Jacob Polley makes T S Eliot Prize shortlist

Cumbrian poet Jacob Polley is one of ten poets shortlisted for what Andrew Motion once called the prize most poets want to win. Polley is in the frame for his latest collection, The Havocs, due to be published by Picador on 8 November.

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Word Market Nature Writing Competition

Ulverstons Word Marketeers are looking for nature writing in the form of poems, short stories and non-fiction. Poetry judge is Neil Curry, and Marian Veevers adjudicates the prose. The prizes are 25 book tokens in a range of categories.

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Cumbrian writers in the Portico

Keith Richardson, Chris Wadsworth, and Sarah Hall are all shortlisted for the prestigious 10,000 Portico Prize. They face stiff competition from the likes of Simon Armitage, Joan Bakewell, A.S. Byatt, Jackie Kay, Jeanette Winterson, Val McDermid, and Jane Rogers and a long wait until the final winners are announced in late November.

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Maryport LitFest Poetry Competition

The deadlines looming and theres a 150 prize to be won for poems on the 2012 festival theme of Gods and Ancestors (to be interpreted freely ) 5.00 buys you an entry of up to three poems for judge Grevel Lindops (pictured) consideration but only if you get them in by 15 October.

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Northern Writers Awards to return to Cumbria

Thanks to major changes in national arts policy and a spot of local boundary-changing, its almost ten years since a writer based in Cumbria had a sniff of success in one of the countrys best designed and generously funded award schemes. That could be about to change.

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A unique and life changing opportunity

is how the Wordworth Trust describes the job of its Poet in Residence. Current incumbent Carola Luther will be finishing her stint at the end of September, and the Trust is seeking to recruit her successor to start work in December. Only exceptional poets need apply

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Fancy an MA with the Poetry School?

The Poetry School is planning to offer a poetry MA and theyre consulting potential students to make sure that the course is exactly tailored to their needs. Complete their brief questionnaire youll be entered into a prize draw to win a 70 Poetry School voucher enough to cover a workshop or a short course.

And speaking of courses the Poetry Schools autumn term begins soon, but theres still time to book places on a number of courses, including the online programme. Read more>>

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The Fire Crane

Attention! Submissions are invited for The Fire Crane a new, newspaper-style publication designed to showcase the best contemporary Cumbrian writing twice a year, to be published by New Writing Cumbria.

For more information, and how to submit, read on>>

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Fancy the Flax Challenge? a call for submissions

Through its publishing imprint, Flax, Lancaster Litfest has two exciting opportunities for writers and other creatives to get involved in this years festival one of which involves putting a fantastic event together on a budget of just over thirty quid

If youre up to it and up for it, read more>>

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Summer writing in Mungrisedale

Or should that be summer write-off? Mungrisedale Writers open programme of summer workshops all on the theme of journeys led by professional writers in a warm, dry village hall, will be going ahead whatever the weather.

Book now if you want to secure a place. Read more>>

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Facets of Fiction The Curthwaite Writing School

Writer and experienced tutor Mike Smith aka Brindley Hallam Dennis is running another one of his popular fiction courses at his home near Wigton.

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Marketing Workshop Introduction to Social Media

On average, in one year, well share 415 pieces of content on Facebook and spend an average of about 23 minutes a day on Twitter, tweeting a total of around 15,795 tweets.

Writers, publishers, and event promoters cant afford to ignore social media as a form of communicating with readers, customers and audiences. Read more>>

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Litfest wants a marketeer

If youre in the south of the county and therefore not far from Lancaster, you love literature and can write snappy copy, have a bit of marketing experience and fancy working two days a week in a busy office, then Litfest have a situation vacant.

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