Poetry Competition Opportunity for Students!

Dial-a-Poem Competition 2020!

Dial-a-Poem, a new nationwide student poetry competition, is now open for entries for telephonic poems competing for a chance to win up to £500 in National Book Tokens and publication.

In partnership with Nottingham Trent University, the Arts and Humanities Research Council, the BT Archives and the Science Museum, and judged by award-winning poet Jane McKie, the competition calls out for poems which – directly or indirectly – engage with the idea of calling.

The original Dial-a-Poem was launched by the late John Giorno fifty years ago, and the service – via which users called in to hear recordings of work by essential and provocative poets of the time – will be reconfigured in the digital age by way of a mobile app for launch in 2020. Winners of the Dial-a-Poem competition will be offered the chance to record their poem for the Dial-a-Poem app and a sound installation in the City of Nottingham, joining a roster of celebrated international poets.

Deadline for entries is 10 February 2020. https://url4.mailanyone.net/v1/?m=1iYBYY-000AzY-5D&i=57e1b682&c=XdMCRhdIJbKBQQaHPPpaA1OKgUyksMsEaqw-EawCWsHhAQhm_5oWwG8G8WLAFjlKluowP7xY-nOGmATEPYkXLdchnkm0MYlua0K_0Ip75OSwVOtVhTuPAX3GiYK55UXe2P4OWxMaaQtdJ6dTNw-gU6cnNio38OW_q-5W1sRtied–5_OPaRDx1GpLB7husK7hLvGd2RJ1kWESwJm5O_BZgptowFFnKdtoeIQ1r8sSWNOXqigMjpdExmCpOnpsLebkRegIJcg2Y_Ul03Ic6iqkQ


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SAY OWT SLAM EVENT!

An exciting event for those who love spoken word, don’t miss out! Details below.

Say Owt Slam #24
February 1st 2019
7.30pm
The City Screen Basement


Poets have three minutes to impress the audience and win a cash prize. Highly Commended in the York Culture Awards, Say Owt Slam is an exciting and raw mixing pot of spoken word. Plus
guest poet Lisette Auton, an award-winning disabled writer and performer. LIsette is one of Penguin Random House UK’s WriteNow mentees for her children’s novel based on the North East coast. All of her work seeks to make the invisible visible.

Winter Lights

Guest writer Alfie Edge gives us a Christmas poem for this festive season.

Turn on the winter lights,

To guide through afternoon shadows.

Crunching feet in pillow snow

passing steamed pub windows.

 

Underneath winter lights,

Innocence illuminated

the blurred buzz of mistletoe risk;

My heart, Lord’s a leaping.

 

Tell the warm winter lights:

to bury my heart in Christmas

and melt the cold earth around,

Until next year, my love.

Will Harris’ Poetry Series Review

Hannah Petch reviews The York Centre for Writing Poetry Series event, with Poet Will Harris!

Will Harris is a writer of mixed Anglo-Indonesian heritage, born and based in London.

On Monday 25th November I attended the second event of this semesters poetry series; a reading and Q&A with poet Will Harris.

Will Harris is a writer of mixed Anglo-Indonesian heritage, born and based in London. He has worked in schools, led workshops at the Southbank Centre and teaches for The Poetry School. Harris kicked off the evening with a few readings before partaking in a Q&A with Caleb Klaces.

Prior to that evening I hadnt read any of his poetry, however hearing him read aloud definitely made me want to buy a copy of his book. My favourite was a poem set in Wetherspoons, which Harris claimed he didnt read out that often, as it required a lot of energy. And it was definitely energetic! It was really interesting as a Creative Writing student to hear a poem like that, it seemed more like a piece of theatre than a poem; it definitely gave me a lot of inspiration in terms of my own poetry. His poem Another Life’ was also really interesting and sparked a lot of questions in the Q&A that followed. Harris wrote the poem after being shortlisted for a poetry prize against another poet, whose politics he did not agree with, and then subsequently lost out to that poet. It raised a lot of questions about prize culture and, as poets, who we write for. There was an interesting discussion about whether we ever write anything just for ourselves, or do we always write with the knowledge and intention of it being read by other people?

 Overall, it was a fantastic evening. Will Harris is an excellent poet, his first full poetry collection RENDANG’ is forthcoming in 2020, I would definitely recommend keeping an eye out for it.

Will Harris’ first full poetry collection ‘RENDANG’ comes out February 2020.

 There are also more events coming up in the poetry series next semester to coincide with the York Literature Festival with some fantastic poets, including Fran Lock and Mary-Jean Chan, already confirmed.

Find Will Harris on twitter or on his website for more information about his upcoming release and more of his exciting poetry!

Submission Opportunity with Found Fiction!

 

Found Fiction Presents: Street Stories

 

“The best stories you find are the ones that find you.”

 

The idea behind Found Fiction is simple. Writers send in short stories, which are printed out, folded into envelopes marked READ ME, and left in public spaces for people to find. For York Literature Festival, Found Fiction is bringing its guerrilla publishing army to York for Street Stories.

 

Working with Creative Writing students from York St John University, Found Fiction will write short stories set in different parts of York – then distribute them in those areas to be found and shared through the #foundfiction hashtag.

 

A digital map will pin-point where each story is, inviting literature fans to search for literature created by and for the people of York, exclusively for the festival.

 

To get involved: hello@foundfiction.org

 

 

Twitter: www.twitter.com/fictionfound

Facebook: www.facebook.com/foundfiction

Instagram: www.instagram.com/found_fiction

Website: www.foundfiction.org

YouTube: www.youtube.com/watch?v=17QgyTjcdwQ or www.youtube.com/watch?v=oHC3-FZzhSo

Please contact Found Fiction with any queries: hello@foundfiction.org

 

 

 

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GREENTEETH PRESS CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS!

Call for Gothic, Supernatural and Horror Writing for New Magazine set up by recent York St John Graduates

From campfire ghost stories to eldritch screams on lamplight streets, the uncanny and supernatural have haunted bookshelves for the past century. Unhomely is the second anthology from GreenTeeth Press, introducing more fresh authors to the industry!

The full submission details are on www.greenteethpress.com/submit and submissions should be sent to greenteethpress@gmail.com

There is a revised deadline for submission for York St John students of 7 November 2019

Expressions of interest invited for The Creative Writing Blog!

This is the link to the form you can use to express your interest in writing and/or editing for the exciting and dynamic YSJ Creative Writing Blog –
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfbfX8lUdgW8EfxVRTjzQR4AOtDSsBK0qgZGuf3wSNbj6keQA/viewform

Please complete this form if you are interested in writing for The CWB (The Creative Writing Blog.)

These are the options available to you:

Be a Staff Writer: We occasionally identify topics to be covered or events to be reviewed. These are first offered to our Staff Writers (typically a staff writer will contribute 3-5 pieces to the blog per academic year).

Be a Sub-Editor: In addition to writing regularly for the blog, co-editors also format and upload work by other students, workshop ideas for features and series and recruit fellow students to the blog team. They are also a friendly, informal point of contact for new writers.

Be an Assistant Editor. PLEASE NOTE, THIS ROLE IS ONLY OPEN TO POSTGRADUATE APPLICANTS. As an Assistant Editor you will work closely with the blog editors to shape the character and content of the blog. You will be responsible for managing Sub-Editors and commissioning and editing new posts. This is an excellent role if you are looking to acquire experience in publishing or journalism.

Aesthetica Creative Writing Award

Submissions Now Open for 2019

 

Hosted by the international art and culture publication Aesthetica Magazine, the Award is a celebration of excellence in Poetry and Short Fiction, and one of the UK’s most prestigious competitions. It presents writers with the opportunity to further their involvement with the literary world.

Prizes for the Creative Writing Award include:

  • £1,000 for each winner (Poetry and Short Fiction)
  • Publication in the Aesthetica Creative Writing Annual
  • Consultation with Redhammer (Short Fiction Winner)
  • Full Membership to The Poetry Society (Poetry Winner)
  • One-year subscription to Granta
  • Books courtesy of Bloodaxe and Vintage

Entries are open for the Aesthetica Creative Writing Award, presenting an opportunity for writers to showcase their Poetry and Short Fiction to international audiences and further their involvement in the literary world.

Prizes include: £1,000 for the Short Fiction and Poetry winners, publication in the Aesthetica Creative Writing Annual, consultation with Redhammer Management, membership to the Poetry Society, one-year subscription to Granta and a selection of books courtesy of Bloodaxe and Vintage.

Submit here: http://aestheti.cc/5xdj7