News and Opportunities for Writers: March 2019


Congratulations to Room 204 writers Liz Xifaras and Maeve Clarke who have been selected to be part of the first ever TLC Free Reads anthology. The anthology is being sponsored by AM Heath literary agency, and is due to be published in June 2019.

The Society of Authors want to hear from writers, illustrators and literary translators! Fill out this survey to tell them what training, development and advice will help you further your career as an author. The survey will take around 10-15 minutes to complete and as a thank you, you can enter a draw to win a year’s free membership to the Society of Authors.

The new season of writing short courses run by Writing West Midlands are available online. Booking till September 2019, there are courses on Poetry, Funding for Writing Projects, Starting to Write (Prose & Scripts) and many more.



Bournville BookFest happens this year from 14th-24th March in venues all around Birmingham. Full line-up and tickets here.


Competitions and opportunities:

Writers’ HQ are running a quarterly flash fiction competition. Deadline: 31 March.

Birmingham-based independent publishers Emma Press is looking for picture book proposals for children. Successful authors will be matched with an illustrator; authors who illustrate their own work are also welcome to submit. Find out more here. Deadline 20th April 2019.

The 2019 Bristol Short Story Prize is now open for entries. This competition is open to all writers published or unpublished, UK or non-UK, and announcements will happen in October 2019. More information here. Deadline 1st May 2019.

The Creative Future Writers’ Award 2019 is now open for submissions! Join the ranks of celebrated, under-represented poets and fiction writers from across the UK who have won cash prizes and unique development opportunities. This year’s theme is “home”. Deadline: 2 June.


Workshops / writing courses:

30th March & 27th April, Poetry Inspiration Days, 10-4pm, £40 Nr. Wem, Shropshire. A day to explore poems on a set theme, to discover your own healing images and life inspiration. Bring a pen, pad and a packed lunch. Tea and coffee provided. For details or to book, contact Bethany Rivers.

6 week Short Fiction Course at University Centre, Shrewsbury with award winning writer Dr Lisa Blower, author of It’s Gone Dark over Bill’s Mother’s and Sitting Ducks, from Wednesday 1 May. Places limited, booking essential: £120. Email to book your place.

4th May – Stratford Literary Festival will run a Writer’s Day on how to get your book published at Crowne Plaza Hotel. Tickets and programme details here.

Arvon writing course just announced: Writing As If The World Mattered, 17-22 June 2019, The Hurst Arvon Centre, Shropshire. Join tutors Lucy Neal and Charlotte Du Cann to discuss what tools do we need as writers to articulate these realities at both ‘inner’ and ‘outer levels’; make meaning in times of urgency and sustain a writing practice? How do we write ‘as if the world mattered’?

6th – 10th July – ‘Warwick Translates’: literary translation summer school held at the University of Warwick, taught in an all-day workshop environment using a variety of fiction and non-fiction texts and featuring networking opportunities. Bursaries available. More info and tickets here.



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