It’s that time again! The York Literature Festival is coming up in March, and York St John University Creative Writing students are creating our own event launching Beyond The Walls, a published anthology showcasing YSJ student Creative Writing.
The student editors are looking for submissions from any and all writers at the York St John University. Chosen work will be published in the Beyond The Walls anthology 2017. Additionally, two of the chosen writers will have an opportunity to read their work at Student Showcase/Beyond The Wall anthology launch on the 28th of March at the York Literature Festival.
We are looking for fiction, poetry and flash fiction on any subject or theme.
- max 1200 word count for prose
- max 3 poems per submission
You must provide a cover letter and short (max 50 words) bio of yourself along with your submission. Submit via email to email@example.com.
The submission window is open on February 10 and closes at 11:59 pm on Feb 22. ***Please note the deadline has been extended to 11:59 pm on Feb 25.****
York St John is looking forward to welcoming Jack Sheffield, author of the bestselling Teacher series, to discuss his experience of writing and publishing and to read to us from his novels on the 15th of March at 2:00 in De Grey Lecture Theatre. Jack’s books are set in a fictional primary school in North Yorkshire, and they are well loved by school children and adults alike from across the globe. In late January Jack was awarded the honorary title of Cultural Fellow of York St John University, and we are looking forward to working with Jack for many years to come.
Jack’s presentation should appeal to a wide variety of readers and writers at York St John, in particular Creative Writing students who are interested in writing for young adults or children, and Literature and Education students who are interested in careers in Primary Education.
Jack’s presentation will take place from 2:00 to 3:00, and it will be followed by coffee and cake in De Grey foyer from 3:00 – 4:00. The presentation is open to the public. Tickets are free, but you need to book through EventBrite on the following link:
Our 2016 MA pamphlet winners were Anna Souillac and Rosie Driffill, and their pamphlets are now available for download.
Their work was chosen by competition judge Nuala Ellwood, YSJ alumna and Guardian New Face of Fiction 2017. She says of the winning pamphlets:
Seeds is a beautifully written meditation on nature, love and loss and it left me spellbound. Rosie’s collection could quite easily sit alongside some of the best nature writers such as Robert MacFarlane, Olivia Laing, Helen MacDonald and Rob Cowen.
Once More, With Feeling began with a bang and kept my attention right to the end with its brilliant, original and brutal voices. It reminded me of Young Skins by Colin Barrett. This is a wonderfully assured piece by an exciting and talented new writer.
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For more information about our MA Creative Writing programme, see here.
The Yeovil Literary Prize 2017
Are you an emerging writer, or an established scribbler who produces work and then hides it away in a folder or cupboard? Not any more because here is an opportunity for you to share your writing and compete for prizes. Agents really do contact our winners and success follows, so take a look at our poster, visit our website, and enter. You have nothing to lose and, possibly, a great deal to gain.
The Yeovil Literary Prize is an internationally acclaimed competition which opened for entries on 1 January, and offers opportunities for all writers.
Now in its fourteenth year, we know several past winners have achieved success in the publishing world.
There are now FOUR categories, with significant cash prizes.
Read Regional 2017 – New Writing North The 2017 list contains a selection of exciting new books by some of the best contemporary writers in the North. Today, the Read Regional titles are named as: Walking the Lights by Deborah Andrews (Freight) The Lost Art of Sinking by Naomi Booth (Penned in the Margins) The Confession of Stella Moon by Shelley Day (Contraband) Streets of Darkness by A. A. Dhand (Transworld) The Death’s Head Chess Club by John Donoghue (Atlantic) You Could Do Something Amazing With Your Life [You Are Raoul Moat] by Andrew Hankinson (Scribe) Greetings from Grandpa by Jack Mapanje (Bloodaxe) Hard Wired by Kathleen McKay (Moth) Katy Parker and the House That Cried by Margaret Mulligan (Bloomsbury) The Lightless Sky by Gulwali Passarlay (Atlantic) The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper by Phaedra Patrick (HarperCollins) Every Little Sound by Ruby Robinson (Pavilion)
The 2017 campaign encourages readers to ‘take a risk’ with their reading, by picking up a book by a new writer or by reading in a different genre. Ten of this year’s selected titles are debuts, and the wide variety of literary fiction, crime fiction, memoir, creative non-fiction, poetry and writing for children offers readers the chance to try something different.
The 2017 list contains a selection of exciting new books by some of the best contemporary writers in the North. Today, the Read Regional titles are named as:
Walking the Lights by Deborah Andrews (Freight)
The Lost Art of Sinking by Naomi Booth (Penned in the Margins)
The Confession of Stella Moon by Shelley Day (Contraband)
Streets of Darkness by A. A. Dhand (Transworld)
The Death’s Head Chess Club by John Donoghue (Atlantic)
You Could Do Something Amazing With Your Life [You Are Raoul Moat] by Andrew Hankinson (Scribe)
Greetings from Grandpa by Jack Mapanje (Bloodaxe)
Hard Wired by Kathleen McKay (Moth)
Katy Parker and the House That Cried by Margaret Mulligan (Bloomsbury)
The Lightless Sky by Gulwali Passarlay (Atlantic)
The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper by Phaedra Patrick (HarperCollins)
Every Little Sound by Ruby Robinson (Pavilion)
With support from the School of Humanities, Philosophy and Theology, and the YorkYSJ Staff LGBT Network, YSJ Creative Writing and English Literature are running two events for the city of York’s LGBT history month.
- ‘Lunch Poems’ Discussion
6 February, Eagle and Child Pub, 12.30pm
Dr Adam Stock (Lecturer in English Literature) and Dr Kimberly Campanello (Lecturer in Creative Writing) are hosting “Lunch Poems”. Taking its name from gay New York poet Frank O’Hara’s celebrated collection ‘Lunch Poems’ (1964), Kimberly and Adam will host a lunch time discussion and reading group of poetry on LGBT themes, over lunch. Poems will be circulated in advance to ticket holders, but you do not need any previous experience or knowledge of poetry to take part in the discussion. Tickets are free, but do NOT include food.
- Film screening of Kate Bornstein is a Queer and Pleasant Danger
13 February, Fountains Lecture Theatre, 6pm
Trailblazing performance artist-theorist-activist Kate Bornstein takes us on a mind-bending quest through her world dismantling gender and seeking answers to the age-old question: What makes life worth living? An award-winning documentary by director Sam Feder hosted by Adam and Kimberly.
Free refreshments for all ticket holders!
Click here for info on the Game Jam
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