News and Opportunities for Writers: August 2019


In April 2019 Carol Caffrey had a short story published in ‘Pushing Out The Boat’ and a poem in ‘The Poets’ Republic’. She has a poem forthcoming in ‘MIR 16’ (The Mechanics’ Institute Review) which will be launched in September and a flash fiction story to be published online by ‘Here Comes Everyone’. She was longlisted in July in the Primadonna Festival’s Flash Fiction competition and recently took the one-woman play Music For Dogs on the road to the Didsbury Arts Festival and Whitton Park Summer Proms.

The Ruppin Agency has launched the Writers’ Studio, a nationwide mentoring scheme for developing writers of fiction, YA and narrative non-fiction. Over 30 mentors, including prize-winning and bestselling authors, offer a range of options designed to help writers get to the next level, from a first full draft to being submission-ready. Monthly mentoring sessions are available in person or by video call, with mentors available nationwide. Options include advice sessions with a literary agent and a developmental edit with The Book Edit. There is also a FREE place available for a writer of limited means.



Creative Writing Course – 14 weeks, commences Thursday 12th Sept 10-12.30 at Shrewsbury Quaker Meeting House on Corporation Lane. The course is run by the author of ‘Fountain of Creativity: Ways to nourish your writing’, Bethany Rivers.  It promises to inspire, encourage, and be constructive to any one with the desire to write.  Enquiries & bookings to:

Write Your Book – 7 week course starting Thursday 12th Sept, meets fortnightly, 7-9pm Pengwern Books, Fish Street, Shrewsbury. Led by the author of ‘Fountain of Creativity: Ways to nourish your writing’, Bethany Rivers.  If you have a book waiting to blossom, this is the course for you.  How to get writing, stay writing and overcome obstacles and enjoy it!  Enquiries & bookings to:

NAWE Conference 2019: 8-10 November 2019, York – The annual conference of the National Association of Writers in Education offers an invaluable opportunity for writers and educators from across the UK and beyond to come together to celebrate the best in teaching creative writing practice, to build networks and debate current issues. Come and inspire and be inspired!


Competitions and opportunities:

Connections Through Culture is a new British Council mobility programme that aims to to develop exciting cultural exchanges and collaborations between artists, arts professionals and arts organisations, and to support long-lasting relationships between people from East Asia and the UK. It provides small grants to assist travel to the participating countries. Deadline: 26 September.

Mslexia Fiction Competitions 2019 are now accepting submissions! Writers can win cash prizes, agent representation, retreats & more in three categories: Novel, short story and flash fiction. Deadline for all categories: 30 September.

Rural Media has extended their deadline for the New Creatives scheme in the Audio Drama category! Apply for a chance to get professional training, bring your idea to life and get it seen by audiences. Deadline: 30 September.

The Society of Authors is now open for submissions for the Audio Drama Awards 2020! Applicants can apply for the the Imison Awardfor the best audio drama script by a writer new to the medium, and the the Tinniswood Award the best original audio drama script of the year, each rewarded with a £3,000 price! Deadline: 6 October.

The Dinesh Allirajah Prize for Short Fiction 2020 is now open for submissions! This year’s theme is ‘Artificial Intelligence’, inspired by Dinesh’s short story ‘The Longhand Option’. The prize is open to anyone based in the UK aged 18 or over, providing the story submitted has not been published anywhere else, online or in print. Deadline: 25 October.

Ruth Rendell Short Story Competition 2020 opens submissions on 1st August 2019! Writers are requested to write a piece in any genre, no more than 1,000 words. Enter for the chance to write four further stories for InterAct Stroke Support and receive £1,000! Deadline: 2 December.

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