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Deadline: Wed 4 Aug 2021
Location: UK, Republic of Ireland
Harvill Secker and Bloody Scotland are once again teaming up to find the most exciting new crime fiction by writers of colour. Open to anyone of a Black, Asian, or Minority Ethnic background aged 18 or over who is a resident of the UK or Republic of Ireland. Read more...

Deadline: Fri 6 Aug 2021
Location: London
Poetry School is offering a full fees scholarship award (£8,100) to the Poetry School / Newcastle University MA in Writing Poetry for an outstanding applicant who is currently underrepresented in the poetry world. Read more...

Deadline: Fri 6 Aug 2021
Location: UK, Ireland
The HarperCollins Author Academy is a new initiative offering free training to support writers from underrepresented Black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds in the UK and Ireland. Applications are invited for its Autumn 2021 Course starting in October. Read more...

Deadline: Sun 8 Aug 2021
Location: UK
Curtis Brown Creative has announced the first John le Carré scholarship, providing the full course fee for one talented writer of limited financial means to join its three-month online Writing Your Novel course (6 September to 13 December 2021). Read more...

Deadline: Sun 8 Aug 2021
Location: UK
Free online workshop in September 2021 for people of colour who want to write for children. Hear expert advice from key industry figures and a conversation with Tolá Okogwu, a participant at the 2020 Workshop whose debut MG duology Onyeka and the Academy of the Sun was subsequently acquired by Simon & Schuster at auction. Apply to take part by 8th August. Read more...

Deadline: Mon 9 Aug 2021
Location: UK
The Highland Book Prize, established in 2017, celebrates the finest published work that recognises the rich talent, landscape and cultural diversity of the Highlands. This annual prize is open to work in fiction, non-fiction and poetry. Read more...

Deadline: Wed 11 Aug 2021
Location: UK
Guts Publishing are seeking submissions of fiction (especially literary fiction with a nonfiction tone) and nonfiction (memoir, creative nonfiction, autobiography). We are looking to publish UK writers (born here, lived here, etc.) and encourage submissions from debut or emerging writers. Read more...

Deadline: Wed 11 Aug 2021
Location: South Downs National Park
Writing Our Legacy has teamed up with South Downs National Park to launch a new bursary scheme for Black, Asian and ethnically diverse writers. Round 2 is now open for applications. Open to established and emerging writers. Read more...

Deadline: Wed 11 Aug 2021
Location: International
Plumwood Mountain is an Australian and International Journal of ecopoetry and ecopoetics. Submissions (max 50 lines) are invited for our next issue Embodied Belonging: Towards an Ecopoetic Lyric. Read more...

Deadline: Wed 11 Aug 2021
Location: International
The Second Light Poetry Competition is now open for entries of long (over 50 lines) and short poems (up to 50 lines) on any subject, written by women. International entries welcome. Read more...
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