Writing Opportunities & Events - Spring 2021


Here’s my latest round up of places to submit your writing and some other bits of information and news you might find useful:

Fictive Dream: Stories of between 500-2,500 words on any theme. Submission Guidelines – Fictive Dream

The Alpine Fellowship Writing Prize 2021: Writing of no more than 2,500 words on the theme of Untamed, On Wilderness and Civilization. Deadline – 1 April 2021. Writing Prize — The Alpine Fellowship

50-Word Stories: Stories of exactly 50 words on any theme. Submissions are open between days 1-15 of the month. Submissions | 50-Word Stories (fiftywordstories.com)

Loud Coffee Press: Flash fiction (single shots of 99-250 words or double shots of 250-2,000 words), creative non-fiction of 99-1,000 words, poetry, and art which has ‘hints of coffee and/or music’. SUBMIT | Loud Coffee Press

The Writing Quarter: Monthly free to enter short story competition with the deadline being the end of the month. For short stories of 1,000-2,000 words on any theme. Competition – The Writing Quarter

Tether’s End Issue 2: Short fiction of up to 5,000 words, micro/flash of up to 1,000 words, poetry, creative non-fiction of up to 4,000 words, and art + photography on the theme of folklore. Deadline – 1 May 2021. Submissions | Tether’s End Magazine

Killing It: The Killer Reads Competition: Send the first 10,000 words of an unpublished commercial crime, thriller or suspense manuscript, plus a synopsis of up to 500 words and a brief paragraph about yourself. Three winners will receive editorial reports from HarperFiction editors on their full manuscript and editorial mentoring from a HarperFiction editor. Deadline – 7 April 2021. KILLER READS | Crime & Thriller news and recommendations from the Killer Reads team at HarperCollins UK. (pressdns.com)

Poetry for Good: Poems which highlight and celebrate the work of the UK’s key workers – from office cleaners to couriers to shop workers and nurses. Deadline – 9 April 2021.  How to Enter — Poetry for Good

Kalopsia: Prose of up to 2,000 words, poetry of up to 200 lines, and visual art on any theme. Editors provide feedback on every submission. Submissions – Kalopsia Literary Journal

Remastered Words Short Story Competition: Open to submissions of short stories within any fantasy sub-genre of no more than 5,000 words between 1 February 2021-1 May 2021. Winners will have their stories produced as an audio work by Remastered Words. Submissions | Remastered Words

#FlashFiction101: Monthly competition for stories of exactly 101 words in length to be submitted by the end of the month. #FLASHFICTION101 | Tortive Theatre


My Summer 2021 Workers’ Educational Association online Creative Writing courses are now open for enrolment. Click on the titles to find out more about each course or contact me if you have any other questions:

Creative Writing – North of Tyne is for writers based in Newcastle, Northumberland and North Tyneside – Wednesday 1pm-3pm for 11 weeks starting on 21 April (£70.40).

Creative Writing Wednesday 6.30pm-8.30pm for 10 weeks starting on 28 April (£64).

Enjoy Creative Writing Thursday 9am-11am for 10 weeks starting on 29 April (£64).

WEA courses are free if you are on a low income or certain benefits – find out more at Course fees and financial support | WEA

Writing the Climate: Poet and climate writer Linda France is the Climate Writer in Residence for New Writing North and Newcastle University. She’s offering a range of ways for writers to engage with climate change, including The Writing Hour – a free monthly write-in on Zoom, a Climate Reading Group which meets online four times a year, and How to Start Writing the Climate – a series of writing workshops for writers interested in looking deeper and telling new stories about living in a time of Climate Crisis and Mass Extinction (to apply for this opportunity you will need to submit 200 words on why you would like to take part as well as a single page sample of your writing and a short writing biography of no more than 50 words). Writing the Climate – New Writing North

Marian Keyes Writing Class Videos: Marian Keyes delivered four online writing workshops in January which are available to watch on her YouTube channel. (1) Writing Class Week1 – YouTube

Northern Writers’ Studio offer a range of writing workshops and events, including the Gather month-long writing group (March/July/October) and Hearth – a night of spoken word performances to celebrate International Women’s Day and raise funds for East End Women (Wednesday 10th March, 7.30pm). Join In | NorthernWriters (northernwritersstudio.co.uk)

The National Centre for Writing have a resource section on their website which is full of useful advice and information for writers. They also offer free self-study courses which you can follow in your own time. Free resources for writers – National Centre for Writing

South Tyneside Libraries are hosting free Zoom events with the Northern Crime Syndicate. Thursdays bi-weekly 6pm-7pm. What’s On | The Word, National Centre for the Written Word, South Shields (theworduk.org)