New Writing South seek the best UK poets and fiction writers from under-represented backgrounds—those who face barriers due to mental health, disability, identity or social circumstance. We’re looking for manuscripts of fiction (8-10,000 words) and poetry (40-45 pp. at 20 lines/page).  Read more...

Deadline: Mon 25 Feb 2019
Location: International
Creative Nonfiction, a quarterly publication featuring long- and short- form nonfiction narratives, including personal essays, memoirs, and profiles, accompanied by interviews and articles about the craft, ethics, and business of writing non-fiction, invites submissions for a special "Memoir" issue of the magazine to be published in 2020.  Read more...

Deadline: Mon 25 Feb 2019
Location: Leeds
Proposals are invited for a Prose Poetry Symposium at Leeds Trinity University in July 2019 being co-organised by Anne Caldwell and Oz Hardwick. Deadline extended to 25 February.  Read more...

Deadline: Mon 25 Feb 2019
Location: Scotland
The Bridge Awards are delighted to announce a new award for emerging short story writers based in Scotland. The award will be comprised of a short feedback/mentoring package with author Cherise Saywell. This is a great opportunity for a writer to develop his/her craft and to work with an experienced writer and mentor.  Read more...

Deadline: Wed 27 Feb 2019
Location: South East
Presented in partnership with New Writing South and Preston Park Recovery Centre, this is a unique opportunity for a talented, emerging under-represented writer based in the South East.  Read more...

Deadline: Thu 28 Feb 2019
Location: International
Iron Press is accepting poems for their Trees anthology. Selected poems will be published in an anthology and poets will receive complimentary copies of the book and be invited to read their poem/s at a launch event.  Read more...

Deadline: Thu 28 Feb 2019
Location: International
The Sentinel Literary Quarterly Poetry Competition has been successfully organised since July 2009 offering publishing opportunities for the winning, commended and specially-mentioned poems in Sentinel Literary Quarterly magazine (online & in print) plus cash prizes. Read more...

Deadline: Thu 28 Feb 2019
Location: UK
Enter our FREE short story competition for a chance to win a cash prize and see your winning entry published online! Prizes: The winner will receive £200 and publication on the Solution Loans website, with £50 and publication for three runners-up. The theme is "A New Home". Read more...

Deadline: Thu 28 Feb 2019
Location: International
The Comedy Women In Print (CWIP) prize is an exciting new literary award created by Helen Lederer to bring female comedy writing the exposure and recognition it deserves. Prize categories for comedy fiction by unpublished female writers and by published female writers. Read more...
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