Friday, 23 January 2015

Molly Keane Creative Writing Award 2015

Entries for the Molly Keane Creative Writing Award 2015 are now being accepted by the Arts Office, Waterford City and County Council.

 Now in its 18th year, the competition honours the late writer who lived, until her death in 1996, in Ardmore, Co. Waterford. Her first ten novels and four plays were published under the pseudonym M.J. Farrell. In 1981 ‘Good Behaviour’ became a publishing sensation for which she was short listed for the prestigious Booker Prize.

Submissions are invited of an unpublished short story to a maximum of 2000 words. There is no entry fee, no age limit and no restriction on the subject matter.

A prize of €500 will be awarded to the winner at a special ceremony during the IMMRAMA Literary Festival in Lismore, Co. Waterford in June 2015.

Deadline: 12 noon on Friday, March 6th 2015.

Link for details and entry forms here..

Wednesday, 21 January 2015

Writers' Retreat in Iceland

Writers'  retreats are more common in the US and to a lesser extent in the UK. Here's one that may be of interest. Note that there are now direct flights from Belfast to Reykjavík.

There's a competition to win a free delegate spot at the ICELAND WRITERS RETREAT in April 2015. The winner will receive the full retreat package, including a free hotel stay, tours, most meals, and all workshops for the duration of the event, from 8 to 12 April.
Write a short story or essay, no more than 500 words, using this image of Harpa Concert Hall and Conference Center as your inspiration.
The four-person judging panel will select one winning entry. Judges will be looking for creativity, originality, and style.
Deadline 23:59 (GMT) on January 25, 2015. 
Link here
More info on the retreat if  you don't win is here

Monday, 19 January 2015

Story House Ireland

This sounds interesting, residential writing courses in Ireland with great writers and tutors inspired by the Arvon Foundation.

The Story House Ireland is a not-for-profit residential writing centre, based in Waterford and inspired by The Arvon Foundation. It is built on a belief in the importance of writing as a vital part of the creative arts and aims to provide real support for developing writers of all ages and backgrounds. As it grows it will provide a focus for the development of a community of writers, teaching opportunities for professional writers, and also work to “ensure anyone can benefit from the transformative power of writing”. Writing can change your life.

Here are the details of the inaugural course. I wouldn't be surprised if this sells well abroad.

Short Fiction

Mon March 23rd - Sat March 28th 2015

Tutors: Julian Gough & Susie Maguire

Mid Week Guest: Donal Ryan

Price: As this is the inaugural course, it is being offered for the special price of €595

This price includes:

5 nights accommodation
Full board
All workshops
One-to-one sessions with each of the tutors to discuss your work
Time and space to write

Group meal / discussion with Guest Writer
Link for the course here

Saturday, 17 January 2015

Brewery Lane Writers’ Weekend

The Brewery Lane Writers’ Weekend has also been completely revamped for 2015.

It will feature three days of writing with two writers, Ferdia MacAnna and Nessa O’Mahony, in the intimate setting of Brewery Lane Theatre, Carrick-on-Suir.

During the weekend you will expand and develop your range of writing skills and learn how techniques used in screenwriting, poetry and memoir can help to expand your writing toolkit. You will work with Nessa and Ferdia, two experienced writers and teachers of writing exploring the link between real life and imagination and discover new ways of identifying and transforming material. There will be facilitated workshops, one-to-one sessions and time for you to write.
Dates: Fri. 10th – Sun. 12th April 2015.

Fee: €160 early bird if paid by 12th Feb 2015 or €175 if paid later.

Accommodation available in The Carraig Hotel at a special rate to participants.
To book your place or to find out more details please get in touch through the Contact page.

Friday, 16 January 2015

Call for Submissions - the pickled body

Those super artistic, off kilter people who run the pickled body are looking for submissions for issue 2.1 on the theme of quantum.

Deadline: 30th January.

Link here

They say:
In Ian Fleming’s short story, ‘a quantum of solace’ is the least amount of comfort and fellow feeling required for a relationship to survive.
In the classic television series Quantum Leap, Sam Beckett had to jump into other people’s lives, repair them, and move on. 
Quantum physics we all know about – because it’s what makes our world tick/not tick. Remember too that quantum means ‘very small’ not ‘very big’. 
For issue 2.1 of The Pickled Body we’re looking for work on the theme of ‘quantum’. You decide what that means.
Send up to three poems on the theme to
Work submitted must not have been published elsewhere, and should be included in your email as an attached document, preferably Word or Pages. 

Thursday, 15 January 2015

Poetry & Words at Glastonbury Festival 2015 now open for submissions

Calling all poets, spoken word artists, wordsmiths, lyricists, raconteurs, stand-up poets and slam champs…if you want to perform your work on Glastonbury Festival’s poetry stage, then this is your chance! They’re looking for applications from experienced writers and performers, with something awesome to offer the audience of the world’s biggest greenfield arts festival.

If you think that could be you, then please e-mail a short Bio and 1-3 video and/or audio files of you performing your work. 

You get a ticket and possibly a small fee.

To find out more about applying, take a look at the Poetry&Words blog here.

Deadline for applications: Friday 6th March

Wednesday, 14 January 2015

Readers Digest 100 word story competition

Write a story exactly 100 words long.

Submissions must be original and not previously published.

Note: Contributions become world copyright of Vivat Direct Ltd (t/a Reader’s Digest).
Entry is open only to residents of the UK, Channel Islands, Isle of Man and Republic of Ireland. 
Link to website here for online and other forms of submission here.
Free to enter, which is quite rare.
Prize: win £500 and see your work published in the magazine