News and Opportunities for Writers: August/September 2018


The Emma Press has published new translation of children’s poetry book by Latvian-Swedish poet Juris Kronsberg.

Congratulations to Room 204-er Lou Sarabadzic, who has had two poems published in the latest issue of Morphrog.


Birmingham Literature Festival takes place 4-14 October in venues across the city, with speakers including John Boyne, Caitlin Moran, Nigel Slater, Raymond Antrobus and Jonathan Coe. There are also workshops for writers, events on a narrowboat on the Birmingham canals, performances of spoken work and theatre, and even a special evening celebrating all things Dada! Tickets from £3.

Wolves & Apples is happening in Leicester on Saturday 29 September. It’s full-day event for children’s/young adult writers to get practical advice and guidance (via panels, talks and workshops) from established professionals, including authors, agents and publishers. There will be an opportunity for a 1-1 advice/feedback session with a publisher or literary agent.

The BookBlast 10×10 tour, in association with Waterstones, will visit nine regions of England, celebrating risk-taking publishers who fill a unique niche in discovering talent, and will be in Birmingham on Thursday 25 October with publisher Saqi Books. Book your ticket here.

Competitions and opportunities:

The 12th Aesthetica Creative Writing Award is open for entries, presenting an opportunity for emerging and established writers and poets to showcase their work to new international audiences and further their involvement in the literary world. Deadline: 31 August.

Link Age Southwark are running a national competition for short stories and poems by children and adults to celebrate their 25 anniversary. Deadline: 31 August.

The Children’s Society are open for submissions of stories from 16 and 17 year olds, as part of their Seriously Awkward campaign. Deadline: 31 August.

The Emma Press has launched a call for poems about illness for an anthology to be edited by Amy Mackelden and Dylan Jaggard. Poets are invited to send in up to three poems by 31 August 2018.

Submissions are open for the Valley Press Anthology of British Prose Poetry. Are you an adventurous writer? Do you like crossing genres and pushing the boundaries? If so, please submit work in the genre of prose poetry to this new Arts Council funded project. Deadline: 3rd September.

Holland Park Press are running a Brexit in Poetry Competition. Love it or hate it most people have strong opinions about the whole Brexit issue. Why not channel your thoughts by writing a poem about it? To enter email your entry to: and follow the submission guidelines carefully. Deadline: 31 December.

Workshops / writing courses:

Writing West Midlands has just released its Autumn/Winter programme of short courses, which include Developing Your Poetry with Liz Berry, Writing for Children with Ben Davis, and Introduction to Writing for Film & TV with Hayley McKenzie. You can view them all here. present a programme of creative writing workshops this September, which include writing for TV, journalism, stand-up comedy, poetry and novels.

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