EMIT Writers News (July)


Welcome to this new email-bulletin connecting writers in the East Midlands with each other and with those who support them.  If you have feedback or suggestions, please email them to:
Naomi Wilds: naomiw@charnwood-arts.org.uk
Regional Coordinator for the Literature Development Network
Tel: 01509 269416

GENERAL INFO

National Poetry Day Theme 2006
http://www.poetrysociety.org.uk/npd/npdindex.htm

The Poetry Society has chosen the theme of ‘Identity’ for National Poetry Day 2006, taking seriously one of the crucial issues and talking points in today’s culture.  The Poetry Society are hoping to use the theme of identity as a critical framework to debate the role of poetry in society. What is identity? How do we develop it, how do we define it, how are we defined by it? NPD 2006 will encourage people to explore personal, community and national identity alongside a deeper exploration into the very nature of poetry and how poetry contributes to our sense of self along the way.
SIGN UP! Contact npd@poetrysociety.org.uk to join the email list and 
forum for ideas.

Pensions for Artists
Almost 60% of people working in the arts are at risk of not saving adequately for their future… are you one of them?   A new website, www.pensionsforartists.org.uk aims to help artists unravel the mystery of pensions.  If you work in the arts, whether as an artist or arts manager, then this site is for you.  It provides essential information about recent changes to the legislation surrounding the provision of pensions and you are invited to complete a short survey that will help us to understand more about pensions awareness across the sector, and what we should be doing to meet your needs.
 
OPPORTUNITIES FOR WRITERS

Many schemes have exclusions or entry criteria and you should check you are eligible before applying.

Call For Poets, Writers and Publishers

http://www.incwriters.com   Red Ink (ISSN 1751-1496)
We’re not looking for the best writers and poets, we’re searching for excellence… The reading period for Red Ink is now open (1st June – 31st August)  With poetry edited by John Masefield awardee and Oppenheim Winner, Ian Parks (Winter Edition) and Peter Lewin (Summer Edition) Red Ink is set to be a new voice in publishing. With Short Stories edited by Jerwood-Arvon nominee, Andrew Oldham, Red Ink will be the only UK publication to print stories of any length, from vignette to novella.

Poetry Submissions:  Red Ink will also publish only 5-8 poets in each issue, allowing up to five poems by each poet to be printed, visit the website for submission guidelines and submission address, submit to the issue you want to appear in. Selected poets will receive a free subscription to the magazine for a year.

Prose Submissions: Red Ink is published twice a year and will accept work from Publishers and Writers, it will only accept excerpts from novels from Publishers to promote novels due for publication. Writers must only submit one story at a time for consideration in either the December and June issues. Selected writers will receive a free subscription to the magazine for a year.

Subscription: The magazine is only £4 for two issues or £7 for four issues and is emailed
directly to subscribers. If you subscribe before the 1st August you will get a free subscription to Incorporating Writing. A magazine chock full of writers interviews (such as, Joanne Harris, Michael Rosen, Roger McGough and Michael Ondaajte), reviews (both of major and independent publishers) and opportunities, with a readership of 25,000+ per issue.

Format: Red Ink is a high quality A4 PDF magazine.
For more information, visit http://www.incwriters.com and download the
subscription form today.

Critique Service

Write Exposure (WWW.writeexposure.co.uk <http://www.writeexposure.co.uk/> ) Experienced professional writers offer critiques and candid opinions on either creative or journalistic pieces, assess and sell non-fiction, run creative writing workshops and one-to-one tutorials. Contact ches@writeexposure.co.uk for individual, friendly advice and price estimate.

Leading Lights Networking Event

East Midlands Participatory Arts Forum (EMPAF) is offering the opportunity for artists and arts organisations to attend and participate in a free networking event. The two events will explore the learning and training needs of artists and organisations working or interested in participatory and community arts.

Each Leading Light event will include:

An introduction to the background and role of EMPAF
Presentations by key regional arts professionals on examples of interesting projects which meet a wide range of agendas
Creative arts activities with experienced arts workers
Discussion forums facilitated by regional community and participatory arts professionals
Networking and promotional opportunities
The chance to contribute to consultations on the future role of EMPAF
A FREE LUNCH!
Delegates will receive a conference pack containing useful contacts and information for people working in participatory and community arts.  The dates and venues for events are:
Fri 14 July – St James Centre, Derby 10am – 4pm
Weds 18 July – The Winding Wheel, Chesterfield, 10am – 4pm
To book a place please email your details to project coordinator Susan Smith at susan.smith@zen.co.uk by 30th June stating your preferred venue.

The Word Hoard: Consequences of Flight

The Consequences of Flight is a writing project exploring ideas of fragmentation and coherence and the nature of narrative.  Facilitated by poet Eleanor Rees and novelist Anthony Cropper, the project will involve 8 writers, who will work on a series of texts in the form of a game of consequences. They will be encouraged to improvise, invent, work in forms other than those which they customarily use, and use media other than writing. They will work from each other’s texts and create composite texts as well as their own.

There will be a maximum of 6 workshops, which may take place in a range of locations, including Huddersfield, Sheffield, Liverpool or Manchester and possibly Leeds, however some of the locations are yet to be confirmed. Each location will be seen as a resource, so that the process of travelling to and visiting different places will colour and contextualise each piece of writing.

A final version of the text(s), will be edited by Ellie and Anthony and placed on the Word Hoard’s website. The workshops are free and to poets or prose writers working in any style or from any tradition, and of any level of experience. You will need to have an open mind and a willingness to work outside your usual practice, and a sense of adventure. You’ll also be expected to take on and complete work in between workshops and engage critically with your own work and the work of other participants.

If you would like to take part, you will need to send 3 poems; or a piece of prose of no more that 3000 words and a brief summary of your interests, enthusiasms, why you’d like to take part etc. You can email these to The Word Hoard on hoard@zoo.co.uk or send them to The Word Hoard, Unit 25 The Gatehouse Centre, Albert Street, Lockwood, Huddersfield, HD2 2NY.

We will confirm your place in the project by 1st July. The first session will take place on 8th July 2006 at The Media Centre, Huddersfield. Session 2 will take place on 7th October at a venue to be confimed, in Sheffield. The next sessions are likely to take place in January, April and June 2007. All the workshops will start at 10.00am – 4.00pm.
The Word Hoard
25 The Gatehouse Centre, Albert Street, Lockwood, Huddersfield HD1 3QD
Telephone 01484 426626 www.wordhoard.co.uk

Poetry Business Writing School

The Poetry Business Writing School is established as a scheme of workshops, mentoring and assignments, spread over 18 months, for a number of selected writers. We are seeking applicants for the new course, which will start in the autumn of 2006. Closing date for applications: 31 July 2006 (earlier applications welcome).

Course leader and mentor: Dr Peter Sansom, together with guest tutors.  Course members will be experienced writers in need of further direction. They will normally have published a collection, but exceptions may be made. There will be nine workshop days across 18 months. Students will also produce assignments and evaluations, and receive personal feedback. There will be a reading list.

For application details contact: The Poetry Business, The Studio, Byram Arcade, Westgate, Huddersfield HD1 1ND, tel 01484 434840, email: edit@poetrybusiness.co.uk.

The Traverse: Emerging Writers Residency

The Traverse is looking for up to 20 of the most promising emerging writers to take part in a 10 day residency at the Traverse Theatre as part of the inaugural emerging artists season in November 2006.   Each of the writers will be offered a fully paid residency with script development, masterclasses, and mentoring by leading professional playwrights.  Full descriptions and application packs can be downloaded at www.traverse.co.uk/jobs.html

Or send a 58p SAE marked Emerging Writers to Suzanne Graham, Literary Development Officer, Traverse Theatre, 10 Cambridge Street, Edinburgh, EH1 2ED.
The deadline for applications is 5pm on Friday 14th July.
Traverse Theatre
Cambridge Street
Edinburgh
EH1 2ED
0131 229 8443
www.traverse.co.uk

Contact Suzanne Graham (0)131 228 3223

Leicester International Short Film festival – Call for Submissions

The Leicester International Short Film Festival celebrates its tenth anniversary this year. Last year saw nearly 300 short films entered from 20 countries with 50 of the best earning a screening over three evenings at the Phoenix Cinema and another 30 worthy of special mentioned projected in the cinema lobby.  Deadline: 01 Aug 2006

Last years winner of the Best in Festival Category, El Descampado; directed by Pedro Toucedo, went on to win a raft of awards including a Special Prize for Best Film at the New York Short Film Festival. The submission period for the festival is now open and the event will be held this year at the Phoenix Cinema from 27 to 29 October 2006.

Submission Details: There is no limit on the number of films an entrant can submit.  Submission is deemed as permission to screen at festival  Films should be no longer than 15 minutes long including titles and credits  Please submit films on VHS or DVD  Entries should be accompanied by a submission form.  For submission forms and other information on the festival go to www.lineout.org. LineOut, Fosse Arts Cent, Mantle Road, Leicester, LE3 5HG.
 
Published Writers into Readers Groups

This scheme, to link 9 East Midlands based writers to reader groups over a 6 month period, is open until 10 July.  To receive a full copy of the project details, plus selection criteria, please email naomiw@charnwood-arts.org.uk.    Each writer will receive between £500 and £1,000 (to include preparation time and travel costs) for up to four visits over six months and two networking sessions. Writers selected for the project will receive additional promotion of their books across library services in the region.
 
For more details email: naomiw@charnwood-arts.org.uk
Deadline: Monday 10 July, 2006 – 5pm
Email submissions are welcome

COURSES AND WORKSHOPS

Write Away – East Midlands Residential Writing Courses

Funded by Arts Council England, East Midlands with support from the Literature Development Network

Write Away helps writers of all levels find routes to publication and success. Courses run from Friday afternoon to Sunday afternoon and take place in the attractive surroundings of the University of Leicester. Each course is an opportunity to get away from distractions and benefit from workshops, surgeries and individual writing time within a small and informal group. The venue provides en-suite single rooms and full catering for all participants. All courses are led by expert tutors, all published writers in their fields. With funding from Arts Council England, East Midlands the subsidised cost of
each weekend course, starting Friday and ending Sunday, is £145.  A limited number of access bursaries are available.

For further details or to reserve your place please contact:
Arts Training Central
Tel: 0116 2425202
Email:sapna@artstrainingcentral.co.uk

Fri 21 – Sun 23 July, 2006
Losing the plot… and other problems of novel writing

East Midlands-based novelists Rod Duncan and Clare Littleford lead this course.  Rod is author of the fast paced contemporary thriller trilogy Backlash, Breakbeat and Burnout.  Clare Littleford’s psychological crime novels are Beholden and Death Duty. All novelists have certain issues in common and this course will address them.  Whether you’re working on an existing novel or starting the book you’ve always wanted to write, fleshing out a complex character, or wondering how to tackle an important element of the plot our tutors can help.  Perhaps you need tips on writing dialogue, editing your work or keeping the pace going.  Please bring work in progress, to share in group sessions and discuss with the tutors.

Fri 28 – Sun 30 July, 2006
Writing for Magazines: Ideas that work, ideas that pay

Freelance journalist, travel and feature writer Val Moore writes on a very wide range of subjects and has appeared in scores of publications. Val manages the long-established writing school at Leicester Adult Education College, where writing has been professionally taught since the 1950s.  She
makes a welcome return to Write Away, as does fellow tutor Cari Crook: writer, editor and for many years partner in Midland Exposure, a magazine story agency.  Magazines offer a wide and interesting market place, with many opportunities for publication and a rare chance to make money from writing. This course will help those new to magazine writing, as well as established writers looking for hints and tips.  Please bring along a few magazines to share and swap with others on the course.

Fri 18 – Sun 20 August, 2006
Whose line is it anyway?  Playing with form and structure in poetry

Chris Jones, winner of a prestigious Eric Gregory award, published by Smith Doorstop Press (Hard on the Knuckle, 2003) and manager of the 2006 Southwell Poetry Festival leads this course with Roz Goddard, former Birmingham Poet Laureate and Ledbury Poetry Festival performer.  Roz also teaches poetry on Birmingham University’s highly-regarded Creative Writing MA course.  Whether you’re an experienced poet wanting to explore forms and structures that suit your material, or a new one wanting to know more about *the rules’, join us for this friendly and welcoming weekend.  In workshops, tutorials and one on one sessions, you will play with different forms, look at examples of how others have used them and discover how to use structure without overdoing it.  Examine your existing work, generate some new poems too and spend an enjoyable weekend exploring the hidden templates of poetry in the 21st Century.

Fri 15-Sun 17 September, 2006
Are we there yet?  Giving your writing a sense of place

Poet Robert Minhinnick, editor of Poetry Wales, whose work often draws strongly on place is joined by prose writer Jim Perrin, one of the UK’s leading outdoor writers, described by The Observer as ‘the pre-eminent writer on the British landscape – always illuminating.’  Whether you are setting a novel in the backstreets of Birmingham or a poem in the landscape of the Peak District, a spirit of place and the atmosphere which fits it are vital to give background and depth.   How can you use place discreetly to give your writing a strong identity?  Would your piece be different if you changed its environment?  How can you use physical description to heighten a sense of fear, anticipation or serenity?  Covering a wide range of subjects but always drawing widely on the theme of place, the tutors will encourage you to write new work based on your own environment – and to use place to maximum effect in work in progress. 

The subsidised cost of each weekend course, starting Friday and ending Sunday, is £145.  A limited number of access bursaries are available.
For further details or to reserve your place please contact:
Arts Training Central
Tel: 0116 2425202
Email:sapna@artstrainingcentral.co.uk

Unleash the Writer Within! (for 14-18 year olds)

Creative Writing Day on Saturday 8th July 2006 at Loughborough University
Do you enjoy creative writing?  Would you like to take part in an exciting one-day course with professional writers which is absolutely free?  And would you like to see your work published on the internet and possibly recorded? Then make sure you reserve a place on this course!
 
The day school is open to all 14 to 18 year-old students, and is free. The day school will take place in Room NN007, Martin Hall, Loughborough University, between 9.30am and 3.30pm. Writers and tutors will include Mellissa Flowerdew-Clarke, Victoria Smith and Mystie Hood.
To reserve a place and to obtain further details of the course, contact Maria Taylor by email to maria8399@yahoo.co.uk or Jonathan Taylor at J.P.Taylor1@lboro.ac.uk

Creative Writing Weekend  Scripts, characters, plots!

Saturday 8th July 10am-4pm Mobius Restaurant, Braunstone Gate, Leicester
Sunday 9th July 10am-4pm LCB Depot, Rutland Street, Leicester
Prices include lunch and refreshments
One workshop £22
Weekend £36

An intensive workshop for all levels, from beginners to experienced writers.  Develop traditional script, character, plot, contemporary text, narrative and prose. Explore different stimulus, and develop skills for editing and re-writing. The classes are a collection of tasks and exercises to spark ideas, stir the imagination and get the creative juices flowing! You will also gain pointers for getting some of your writing seen. Led by Kim Charnock, director of Kiss My Face Theatre and dressing-up box films. Kim writes for performance and literary texts, and two of her current pieces are due to be toured at the Edinburgh Festival 2006 and The Islington Angel Film Festival. Kim currently leads writing workshops at The Phoenix Arts Centre, Leicester.
 
Come and meet like-minded people, network and expand your skills.  For further info and booking contact kissmyfacetheatre@yahoo.co.uk <mailto:kissmyfacetheatre@yahoo.co.uk>  or phone 0116 2227922  www.kimcharnock.com

Write your Memoirs

Sat 25 November  ‘The Crazy Quilt’: Write your Memoirs Course
10.30 – 4PM   £75  Free Refreshments &  Free Crit of 5 pages of your memoirs.
Mo Richardson will run this course in Mapperley Plains Notts for those wishing to write their memoirs / wanting to explore their memories as material for their fiction or poetry and so on. Mo also runs a weekly ‘Memoirs’ group and gives workshops on this topic including the recent one in Arnoold Library Notts for their Readers Group. Beginners and more established writers welcome.   Deposit cheque for £25 plus postdated cheque for remainder secures your place on the course subject to availability
 

Barbican London Writers inc workshops and debate
www.writersinc-london.org.uk

Sunday Afternoon Writing Workshops at the Barbican Library, Silk Street, London EC2. Suitable for all levels of writing.
16 Jul 2006 – 10 Dec 2006, 1.30pm to 5.15pm.
Places are limited to fourteen people. Please arrive at 1.15pm for a 1.30pm start.
£25, £15 concessions.

Sunday 16 July: ‘GLAD TO WEAR GLASSES’
Sue Hubbard is joined by the wonderfully funny John Hegley for a workshop that explores the possibilities of humour in writing – verse, poetry, and prose.

Sunday 3 September: ‘QUANTUM LEAPS’
For writers across genre and style, it is sometimes difficult to jump the groove into something new, or even to begin. Using ideas from science, Mario Petrucci will offer some kick-starts into fresh language of insights (No science degree needed!)

Sunday 12 November: LIFE WRITING
As Rilke said, good writing is not about feelings but experience. Sue Hubbard leads a workshop where life experience can be effectively used to generate both poetry and prose.

Sunday 10 December: THE WRITING CONFERENCE
Three top tutors/writers will stimulate debate and seek practical insights in the fraught issue of attending courses and writers inc. affiliates Philip Gross from the University of Glamorgan and Maggie Butt from Middlesex University will join Mario Petrucci to focus on what universities can and can’t do to teach, develop and encourage writing. There will be audience participation, a question and answer session and the afternoon will climax with a writing workshop not to be missed.

Book directly through the Barbican Box Office or in person at the Barbican, Silk Street London EC2 You can also book online at the Barbican web site.

Writers inc www.writersinc-london.org.uk
14 Somerset Gardens
London SE13 7SY
Tel: 020 8305 8844
Fax: 020 8469 2147
EVENTS FOR WRITERS

Harrogate International Festival
For information on Harrogate International Festival (20 July – 4 August 2006) and Harrogate Crime Writing Festival (20 – 23 July 2006), visit www.harrogate-festival.org.uk.

Harrogate Crime Writing Festival: Creative Thursday
The Theakston’s Old Peculier Harrogate Crime Writing Festival is giving all aspiring crime writers an unmissable opportunity. Creative Thursday – a day in the life of writing crime is an exclusive day of interactive seminars and workshops with leading authors, publishers and agents.
 
Creative Thursday runs from 10am – 5pm on Thursday 20 July. Devoted to a whole series of subjects from that all-important first paragraph to how to write convincing dialogue or create the perfect crime scene. The day is rounded off with a top publisher and literary agent in conversation with an author discussing that pressing topic for all aspiring authors, how to get published. Finally, join authors, publishers and agents at the Comma Press drinks party where they will launch the Crime Writers Association anthology of short stories.

Held in the beautifully refurbished Old Swan Hotel, participating authors include Mark Billingham, Anne Cleeves, Paul Johnston, Val McDermid and Margaret Murphy. Costing just £100, including lunch refreshments and goody bag, places on Creative Thursday are limited and are going fast, so phone (01423) 562303 or email crime@harrogate-festival.org.uk for more information or to book your place. Creative Thursday is sponsored by Leeds Metropolitan University.

JOBS

Apples and Snakes Regional Co-ordinator (West Midlands)

Apples & Snakes is England’s leading organisation for performance poetry.  We wish to recruit a Regional Coordinator based in the West Midlands.  This is a new post which is part of the organisation’s move from a London focused organisation to a national one.  Over the past five years we have recruited coordinators based in the East Midlands, North West, South West and London.

We have established links with organisations based in the Wolverhampton area and plan to start the regional initiative from a Wolverhampton base.  The exact working location will be decided with the successful post holder.

You can download the job from http://www.applesandsnakes.org/aboutus  email mailto:jasper@applesandsnakes.org or send an SAE to

Apples and Snakes
BAC
Lavender Hill
London SW11 5TN

COMPETITIONS

Poetry Business Book & Pamphlet Competition 2006

Judges: Vicki Feaver, plus the editors of Smith/Doorstop Books
Entrants submit a collection of poems (16-24 pages). Up to five winners, who have their work published as pamphlets. They can submit further poems for consideration for a full collection. Share of £1,000 cash prize.
Published under the Smith/Doorstop imprint.
Closing date: last posting, 31 October 2006
Entry fee £24 per collection – good reduction for magazine subscribers.
Full rules and entry form from The Competition Administrator, The Poetry Business, Byram Arcade, Westgate, Huddersfield HD1 1ND, UK, tel 01484 434840. email mailto:edit@poetrybusiness.co.uk. Or visit our website: http://www.poetrybusiness.co.uk/comp2000.htm .

If you are happy to accept attachments, we can email a PDF of our printed leaflet to you, or we can post one to you. All relevant information is available on our website.

Janet Fisher and Peter Sansom, The Poetry Business, The Studio, Byram Arcade, Westgate, Huddersfield HD1 1ND, UK. Tel 01484 434840; fax 01484 426566. http://www.poetrybusiness.co.uk.

Smith/Doorstop Books
The North magazine
Writing Days
Book & Pamphlet Competition –
   see http://www.poetrybusiness.co.uk/comp2000.htm  for details
Prose and Poetry Prizes 2006

Essays, Articles, Interviews – covering any writing-related or literary theme in its widest sense up to 2,000 words. 1st prize £150, 2nd £100, 3rd £50. Single entry £4 (TNW subscribers two entries at same fee).
Short Stories, Serials/Novellas – stories up to 4,000 words, serials/novellas up to 20,000 words on any subject or theme, in any genre (not children’s). Previously published work is not eligible. Short Stories: 1st prize £300, 2nd £200, 3rd £100. Novella: 1st prize £300.  Entry fees £4 per short story (TNW subscribers two entries at same fee) or £10 per serial/novella.
Single Poems and Collections – single poems up to 40 lines and collections of between 6 – 10 poems. Single poem entries must be previously unpublished; previously published poems can be included as part of a collection. Collection: 1st prize £300, 2nd £200, 3rd £100. Single: 1st prize £100, 2nd £75, 3rd £50.   Entry fee £4 per single poem (TNW subscribers two entries at same fee, £10 per collection.
All work should be clearly typed, double-spaced (except poetry), on one side of white A4 paper and paperclipped. Entrants may make as many submissions as they wish but please include your name, address, title of entry, word count and category on a separate cover sheet with every entry. Preliminary judging will be carried out by The New Writer editorial board with guest judges making the final selection so there should be no identifying marks on the entries. Judges in recent years include Mimi Thebo, Jane Draycott, Ros Barber, Margaret Graham, Phil Whitaker.

Last year’s winners are listed at http://www.thenewwriter.com/prizewinners.htm

The New Writer
PO Box 60
Cranbrook
Kent
TN17 2RE
tel 01580 212626
fax 01580 212041
admin@thenewwriter.com
www.thenewwriter.com <http://www.thenewwriter.com/>

Asham Awards

The Asham Awards is a short story prize for new women writers in which twelve winners share a total of £3,600 in prize money. Enter soon by visiting www.ashamaward.com – the closing date is 31st July.

The Belmont Poetry Prize

The Belmont Poetry Prize is the only poetry competition in the country for poets writing for children, with children as the judges.  Deadline:  21 Jul 2006

The £500 prize is awarded to the poet whose entry receives the highest number of votes from children in primary schools throughout the country.
The Belmont Poetry Prize attracts entries from poets living in all parts of the UK and some from overseas.
 
http://www.belmontartscentre.org.uk/

Jerwood Aldeburgh First Collection Prize 2006/7

The Poetry Trust invites submissions from publishers or individual poets for its annual prize awarded to the author of what in the opinion of the judges is the best first full collection of poetry published in Great Britain and Eire in the preceding year.

UK, England, Northern Ireland, Republic of Ireland, East England
Deadline: 31 Jul 2006

THE PRIZE
The winner will receive:
* a cheque for £3,000
* a week of paid ‘protected’ writing time in Aldeburgh
* a fee-paying invitation to read at the Aldeburgh Poetry Festival 2007
(a unique opportunity to present his/her poems to Britain’s largest and most appreciative poetry audience).
The winner will be announced at the 18th Aldeburgh Poetry Festival, which
takes place on 3-5 November 2006.

HOW TO ENTER
Any first collection of at least 40 pages published in Britain or Eire between 1st September 2005 and 31st July 2006 is eligible .
Three bound or proof copies with a note of the date of publication must be received by 31st July 2006. All entries to:
Jerwood Aldeburgh First Collection Prize
The Cut, 9 New Cut, Halesworth
Suffolk IP19 8BY
The shortlist of up to five titles will be released in October 2006.

further info http://www.aldeburghpoetryfestival.org/html/jerwood_prize1.htm

Blinking Eye poetry competition

Entry forms are now available for the 2006 Blinking Eye poetry competition. Funded by Arts Council England’s Grants for the arts programme, it is open to any poet over the age of 50.   Deadline: 07 Aug 2006

This year’s competition will be judged by the acclaimed poet, Jo Shapcott, president of the Poetry Society. Jo has published several collections and won many prizes for her poetry. She teaches on the MA in Creative Writing at Royal Holloway College, University of London and is also Visiting Professor in Poetry at the University of Newcastle and the University of the Arts, London.  Entries to the competition, which closes on 7 August, may be on any theme and in any style.

Organiser Jeanne Macdonald, said: “Last year’s competition attracted over 400 entries – which means around 2,000 poems. This year, I hope to top that figure and I am particularly keen to receive entries from ethnic writers.”

The overall winner will have a collection of their poems published by Blinking Eye and will receive 100 copies of the book. An anthology of commended poems will also be published by Blinking Eye.

Entry forms are available from Jeanne Macdonald, Blinking Eye Publishing, PO Box 549, North Shields, Tyne & Wear NE30 2WT (please send a stamped addressed envelope). They can also be downloaded from the Blinking Eye website at www.blinking-eye.co.uk.

For further information please contact Jeanne Macdonald on the details below,  or Judy Walker on 01434 600345, judywalker@btconnect.com

Major new playwriting competition, The Yale Drama Series

Yale University Press and Yale Repertory Theatre are joining forces in a new venture to support emerging playwrights. They will jointly sponsor a major new playwriting competition, The Yale Drama Series. The winner of the annual competition will be awarded the David C. Horn Prize of $10,000, publication of his/her manuscript by Yale University Press, and a staged reading at Yale Rep. In addition, Yale Rep may exercise its right to option the play for a professional production. The Yale Drama Series and David C. Horn Prize are funded by generous support from the David Charles Horn Foundation.

Deadline: 15 Aug 2006

Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Edward Albee serves as first judge of The Yale Drama Series. His appointment extends two years; he will select winners for the 2006 and 2007 competitions. Future judges of the series will include both distinguished playwrights and directors.

Submissions for the 2007 Competition must be postmarked no earlier than July 15, 2006 and no later than August 15, 2006. See Guidelines for Submission below for precise information regarding your entry.

competition rules  http://yalepress.yale.edu/yupbooks/drama.asp#rules
contact us http://yalepress.yale.edu/yupbooks/drama.asp#past
 
COMPETITION RULES

Yale University Press and Yale Repertory Theatre are seeking submissions for a major new playwriting competition, The Yale Drama Series. The winner of this annual competition will be awarded the David C. Horn Prize of $10,000, publication of his/her manuscript by Yale University Press, and a staged reading at Yale Rep. In addition, Yale Rep may exercise its right to option the play for a professional production. The winning play will be selected by series judge Edward Albee.

Submissions must be original, full-length plays – translations, musicals, one-acts and children’s plays are not accepted. Writers who have had plays published in book form are not eligible. Playwrights may win the competition only once.

There is no application form. Please follow guidelines available at the above web address in preparing your manuscript.

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