Directory of Writers Groups

An invaluable resource updated regularly by the delight that is Diana Hayden, always worth buying the current years edition for up to date details of writing groups here, there and everywhere.

http://www.writers-circles.com/

Durhamhill Writing

We run writing course in south west Scotland and I wondered if any members would be interested in attending. We offer discounts for couple or group bookings.

The tutors are the well-published writers Margaret Elphinstone and Mary Smith. Mary has also been a senior journalist for a local paper. They are both very experienced tutors and participant numbers are limited to allow plenty of individual attention.

The accommodation is a 4-star newly converted coach house and large rooms in the main house, surrounded by tranquil countryside with pet llamas in the field and jolly hens.

Durhamhill is not far from a main railway line and we are happy to arrange transport to and from Dumfries or Lockerbie Stations.

This year’s courses are for 3 days, in May and October, and participants are welcome to arrive on the preceding evening.

There is further information on our website http://www.durhamhill.co.uk (residential workshop page).

Best wishes,
Juliet Caird

Kent & Sussex Poetry Society

OPEN POETRY COMPETITION

* First Prize: £1000,  2nd: £300,  3rd: £100,  4th: 4 x £50

* Judge: Pascale Petit

* Entry fee: £5 per poem. 3 or more poems: £4 each

* Closing date: 31 January 2014

* Entries to: The Competition Organiser, 26 Courtlands, Teston, Maidstone, Kent, ME18 5AS.

* Put name and address on separate sheet – not on poem

* OR ENTER ON-LINE and pay by Paypal

For more details, go to:

www.kentandsussexpoetry.com

Fish Short Story Prize 2012/13 (€3,000)

CLOSES: 30 NOV – TWO WEEKS TO GO!

FISH WILL PUBLISH THE TEN BEST STORIES IN THE 2013 FISH ANTHOOGY

Enter Online Here

Judge: Philip O’Ceallaigh will select the best ten stories for publication in the 2013 Fish Anthology.

Philip is the acclaimed author of two collections of short stories, Notes From a Turkish Whorehouse, and The Pleasant Light of Day. He is described by Joseph O’Connor as an author who is “touched by greatness.”

Closes: 30 November 2012.

Word limit: 5,000. There is no restriction on theme or style, and the prize is open to writers from all countries who are writing in English.

Ten best stories published.

First Prize: €3,000, of which €1,000 is for travel to the launch of the Fish Anthology in July 2013 at the West Cork Literary Festival.

Second Prize: a week at the Anam Cara Writers Retreat in West Cork, plus €300.

Third prize: €300.

Online Entry fee: €20 (€10 subsequent entries). Online Entry. Once you register and enter online, you can login and check your entry(ies) at any time.

Results: announced on 17 March on the Fish website, and sent out in the newsletter.

 

Stories must not have been published previously, and must be eligible for publication in the 2013 Fish Anthology.

Stories cannot be altered or changed after they have been entered. Judging at all stages is anonymous. Names or addresses must not appear on the stories, but on a separate sheet if entering by post, or in the appropriate place if entering online.

 

Postal entries: €22 (€12 subsequent entries)

Address: Fish Publishing, Durrus, Bantry, Co. Cork, Ireland.

Roddy Doyle, Dermot Healy and Colum McCann are honorary patrons of the Fish Short Story Prize.

New Writer Magazine

Prose and Poetry Prizes 2012
Closing date 30 November 2012
Now in its 16th year, one of the most prestigious annual international competitions for short stories, flash fiction, single poems, poetry collections, essays and articles; offers cash prizes as well as publication for the prize-winning writers in The Collection, special edition of The New Writer magazine each July.

Further information on the Prose & Poetry Prizes including guidelines, prize money and entry fees at: http://www.thenewwriter.com/prizes.htm

Copies of The Collection 2011 are now available at the TNW website in the Single Copy window: http://www.thenewwriter.com/subscribe.htm

Writers can enter online at our secure credit card server at: http://www.thenewwriter.com/entryform.htm
Or, the entry form can be downloaded from that page on the website and sent in the post with your entry.

Also, we can supply this year’s printed entry forms on request to writers’ groups and organizations in the UK – just let us know, no SAE required.

The 2011 Prose & Poetry Prizes winners are listed on this webpage:
http://www.thenewwriter.com/prizewinners.htm

Prole Competitions

 

Judge Timescale How to enter Prizes
DA Prince is a poet and reviewer with a long-standing appreciation of the energy and individuality of ‘small’ magazines. She has two pamphlets with Pikestaff Press, and in 2008 HappenStance Press published her full-length collection, Nearly the Happy Hour.  Publication of her second collection is due in 2014.

 

Open from October 2012

Entries to be with us by February 14th 2013

 

Winners announced in Prole issue 10 and on our website by April 19th 2013

By email (preferred)

peotrycompetion@prolebooks.co.uk

Poems to be contained within body of email

If entering by email, we recommend you use the PayPal button on our website.

 

By post:

Plain typed entries, one per page with contact details to

Brett Evans

Prolebooks

15 Maes-y-Dre

Abergele

Conwy

Cheques (GBP only) payable to Prolebooks

Single entry £3.00

Subsequent entries £2.50

First £130 and publication in issue 10 of Prole.

 

Two runner up prizes of £30 with possible publication.

Full details can be read here: http://www.prolebooks.co.uk/page6.html