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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

Hive Young Writers Awards

Great prizes including publication!

Hive Young Writers’ Competition is open to young people, aged 14 to 25, from across the whole of Yorkshire (home or study address). Whether stories or poetry (or both) are your thing, you can enter up to 3 pieces of work at any time before 4th Jan 2019.

There is no theme, simply write something sparked by one of twenty photographs you will find linked from the competition page. The photos, along with the related prompts and tips, are there to trigger ideas and creativity rather than as something you must strictly stick to. The main thing – send your best work!

Students/individuals and teachers (for classes) are all welcome to submit up to 3 pieces of fiction or poetry per person.

You’ll find everything you need to know here: http://www.hivesouthyorkshire.com/competition

Click here to download a flyer: http://www.hivesouthyorkshire.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/competition.pdf

If you wish to receive flyers/posters by post, drop us a line at kate@hivesouthyorkshire.com

Enjoy!

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Hive South Yorkshire is the hub for young writers (14 to 30) in the South Yorkshire region. Whether you like to write as a hobby, want to express yourself better with words, or are focused on a writing career – whatever your interest or ability – Hive is here to help you achieve your writing goals and connect with a wider young writers’ community. 

Web: www.hivesouthyorkshire.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/HiveYoungWriters
Twitter: www.twitter.com/HiveSouthYorks
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The Discovery Hub – Post Graduate Intern Post – Super Opportunity!

The Discovery Hub, Co/ Converge, York St John University, Lord Mayor’s Walk, York, YO317EX

Manager: Emma McKenzie – Discovery Hub Team Lead. e.mckenzie1@yorksj.ac.uk 07785607771

The Discovery Hub is funded by Tees Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust (TEWV) and is based within Converge (www.yorksj.ac.uk/converge) at York St John University. Converge offer a range of educational courses to people who have lived experience of mental health illness as part of a recovery journey re-claiming skills and identity.

The Discovery Hub supports access to Converge from secondary mental health care services and also uses York St John as a launch pad to community learning and educational opportunities for those wishing to branch access other educational environments across the city.

We are looking for a post graduate intern with training in creative writing to support the development of partnership project working for the Discovery Hub and Converge. The graduate intern will be responsible for supporting and delivering staging ground creative writing classes in the local community that act as a step towards enrolling with Converge creative writing classes. These classes are aimed at building confidence, communication and trust with a view to stepping into new opportunities and maintaining well-being. TEWV are also developing a ‘trauma informed care’ aspect to their delivery of recovery focused work. This involves exploring ‘what has happened to a person’ rather than ‘what is wrong with the person’. There will be the opportunity for a graduate intern to support the creation of a project to explore trauma informed care – primarily in supporting the delivery of a memoir and autobiographical writing course and on a secondary basis making links with Storying Sheffield (www.storyingsheffield.com ) to develop storying workshops across the city.

The current classes that run in partnership with community organisations are:

  • Ecotherapy Connect to Nature at St Nicks. St Nicks is a 24 acre nature reserve. The team leader for the Discovery Hub has successfully been running a series of creative writing courses over the last three years that promote connecting to nature for well-being. The Graduate Intern would support the development of this class and support the team leader building an anthology of work for publication with St Nicks.
  • St Leonards Creative Writing – Last September we piloted a creative writing class at St Leonards hospice in York supporting people experiencing bereavement to make new connetions and to learn a new skill. The pilot was highly successful. The Graduate Intern would support running this course again with a Converge creative writing tutor Helen Kenwright.

Pending courses due to run in 2019:

  • Memoir and autobiographical writing course: A course aimed at exploring personal stories and narratives. This course will also investigate the craft of writing memoir and autobiography and look at the practical and ethical implications of this genre. The graduate intern will support the development and running of the course alongside the Discovery Hub Team Leader.
  • Storying York: A set of workshops run from health buildings exploring individual identity through creative writing and promoting Converge and Discovery Hub opportunities as a service to support recovery.

Desirable skills:

  • Previous experience of working with Converge either in a paid or voluntary capacity.
  • Experience of mental health illness, either through your own lived experience, or in support of others – either personal or through paid employment.
  • The ability to support others in an individual capacity during course sessions. In particular helping students who are anxious and nervous about engaging in creative writing classes.
  • The ability to engage with community partnership projects to support existing staging ground creative writing classes. This would involve liaising with other community programmes and establishing strong working relationships and developing creative writing opportunities.
  • A good working knowledge of existing Converge Creative writing classes so that a smooth transition can be made between classes from the wider community into Converge.
  • The ability to support developing individual talent within Converge creative writing opportunities. This may involve aspects such as helping an individual to explore a writing genre, seek out formal higher education opportunities, or to assist in bringing together written work for an anthology.

Aesthetica Prize

Student Opportunity: Poetry & Short Fiction entries open for the Aesthetica Creative Writing Award!

Showcase your work to new international audiences and further your involvement in the literary world. Hosted by the international art and culture publication, Aesthetica Magazine, the Creative Writing Award aims to support and nurture new writing talent.

Prizes include: £1,000 for Short Fiction and Poetry winners, publication in the Aesthetica Creative Writing Anthology for 60 finalists, publications courtesy of Bloodaxe Books and Vintage, and more.

Entries close 31 August. Submit at: http://aestheti.cc/5xdj7

Yeovil Lit Prize

This internationally acclaimed competition is open for entries on 1 January, and offers  opportunities for all writers. Now in its fifteenth year, we know several past winners have achieved success in the publishing world.

There are now FOUR categories, with significant cash prizes.

NOVEL

Synopsis and opening chapters, up to 15,000 words

SHORT STORY

Up to a maximum of 2,000 words

POEM

A poem with a maximum of 40 lines

WRITING WITHOUT RESTRICTION

Exciting and original – write whatever you like!

CLOSING DATE 31st MAY 2018

For full entry details please see our website at

www.yeovilprize.co.uk

Or write to Liz Pike at YCAA, The Octagon Theatre,
YEOVIL, BA20 1UX for an entry form. Please send an SAE.

The Yeovil Community Arts Association is a registered charity
(no 299372). All profits from The Yeovil Literary Prize are used to promote the arts and artistic endeavours in and around Yeovil.

The competition is organised by the Yeovil Community Arts Association with highly esteemed guest judges from the literary world

Writing Surgery for Third Years! (with cake…)

We will be running a special writing surgery for third years on 14th February from 2:30 in the upstairs bar of the Student Union building. Refreshments will be provided.

This writing surgery will be an opportunity to bring pieces of your writing to discuss with a tutor and with each other. You can bring work you are developing for modules, your dissertation/creative writing project, writing competitions, or anything else you are working on. Feel free to bring more than one piece of writing.

We will also be briefly discussing postgraduate study and career planning. YA writer and RLF Fellow Zoe Marriott will talk to you about her writing career and about how you can get additional support with your writing as you develop your dissertations. Please confirm attendance at the Eventbrite link so we can order the right amount of catering (coffee and cakes). The bar will be open from 4:30-6 upstairs specifically for us.

Book your place (and cake) here https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/writing-surgery-next-steps-for-you-and-your-creative-writing-tickets-42453528647?utm_term=eventurl_text

Writing workshop at the hostel.

MA Symposium

Transformation: Literature, Creative Writing, and Change

Thursday 28 June 2018

De Grey building, York St John University

To transform is to change. We live in a society gripped by change. In the span of a generation, for example, technology has fundamentally transformed the way we conduct our lives, from personal relationships to international politics. Literature has always been a site for the exploration of transformation, both of society and of the self. The world of literature is transforming, pushing towards openness and inclusivity. Technology has transformed how we consume literature and how literature is made available to us, allowing marginalised voices to gain an audience and creating communities of readers who transform their own and others’ understandings of texts.

This one-day symposium invites critical and creative reflections on transformation in contemporary literature and media (from 1971 onwards). We aim to address a number of topics related to transformation. How has criticism and scholarship responded to change? Does our understanding of the future transform our past? How are texts transformed by the sociopolitical climate in which they are created? How do texts, in turn, transform the world around it? How do readers or audiences transform the meaning of a text to suit their needs? How are texts transformed by the environment in which they are created or consumed? What transformations are happening in contemporary media and literature and what changes might we see going forward?

We welcome proposals from MA students for 15-20 minute critical or creative responses on the topic of transformation. Group proposals of up to three speakers are also welcome. We would also like to invite final year undergraduate students to submit individual proposals for 10-15 minute presentations. ‘Literature’ and ‘Creative Writing’ should be understood very broadly and we welcome proposals exploring film, media, television, digital platforms and texts, theatre, art, and music.

Submissions might address, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Encounters and community – transformations of and through community
  • Transformation of the self
  • Transformation of a text
  • ‘Transformative’ experiences: reading, texts, and subjectivity
  • Transformation of the learning and writing environment
  • How writing has transformed
  • Conservation, preservation, reservation – resisting change
  • Turning towards utopia/dystopia
  • Retrospective transformation/anticipating change
  • Eco-criticism, the environment, and ecological changes
  • Digital pasts; analogue futures
  • Being and becoming human/animal
  • Transforming perspectives
  • ‘Change history’: transforming ‘origin stories’

Please send abstracts of 300 words to Transformation.Symposium@gmail.com by 15 March 2018.

Social Media and Employability

Event description

Description

This session is open to all students in the School of Humanities, Religion and Philosophy.

Booking: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/social-media-and-employability-a-guide-for-students-tickets-39767098462

Do you use Twitter? Or Instagram? Have you thought about how your public profiles might impact on your experience of the job market? Come along to this bespoke session and learn about how to effectively manage your online presence. The session will be delivered by Andi Keeling on behalf of Edit Development, and the session will draw on real-life examples of student success, as well as exploring:

  • How to use social media responsibly and safely
    • Understanding your online footprint
    • Exploring how your social media profiles can impact on employability and your personal brand
    • Being aware of the consequences of sharing personal (and sometimes intimate) details online

If you have any questions, please contact Dr Anne-Marie Evans (a.evans@yorksj.ac.uk)