New Year’s Resolutions, get published in 2019!

New Year’s Resolutions, get published in 2019!

If getting your writing published in 2019 is one of your New Year’s Resolutions, we have some exciting opportunities for you to apply to this Spring.

We are delighted to be working in partnership with writer Dr Katy Massey, who is putting together a second anthology as part of her ‘Who Are We Now? project, which explores life stories since the Brexit referendum. You must be a workshop participant to take part – the next workshop will take place in January, so don’t miss out!

Spotlight Books is a chance for fiction and poetry writers to get their own book published, through a joint project by Creative Futures, New Writing South and Myriad Editions. Deadline is 24 February 2019.

Last but not least, we are thrilled to launch our first book publication in 2019, Hidden Sussex, an anthology of the BME experience of Sussex. The anthology invites submissions of short stories, flash fiction, fiction, life writing/autobiography, poetry, or prose. You can enter up to 3 pieces per category and you may enter as many categories as you like. We are running writing workshops across Sussex to help you with your writing and get inspired. Editors are Umi Sinha, Colin Grant and Dean Atta, and we are working in partnership with WordFactory. Deadline is 17 March 2019.

We’d love to see your writing in print, read on and then get involved!

‘Hidden Sussex’ and ‘Who are we now?’ present a Life Writing Workshop with publishing opportunities

Saturday 26 January 2019
Towner Art Gallery, Eastbourne
Tickets £10 or £5 concession

‘Who are we now?’ A project by Dr Katy Massey has been running life writing workshops across the country, inviting attendees to write about their personal experiences of the changing political landscape since the Brexit referendum.

‘Hidden Sussex’ is a project by Writing Our Legacy exploring Sussex from a BME perspective.

Workshop participants will be invited to submit their work to be included in the second Who Are We Now? anthology and/or the Hidden Sussex anthology.

These two projects invite you to a life writing workshop to explore this most accessible of forms, and to begin or refine your work for submission to one or both of the projects.


Spotlight Books 

Small books, big ideas–we’re looking for a few good writers.

Inventive.  Hidden.  Compelling.  Unrecognised.  Challenging.  Unheard.  Beautiful.  Ambitious.

Creative Future, Myriad Editions and New Writing South seek the best poets and fiction writers from under-represented backgrounds—those who face barriers due to mental health, disability, identity or social circumstance.

We’re looking for manuscripts of fiction (8-10,000 words) and poetry (40-45 pp. at 20 lines/page).  Six writers will be selected, supported to polish their manuscripts and further their careers, and be published in individual short books.

Deadline: 24 February 2019


Hidden Sussex anthology 2019 

Writing Our Legacy is thrilled to announce its first print and digital publication, Hidden Sussex, an anthology about the Sussex experience from the Black and ethnic minority perspective. Our aim is to reinvent Sussex Day, which is celebrated in Sussex on 16 June. 

For the Hidden Sussex anthology, we are looking for writing of all kinds – from fiction to poetry, and from prose to memoir – that is inspired by the experience of living, working and playing in Sussex. For us, Sussex stretches across East and West Sussex, from Chichester to Hastings, and from Crawley to Brighton.

Deadline: Sunday 17 March 2019 at midnight.


More information about writing workshops

Call out for Poets of Colour for Waterloo Press mentoring & publishing scheme

Brighton & Hove based publisher Waterloo Press invite submissions for LIT-UP, their new Arts Council England-funded mentoring and publishing scheme for emerging poets of colour. The deadline for submissions is 31 August 2018.

The two-year project will provide 10 poets with a digital platform on their new website as well as the necessary mentoring and editorial support to produce a pamphlet or poetry collection, all to be celebrated with a live closing event in the Spring of 2020.

Waterloo Press encourages submissions from faith, LGBTQI, disability, Roma, working class and/or additional perspectives.

There is no age restriction (from 18+) and no entry fee. Poets should have a track record of publishing and/or performing, and a portfolio at least 20 publishable poems.

  1. In the first instance please contact LIT-UP Project Manager Monika Richards on and request the application form for completion, stating LIT-UP in the subject line.
  2. Along with the completed form, submit up to 5 poems in no more than 8 pages in a pdf format. Each poem must be single spaced (except for stanza breaks) and start on a new page. Font type must be 12. Please do not write your name on the poetry pages. Please number and state LIT-UP! in your header/footer on each page. State your name and LIT-UP in the subject line of the email.
  3. The deadline for submissions is 31 August 2018.
  4. The shortlist will be decided by 15 September.
  5. Shortlisted poets will be asked to submit a further 15 – 45 poems. The final decision and the successful 10 poets will be announced on 15 Oct.
Writers’ Bursary Fund 2017

Writers’ Bursary Fund 2017

We are pleased to offer a limited number of bursaries to anyone wishing to go on one of our creative writing course who is:

  • on low-income or unemployed
  • needs help with childcare costs
  • has any access needs (eg translation, mobility, carer)

We are also offering to ALL workshop participants a free 15-minute one-to-one mentor spot from either Umi Sinha or Colin Grant. These slots are limited in number. You will get expert feedback on a few pages of writing.

You could get package of support valued up to £100 – offered first come, first serve, by a simple application, promise!


Continue reading →

Opportunities & news for writers – December 2015

Opportunities & news for writers – December 2015

Opportunities & news for writers – December 2015

Word Factory Apprenticeship 2016

Deadline: 15 January 2016

Word Factory is accepting applications for our 2016 apprentice scheme. They have places for four writers and will, this year, seek at least one applicant from the north of England and one from a BAME background. Applicants must be over 18, serious about developing their short story writing and passionate about working with the Word Factory team.

Apprentices will:

  • Have one-on-one mentorship with one of our four leading authors: Ailsa Cox, Jacob Ross, Paul McVeigh and Vanessa Gebbie
  • Be invited to read with your mentor at a Word Factory event. The film of that event will be available to you.
  • Be offered additional support from Conville and Walsh literary agent Carrie Kania. Receive vouchers from Waterstones.
  • Be invited to attend our salons for free and a selection of masterclasses. Have access to the brilliant Word Factory team.
  • Be promoted by us on our website and on social media. In exchange, we expect your dedication to your craft and to the ethos of the Word Factory.

We are an organisation founded on a passion for excellence in short fiction. We are looking for writers who will contribute their time in helping us run and promote events, work with us online and offer their skills to the team. Previous apprentices – Rebecca Swirsky, Holly Dawson, Uschi Gatward and Kerstin Twatchmann – have been published in a wide variety of journals including The Best British Short Stories annual anthology (Salt) and have won numerous prizes and continue to work with the Word Factory.


Deborah Rogers Foundation Writers Award

Deadline: 31 January 2016

An award of £10,000 will be presented to a first-time writer whose submission demonstrates literary talent and who needs financial support to complete their work:

  • Submissions should take the form of 20-30,000 words of a work in progress, fiction or non-fiction, which is not under option or contract
  • Applications are only open to writers who have not previously published a full length book
  • Entrants must write in the English language and reside within the British Commonwealth and Eire
  • Submissions should be accompanied with a brief synopsis and a short biographical note

The judges will be comprised of three writers and two RCW agents. The winner of the Award will be announced by Ian McEwan at the 2016 Hay Festival.


Aurora Poetry & Short Fiction Open Competition

Deadline: 1 February 2016

Enter Writing East Midland’s inaugural writing competition and let them light up the skies with outstanding poetry and short fiction. Judges are renowned poet Pascale Petit and acclaimed short fiction writer and novelist Paul McVeigh.

Prizes are: 1st £500 , 2nd £100, 3rd £50, and the Stonewood Press Regional Prize £70 which includes a Writing School East Midlands course*, and an invitation to read at the prize-giving event in Nottingham.

Entry fees £7 for first poem or story and £5.50 for subsequent entries. Poems up to 40 lines (excluding title) Stories up to 2000 words (excluding title).


Mslexia Women’s Short Story Competition

Deadline: 14 March 2016

Mslexia’s 2016 competition welcomes writers of all levels of experience, writing stories on any subject – in any style. Up for grabs is a sumptuous £2,000 first prize, publication in the June 2016 issue of Mslexia and the fantastic exposure that this competition gives its finalists.

So if you’ve got a story – or an idea – that could fit into the 2,200 word limit, they’d love to see your work.

  • 1st prize: £2,000 Plus two optional extras: a week’s writing retreat at Anam Cara, and a day with an editor at Virago Press
  • 2nd prize is £500
  • 3rd prize £250
  • Three other finalists will each receive £100. All six winning stories will be published in the June issue of Mslexia.

Entry fee: £10 per story. Judge: Michèle Roberts. Please read the competition rules below before entering. If you have any questions please or call 0191 204 8860.


Arvon 2016 course programme

Check out Arvon’s new 2016 programme & if you need financial assistance, there are also grants – but note: once they’re gone, they’re gone, so apply early!

Arvon offers grants for writers who are unable to afford our full course fees and would otherwise be unable to attend an Arvon week. Writers can apply for any amount up to the full course fee, and most receive between £200 and £400.

Go to Arvon’s website

Writing Opportunities – October 2015

Writing Opportunities – October 2015

Writing Opportunities – October 2015

CALLALOO, the premier literary journal of the African Diaspora

The journal is now accepting applications for the 2016 Oxford CALLALOO CREATIVE WRITING WORKSHOP (CCWW) until December 13, 2015. We invite submissions of poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction for admission consideration for this weeklong workshop, which will be hosted by The Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities (TORCH) at Oxford University, July 10-16, 2016. Fred D’Aguiar (creative nonfiction), Vievee Francis (poetry), and Ravi Howard (fiction) will serve as the 2016 workshop leaders.

HOW TO APPLY: Applications must be submitted online at no later than December 13, 2015. Each applicant must submit a brief cover letter and writing sample (no more than five pages of poetry, twelve pages of prose fiction, or twelve pages of prose creative nonfiction). To complete & submit your application, go to

For additional information, email ( or call (979-458-3108).

Asian writers wanted for event in Portsmouth

Tom Sykes, author of Bradt Travel Guide to Ivory Coast and Lecturer in Creative and Media Writing at University of Portsmouth is organising a public event at the University of Portsmouth called ‘Reviving the Crescent’, which explores Portsmouth’s literary and cultural connections with Asia.

He is looking for writers from an Asian background to read something – whether prose or poetry, fictional or nonfictional – based on their experiences of Portsmouth. This includes Indian, Chinese, Thai, Middle Eastern – anyone with heritage from any Asian country.
For more information about the event, see

For more information & to register interest in reading, contact Tom on 023 9284 5505 or

I’m Black So You Don’t Have to Be

Speaky Spokey, the literary cabaret, presents an evening of readings, music and discussion, with a special highlight from Wasafiri Magazine. Pauline Black, Hannah Lowe, Burt Caesar and Colin Grant investigate whether it’s possible or desirable to ‘think black’. Pauline also sings a few songs.

19 October, 7pm
Kings Place, London

Jacob Ross half day writing masterclass

Join a special one-off half-day writing masterclass workshop with Jacob Ross, who will be coming to Brighton on Tuesday 20 October for a talk with Umi Sinha about her debut novel Belonging (more details below).

The workshop is limited to 6 places, focusing on your short story writing. Jacob will provide one-on-one feedback about your story-in-progress (15 minutes) plus lead the whole group in an intensive session on craft, narrative and character. The session will run 4-7pm on Tues 20 Oct, for a total cost of £30, including tea and coffee.

Email Amy on to express interest and hold your space and we can arrange payment after the workshop has been confirmed.

#LegacyPopUp – ‘The Forgotten Kingdom’ featuring Umi Sinha, Jacob Ross

Feature film The Forgotten Kingdom (2012, 97mins, Lesotho-South Africa 2014,Subtitled, Cert:TBC) and special guest readings from Umi Sinha (Belonging,Myriad), in conversation with Jacob Ross (Pynter Bender, A Way to Catch the Dust) and Amy Zamarripa Solis (No Place Like Home).

Atang Mokoenya leaves the slums of Johannesburg to return to his ancestral home of Lesotho, where he must bury his estranged father in the remote, mountainous village where he was born. Stirred by memories of his youth, he falls in love with his childhood friend, Dineo, now a radiant young school teacher. Through her, Atang is drawn toward the mystical beauty and hardships of the people and land he had forgotten, and faces his own bittersweet reckoning.

The event will include Indian-British author Umi Sinha, who will read from her epic historical novel debut Belonging, set in India, and Sussex, published in September 2015 by Myriad Editions. Her reading will be followed by a discussion with Grenada-born author Jacob Ross and Mexican-American writer Amy Zamarripa Solis on the themes in the book such as home, belonging, identity as well as the creative process from a diverse writers point of view.

Presented by Legacy Film in partnership with Fabrica and Writing Our Legacy, to celebrate Brighton & Hove Black History Month 2015.

Tues 20 October, 8-11pm
Doors & Bar 8:00pm, Event starts 8:15pm
Tickets £4 advance

Brighton’s Black History Month presents….The Big Big Tea Party

A multi cultural celebration of local arts and heritage. Exhibitions, workshops, films, food and craft stalls. Free entry, drink and refreshment for sale. All welcome!


12pm – Doors open
12-12.30pm – Founders Room – Crossing the Teas launch educational resource, community leaders award
12.30-4pm – Tea Room – serving teas, cakes and snacks from different cultures (cash only) – run by Art Sync’s Crossing the Teas project
12.30-4pm – Children & Family Space – drop in space, plus workshops for under 5s and over 5s – run by Banyan Tree Theatre Group
12.30-4pm – Film & Spoken Word – run by Legacy Film & Writing Our Legacy – featuring No Place Like Home project
12.30-4pm – other arts and cultural activity to be announced closer to the time
4/5pm Close

If you are interested in reading or performing at this event, please contact Amy on

Writeidea Prize launches today

Writeidea Prize launches today

Writeidea Prize launches today

First Prize: £500  |  Five finalists’ prizes:  £100 each
and Tower Hamlets Prize: £500      

The Writeidea Prize is a new national short story prize. The six finalists and local winner will be invited to read their stories alongside the judge, Alex Wheatle, at the Writeidea Festival on Sunday 16 November 2014 at 2:00pm.


Judge: Alex Wheatle is the author of several novels including Brixton Rock and Brenton Brown. He was awarded an MBE for services to literature in 2008.  Here’s Alex talking about his work and the Writeidea Festival.

Length: Stories must be a maximum of 4,000 words (no minimum).

Closing date: 31 July 2014

Entry fee: £5.00

For more details visit
Twitter @writeideafest