Monday, 29 August 2016

Better BE Quick

The Old Vic 12 represents a unique opportunity for 12 developing artists who are looking to make the next step in their careers. The scheme, run by the Old Vic, will offer them opportunities to expand networks, receive professional mentoring and the participants will also receive a grant to create and develop three brand new plays.

The Old Vic 12 will consist of:
3 Directors
3 Producers
3 Playwrights
1 Designer
1 Movement Director
1 Composer

The initiative’s FAQ sheet states, ‘We’re not looking for polished artists; we’re looking for individuals who have the desire to create daring work and will readily embrace new challenges.’

Certain criteria must be met for whichever role you’d like to apply for. For example, for writers, the FAQ stresses, ‘Playwrights will be ready for their first commission, having had at least one play produced or having participated in a number of stage readings.’

The closing date for applications is Tuesday, 30 August, 2016 and you can find out more, including how to apply, at the Old Vic’s official site.

Red Dragonfly Productions in association with Grist To The Mill are running a New Writing Festival

Red Dragonfly Productions
in association with Grist To The Mill are running a New Writing Festival and are looking for new and emerging writers from British East Asian, South Asian and South East Asian communities who are interested in contributing.

We are looking for a thirty minute stage play, the subject of which can be anything you want – from something contemporary to more traditional folk and fairy tales - as long as it is family friendly – and we mean the whole family not just small children. The play should be written for a cast of up to four actors only – although they can double up on characters if you want – and workable with a minimal set, however do not let this restrict your imagination – it's amazing what can be accomplished on a stage with very little.

Applicants need to be over eighteen but otherwise we are truly open to hearing from anybody. We are not only looking for established writers but potential writers of any ability or experience, amateur and emerging, we and our in house dramaturge, Ross Ericson, will support you throughout your script development.

After we have reviewed the submissions we will be inviting up to ten successful applicants to a free one day workshop – travel will be provided* – and from that workshop three will be selected to have their plays produced and performed in our festival.

(*depending on applicants' bases).

There will be a £1000 fee paid to each writer whose play is performed at the festival.

If you want to be considered then in the first instance please submit to us a full description of your idea – no longer than one A4 page, but make sure your story has a beginning, middle and an end – along with your name, age, ethnicity and any access requirements.

We will only accept submissions by email to the following address

and submissions need to be received by no later than the 1st October 2016. Successful participants will be invited to the workshop by the 16th October 2016 that will take place by the end of that month, at a place and time yet to be confirmed. The performances are scheduled to take place in February of 2017.

We look forward to hearing from you!

Friday, 26 August 2016

Buzzfeed’s $12,000 Emerging Writers Fellowship

With the mission of diversifying the broader media landscape by investing in the next generation of necessary voices, BuzzFeed’s Emerging Writers Fellowship is designed to give writers of great promise the support, mentorship, and experience necessary to take a transformative step forward in their careers.

During the four-month program, the writers in this fellowship will benefit from career mentorship and editorial guidance while also receiving financial support. The learning process must be financially viable for emerging writers if it is intended to open the gates to writers traditionally locked out of opportunities in media.

The fellows will focus on personal essay writing, cultural reportage, and criticism. During their time in fellowship, writers will be expected to pitch, report, and write with the added benefit of panel discussions with editors and writers from throughout the industry, and assigned readings. Mentorship within the program will focus on teaching writers how to thrive as freelancers as well as on staff at media organizations; this mentorship will hopefully continue well after the fellowship itself is concluded.

Ideal candidates for this program must have ambitious ideas and a proven desire to publish work that creates an impact on cultural conversations. The writers selected for the fellowship will work with BuzzFeed News’ senior editorial staff and be based in either our New York or our Los Angeles office (there will be an option in the application to indicate which office you would prefer to work in). The work produced during the fellowship will be published on BuzzFeed. Fellows will receive a stipend of $12,000. For examples of work from previous fellows, click here.

Application Procedure:

Please submit the following materials by Oct. 1, 2016, using this submittable link; we do not accept email submissions. Applications will be considered by a committee of BuzzFeed editors and respected writers and editors from across the industry. Writers accepted into the fellowship will be notified in November; the fellowship will begin the first week of January 2017. The fellowship is a full-time position. Current and former BuzzFeed employees may not apply. Applicants must be authorized to work in the United States.

Application Materials:
1. Résumé or CV.

2. Five articles or essays you feel are representative of your best work; work from unpublished manuscripts is fine, too.

3. Statement of purpose (3–5 pages in length). Please explain in detail, in separate sections:

a. If given this opportunity, what are 2–3 story ideas you are passionate about pursuing? The fellowship will focus on personal essays, cultural criticism, and reported essays usually under 4K words, and pitches should reflect this mix of essays.

b. Why should you be the writer to pursue these stories? And what are the stakes of these stories being told, or not?

c. Give 3–5 examples of cultural reporting, personal essays, features, or books from contemporary writers who have had an impact on your work. What specifically did you learn from each piece?

d. What support would help you move forward in your career? What aspects of writing and cultural reporting are you eager to learn more about?

e. What are your long-term career ambitions?

4. Three letters of recommendation: Please include the email addresses of your references in the option provided in the submittable application. Each reference should receive an automatic email with a link that lets them upload their letter. If they don’t receive this link, ask them to check their spam folder. While your references needn’t all be from professional or academic contacts, they should attest to your standout potential, work ethic, and ability to pursue ambitious ideas and make an impact on cultural conversations.

Tin House Seeking Submissions

Tin House Theme Issues

Starting in 2016, we will accept unsolicited submissions twice a year: in September and March. As always, our summer and winter issues are not themed. We consider each submission for all upcoming issues regardless of theme. If you wish to be considered for a particular theme, please make a note in your cover letter.

Tin House will accept submissions in September for our next THREE issues:

Spring 2017: Rehab. Pub date March 1, 2017. Accepting unsolicited submissions September 2016.

Summer 2017: Open, non-themed. Pub date June 1, 2017. Accepting unsolicited submissions September 2016.

Fall 2017
: Theme: True Crime. Pub date September 1, 2017. Accepting unsolicited submissions September 2016.

Submission GuidelinesWe accept unsolicited submissions twice a year: in September and March.

Please submit only one story or essay (10,000-word limit), or up to five poems at a time. Multiple submissions will be returned unread. We ask that you please wait until you hear back from us before submitting new work for consideration.

We shall do our best to respond within six months but, in some cases, this period may be longer. If you have not received a response from us within six months, we will be happy to receive e-mail inquiries and will do our best to respond. (For the remainder of 2016, response times may be slow as we dedicate ourselves to reading the record number of submissions received in the last reading period.) Please do not call the office with inquiries. We appreciate your patience!

Tin House does accept simultaneous submissions. In the event that the work is accepted for publication elsewhere, please do us the courtesy of informing us promptly.

Only previously unpublished works will be considered for publication.

Cover letters should include a word count and indicate whether the submission is fiction, nonfiction, or poetry.

Manuscripts transmitted via fax or e-mail will not be accepted for consideration.

Please click here submit via our Submittable page.

For Lost & Found submissions: Lost & Found essays champion books that have been overlooked or culturally neglected, with the hope of bringing them new attention and readership. Featured books need to be at least 10 years old, and preferably about the work of a lesser-known author rather than the lesser-known work of someone famous. We particularly look for pieces where the Lost & Found author has a story to tell about how or why they came to love the book. We are happy to see pitches or finished drafts; it's always a good idea to pitch first if you have questions about whether a book is a fit for the feature. Send submissions or inquiries for Lost & Found ONLY to

While we prefer electronic submissions, submissions can be mailed to Tin House, PO Box 10500, Portland, OR 97210. Please enclose an SASE (include an IRC with international submissions), or we cannot guarantee a response or the return of your work.

Questions not addressed on this page may be directed to

Curious to see what else is going on at Tin House? Find out by visiting us at our always flowing blog, The Open Bar.

Monday, 22 August 2016



This month we have the privilege of interviewing Irish author Tony (Dutchy) Doherty who is the scribe of “This man’s wee boy.” A beautifully crafted memoir and riveting story set in the trouble torn streets of Derry in the 1960s and 70s. Written with the innocent voice of a young child Tony never wavers from it throughout. In this very personal story he gives a snapshot of family life, street relationships, characters, tensions and the love he had for his father Patrick. The book unfolds in a series of stories about civil strife, conflict,  C.S. gas, tracer bullets, family struggles and heartache.
The chaos of conflict in Ireland finds its way into this young life through the death of a friend under an army truck and more horrifically, directly into his own home. This book has been described as ‘a treasure'. It is filled with  humour, innocence, sorrow , pain and draws it’s readers into a world of unsupervised children left to their own devices. This is a guaranteed best seller and I defy anyone who reads this not to cry. N.B. You may need to brush up on you Derry Dialect. An extract can be found here.The book is a gritty, warm account of life in Derry’s Brandywell, Creggan and Bogside in all its colour. “ - The Irish News

ISBN: 9781781174586

What school did you attend?

Initially passed the eleven plus and attended St. Columb’s College. Then attended St. Joesph’s

What made you write the book?

I always had a yearning to tell the story and after I read Seamus Deane’s “Reading In the Dark “ I made my mind up to do it.
Are these all true stories and are characters all real?

All of what I have written is true including the characters. I wrote from what I can recall.

What tips would you give to aspiring writers?

Anyone hoping to be a writer should read Stephen King’s book ‘On Writing’; read everything you can get your hands on; and keep a notebook handy. You never know when things will pop into your head.
What do you do when you aren’t writing?

I love gardening and typically grow herbs and vegetables.

Who inspires you or who are your favourite authors?

Well… let me see. As a child I loved to read Walter Mackan books. But my favourite reads are by Hemmingway; Brendan Bethan; Thomas Hardy and of course Seamus Deane who has been a great inspiration to me. I also love reading Alice Taylor.

What are your greatest loves?

My beautiful wife Stephanie, and of course my two sons, Rossa, 19 and Oscar 11.

What have you gained from writing this book.
“Well… I believe I know myself a little better. I certainly know and understand my father a little better and have had a valuable insight into my child hood. If you’ll pardon the pun, those are three bonuses in my book.”
Are you shocked that your book sold out on Amazon in 24 hours?

Completely! I can’t believe it but it’s a great feeling.

Are you happy with the finished product?

Totally happy! When you see your words and works in a real book with your coupon on the cover it is a truly thrilling experience. I’ve been reading bits and pieces since I got it and it’s definitely very, very different reading from your bound book than reading the same words from a screen or in reams of A4s.

What best describes how you feel now?

I love the idea of describing myself as a writer and published author. It’s a thing I could get used to!

  About the Author
Tony Doherty was instrumental in setting up the Bloody Sunday Justice Campaign in 1992, which led in 2010 to the exoneration of his father and the others killed and wounded on Bloody Sunday, and to a public apology from the British Prime Minister in the House of Commons. He has worked extensively in community regeneration in Derry, is a member of the Big Lottery Fund's NI Committee and is currently Regional Coordinator for Northern Ireland's Healthy Living Centre Alliance.

This Man’s Wee Boy is published by Mercier and will be launched by author Jimmy McGovern at Tony’s old school, Long Tower Primary School in Derry on Thursday, August - 25 - 2016.

Where to purchase:

 Listen TO Tony on The Pat Kenny Show. 

Novel Ideas with Author William Methven: "The Hare's Vision"

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Sunday, 21 August 2016


International awards for Poetry, Flash Fiction, and Short Story.

Now in its third year, the Bare Fiction Prize has given new and old writers alike an equal chance to win big cash prizes and publication within each of the three categories offered. In 2015’s Bare Fiction Prize, first place in the poetry competition (judged by Jo Bell) went to Astra Bloom – a complete newcomer to the UK literary scene. Each entry is judged anonymously by our judges, with the poetry and flash fiction category judges reading every single entry and our short story judge reading a longlist selected by magazine editor, Robert Harper.


Helen Mort was born in Sheffield. She has published two pamphlets with tall-lighthouse press and her first collection ‘Division Street’ (Chatto & Windus, 2013) was shortlisted for the Costa Prize and the T.S. Eliot Prize, winning the Fenton Aldeburgh Prize in 2014. Her new collection ‘No Map Could Show Them’ (June 2016) is a Poetry Book Society Recommendation.

Enter Poetry Competition


David Gaffney lives in Manchester. He is the author of several books including Sawn-Off Tales (2006), Aromabingo (2007), Never Never (2008), The Half-Life of Songs (2010) and More Sawn-Off tales (2013). He has written articles for the Guardian, Sunday Times, Financial Times and Prospect magazine. ‘One hundred and fifty words by Gaffney are more worthwhile than novels by a good many others.’ The Guardian.

Enter Flash Fiction Competition


Courttia Newland is the author of seven works of fiction including his debut, The Scholar. His latest novel, The Gospel According to Cane, was published in 2013 and has been optioned by Cowboy Films. He was nominated for the Impac Dublin Literary Award and The Frank O’ Conner award, as well as numerous others. His short stories have appeared in many anthologies and broadcast on Radio 4. He co-wrote the Writer’s & Artists’ Companion book, Writing Short Stories with Tania Hershman. Courttia is currently a PhD candidate in creative writing.

Enter Short Story Competition

Previous judges have included: Tania Hershman, Angela Readman, Adam Horovitz, Rachel Trezise, Jo Bell, Paul McVeigh, Richard Skinner.

1st Prize: £500
2nd Prize: £200
3rd Prize: £100
2 x Highly Commended Award: £25

1st, 2nd & 3rd prize winners will be published in the Spring 2017 issue of Bare Fiction Magazine and on our website, with the prizes to be awarded at the launch reading in London in Spring 2017 (date to be confirmed).

Poetry (max 40 lines):
Flash Fiction (max 500 words):
Short Story (max 3000 words):

£5 / £3 for subscribers
£6 / £4 for subscribers
£8 / £6 for subscribers

You can subscribe during the submission process if you wish.

Payment can be made by Credit/Debit Card, PayPal or by Cheque (GBP Sterling).

Online entries are now open. Click the links above or visit the competition section of our online shop.

Click here for full competition rules.

Bare Fiction Prize 2016: Flyer + Entry Form

For postal entries you can download the flyer & entry form by clicking the button below. If you run a writing group and would like to be sent some flyers in the post, please get in touch

Saturday, 20 August 2016

River Teeth’s Literary Non-fiction Book Contest

River Teeth's editors and editorial board conduct a yearly national contest to identify the best book-length manuscript of literary nonfiction. All manuscripts are screened by the head editors of River Teeth.The winner will receive $1,000 and publication by The University of New Mexico Press.

All entrants receive a one-year subscription to River Teeth with their submission fees.

Deadline for Submissions: October 15, 2016

Final Judge: Andre Dubus III

General Guidelines:
Manuscripts must be between 150-400 pages long.
Manuscripts must be double-spaced.
On Anonymity: The editors make every effort to screen manuscripts without bias of identifying author details; however, because the contest is nonfiction, it is not always possible to eliminate identifying characteristics about the author from the manuscript. Therefore, please avoid including your name in the header or footer of the manuscript, but otherwise do not fret too much over anonymity.
By submitting to the River Teeth Literary Nonfiction Contest, you understand that if your manuscript is chosen as the winner of the contest, it will be published with The University of New Mexico Press.
Self-published works will be considered but please submit these in manuscript format only.

Electronic Submission Guidelines:
Entries may be submitted online through Submittable.
Online submission fee is $27 (to cover credit card transaction fees – think of this as replacing postage, paper, and envelope)

Hard-Copy Submission Guidelines:
Include a title page with title only as well as a cover page with title and contact information.
$25 contest fee
Mail entries to:

River Teeth Book Prize
Ashland University
401 College Avenue
Ashland, OH 44805

Please direct all questions to

Children’s Novel Competition 2016

This year we welcome back the Mslexia Children’s Novel Competition! Open to unpublished women novelists, this competition welcomes books written for children (who are able to read for themselves) and young adults – in every genre imaginable.
1st prize: £5,000

Five finalists will receive an invitation to a special networking event with literary agents.

Entry fee: £25 per novel

To enter, please submit the first 3,000 words of your completed children’s novel. To qualify, your book must total at least 15,000 words.

Judges: Anne Fine (award-winning novelist), Claire Wilson (literary agent), Charlotte Eyre (Children’s Editor, Bookseller)

Please read the competition rules and FAQs below before entering. For any questions about your entry, email or call 0191 204 8860 to chat to a real person.

‘I’ve found that there’s a huge amount of respect out there for Mslexia, and being a Mslexia competition winner really means something.’

Lu Hersey, winner of our 2012 Children’s Novel Competition

Gorse Magazine Open For Submissions


We are interested in the potential of literature, in literature where lines between fiction, memoir and history blur (Sebald, Cendrars, Bolaño, Joyce), in experimental [1] writing, in fiction in translation, in the unconventional and the under recognised, in the personal essay(Sontag, Dyer). We are a literary journal equally interested in the arts (fine art, photography, architecture, film, music), in culture, in politics. We’re looking for smart writing, not academic.

gorse‘s website will publish shorter pieces of criticism [2], narrative essays and interviews all year round. We are not currently considering fiction or poetry. Please send a query, or the first 500 words of your proposed essay, to info [at] gorse [dot] ie, with ‘Website’ in the subject line. Work should be previously unpublished. Simultaneous submissions are acceptable as long as you tell us straightaway if your work is accepted for publication elsewhere. We will do our best to reply to all queries, but if you don’t hear back from us within six weeks please feel free to submit to another venue. Please note that as our resources are limited, we are only in a position to offer contributors a token fee. Finished pieces for the website would ideally be between 500 to 3000 words.

From 2016, gorse will be published three times a year. We are accepting submissions from 24th August until 21st September 2016, for issues seven (November 2016) and eight (March 2017): info [at] gorse [dot] ie, with ‘Print’ in the subject line. Any work sent outside of these dates will go unread.

Some guidelines:

a) All submissions should be previously unpublished
b) Submissions should ideally not be under consideration elsewhere and, besides poetry, should be a minimum 1,500 words in length
c) No more than one fiction submission (we want to read your best story)
d) We are especially looking for essays and interviews for issue seven
e) Non-fiction authors: we would like to read finished essays
f) We have a (pretty long) wish list of interview subjects, but we encourage proposals
g) We love translations, but they should be accompanied by a copy of the original text
h) Our Irish language section is commission only at this stage
i) Poetry submissions should be 4-8 pages of work
j) You should familiarise yourself with the kind of writing we like.

Some additional points can be read here.

We can offer a small fee for contributions, as well as a copy of the journal in which your work appears.

Friday, 19 August 2016


Are you the next Malorie Blackman?

Or Wolverhampton's answer to James Patterson? 

Are you writing the next epic love story, featuring Romeo and Julian?

If so, we'd love to meet you. 
We want to find, mentor and publish new writers with different stories to tell. Writers from communities under-represented on the nation’s bookshelves. 
Books and publishing do not reflect the society we live in. That's why we've set up WriteNow in partnership with writer development charities Spread the WordWriting West Midlands and Commonword.
Together we will host 150 writers at one of three insight days in London (Saturday 1 October 2016), Birmingham (Saturday 26 November 2016) and Manchester (Saturday 4 February 2017). During the day you'll hear everything you need to know about getting published, from authors, literary agents and Penguin Random House staff as well as getting one-to-one feedback on your book from one of our editors. 
After getting to know you and your work, we'll ask 10 exceptional writers to join our new year-long mentoring programme.  While there are no guarantees, ultimately we would love to publish these 10 writers. 

And who are we?

We are Penguin Random House, the UK's biggest publisher. We connect the world with the stories, ideas and writing that matter.
We publish the very best books across all genres, including award-winning commercial and literary fiction, non-fiction, children’s books and classics. Our authors range from Dorothy Koomson to Caitlin Moran; Roald Dahl to Zadie Smith. 

Thursday, 18 August 2016




Submissions for the Man Booker Prize 2016 are now closed. You can download a copy of the rules here.


Download a copy of the rules and submission form for the Man Booker International Prize 2017 here.


note “work” means a novel or collection of short stories throughout

The English translation of any work in print or electronic format written originally in a language other than English and published in the UK by an imprint formally established in the UK (see 1b) below) is eligible. The imprint must publish a list of at least two contemporary literary fiction works by different authors each year. These two will not include a work by the publisher him/herself. If the publisher is a company, the two will not include the person who owns the majority shareholding or otherwise controls the company.

In determining whether the work is published in the UK by an imprint formally established in the UK it must comply with all of the following:

i) the imprint sells its list in pounds sterling and where sold in print its books are distributed through national (UK) retail outlets, and

ii) the imprint has its principal place of business in the UK and is subject to UK registration and regulation including the primary liability to pay tax in the UK on all of its trading activities as a publisher, and


Soho Press is not currently accepting unagented, unsolicited submissions for our Crime or YA lists.

We are open to unsolicited submissions for our literary list. Please familiarize yourself with the types of books we publish in the literary imprint “Soho Press” before submitting. In general, we are interested in bold voices and original ways of seeing the world.

Start by sending three chapters (or fifty pages) and a cover letter to Soho Press at 853 Broadway, New York, NY 10003, care of acquisitions editor. Please accompany all submissions and queries with postage and packing materials for their return. It’s not advised to send a query letter without sample pages—without seeing the actual writing, it’s hard to get enthusiastic about a book.

Because of the volume of submissions, it can take three to six months for us to respond to queries (though often we are much quicker). Please wait for six months to pass before checking on the status of your submission. Please note that we do not accept manuscript submissions via email.

Editorial Office (no orders—only editorial inquiries, please):

Soho Press, Inc.
853 Broadway
New York, NY 10003
Tel: 212.260.1900
Fax: 212.260.1902

All editorial inquiries should be e-mailed to the Editorial Department at

Manchester Writing Competition 2016

The 2016 Manchester Poetry and Fiction Prizes are now open to online and postal entries. Visit the Poetry Prize page or the Fiction Prize page for more details. Both competitions will offer a £10,000 first prize and the deadline for entries will be Friday 23rd September 2016.

> The Manchester Poetry Prize - £10,000*

> The Manchester Fiction Prize - £10,000*

* Terms and conditions apply – see the pages for each Prize for full details.

About the Manchester Writing Competition

The Manchester Writing Competition was established by Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy in 2008, funded in the first instance by the Manchester Metropolitan University’s innovative Enterprise Fellowship scheme. The project was designed to attract the best new writing from around the world, and to establish Manchester as the focal point for a major literary award. Since it began, the Competition has awarded more than £115,000 to its winners. These are the UK’s biggest literary awards for unpublished writing.

Initially, the Competition alternated annually between Poetry and Fiction but, from 2013, both will be running every year, with £10,000*awarded to the writer of the best portfolio of poetry, and another £10,000* to the writer of the best short story.

To find out more about our courses, events and competitions visit the Manchester Writing School website or +44 (0) 161 247 1787/1797.

The 2016 Gwen Harwood Poetry Prize

The 2016 Gwen Harwood Poetry Prize

Presented by The Hobart Bookshop and Island.

Now in its 21st year, the Gwen Harwood Poetry Prize remembers Tasmania's most acclaimed poet.

First Prize

$2000 + publication in Island + annual domestic subscriptions* to Island, Griffith Review, Meanjin, Overland, Review of Australian Fiction, Southerly, Westerly andThe Lifted Brow.

Second Prize

Publication in Island + annual domestic subscriptions* to Island, Griffith Review, Meanjin, Overland, Review of Australian Fiction, Southerly, Westerly and The Lifted Brow.

* If you already have a subscription to any of these publications, you will receive a free renewal.


Single poem or linked suite no longer than 80 lines.

Poems previously published, or currently entered in any other competition, are not eligible.

Each entry must be accompanied by an entry form (downloadable here in PDF form and here in Word form).

The judging is anonymous so please ensure the author's name is not on the same page as the poem, only on the entry form.

Entries can be submitted via email at or by post to Island Magazine, PO Box 4703, Hobart TAS 7000.

If posting, please send 3 copies of your poem with your entry form and fee enclosed.

Entry fees can be paid below.
$20 per entry for non-Island subscribers.
$10 per entry for Island subscribers.


Sarah Holland-Batt, Michael Farrell and Kent MacCarter.

Please note: entries will not be returned.