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Deadline: Sun 15 Dec 2019
Location: London
The Bush Theatre is committed to discovering the best new plays from playwrights who may be unknown to them and therefore seek unsolicited submissions from playwrights in dedicated script windows.  Read more...

Deadline: Sun 15 Dec 2019
Location: International
We need YOU to imagine a future for the plants and animals of the UK! Writing has always helped us to imagine possibilities for ourselves and the world around us. We need your imagination to support two projects saving endangered species: the Willow Tit Project, and Ancients of the Future, who are working to protect 28 threatened species which live in ancient trees. Read more...

Deadline: Sun 15 Dec 2019
Location: International
This contest aims to encourage authors in the creation of bold and powerful plays for young audiences (12-21 years old) Open to writers worldwide. There is no age or nationality limit for the entrants and no entry fee. Read more...

Deadline: Mon 16 Dec 2019
Location: North of England
The Northern Book Prize is an annual prize awarded to an unpublished book-length work of ambitious literary fiction either written by a writer living in the North of England or by a writer who has a strong connection to the North.  Read more...

Deadline: Wed 18 Dec 2019
Location: International
SWAMP Writing is currently taking submissions of previously unpublished poetry, short fiction, creative non-fiction and memoir from writers currently enrolled in a postgraduate program in any university across the globe. The theme for Issue 25 is “Journeys.” Read more...

Deadline: Fri 20 Dec 2019
Location: UK
A major educational publisher is seeking to develop and extend its range of well-known study and revision guides for GCSE English Language and GCSE English Literature in both print and digital format. Read more...

Deadline: Fri 20 Dec 2019
Location: West Midlands
Calling West Midlands poets! The Nine Arches Press/Writing West Midlands Dynamo mentoring scheme is open. Emerging poets from backgrounds currently under-represented in poetry publishing e.g. disabled, low-income, BAME, LGBTQI+ are invited to apply by 20th December. Read more...

Deadline: Tue 31 Dec 2019
Location: UK
Submissions are invited for the following anthologies: The Brown (South Asian community), The Black (the Black British community) and The British White Working Class. The theme for this year is language. Read more...

Deadline: Tue 31 Dec 2019
Location: Mexico
The 360 Xochi Quetzal Artist and Writer’s Residency Program is located on Lake Chapala, the largest lake in Mexico, where the perfect year-round climate and stunning lake and mountain views have long established the region as an international artist mecca. Read more...

Deadline: Tue 31 Dec 2019
Location: International
Apple Tree Literary is a new literary agency founded by Max Edwards based in London, dedicated to supporting our clients in their writing careers. Launched in 2019, we are actively seeking fresh new talent in fiction and non-fiction. Read more...
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