30th Annual Cumbrian Literary Awards: Open For Entries!

Authors and publishers are needed to enter new books into Cumbria’s leading literary awards. The Lakeland Book of the Year Charity Luncheon and Awards Ceremony takes place every summer and is now in its 30th year. These awards are unique and are recognised as being the most prestigious literary prizes outside of London. In conjunction with […]

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Young Writers Residential at the Wordsworth Trust

On the 11th – 14th of April the Wordsworth Trust in Grasmere is running the Dorothy Wordsworth Festival which is a series of workshops and events celebrating women’s poetry. This year they are offering three young Cumbrians aged 14-18 the opportunity to join them for a residential over the weekend to attend sessions and produce […]

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Words by the Water: Free Tickets for Young People

Words by the Water Festival of Words and Ideas 7th- 16th March 2014   Theatre by the Lake, Keswick Words by the Water Festival offers free tickets for young people aged between 17-25    After continued success in 2013, Words by the Water festival will again be offering free-tickets to young people aged 17 to […]

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Free Reads

We’ve been allocated a number of Free Reads by The Literary Consultancy! If you write prose, poetry, short stories or scripts, and you’re on a low income, you could be given a free professional critique of your manuscript. Please see submission rules at the bottom of the page. We will then choose the manuscripts we […]

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New opportunity from New Writing Cumbria – with a caravan in tow…

A couple are on their honeymoon, travelling around Cumbria in a caravan… …while they go off in search of…whatever it is they are after….WE are looking for people with the talent and imagination to…. Write a chapter! It goes like this: One person writes the opening chapter of a novel, with a limited prompt (in […]

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Popshot Magazine: ‘Journeys’ submissions

Popshot is now open for literary submissions for its eleventh issue. They’re looking for original, thought-provoking writing that will address the theme, and capture the imagination of their readers. * The theme is ‘Journeys’. * Poems must be no more than 25 lines. * Short fiction must be no more than 3,000 words. * Send […]

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Cumbria Young Writers Awards 2014

Anne Pierson CUMBRIA YOUNG WRITERS AWARDS 2014   Words by the Water Literature Festival Theatre by the Lake, Keswick Saturday 8 March 2014  11.00 a.m. Introduction CYW Patron Melvyn Bragg Guest Speaker Blake Morrison award-winning author and Professor of Creative Writing Goldsmiths, University of London   Theme ‘Time’   Closing date for entries Sunday 12 […]

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Verb New Voices, Radio 3:

Verb New Voices is looking for three talented artists based in the North of England. Three artists will each receive a bursary of £2,500 with the potential for additional fees from any radio interviews and performances. The Verb New Voices opportunity is about generating vibrant new writing which reflects something unique about Northern culture. Broadcast […]

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Maryport LitFest: November 8th-10th

The sixth Maryport LitFest ‘ Neptune and his Realm’ is happening on 8th- 10th November at Senhouse Roman Museum, Maryport. Melvyn Bragg is kicking the weekend off on the Friday night, followed by a host of other authors and poets, plus two writing workshops. You can see the full programme here: Maryport LitFest 2013 programme […]

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Cumbrian Writing team launches first ‘digital soap’

The Cawthwaite Project is a series of secret diaries set in a rural Lake District village A team of female writers in Cumbria has launched, what is believed to be, the world’s first ‘digital’ soap opera. Launched on 1st June 2013, The Cawthwaite Project is set in the fictional world of an idyllic Lake District […]

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Opportunitiy: The Winter Droving

Writing Opportunity: The chance to have your work displayed around town during Penrith Winter Droving: Write us something inspired by any aspect of Penrith’s Winter Droving (agriculture / masks / community / procession – anything that takes your fancy). We’ll pick our favourites to be displayed in Penrith during The Winter Droving on November 30th. […]

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Mungrisdale Poetry Competition

The Mungrisdale Writers are delighted to announce their second Poetry Competition, on the theme ‘And miles to go before I sleep …’. The entries will be judged by the well-known Carlisle poet Terry Jones. The prizes will be £100 first, £50 second, £25 third. The deadline is 31 October 2013. Competitors may submit as many […]

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Wordsworth Trust: Poet in Residence Wanted

  Poet in Residence 2014   The Wordsworth Trust is seeking to appoint a new Poet in Residence, to run from January to December 2014.   The Residency offers an invaluable opportunity for an exceptional poet, from any cultural background and writing within any literary tradition, to spend time in Grasmere, Cumbria, in the heart […]

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