Ginosko Flash Fiction contest

Icelandic skies cr Judy DarleyThe Ginosko Flash Fiction Contest 2018 invites submission of exceptional, unpublished works of flash fiction.

Submit up to two of your finest flash fiction, of no more than 800 words per piece. The work selected as the winning flash by judges Amanda Yskamp, Michael Hettich, Gary Lundy, E M Schorb, Andrena Zawinski, Andrei Guruianu and Robert Paul Cesaretti will receive a $500 Award, and will be published on Ginosko Literary Journal website as well as in a future print issue.

You can read the 2017 winner, PRAYER FOR SMOKE by Jason Del Guidice, here.

The deadline for entries is 1st March 2018.

Each entry must be accompanied by a $5 entry fee.

Submit your entries, along with a brief bio and cover letter if desired, via Submittable: ginosko.submittable.com/submit. The name of the author must not to be on the actual submission.

Find full details at ginoskoliteraryjournal.com/contest.htm.

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The Spoke at Seren Poetry Festival

The Spoke poets with shadesFabulous poetry group the Spoke have been on something of a roll recently. Of the four, Paul Deaton and Robert Walton launched their debut Seren titles in 2017, with Claire Williamson and Elizabeth Parker set to follow with their Seren debuts in the coming months.

On Saturday 17th February 2018, they will be reading at Cornerstone’s Seren Poetry Festival.

“It’s going to be a fantastic event and we really hope you can make it,” says Elizabeth. “the festival line-up is superb and we’re honoured to be included.”

The evening will take place at Jane Hodge Hall, Cornerstone, Charles Street, Cardiff.

Tickets cost £12 and include a meal of Beef Stew or Sweet Potato and Bean Soup with a roll.

Find out more and book tickets here https://rcadc.org/event/seren-poetry-festival-spoke-poetry-music-little-red/

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Writers’ & Artists’ Yearbook 2018 Short Story Competition

Beautiful skies, Victoria Park cr Judy DarleyThis annual competition is one of my favourites on the literary calendar. There’s no theme for you to base your story on – all you have to do is make sure you’re registered with the website www.writersandartists.co.uk, that the subject line of your email reads ‘W&A Short Story Competition 2018‘ and that you send it to competition@bloomsbury.com.

Your story must be no more than 2,000 words long. The closing date for entries is midnight on Tuesday 13th February, 2018.

The winner of the competition – along with two runners-up – will be announced on the W&A blog pages in March 2018.

Entry is free, but don’t forget to register before submitting your story. Continue reading

Submit to The Mechanics’ Institute

London Millennium Footbridge by Judy DarleyThe Mechanics’ Institute Review (MIR), University of London’s annual short story anthology, is inviting submissions for its next issue from writers across the UK.

MIR is a literary print and ebook publication that champions the short story as an art form, promoting diversity and opportunity for all while publishing new work of the highest possible standard.

They’re seeking unpublished short stories up to 6,000 words in length – there is no minimum word limit. Only one submission per person per issue is permitted, unless you’re submitting only flash fiction, in which case your submission may comprise one, two or three (the maximum) flash-fiction pieces, to a combined total per issue of 2,250 words.

Submissions are welcomed from both new and established authors, but you must live in the UK.

The deadline for submission is 5pm GMT on Friday 9th February 2018.

The publication date is 28th September 2018. Editors aim to contact everyone by Friday 11 May 2018.

Find full details and submit by 5pm GMT on Friday 9th February 2018 at mironline.org/mir15-entry-form/

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Prints perfect

ARTIST TEXTILES Picasso to Warhol exhibition2To celebrate the opening of London’s Fashion and Textile Museum’s Artist Textiles Picasso to Warhol exhibition at New Lanark, the 18th century cotton-spinning Mill Village is inviting entries for a special design competition.

The winning design will be transformed into a unique ‘New Lanark’ textile print.

Entries must be received by 11.59pm GMT on Sunday 11th February 2018.

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Draw inspiration from New Lanark’s social history and industrial heritage, textile production, architecture, natural surroundings or the Falls of Clyde, or feast your eyes on the ARTIST TEXTILES Picasso to Warhol touring exhibition, which traces the history of 20th century art in textiles. With highlights include prints of work by Salvador Dali, Henri Matisse, Pablo Picasso and Andy Warhol, you really can let your imagination take control!

ARTIST TEXTILES Picasso to Warhol exhibition

Your textile print should be an all over repeat pattern that embodies the theme of ‘Living and Working at New Lanark’. For more ideas, view content at www.newlanark.org , www.instagram.com/NewLanark and www.facebook.com/NewLanark

The competition is open to the general public, design students and existing designers. You’re encouraged to be as creative as possible, while keeping in mind the commercial viability of the design and its appeal to New Lanark visitors including international tourists, visitors from elsewhere in Scotland and the local community.

New Lanark will work with the overall winner to incorporate the winning pattern into a range of promotional textile items to be sold exclusively within the New Lanark Mill Shop. The winner will also receive a Place on a specialist workshop (‘Couture Inside Out’ OR ‘Fashion Drawing’) at the Fashion and Textile Museum in London (Travel and accommodation NOT included), as well as Remnant Kings fabric vouchers, a framed copy of print and Complimentary passes to ARTIST TEXTILES Picasso to Warhol exhibition and the New Lanark Visitor Attraction.

To read the T&Cs and enter the competition, click here.

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Join a different kind of book club

NSCRC children with Book Aid boxI love giving books as gifts – there’s always that sense of offering up a whole world for your recipient to discover!

Just because the festive season is officially over, there’s no need to close off that generous part of yourself. In fact, this year, why not give that gift to someone who will really appreciate it?

The Reverse Book Club was devised in 2007 as a means of directly connecting Book Aid International supporters with individual readers. It works exactly like your average book club, except you’ll never receive any of the books you buy – instead they’ll be sent on your behalf to people in the developing world, bringing all those page-bound possibilities, adventures and experiences to classrooms, libraries and minds hungry for them. Continue reading

Share your work at a live literary event

Squat pen by Judy Darley

If you live in the UK’s South West you may be interested to learn of a literary event in Swindon seeking writers. Taking place from 7.30pm till late on Friday 26th January 2018, it offers the chance to share 1,500-2,000 words of your finest fiction.

“We are looking for six (or more) fabulous writer/performers to come along to The Squat Pen, our very first live reading event at ‘The Place’ in the Wyvern Theatre, Swindon,” says the event’s organiser and competition judge Stephen Tuffin. “Write between 1500-2000 words on the subject of your choice, or you can use the prompt ‘new beginnings, then send us your stories for the chance to be selected to read your story on stage and maybe, just maybe, be crowned the very first ever Squat Pen Rests Writing Competition Champion of the World.”

The shortlisted entrants will be invited to come along to perform their piece in front of a friendly audience of short story fans. The outright winner, as voted for by the audience, will be presented with a £50.00 cash prize.

Every finalist will be awarded a limited edition, Squat Pen Rests Writing Competition Finalist mug, as well as having their stories posted on the competition website.

The serious stuff

It costs £3 per story to enter. You can enter up to three stories per event.

Before entering, please ensure you are available to come along and read on Friday 26th January 2018

Each of the entrants will receive free entry, plus one complementary ticket.

Closing date: 19th January 2018. Successful entrants will be notified no later than 22nd January.

Find full details here.

A literary winter solstice

Dusk by Judy DarleyYou may have spotted a call for Dusk-themed stories and poetry on here in October. The call came via micro publisher Arachne Press, who are hosting the fourth annual Solstice Shorts Festival – an evening of stories, poems and music – this December.

Everyone who submitted and were selected should have been informed by now. Congratulations!

Excitingly, for the first time the Solstice Shorts Festival will take place across the UK.

Over the years the event has become so popular that for 2017 it will happen in multiple venues.

“On 21st December, Dusk starts in the UK in the far North East (Shetland at 16:53 and finishes in the far South West (Cornwall) at 18:21, taking between 40 and 50 minutes depending where you are,” says Cherry. “We want the performances to match this exactly, and to have a live link up (Facebook, Youtube…) – so that Cornwall wouldn’t start reading until Shetland had almost finished (supposing we can get someone in Shetland interested) and all the other performances will overlap, so that somewhere in the ether we are all reading/singing together, like a murmuration of starlings.”

The stories and poems to be performed are all inspired by dusk, which Cherry describes as “the last ‘official’ segment, when the sun is down, but there’s still a lingering light in the sky, through to out and out night.”

There will also be traditional and modern music at each venue. It sounds likely to be a magical, creative way to mark the solstice!

Find full details of what’s happening where and how you can help at arachnepress.com.

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Gemini Magazine Poetry Open competition

Arnos Vale kissing trees cr Judy DarleyGemini Magazine is now accepting entries for its seventh annual Poetry Open competition. With a deadline of 2nd January 2018, this offers the perfect chance to get next year off to a poetic start!

Entry costs $7.

The grand prize is $1,000. Second place wins $100 and four honorable mentions will each receive $25. All six finalists will be published online in the March 2018 issue of Gemini. The entry fee is $7 for each batch of three poems.

Editor David Bright says: “We are open to any type of poetry, any subject matter, any length: prose, rhyming, free verse, ballads, sonnets, haiku . . . Scroll down the Poetry Open page to see the broad range of work from previous winners and finalists.”

Find full details here http://www.gemini-magazine.com/poetryopen.html

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Apply to be Bristol’s City Poet

Clifton Suspension Bridge cr JDarley

Poets are invited to apply to become Bristol’s new City Poet.

Miles Chambers was appointed the first City Poet following his rendition of his specially composed work ‘Bristol, Bristol’ at the official swearing-in ceremony for Mayor Rees in May 2016.

If you live in and love Bristol, this could be the chance to rhapsodise about our hilly, creative, quirky metropolis. The winner will be required to compose 10 poems for specific events or projects and will take part in public performances and community engagement activities during Mayor Marvin Rees’ second term in office between May 2018 and May 2020.

The prestigious role of the City Poet is managed by Bristol Cultural Development Partnership as part of the Bristol Festival of Ideas in association with the Mayor’s Office. The City Poet is given an annual fee of £5,000 for the core poems.

Events that current City Poet Miles Chambers has performed at include the Mayor’s Annual State of the City Address in 2016 and 2017, the council’s Annual General Meeting and at a city twinning celebration, as well as appearing in a video for Bristol Energy.

“It’s fantastic that we can continue the post of City Poet, which has been filled by Miles Chambers over the past year,” says Marvin Rees. “Miles’ gift with words has enriched several important events in the city and I’m thankful to him for sharing his distinctive voice with us. I’m looking forward to being involved in the process of appointing a new City Poet and would encourage all poets who love this city to apply. Being the next City Poet is a huge opportunity and I can’t wait to read your submissions.”

Applicants should be experienced poets living in Bristol who already have work published in print and/or online. In addition to filling in an application form, you need to submit two poems (new works or ones already published) of up to 65 lines, one of which should have Bristol as its subject matter. You also need to include a personal statement of around 300 words expressing what you feel you would bring to the role.

The application deadline is Friday 1 December 2017. 

The decision will be made in January 2018 with a handover from the present City Poet Miles Chambers to the new city poet in May 2018.

Find out more and apply here.

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