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Resources for WritersFIND OUT MORE
Story and poetry site where writers can explore and develop creative writing skills, get support from the site’s editors, publish short stories and poems online, get feedback and writing tips and meet fellow writers, all for free.
Apples & Snakes
England’s leading organisation for performance poetry. Apples & Snakes focuses on working with emerging artists, producing new work and putting poets in education.
Australian Writer’s Marketplace
Published by Queensland Writers Centre, AWMonline is recognised as the ‘Yellow Pages’ for professional writers seeking publication opportunities for their work.
Booktrust is an independent charity dedicated to encouraging people of all ages and cultures to engage with books and the written word.
Dreaming Methods is a fusion of writing and atmospheric new media that explores digital storytelling, imaginary memories and dream-inspired states.
Creative Writing Ink
Creative Writing Ink offer online creative writing courses, editing and mentoring services. They also have writing competition listings and encourage writers through their weekly writing prompts.
An independent publishing company based in the West of Ireland which has been running writing contests since 1994.
An internet based literature hub where promoters, publishers, poets, writers, agents and readers post information to forums concerning writing and publishing.
The Literary Consultancy
TLC’s mission is to provide professional, in-depth, market-informed editorial advice to people writing at any level through its manuscript assessment service, online mentoring scheme, events, original workshops and debates.
London Writers’ Cafe
London Writers’ Café is a community of creative writers who share, read and discuss their writing projects for constructive feedback. Meetings take place on the second Thursday and third Monday, from 7-9:30pm, each month. It’s free to join the site and meetings are just £2 each.
Writer and tutor Jemma Kennedy offers a series of new courses in fiction and playwriting for writers of all levels and abilities. Taking a practical approach with writing exercises, feedback on work in progress and the chance to share material with other students, her weekly workshops are designed to give you a toolbox of writing skills, help you achieve direction in your creative work and turn your ideas into real writing.
Spread the Word
Spread the Word works with London writers at all stages of their careers to help them achieve their full potential.
The Writing Platform
The Writing Platform is a website and program of live events dedicated to arming writers with digital knowledge.
A website sponsored by the Arts Council to help new writers develop and to help talented writers to get noticed and published.
PrizesFIND OUT MORE
Miles Morland Writing Scholarships
The Miles Morland Foundation runs a scholarship to support African writers and literature. Find out more: www.milesmorlandfoundation.com
The FT/OppenheimerFunds Emerging Voices awards will recognise the most inventive and creative fiction writers, film-makers and artists from emerging market countries in Africa and the Middle East, Asia-Pacific and Latin America or the Caribbean.
Open to nationals or passport holders of these countries, panels of distinguished judges will give awards to the best creators of published fiction in English or English translation in Africa, the top film-makers in Asia-Pacific and the most distinguished artists in a variety of media in Latin America or the Caribbean.
The PEN International/New Voices Award encourages new writing in the countries in which we operate, and provides a much needed space for young and unpublished writers to promote their work. The award actively encourages entries from diverse linguistic regions and communities.
The award is open to unpublished writers aged 18-30. The young writers must be nominated by their local PEN Centre: PEN International cannot receive entries directly from candidates.
The Dream Quest One Poetry & Writing Contest is international, open to anyone who enjoys expressing innermost thoughts and feelings into the beautiful literary art of poetry and/or writing a story that’s worth telling everyone. Write a poem or a short story for a chance to win cash prizes! All works must be original. For details on how to enter, visit: http://www.dreamquestone.com
CODE Burt Award for Caribbean Literature
Burt Award for Caribbean Literature is an annual Award that will be given to three English-language literary works for Young Adults (aged 12 through 18) written by Caribbean authors. A First Prize of $10,000 CAD, a Second Prize of $7,000 CAD and a Third Prize of $5,000 CAD will be awarded to the winning authors. Publishers of winning titles will be awarded a guaranteed purchase of up to 2,000 copies, which will be donated to schools, libraries and literacy organizations throughout the region so young Caribbean readers can enjoy them.
Published books, previously self-published books, and unpublished manuscripts are eligible for the Award. Eligible books and unpublished manuscripts can be submitted to the Bocas Lit Fest by publishers registered and operating in the Caribbean. Unpublished manuscripts or previously self-published books can also be submitted by authors directly to the Bocas Lit Fest.
OrganisationsFIND OUT MORE
Arts Council of England
Arts Council England is the national development agency for the arts in England, distributing public money from Government and the National Lottery.
A searchable database containing up-to-date profiles of some of the UK and Commonwealth’s most important living writers.
Celebrating and highlighting Caribbean and African activities, with profiles, articles and news plus an Amazon Media store with a range of DVDs, Videos, Books and Posters.
Department of New Anglophone Literatures and Cultures
Based at the Institute of English and American Studies (IEAS), Johann Wolfgang Goethe University Frankfurt, the work of the department is geared towards creating theoretical, methodological and pedagogical foundations for a comparative perspective on the New Literatures in English based on an awareness of cultural complexity on a global scale.
A network led by the University of reading which aims to promote international collaboration in the preservation of, and access to, literary archives. It brings together a group of established scholars and experts from a variety of institutional backgrounds, and across different disciplines and regions, to initiate a context in which to practice and scrutinise methodological and conceptual frameworks.
National Association of Writers in Education
The NAWE supports the development of creative writing of all genres and all educational and community settings throughout the UK.
Set up by T S Eliot and friends in 1953 ‘to propagate the art of poetry’, the Poetry Book Society is a unique poetry society, providing information, reviews and discounts on the best contemporary poetry for an international community of readers
A literary consultancy, which organises events and also links together various aesthetic and
artistic fields such as dance, cinema, music and textiles.
Magazines and journalsFIND OUT MORE
Aesthetica engages with contemporary art, contextualising it within the larger cultural framework. Founded in 2002, Aesthetica Magazine is one of Britain’s leading art publications.
Ambit is a quarterly, 96-page magazine that prints original poetry, short fiction, art and reviews.
Banipal is an independent literary magazine publishing contemporary authors and poets from all over the Arab world in English translation.
Mascara Literary Review
A transnational journal of Australian and world literature that publishes some of the most exciting writing from subaltern, Indigenous, migrant and disaporic creative and critical writing.
Moving Worlds is a biannual magazine for creative work as well as criticism, literary as well as visual texts, writing in scholarly as well as more personal modes, in English and translations into English.
A bi-annual anthology of new short fiction by both established and emerging writers.
Southerly is a peer-reviewed journal of and for the discussion of Australian Literature and the publication of the best in new Australian writing.
An international scholarly journal dedicated to providing critical perspectives on art and visual culture.
A literary website and online magazine that champions the best writing out there. Each monthly edition publishes articles interviews and new short fiction from established and emerging talents.
Academic LinksFIND OUT MORE
AHRB Centre for Asian and African Literatures at UCL and SOAS
An archive of the centre’s past activities as a locus for comparative research on the literatures of Asia and Africa.
EACLALS (European Association of Commonwealth Literature and Language Studies)
EACLAS promotes Commonwealth and post-colonial studies in Europe, as well as international exchanges between academics, students and writers from the anglophone post-colonial world.
Interventions: International Journal of Postcolonial Studies
A specialist peer-reviewed journal focusing on postcolonial research, theory and politics.
IPCS (Institute of Postcolonial Studies)
An independent organisation located in Melbourne, Australia, committed to advancing the recognition of cultural difference, and encouraging mutual engagement and reconciliation.
Postcolonial Studies is the journal of the Institute of Postcolonial Studies, Melbourne. It specifically explores the various facets—textual, figural, spatial, historical, political and economic—of the colonial encounter, and the ways in which this encounter shaped the West and non-West alike.
The Open University, Postcolonial Literatures Research Group
An active community of scholars engaged in a wide range of different activities. The main research focus of the group is on postcolonial literatures, broadly conceived to include the range and variety of literary works representing colonial and neo-colonial experience.