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 emailshortstory@mslexia.co.uk 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

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 writeideafestival.org/short-story-competition/
Twitter @writeideafest