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Deadline: Fri 26 Apr 2019
Location: England
Do you work in children's literature? The Arts Council has commissioned some important research into the level of inclusion and representation of people from Black and minority ethnic (BME) backgrounds in children's literature. The research is being undertaken by a team at Sheffield Hallam University. Read more...

Deadline: Fri 26 Apr 2019
Location: Traquair
We are looking for stories (fiction and non-fiction, poetry, academic essays, anything which inspires you) of 1,000 words or less about inspirational women in people’s lives, celebrated historical or political figures, and galvanizing women who have changed the world. Read more...

Deadline: Sun 28 Apr 2019
Location: UK
Poems can be of any length but must not exceed two A4 pages. Short stories must not be more than 2,000 words in length. You must not be a widely published writer, an established performance poet or published poet. Authors must be resident in the UK. Read more...

Deadline: Sun 28 Apr 2019
Location: International
Planet in Peril will combine beautiful photography of endangered species and delicate ecosystems, with poetry designed to increase public awareness of the complex issues surrounding climate change. Read more...

Deadline: Mon 29 Apr 2019
Location: UK
BBC Writersroom's regular window for unsolicited scripts is open between 10am on Monday 1st April 2019 and 5pm on Monday 29th April 2019 for Comedy scripts (TV, film, radio, stage or online).  Read more...

Deadline: Mon 29 Apr 2019
Location: International
The submission window for our 2019 Pamphlet Competition for pamphlets of between 18 and 35 poems closes on April 29th. Ten pamphlets will be long listed and four pamphlets will be selected for publication by the Live Canon Poetry Press.  Read more...

Deadline: Tue 30 Apr 2019
Location: UK
The Royal Society of Literature’s annual Dalloway Day (a celebration of Virginia Woolf and her work) this year marks the 90th anniversary of A Room of One’s Own. We have just launched a survey inviting writers across the UK to tell us what they need to flourish professionally. Read more...

Deadline: Tue 30 Apr 2019
Location: International
Editor Allen Ashley is seeking new SF stories (1000-5000 words) about the Moon for a new anthology from Eibonvale Press. Must relate to Luna – not Jovian moons, Martian moons, etc. Sorry, no flash and no poetry. Read more...

Deadline: Tue 30 Apr 2019
Location: International
Submissions of unpublished fiction (5,000 word count maximum) are invited. We are open to a variety of genres and styles — our only requirement is that you show excellence in your craft.  Read more...

Deadline: Tue 30 Apr 2019
Location: International
Entries open for the Scottish Arts Club's Edinburgh International Flash Fiction Award on 1 February 2019. The competition is open to writers worldwide, published and unpublished, over 18 years. First prize of £500 plus two commendations.  Read more...
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