News and Opportunities for Writers: June 2020

With many events and festivals cancelled, the writing community has transferred a lot of its activity online. Search on Twitter or Instagram using the hashtags #amwriting or similar and you’ll find lots of resources. 

News from Room 204:

Annabel Brightling (2019 intake) and her writing group Script Sirens have a produced a four-part dark comedy called #GoingViral, which is available from 8th June 2020.

Shaun Hill (2019 intake) has been announced as one of five poets in this year’s Apples and Snakes & Jerwood Arts Poetry in Performance Programme. It’s an incredible opportunity to explore performance poetry more and we’re sure he’ll get a lot from the year-long programme.


Writing support and resources:

Our friends at The Literary Consultancy (TLC) have launched Being A Writer – an affordable, creative programme and platform that aims to support and inspire the writing community. Each element of the programme will inform the next, allowing the writing community that engages with it, to be its co-curators. With a low cost subscription and a FREE 30-day trial, writers will have access to everything from online courses to podcasts, creativity pills to a digital scrapbook, discounts on TLC services and so much more.

Sign up before June 19th to a monthly or annual membership, and get your first 30 days free (use the code 30DAYSFREE). Alternatively, if you just want to have a look around, you can also access a 7-day free trial. Sign up below!



In response to the Covid-19 outbreak, many authors, readers and booksellers have had to think outside the box in regards to book launches and maintaining reader engagement. The Bookseller has listed virtual book launches and virtual festivals which will be taking place over the next couple of months, to get involved, visit their website.

A collective of authors and illustrators have launched Picture Book Author Events Online to provide author videos, book readings and activities to keep children entertained whilst at home. You can find more information here.

National Writing Day is happening across the UK on 24 June. Run by First Story, writers of all ages are encouraged to do some writing on the day and share it on social media.


Competitions and opportunities:

The Creative Writing Award is now open for entries: further your involvement in the literary world with our friends at Aesthetica Mag.  Submit your poetry and short fiction work and win £1,000 as well as publication within an inspiring anthology. Deadline: 31 August 2020.

To celebrate their 10th birthday, Pop Up Projects is publishing 10 short stories for young readers. 5 of these will be created by famous writers paired with emerging illustrators, and 5 will be created by famous illustrators paired with
emerging writers. Special high-quality editions will be auctioned off as part of a major promotional campaign. Pop Up is holding a competition to find 3 ambitious, talented aspiring writers to participate in this project. Winners will
not only see their work published, promoted and illustrated by a famous illustrator, but will also receive a fee of £500. Deadline: 30th July 2020.

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