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News and opportunities for writers: August

To cut down on lengthy emails, this will now be posted here rather than emailed out to the mailing list every month.


Here’s our monthly round-up of what’s going on in the month of August across the region:



The Aesthetica Creative Writing Award 2017 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

Lantana publishing are looking for submissions for picture book manuscripts from BAME authors.

Transition stage company are looking for submissions of 2-3 actor plays with their ENTER STAGE WRITE competition. Deadline: 31 August.

Bare Fiction have opened for submissions for their annual writing competition. Deadline: 31 October.



Emma Purshouse, Steve Pottinger and Dave Pitt perform ‘Poets, Prattlers, and Pandemonialists’ as part of the Edinburgh Free Fringe from the 5th to 11th of August. Follow them on twitter @pandemonialists.

Poet and performer Holly Pester is headlining an event at Eastside Projects in Birmingham on Wednesday 9 August. She’s also leading a workshop earlier in the day.

Existing Between Fiction and Reality, one of the Hub Talks, is taking place at Impact Hub in Birmingham on Friday 11 August. Speakers include Zeba Talkhani, Meena Kandasamy and Miranda Doyle.

Writer Jim Storr will be speaking at his book launch of ‘King Arthur’s Wars’ at @BhamWaterstones on Thursday 24 August.


Writing courses and conferences:

30th anniversary NAWE Conference: 10-12 November, York. This is vital for writers working in schools and other forms of education. Book your place soon as it always sells out.

Writers’ HQ writing retreatBirmingham, Sunday 6 August. With playwright Karen Miller, looking at getting started with writing. They also run a number of online writing courses which you can see on their website.


Writing activities:

Stuck for activities for the kids over the holidays? Our Room 204-er Lindsey Bailey has set up Story Chefs: offering interactive creative writing workshops for children.