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Aesthetica Prizes

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The Aesthetica Creative Writing Award 2017 is open for entries, presenting an opportunity for emerging and established writers and poets to showcase their work to new international audiences and further their involvement in the literary world. Now in its 11th year, the award is an internationally renowned prize presented by Aesthetica Magazine and judged by literary experts, including Arifa Akbar, book reviewer for Monocle Radio and BBC Radio 5 Live and former Literary Editor at The Independent.

Prizes include:

  • £1,000 prize money Poetry Winner
  • £1,000 prize money Short Fiction Winner
  • Publication in the Aesthetica Creative Writing Anthology for 60 shortlisted writers
  • Consultation with Redhammer Management (Short Fiction Winner)
  • Full Membership to The Poetry Society (Poetry Winner)
  • Selection of books courtesy of Bloodaxe and Vintage
  • One year subscription to Granta

Short Fiction entries should be no more than 2,000 words. Poetry entries should be no more than 40 lines. Works previously published elsewhere are accepted.

Deadline for submissions is 31 August 2017. To enter, visit www.aestheticamagazine.com/cwa

YSJ MA Creative Writing student wins prize

MA Creative Writing student Rachel McHale has just won the Writers Bureau Short Story Competition for her story ‘Bonfire’. The story also featured on Broadsides produced for the Student Showcase event at York Literature Festival in March, which was curated by YSJ 2nd year BA Creative Writing students.

Broadside of extract from 'Bonfire' designed by Andrew Kukk and commissioned by 2nd year BA Creative Writing students

Broadside of extract from ‘Bonfire’ designed by Andrew Kukk and commissioned by 2nd year BA Creative Writing students

Congratulations Rachel! You can read the story here.

Pollination Project Call for Submissions

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Call for Submissions

The Pollination Project

Deadline 5th June

Calling all writers and visual artists. Contribute to a beautiful printed anthology for the York St John Pollination Project.

The York St John Pollination Project is a funded, multi-disciplinary project that aims to ‘pollinate’ creative writing, visual art, music and critical writing whilst raising the awareness of the importance of bees and other pollinators to our Eco-system. The images and writings that appear on these pages have been inspired by student trips to the Wellcome Trust and The Hive at Kew; a Pollination Symposium and Wildflower Workshop.

The project has so far brought together students, artists, sculptors, entomologists, conservationists, writers and gardeners, and aims to continue to make these inspirational links in the future. We want to ‘pollinate’ far and wide.

Submission with a slight difference. If you’d like your work to be included in the anthology please visit our site:

https://yorkstjohnpollinationproject.com/

Then browse the creative work that is already there. Choose something to respond to and upload your response to the ‘Contact’ section. This will potentially appear on the site to ‘pollinate’ other works, and in the anthology. Spread the word.

Music/sound also welcome, but this will appear on the site only.

Aesthetica Creative Writing Award

thThe 11th Aesthetica Creative Writing Award is now open for entries, presenting an opportunity for emerging and established writers and poets to showcase their work to new international audiences and further their involvement in the literary world. Prizes include:

  • £1,000 Poetry Winner
  • £1,000 Short Fiction Winner
  • Publication in the Aesthetica Creative Writing Annual for 60 finalists
  • Consultation with Redhammer Management (Short Fiction Winner)
  • Full Membership to The Poetry Society (Poetry Winner)
  • Selection of books courtesy of Bloodaxe and Vintage
  • One year subscription to Granta

Short Fiction entries should be no more than 2,000 words. Poetry entries should be no more than 40 lines. Works previously published are accepted.

Deadline for submissions is 31 August 2017. For full entry requirements and to submit, visit www.aestheticamagazine.com/cwa

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Brighton Fiction Prize

Brighton’s only short fiction prize.
1st prize £1,000. Short, flash and local awards.
Visit us at www.brightonprize.com @BrightonPrize
International entries. Open until 30th June 2017
Judges – authors Sally O’Reilly, Erinna Mettler and Myriad Editions’ Candida Lacey

CLINIC POETS AT PICA STUDIOS, YORK

CLINIC POETS AT PICA STUDIOS, YORK

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

7:00pm doors for 7.30pm start.

PICA, Artist-led Studios, 7A Grape Lane, YO1 7HU

Poetry press Clinic brings poets Rebecca Tamás and Edward Doegar to York to read from their publications, Savage and For Now, published with clinic in Spring 2017, along with guest Ágnes Lehóczky.

Rebecca Tamás is a London based poet, working towards a PhD in Creative and Critical Writing at The University of East Anglia. Her poetry pamphlet, The Ophelia Letters, was published by Salt in 2013, and she has most recently had work in The White Review, Best British Poetry 2015, A Poem for Every Year and The Suburban Review. Rebecca’s pamphlet Savage, will be published by Clinic in March, and she is currently working on poems about witchcraft, occult female alterity and ecological language. You can find her on twitter @RebTamas.

Edward Doegar’s poems, reviews and translations have appeared in various magazines including Poetry Review, Granta (online), Prac Crit and Poetry London. He is a fellow of the Complete Works and a consulting editor at The Rialto. His pamphlet, For Now, will be published by clinic in March.

Ágnes Lehóczky is a poet, scholar and translator originally from Budapest. Her poetry collections published in the UK are Budapest to Babel (Egg Box Publishing, 2008), Rememberer (Egg Box Publishing, 2012) and Carillonneur (Shearsman Books, 2014). She also has three poetry collections in Hungarian: ikszedik stáció(Universitas, 2000), Medalion (Universitas, Budapest, 2002) and Palimpszeszt (Magyar Napló, Budapest, 2015). She currently works as a lecturer and teaches creative writing at the University of Sheffield. Her pamphlet, Pool Epitaphs and Other Love Letters, will published by Boiler House Press in 2017 and her new full collection Swimming Pool by Shearsman also in 2017.pica

This is a White Rose College of Arts and Humanities Student-Led Forum event.

Poetry at PICA STUDIOS

Clinic Presents Poetry at PICA STUDIOS

Tuesday, April 25, 2017 7:00pm 9:00pm

PICA Studios, 7A Grape Lane, York. YO1 7HU

Event page here!

Poetry press Clinic brings two exciting young poets Rebecca Tamás and Edward Doegar to York to read from their new publications, Savage and For Now, along with Ágnes Lehóczky

Rebecca Tamás is a London based poet, working towards a PhD in Creative and Critical Writing at The University of East Anglia. Her poetry pamphlet, The Ophelia Letters, was published by Salt in 2013, and she has most recently had work in The White Review, Best British Poetry 2015, A Poem for Every Year and The Suburban Review. Rebecca’s pamphlet Savage, will be published by Clinic in March, and she is currently working on poems about witchcraft, occult female alterity and ecological language. You can find her on twitter @RebTamas.

Edward Doegar’s poems, reviews and translations have appeared in various magazines including Poetry Review, Granta (online), Prac Crit and Poetry London. He is a fellow of the Complete Works and a consulting editor at The Rialto. His pamphlet, For Now, will be published by clinic in March.

Ágnes Lehóczky is a poet, scholar and translator originally from Budapest. Her poetry collections published in the UK are Budapest to Babel (Egg Box Publishing, 2008), Rememberer (Egg Box Publishing, 2012) and Carillonneur (Shearsman Books, 2014). She also has three poetry collections in Hungarian: ikszedik stáció(Universitas, 2000), Medalion (Universitas, Budapest, 2002) and Palimpszeszt (Magyar Napló, Budapest, 2015). She was the winner of the Arthur Welton Poetry Award 2010 and the inaugural co-winner of the Jane Martin Prize for Poetry at Girton College, Cambridge, in 2011. Her pamphlet, Pool Epitaphs and Other Love Letters, will published by Boiler House Press in 2017 and her new full collection Swimming Pool by Shearsman also in 2017.

Crime and Adventure on the Railways

Keep your eyes peeled over the next few weeks for some suspense-filled mystery stories by third-year Creative Writing students on the National Railway Museum website. The students all participated in a collaborative project with the museum last semester as part of their Writing Genres module. They learnt all about the long history of crime and adventure stories with train and railway settings.

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As you can read at http://blog.nrm.org.uk/ their stories all drew on this history: the possibilities of the ‘locked room’ of the train carriage, the potential for the criminal to hide and escape, the anxieties of being trapped with strangers, and all the things that can be done with a carriage key…

The stories will be published at fortnightly intervals from this week onward to coincide with the museums Crime and Adventure season. read the stories, visit the museum and be inspired to add to this genre yourself.

 

 

Words and Whippets

Words & Whippets featuring Kate Fox

25th April 2016, York Theatre Royal, 7.45, £7

Since 2013, Words & Whippets has proudly paraded a showcase of the finest Northern-bred poets.  Each year we select some of the finest spoken word artists to perform their unique styles and give a platform to the northern voice.  Joining us this year is stand-up poet Kate Fox, previous Poet-In-Residence for both the Great North Run and Glastonbury Festival.  Kate has dominated the airwaves, appearing on BBC 1, & 2 and Radio 3 showcasing her funny, warm and heartfelt poetry.  Plus Andy Bennett, Hannah Davies and Katie Greenbrown.

Guest Speaker Rachel Conway from Georgina Capel Agency

On Tuesday March 28th students on the Publishing, Production and Performance module attended a lecture by guest speaker Rachel Conway from Georgina Capel Agency in London. In this session, Georgina discussed the inner world and workings of a smaller agency such as Capel in relation to the bigger publishing houses of the UK, including topics of how these smaller agencies work to deliver the best overall contract and negotiations for their clients in relation to those larger houses.

Rachel Conway

Rachel Conway

What became very noticeable from Rachel’s talk, was how inclusive and expansive these smaller in-house agencies are, and just how much they can provide for both younger authors and writers, but also to the more experienced who are looking for a genuine connection with an agent who can provide them with the best options for their next move in their career. Perhaps the most interesting point was the stress placed on the actual relationship between the writer and the agent, with Rachel placing immeasurable value on the time and energy which is spent between the moment a manuscript is initial submitted to a company such as the Capel Agency, and the subsequent release of the work.

The talk, provided a much-needed insight into the dark and mysterious world of agencies, with Rachel discussing a wide array of topics including how the client must be aware of how competitive the marketplace is but also understanding the time that is required in order to make a work ready to fight in that ring.

Furthermore, the discussion from Creative Writing Subject Director Abi Curtis provided the authorial side of the publishing coin. With students being able to see how a manuscript adapts from the initial idea, to the submitted novel and then gets put through several months of rigorous editing and promotion in order to make sure that it is given a fair chance at being both a critical and commercial success in the fierce marketplace.

Overall this session provided students with the necessary information to show that they need not submit to a larger publishing house in order to become ‘the next big thing’. In fact, it placed specific truth that often times the smaller companies are able to dedicate a more specified relationship between the work, the author, editor and the agency. This was a fantastic session and one from which a lot was learnt.

This post was written by the Promotions Team on the 2nd year BA (Hons) Creative Writing module Publishing, Production and Performance.