Category Archives: Submissions

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

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
Instagram: www.instagram.com/hivesouthyorkshire

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

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.

Promoting Beyond the Walls 2018: Hello from the promotion team!

 

Promotions Team

This year we are already hard at work advertising the Beyond the Walls 2018 anthology, which will be published by Valley Press. So, here’s a quick update of what we’ve done, what’s coming up and how you can stay involved.

Just to let you know that the deadline to hand in your creative work for this anthology is 16th February. You may submit work previously written for your modules. The submission guidelines are:

  1. You must provide a cover letter that includes your name, programme and year of study.
  2. The max word count for prose (fiction or non-fiction) is 1200 words.
  3. The max number of poems is 3.
  4. The max number of images as JPEGS or a link to a portfolio is 3.
  5. You may submit in more than one genre/form.

You can email your work as attachments to: beyondthewalls2018@outlook.com

Our job as the promotion team is to promote the creation of the book and then the event that launches it. So, for now we are focusing on promoting the submission itself. To do this we had team meeting to create our social media.

First, we looked at previous years’ accounts and made the goal to have a stronger presence on these sites. The Facebook we created has already reached this goal.

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Come join on Facebook at YSJ Beyond the Walls 2018.

Our Twitter has also gained a following and even appeared in the SU:

SU Feed

Follow us at @beyondwalls2018

And last but certainly not least is our Instagram account, which you can find by searching: ysjbeyondthewalls2018.

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We knew it was important to get the word out, so we decided to come into lectures and speak to you face to face. Over tea and toasties, we organised who was going where and how we would inform you. We’ve already visited a few lectures and it has been and will continue to be a successful venture.

In the future we will be using our social media accounts to promote the launch which is part of York Literature Festival. This free event will take place on 21st March 2018 at 6.30pm in The Basement (City Screen). It includes readings by Valley Press authors Nigel Forde and Nora Chassler. Don’t forget to book your free tickets here.

We can’t wait to read your work so please remember to submit before the deadline the 16th February.

York St John University Creative Writing students on the 2nd year Publishing, Production and Performance module are seeking submissions of writing and art for Beyond the Walls, an anthology showcasing work by YSJ students.

Last year’s edition of Beyond the Walls

The anthology will be published and distributed internationally by Valley Press. Additionally, we will select five of the published writers to read from their work at the Beyond the Walls launch event on the 21st of March at The Basement at City Screen as part of York Literature Festival. Selected readers will share the stage with Valley Press authors Nora Chassler and Nigel Forde.

This is an outstanding platform to showcase your work.

We are looking for fiction, poetry, and creative non-fiction on any subject or theme. You may submit work previously written for your modules.

We are also seeking visual art, photography or design images for the cover. Last year’s gorgeous Van Gogh-inspired cover was designed by BA (Hons) Design student Ellen Shaw.

Submission Guidelines:

Please provide a cover letter along with your submission identifying your name, programme and year.

1. max 1200 word count for prose

2. max 3 poems per submission

3. max 3 images submitted as JPEGS or with a link to portfolio

4. You may submit in more than one genre/form

Email work as attachments to beyondthewalls2018@outlook.com

The submission window opens on Friday, January 26 and closes at 11:59 pm on Friday, February 16.

 

 

Bandit Fiction – accepting submissions

We are now accepting submissions for our debut pamphlet in December. If you would share our website with students who might be seeking publication, or those specialising in creative writing and the humanities, I would be grateful. (www.banditfiction.co.uk/submissions)  The submission deadline for this issue is October 31st, and we are currently accepting a maximum wordcount of 3500.bandit