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The Extraordinary Lesson of a Satire about Power

Fifty years ago a young Brazilian playwright wanted to say something important about the nature of power: not how it was won, but how it operates and makes ordinary people … Continue reading

October 11, 2021 · 2 Comments

Something you may not have thought about before – what happens when a self-published writer dies

This is an interesting article by Derek Haines, a Cambridge CELTA English teacher and author who has been blogging for years about writing and related issues. Here he digs into … Continue reading

July 26, 2021 · 6 Comments

Calling Writers on the Island of Ireland – mentoring programme

YOU HAVE TO BE QUICK for this one as the deadline is Thursday 22 July 2021. Yes, this Thursday – and the cut off point isn’t 5pm or the more … Continue reading

July 19, 2021 · Leave a comment

Can you write about excitement and jubilation? Submissions open for the e-zine published by Epoque Press

Epoque Press is a small, but perfectly formed independent publishing company that promotes new literary and creative talent through their main publishing imprint and an online ezine. For their next … Continue reading

May 24, 2021 · Leave a comment

What’s Your Story Competition – sing it, rap it, sign it or write it

The Evening Standard and Netflix have just launched What’s Your Story? competition.It’s very different to anything I’ve come across before because entries can be sung, signed, rapped, or tapped out on your phone. … Continue reading

May 22, 2021 · 2 Comments

International writing competition on Sex and Gender

For the past eleven years Stringybark Stories has run international short story competitions from their base in Australia.David Vernon, Editor and Judge, wrote to tell me that this year they … Continue reading

May 20, 2021 · Leave a comment

Funny Women Writers Wanted – not a phrase you hear very often

But this is for real Comedy Women in Print Prize is its third year and is the UK and Ireland’s first comedy literary prize (and only? can’t think of another). … Continue reading

April 30, 2021 · 4 Comments

Writing Competition for the Irish Diaspora

This is interesting. Green Curtain Theatre are celebrating the centenary of an ‘independent’ Ireland with a lockdown theatrical performance written by people from the Irish Diaspora. (The Anglo-Irish Treaty was … Continue reading

February 22, 2021 · Leave a comment

Mentor Award Scheme for Emerging Writers of Colour

The Royal Society of Literature are joining forces with Sky Arts to launch a new set of Awards to celebrate and nurture British writers of colour at the beginnings of their careers. Five … Continue reading

February 20, 2021 · Leave a comment

Write What You Love – Could you Create A Feel-Good Christmas Romance for next year?

Novel Writing Competition from a major publisher and right now all they want is a fabulous idea and 1000 words… Penguin Michael Joseph are offering one unpublished writer – currently … Continue reading

January 14, 2021 · Leave a comment

Ever thought about writing commercial fiction? A free competition for unpublished writers of colour

THIS IS EXCITING – a potentially life-changing competition exclusively for un-agented, unpublished writers of colour. The winner will receive a two-book publishing contract from Avon with an advance against royalties … Continue reading

December 26, 2020 · 4 Comments

Monthly Competition for Playwrights

The Painkiller Project is a monthly playwriting competition supported by Arts Council England. Every month two plays are awarded £150. ​The two winning plays are released fortnightly as audio podcasts (available here). … Continue reading

December 19, 2020 · 2 Comments

Competition for Romance and Crime Writers

New Publishing Opportunity for underrepresented writers The Fresh Ink award competition will give Black, Asian and minority ethnic writers the opportunity to win a publishing contract (including an advance payment and royalties) … Continue reading

December 17, 2020 · Leave a comment

WANT TO WRITE FOR THE BBC? Annual Submissions window is now open

BBC Writersroom’s annual window for unsolicited scripts (TV, film, radio, stage or online) is open until 5pm on Wednesday 6th January 2021. Quiet Christmas? Now you know what to do with … Continue reading

December 12, 2020 · 2 Comments