Saturday, 30 July 2016

News from New Writing North newsletter

Here is the latest News from New Writing North newsletter with information on jobs, workshops, competitions and opportunities:

News from New Writing North
New Writing North news
Bloggers for New Writing North website
Thank you to everyone who has emailed, interested in blogging for our new New Writing North website. We’ve been really pleased by the response and are now looking through your ideas and proposals. We’ll get back to prospective bloggers in the next few weeks.
Our new Participation Manager
We’re delighted to have appointed a new Participation Manager, Lizzie Nixon, who will develop arts projects, which encourage people to express themselves creatively and fulfil their artistic potential.
Two of Lizzie’s areas of work will be our Young Writers’ City programme, which works with young people in schools and community groups in areas of Newcastle; and our popular Creative Writing for Teachers course, which will begin a new term in the autumn. If you’re a teacher or community group leader who is interested in getting involved with our work, you can contact Lizzie at
Writer and audio producer Rachel Cochrane, who runs spoken word website, has brought together dozens of writers for the Culture Bites project: a series of audio recordings celebrating the rich heritage of North Tyneside. The podcasts are now live and available for everyone to listen to online through and the listenupnorth channels on iTunes and Stitcher as well as via a portable listening post. The listening post will be on tour at Segedunum Museum and Fort till 7 August, St Mary’s Island Visitor Centre from 8 to 21 August and the Old Low Light Heritage Centre in late August.
Young writers’ fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction and essays
This summer, NAWE Young Writers' Hub is calling writers aged 16-25, to submit entries for the eighth edition of e-magazine Myths of the Near Future. Please send your work with a brief bio, to young writers' co-ordinator, Wes Brown, by Thursday 1 September. Full submission specifications can be found at the NAWE website.
United Agents open submissions for fiction
United Agents are inviting writers of new fiction to send in their work-in-progress with a view to representation. The leading literary and talent agency is taking submissions for Children’s and YA books on Monday 1 August; Crime and Thrillers on Monday 8 August; Commercial Fiction on Monday 15 August; and Literary Fiction on Monday 22. For more information, see
Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award deadline this week
The Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award is open to all 11-17 year olds and the deadline for entry is this Sunday 31 July. Prizes include the chance to win a writing course at an Arvon centre, publication in a print anthology and a pile of poetry goodies. Send in your poems for your chance to win via
Flambard Poetry Prize 2016
The 2016 Flambard Poetry Prize, which continues to honour the achievements of Flambard Press, and is run by Newcastle University, has been launched. The Flambard Prize is awarded annually to the best group of five poems submitted by a poet who has not yet published a single-authored pamphlet or collection. Each poem should be no longer than 40 lines, with cash prizes of up to £1,000. Apply via the Newcastle University website by 31 October. (The cost of entry is £5 per group of five poems.)
Workshops and networking
Children’s fiction workshop at Seven Stories
Skylark Literary, a specialist children’s and YA literary agency and creative consultancy, will be at Seven Stories on Saturday 10 September to talk about the publishing industry, what they do, and answer questions. It’s open to all, and will be followed by an optional paid manuscript one-to-one lasting 15 minutes. Places for the talk/Q&A (11.00–11.45am) can be booked for £10.50, while one-to-one appointments (12.30am–3.30pm approx.) will cost £25.
If you have any questions, please contact Marie-Claire Imam-Gutierrez and Cathy Brumby via their email:
Independent literary publisher Comma Press is seeking an engagement officer to oversee its marketing and press strategies, as well as its writer development programme. The post will also develop to include managing Comma’s research-based commission series (including ‘science-into-fiction’ projects, and people’s history projects). Email Ra Page for full a job description at, with ‘Engagement Manager Job Description’ in the heading. The deadline is 1 August.
Liverpool Everyman and Playhouse is looking to fill the roles of marketing officer and marketing and press assistant, at a time when both theatres are embarking on an exciting new chapter in their illustrious histories. Deadline for applications is Tuesday 2 August at 10am; see
Hull UK City of Culture 2017 is looking for a number of individuals who will help plan and deliver their 365-day programme. Vacancies are available for three production managers, two producers and a production assistant. For application deadlines (all in the second week of August) and job specifications, see
The Listening Post
Max Adams in Newcastle and Edinburgh
The King in the North writer Max Adams has his acclaimed In the Land of Giants published in paperback this month. He will be talking about In the Land of Giants and his new novel, The Ambulist, and signing copies at Edinburgh International Book Festival on Monday 15 August and at Newcastle Castle on Wednesday 31 August.
Fantasy writers in conversation at Newcastle landmark
Angela Slatter—World Fantasy Award winning author of The Bitterwood Bible, Sourdough, Of Sorrow & Such and many more—will be in conversation with Doctor Who screenwriter Robert Shearman on Wednesday 17 August at Newcastle’s historic Black Gate. The two writers will be talking about their craft, taking questions and signing books. Tickets cost £5 (plus booking fee), and can be pre-booked online.
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 August 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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