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>>

6 Comments

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>>

No Comments

Liars League and other write ideas

Sedberghs Write Idea festival is back at the end of February with another three days of events to enliven Englands Book Town.

Topping the bill this time is Sedberghs take on one of the countrys most innovative live fiction events, Liars League and theyre looking for Cumbrian liars to contribute to a show scheduled for Friday 24 February. Read more>>

No Comments

Take a Popshot

Poet David Tait, formerly but briefly of this parish and now unaccountably domiciled in Yorkshire, has been in touch to tell us about the rather lovely Popshot magazine and its search for poems and pictures on the theme of power.

Read more>>

2 Comments

The Dark Mountain wants you to climb it

Ulverston writer Paul Kingsnorth is back from an extended sojourn in the South American wilderness and has returned to the steep and rocky slopes of the Dark Mountain Project.

There have been two Dark Mountain books so far; now Kingsnorth and his fellow editors are working on number three, and theyre looking for submissions. Read more>>

No Comments

Two Ravens want your ecopoems

Following their recent decision to refocus their list on eco-literature and writing that challenges and unpicks the status quo, and the announcement of an ambitious new magazine, EarthLines, Hebridean independent publisher Two Ravens Press is looking for submissions for an anthology of new ecopoetry to be published in November 2012.

Read more>>

No Comments

Writing through the glen

Radical firebrand poet and polemicist Alan Morrison is letting it be known that hes after submissions for The Robin Hood Book, the follow-up anthology to Emergency Verse, which is planned for publication in Spring 2012.

Read more>>

No Comments

Desire and Dust

Abridged, the Northern Irish poetry/art magazine is looking for submissions for its Desire and Dust issue. A maximum of three poems may be submitted, of any length.

Abridged is Gregory McCartney (Project Coordinator) and Maria Campbell (Editor), and its supported by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland.

Read more

No Comments

Short stories get short shrift at BBC Radio 4

From next spring, the number of short stories broadcast on Radio 4 will be reduced from three to one a week. The change is part of new Controller Gwyneth Williams first reorganisation of the BBC Radio 4 schedule, and appears to be a knock-on effect of extending The World At One by 15 minutes, from 7 November.

Read more

1 Comment

Are you interested in writing for radio?

Would you like a 5,000 writing bursary and the chance of a Radio 4 drama commission? BBC Radio Drama North have just launched their 2011 Alfred Bradley Bursary Award, an open submissions process which aims to find talented writers who are based in the North of England, who are interested in writing for radio, and have compelling stories to tell. Read more

No Comments

Happy new writing on the NHS

Everyones talking about happiness: politicians want to measure it, and self-help books explaining how to become ever happier are two-a-penny. So why have writers apparently been reluctant to engage with this state, when many philosophers and politicians see it as a major goal of human existence?

Refusing to be discouraged or down-hearted, Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation Trust is calling for submissions of uplifting poems and short prose (fiction or non-fiction). Read more

No Comments

Free critiques from The Literary Consultancy

Ulverstons Word Market is managing an Arts Council-funded scheme which allows Cumbrian writers on a low income to benefit from a free, professional critique of their manuscript via The Literary Consultancy (TLC).

Normally, writers pay for TLCs services, but Word Market are offered a limited number of free reads for writers in Cumbria. Interested? Then read on

No Comments

Litfest is looking for Singles

Lancaster Litfests publishing imprint, Flax, is inviting submissions from writers living in the North West. Singles (Flax 023 025) will be a series of online chapbooks. Flax are looking for three writers who already have a poetry pamphlet or collection, or a short story collection or a novel published, and are working on a new project.

Read more

No Comments