News and Opportunities for Writers: July 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:

Our Room 204 writers-in-development have been exceptionally busy during this period of lockdown – some of them with help from Arts Council England Emergency Funding – and you can read all their good news here.


Writing support and resources:

TLC Free Reads are now open for submissions until Monday 20 July. It’s for writers who are low income or otherwise marginalised, or under-represented in publishing. Find out more and apply here.



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.

Author and storyteller Cat Weatherill is running two one-hour workshops for writers who want to find some calm, positive time to write. Pilates for the Pen runs on Sat 11 July and Sat 18 July for just £10 per session.

Writing West Midlands is running its Summer Writing Challenge for teen writers the week of 27 July. For just £29 you can sign up to 5 days of writing, collaborating, and one-to-one feedback on your writing. Open to writers aged 12-19 from across the UK and beyond.

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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