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The Bristol Short Story Prize

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The 2017 Bristol Short Story Prize is open for entries. The competition is open to all writers around the world whether published or unpublished, UK or non-UK based. The closing date for entries is midnight (BST) May 3rd 2017. The maximum word limit is 4,000, there is no minimum. Stories may be on any theme or subject and entry can be made online or by post. There is an £8.00 entry fee for all stories submitted and entries must be previously unpublished. 20 stories will be shortlisted and published in Bristol Short Story Prize Anthology Volume 10. The winner and 2 runners up will be selected from the shortlist and announced at an awards ceremony which will be held in Bristol Central Library on October 14th 2017. 1st prize is £1,000, 2nd prize is £700, 3rd prize is £400. 17 further prizes of £100 will be presented to the remaining shortlisted writers. All shortlisted writers will receive 2 free copies of the anthology. Prizes will be sent to any writer on the shortlist who is unable to attend the awards ceremony. The judging panel will be chaired by writer, Tania Hershman. Tania will be joined on the panel by the writer, Roshi Fernando; Simon Key, owner of the award-winning Big Green Bookshop, and Juliet Pickering, literary agent at Blake Friedmann. For full details and rules on the 2017 Bristol Short Story Prize please click...

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The National Creative Writing Graduate Fair

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The Manchester-based publisher Comma Press has asked us to share details of the second Creative Writing Graduate Fair at MMU (in partnership with The Writing School at MMU) that will take place on Friday 4th November 2016. If you’re looking for a unique introduction to the publishing industry and its professionals then be sure to mark your calendar. At the fair you can: – pitch your ideas to experienced literary agents, matched to suit your genre preferences – they have everything from screenwriting and science fiction, to poetry and novels covered (plus all that’s in between!) – hear panellists discuss topics such as disruptive and digital publishing, independent vs mainstream, and navigating the writing life – take part in workshops & drop-in sessions, for example putting together the perfect submissions package and performing your work – and watch a Keynote speech from acclaimed author Kit de Waal. This event is not only for current students or graduates of university, but for anyone with an interest in creative writing and who has ideas that they want to share and build upon. The web details are as follows: The ticket and info website is: http://www.ncwgradfair.weebly.com The facebook event wall: https://www.facebook.com/events/927217214090881/ The twitter hashtag is #NCWGradFair...

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