Creative Writing Student Showcase Performance Opportunity Call for Submissions

Do you love creative writing? Here is the perfect opportunity for you to perform your work at York Literature Festival! Submissions for York St John’s very own Student Showcase are now open.
Every year we show the best of YSJ’s student writing at one of the most prestigious literature festivals in the country – and you could have the chance to represent our university!
Authors of the submissions chosen will read an excerpt of their piece at the showcase. Two of the lucky readers will have their pieces beautifully produced as broadsides that will be distributed at the event – the perfect keepsake for a memorable evening!
The showcase is on the 28th March 6-8pm and takes place in Quad South Hall. Don’t worry – no prior performance experience is required! There will be a rehearsal before the event with ample time to practice.
We will accept submissions of poetry (50 lines max) and prose (2000 words max) – including short stories, flash fiction, and creative non-fiction. Feel free to send us any work you like, whether it be completely new or something dwelling at the bottom of your desk drawer – it doesn’t matter! 
Send your submissions to with your name and either poetry or prose written in the subject line. Please include a short cover letter and bio in your email and attach your work as a Microsoft Word file.
Submissions close at 8pm on the 28th February.
Don’t want to submit, but still want to support our university’s wonderful writers? Book your free ticket to the event (1)
If you have any questions feel free to email us at the address above or send us a tweet @YSJshowcase17.
We look forward to hearing from you!

Beyond the Walls Anthology Call for Submissions

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.

 Submission Guidelines

We are looking for fiction, poetry and flash fiction on any subject or theme.


  1. max 1200 word count for prose
  2. 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


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.****



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Jack Sheffield – author visit


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:51e34aY3K+L._SX312_BO1,204,203,200_

Download YSJ MA Pamphlet Winners 2016!

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.


Anna Souillac

Click to download: 

Anna Souillac – Once More With Feeling

Rosie Driffill - Seeds

Rosie Driffill

Rosie Driffill

For more information about our MA Creative Writing programme, see here.

Yeovil Literary Prize

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.

Dr Naomi Booth selected for New Writing North Read Regional

Read Regional 2017 – New Writing North

Read Regional is a celebration of brilliant new books from the North, run by New Writing North in partnership with 23 library authorities. The campaign runs from March to June 2017, during which time the twelve writers will tour libraries, literary festivals and schools across the North of England. More than 80 inspiring author events will take place from Blackburn to Berwick, including workshops, book group discussions and readings.
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.

Naomi’s novella The Lost Art of Sinking is one of the 12 selectednaomi photonaomi coverRR-2017-group-outside-900x666

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)

York LGBT History Month Events Organised by YSJ Creative Writing and English Literature

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.

Please register here to receive the poetry pack and menu in advance of the event.

  • 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.

 Click here to register for free tickets

Free refreshments for all ticket holders!


Job Opportunity – Script Editor Coronation Street

Job Description – Script Editor, Coronation Street – 12 Month FTC (1700010R)

Script Editor, Coronation Street – 12 Month FTC-1700010R 
UK-North West-Manchester 
Script Editor, Coronation Street, 12 Month FTC
​Fancy working on our world famous cobbles?

How would you like to work with our team of top writers to help craft the next brilliant flight of fancy from Mary Taylor or the next zinger for deadpan David? And what about helping to shape the next heart-stopping story for this BAFTA-winning stalwart of British TV?

Coronation Street is even bigger and better than ever and this year we are moving to 6 Episodes so we are looking for a Script Editor to join our busy hard working editorial team who ensure that every single one of our episodes is top-drawer telly.

Your role will involve attending and contributing to story conferences. In script meetings, you will submit creative and structural notes to the Producer(s), advising of major continuity, technical and cast challenges and finding ways to overcome them. You will then work with the writers, in an open and creative manner, to help them implement these notes. You will follow your scripts through all the stages of production, from pre-production to editing, dealing with various levels of personnel including researchers, directors and cast – so strong communication skills are a must.

You must demonstrate previous drama script-editing experience. You should be focussed, be able to work under pressure and meet the deadlines of a rolling production schedule. You should be conscientious and have a creative but logical mind.

This role may require working long and unsocial hours – but it’s an excellent opportunity to prove yourself in the nation’s top soap, working with the best writers and characters in the medium.

If you’re up for the challenge, in a role where no two days are ever the same, apply now!

“Our people are our greatest asset and, as an equal opportunities employer, we welcome applicants from diverse backgrounds to work both in front of and behind the cameras”

Apply now! Closing date: 30th January 2017