Thursday, 11 February 2016

Writers and Artists Short Story Competition 2016

The deadline is fast approaching for the Writers and Artists Short Story competition, with the theme of 'aging' full details below, plus information on the Arvon 2016 grant scheme, the National Trust's Children's Book Festival and a Emma Healey Masterclass:



Writers & Artists





Short Story Competition 2016


Stop staring at a blank page and start writing! You have just four days to enter our annual short story competition.
The theme for this year is ‘Ageing’ and you need to email your entry – using the subject line “WAYB16 competition” – to by midnight, 15th February.




Natasha Pulley

"Fiction has to be far more streamlined than fact, because it must be more believable than fact in order to be believed at all.”

This year’s short story competition judge is Natasha Pulley, author of the fantastic The Watchmaker of Filigree Street.
Read her article on the difficult task of pruning your work to ensure it all makes sense to the reader here.





Arvon Grant Scheme 2016


Our short story competition winner will receive a prize of £500 and a place on an Arvon residential writing course. 
Applications for Arvon’s 2016 grants are now open, and are available to writers unable to afford full course fees. Last year Arvon was able to help more than 90% of all writers who applied. Writers can apply for any amount up to the full course fee, although most receive between £200 and £400. For further information, click here.




Emma Healey
Join us for this innovative evening masterclass with the National Academy of Writing.
All writers in attendance will have the opportunity to submit a section of their manuscript for an invaluable public edit, while Emma Healey, author of the critically acclaimed debut Elizabeth is Missing, will offer insight on how she approaches the editing process.





Children's Book Festival 2016


“Meeting an author […] could be the light bulb that heralds a new generation of writers."
Katie Bond explains the importance of bringing books alive for children to encourage and inspire them as the next generation of writers. Read now




Tim Bradley
In a new series for, Tim Bradley offers valuable insight into the process behind self-publishing his debut children's novel Arnie Jenks and the House of a Stranger, from initial conception through to getting the book into readers' hands.





How NOT to Submit Your Manuscript


Writers & Artists return to the York Literature Festival with a fantastic line-up of literary agents ready to offer expert advice on how to pitch your novel successfully.
As literary agents, Sam Copeland, Jo Unwin and Sallyanne Sweeney spend their working lives looking for exciting authors to represent. Here - via a few examples of submission faux pas! - each will impart essential hints and tips on how you - the author - can put together an attention-grabbing covering letter, well-crafted synopsis and ready-to-read opening chapters of your novel.




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Writers' & Artists' Yearbook 2016
Children's Writers' & Artists' Yearbook 2016
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