Sunday, 31 January 2016

News from New Writing North

As the deadline for the Northern Writers' Awards is fast approaching, 11pm Wednesday 3 February, the latest News from New Writing North newsletter is a timely reminder.  Also containing information on prizes, opportunities and competitions, it has a link to full details on the NWAs:

30 January 2016
News from New Writing North
New Writing North news
Last call for Northern Writers’ Awards 2016
Northern Writers' Awards
This year’s Northern Writers’ Awards close for entry at 11pm, Wednesday 3 February.
There are £40,000 worth of awards to support work-in-progress by writers in the North of England, including bursaries for a 12-month development period with Lime Pictures, a residential writing course with Arvon and manuscript assessment from The Literary Consultancy, as well as cash awards. Don’t miss out!
Northern Crime One Newcastle launch
Northern Crime One
Northern Crime One is a crime short story anthology from Moth Publishing, which brings together the work of 20 winners of the Northern Crime Short Story Competition held last year.
"From rural noir to urban horror, high concept drama to blunt force trauma, Moth Publishing presents its first collection of prize-winning short stories. From the inner city to the shires, Santander to Stratford, these northern writers know where the bodies are buried."
The collection has its North East launch at Newcastle City Library on Thursday 24 March, 6.30pm. For details of the collection, see Moth Publishing's website. To book FREE tickets, see
SI Leeds Literary Prize
2014's winner, Mahsuda Snaith
New Writing North is pleased to support the SI Leeds Literary Prize for unpublished Black and Asian women. The winning entry will receive £2,000, a free place at an Arvon creative writing course, free manuscript assessment of their work from The Literary Consultancy; invitation to New Writing North’s London summer salon event for publishers and agents; workshops and support; speaking engagements, including at Ilkley Literature Festival 2016 and serious consideration for publication by Peepal Tree Press.
SI Leeds will be accepting manuscripts until Saturday 30 April. Further information about the prize can be found at
New Writing North's call to tender
Are you a graphic designer, web designer or film-maker? New Writing North is looking to work with you.
We have put out a call to tender for our website and visual identity, as well as the brand development and a website for the Gordon Burn Prize and the design for Durham Book Festival.
We would also like to commission a filmmaker or company to work with us over a nine-month period to produce a series of short films about areas of our work.
If you are interested, please have a look at the briefs on our website. Applications for all briefs must be made by 19 February 2016.
Chanje Kunda, one of our Verb New Voices 3 artists, has made a short film of her commission, Physics, which is now live on the BBC website.
Recruitment for The Writing Squad
The Writing Squad is looking for 30 talented writers in the north of England aged between 16 and 21 to join their new two-year line-up. Being part of the Squad is free and successful applicants will receive one-to-one tutoring and feedback, as well as four Squad days a year with guest professional writers. The closing date is midnight on Wednesday 30 March; see the Writing Squad's website.
Calling for plays!
Kendal Yarns Festival of New Plays (which takes place in July) is calling for fifteen-minute plays referencing Kendal. Every play will receive a public airing at the hands of local and national professional and semi-professional directors. The deadline for applications is Friday 1 April. For more information, see
About Love short play competition
International entries are open for the About Love festival of short plays, which takes place in Vancouver, Canada over June/July. The play should be approximately eight to twenty-minutes in length and should have no more than four on-stage characters. There will be a $150 dollar prize for the winning playwright; see the competition’s website for full T&Cs.
Places for London editing skills workshop
A limited number of bursaried places including travel costs for low-income writers are available for a book editing skills workshop at Free Word Centre, London, 5-7pm on Tuesday 15 March. The practical skills class, led by professional editor Richard Sheehan, is particularly keen to attract those from marginalised communities including BAME, disabled and LGBQT. Further information is available at the Literary Consultancy website.
Wicked Young Writers Awards
There is just over a month left to enter the sixth annual Wicked Young Writers Awards, which is spearheaded by Michael Morpurgo and features author-illustrator Cressida Cowell as Head Judge. Entries are open until Friday 11 March for thought-provoking pieces of writing by young people aged between 5 and 25. This year sees the introduction of the new ‘FOR GOOD’ award for non-fiction essays; see for full details.
University of South Wales Prize for Travel Writing
The New Welsh Writing Awards 2016 is seeking the best short form travel writing (5,000-30,000 words) from emerging and established writers based in the UK and Ireland. The many prizes include £1,000 cash and e-publication by New Welsh Review. The competition closes at midnight on Sunday 3 April; see for details on how to enter.
The BBC National Short Story Award 2016
Cash prizes of up to £15,000, and a slot for your story to be read on BBC Radio 4, are available as part of the BBC National Short Story Award 2016 with BookTrust. Now open for its eleventh year, alumni have included Hilary Mantel, Mark Haddon and Lionel Shriver (please note: entrants must have a history of publication in creative writing). The deadline is 5pm, Friday 11 March. Enter via the BookTrust website.
Writers' & Artists' Yearbook 2016 Short Story Competition
Published and aspiring writers alike are encouraged to enter the Writers' & Artists' Yearbook 2016 short story competition by midnight on Monday 15 February for the chance of winning a place on an Arvon residential writing course of your choice; a cash prize of £500, and publication of your story on See for more information.
The First National Octagon Prize
The Octagon Theatre has launched its first national writing prize: a competition celebrating new and original writing for the stage. Entrants over 16 with any level of experience are invited to submit 40-minute dramatic monologues of any theme or genre, with the successful entry being performed on the Octagon stage by professional actors. Deadline is Friday 26 February.
Workshops and networking
The Poetry School Saturday Sessions
smith|doorstop and The North editors Ann and Peter Sansom will be running all-day poetry workshops in February, March and April at the Friends' Meeting House in Manchester. Commencing Saturday 6 February, they will combine writing exercises, suggested reading tasks and insightful feedback (session costs start from £50). Book via the Poetry School website.
How NOT To Submit Your Manuscript
Written a book but not sure how to get it published? A two-hour session solely dedicated to the process of submitting to a literary agent is taking place at Friargate Theatre, York on Saturday 12 March as part of York Literature Festival, in collaboration with Writers & Artists. Tickets cost £25; see the event page for details on how to book.
Writing for Wellbeing Workshops
Laura Napran’s Writing for Wellbeing workshops, with a focus on fostering personal growth and emotional wellbeing, continue through March, with sessions taking place at The Granary Yoga Studio, Nawton, North Yorkshire, Sunday 6 March, from 1pm – 4pm, £25; and Ecclesfield Library, Sheffield, Saturday 12 March, from 1pm–4pm, £25. For information on more sessions and to book go to
First Story are looking for an enthusiastic and proactive regional programme officer to act as a champion for First Story and creative writing in Hull and its surrounds. This is a key role that will give the incumbent the opportunity to help shape First Story’s regional operations and will allow First Story to change the lives of young people in the region. For further details including a full job description and how to apply, please visit the First Story website.
The Listening Post
Hull poetry collection launch
David Kennedy, Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing at the University of Hull launches his latest collection The Apple and the Mountain, a poetic exploration of Cezanne’s paintings, at Brynmor Jones Library, The University of Hull on Monday 11 February at 1pm. He’ll be joined by Faber New Poet Rachael Allen and by Lesley Harrison (Mariscat Press), both postgraduate students of the University. For more information about literary readings organised by the Department of English, contact
Mslexia Spotlight: An evening of poetry
Mslexia, the magazine for women who write, presents the second in a new series of Spotlight events, at the Jazz CafĂ©, Newcastle on Thursday 3 March. There will be an open mic slot, and readings from guest speakers Cathy Galvin—Guest Editor of their December issue—Malika Booker and Lisa Matthews. Doors open at 7.30pm, and a bar will be open for refreshments. To pre-book tickets (£5), head to the Mslexia website.
Words by the Water Festival of Words and Ideas
This year’s Keswick-based festival programme (4–13 March) boasts an impressive array of speakers including A.C Grayling, Meg Rosoff, Richard Dawkins and Kirsty Gunn, as well as a variety of Cumbrian authors. The prestigious Mirehouse poetry competition, which runs as part of the Festival, is now open for entries, with a closing date of Thursday 11 February. A bursary offer of free tickets for young people is also available, with a closing date of Friday 12 February. For all information, contact the Words by the Water office on 01803 867373 or email
Deadline for the next newsletter
If you have news that you would like to submit for inclusion in the newsletter please contact The deadline for receipt of information for the next newsletter is 8 February 2016.
While every effort has been made to ensure that the information contained in this newsletter is correct at the time of going to press, things do change, frequently at the last minute and very often without our knowledge.
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