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NEWS   (Page 6 of 7)

Rachel Holmes

Head of Literature and Spoken Word at Southbank Centre, Rachel Holmes, provides detail about the mass of literary events taking place by the Thames this summer.

The 2010 National Poetry Competition is now open for entries.The first poem you submit costs £6.00. Subsequent entries in the same submission cost £3.00 per poem.The closing date for the competition is 31 October 2010.

First Prize: £5,000

Second Prize: £2,000

Third Prize: £1,000

Seven Commendations: £100

In collaboration with the Surrey-based e-publishing company, Commutabooks, Guildford Book Festival announces a new short story competition. Open to both new and established authors, the judges are looking for ’short stories that inspire and uplift readers to make the most of their days and their lives.’ The prize is to convert the winning story into an iphone/ipad app.

The maximum length of submissions is 7,000 words and the closing date for entries is 31st July 2010. For more information follow the link.

Tuesday 29 June, 7.00pm at Broadway Bookshop, 6 Broadway Market, Hackney, London E8 4QJ.

The regular spot for new writers is back. Organised by Rebekah Lattin-Rawstrone, this time it features Emma Henderson, Kati Rynne, Melissa Mann and Selma Dabbagh.

Occasional Music - a symposium on the work of Jonathan Lethem - takes place on Saturday 10 July 2010 at the School of Arts, Birkbeck College, Room 101, 30 Russell Square, WC1E, 10:30am-6pm.

Admission is free; bring your own coffee.

Organized by Dr Joe Brooker: email for more information.

The deadline for the V.S. Pritchett Memorial Prize, one of the UK’s premier short story competitions, is 30 June. Entries should be unpublished and be between 2,000 and 5,000 words in length. For the opportunity to win £1,000 and be published in Prospect magazine, follow the link.

’London’s peerless gay literary salon’ (Independent on Sunday) is back on Wednesday, 16 June in the Blue Room at Southbank with Tiffany Murray, Steven Machat, Laura Dockrill, Nick Field & John Lucas.

Polari is a gay evening of words and music, presented by author/journalist Paul Burston. The evening consists of guest authors, plus Paul Burston playing tailored sounds, louche lounge and dirty disco.

Polari launched in November 2007. Previously held at various venues in Soho, it is now housed at the Southbank Centre on the second Wednesday of the month.

Trespass is a quarterly arts and literature magazine publishing contemporary visual art, photo stories, poetry, short fiction and features. "Innovators, iconoclasts and outcasts will find a platform here". Trespass is currently seeking submissions of poetry, short fiction (1200 words or less) and artwork on the theme of "Justice and the Arts".

Picador has launched a new prize for unpublished poets. With a judging panel led by Dan Paterson, the prize will be awarded for a selection rather a single poem. The winner will have their first collection edited by Paterson and published as part of Picador’s poetry list.

Art of London Fiction...

Toby Litt, Alex Preston


Thursday, 20 May 2010, 6:30PM

Tickets £3, available in advance from the store and redeemable against the books on ths night.

Appearing as part of Waterstone’s ’Bloomsbury Discovery Season’, two talented writers link up to bring you a discussion about London as an inspiration and setting for their latest novels. Discover why this city makes writing fiction so exciting. Email:

Further details: 020 7636 1577

Cosmopolis – The International Gathering of Storymakers

A festival of words, images and sounds to celebrate and explore the universal

human practice of making stories, to take place on the University of East Anglia campus on 5th June 2010.

Tindal Street Press is seeking submissions for a new anthology of British Asian writing. With a working title of Asian Enough? the anthology of short stories will be edited by Tindal Street author Kavita Bhanot and will be published in October 2011. The stories will be selected for an adult literary readership; Kavita Bhanot says those selected authors will "write about what you care about, the story you want to tell. Not what you think will sell."

If you identify yourself as British Asian send one 3,000-5,000 word story only, by email, with a short covering letter, to, with the subject heading: British Asian Anthology.

Deadline for submissions: 30 June 2010

Final Selection: October 2010

Publication: October 2011

As part of the Asia House Festival of Asian Literature, a quartet of British Asian poets - Daljit Nagra, Moniza Alvi, Imtiaz Dharker and the Hub’s own Kavita Jindal - meet with Tom Gatti of The Times to read and discuss their work - poetry that explores divisions between East and West, imagination and reality, cultural connections and disconnections.

Friday, 14 May 2010, 6:45 pm, Asia House, Marylebone, London

Tickets £10, Concessions £6

For bookings, call 020 7307 5454

Matthew Hooton

The Hub presents an extract from the acclaimed debut novel from Matthew Hooton, investigating the secrets of a small rural community on Vancouver Island. Deloume Road is published on 20 May by Jonathan Cape. Click on the cover image to pre-order your copy through Foyles Online.

The Hub is delighted to announce it has been awarded seed funding from LCACE - the London Centre for Arts and Cultural Exchange. While it won’t make us rich it will enable us to further develop the website over the next few months and to host and promote some exciting new events. Watch this space for more details . . . and follow the link for information about LCACE . . .

The next Arvon International Poetry Competition will open for entries on 13 May 2010. This year, the panel of judges will be chaired by Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy. The first prize is £7,500.

This prestigious biennial competition was founded by Ted Hughes in 1980. The first ever winner was Andrew Motion. All entries are anonymously judged and the competition has a reputation for uncovering the poetic talent of the future. Full details of how to enter will be available on the Arvon website on 13 May.

Imagine that your fortune will be made, not by bumper sales of your book, but by TV and film adaptations? Read this interesting article from Variety to see what’s happening at the London Book Fair this month. "Something like ’Atonement’ would be very difficult to make now" but Hollywood scouts will still be on the look-out for material. Click below to see more comment on the issue.

10,000 Tons of Black Ink is seeking submissions for its online and print editions, both fiction and non-fiction. "The goal of 10,000 Tons of Black Ink is to represent the best of today’s most talented, creative, and hardworking authors." For details of how to submit click below.

Bridport Prize 2010 includes Poetry, Stories and Flash Fiction. Judges Zoe Heller and Michael Laskey

SHORT STORIES: 1st prize = £ 5000 (approx. 7460 US$, 5590 € )

POEMS: 1st Prize = £ 5000 (approx. 7460 US$, 5590 €)

FLASH FICTION: 1st Prize =£ 1000 (approx. 1490 US$, 1118 €)

Closing date 30th June 2010.(24.00 MIdnight GMT) Visit the website for online entry.

Monique Roffey and Amanda Craig Make Orange Long List

Hub contributors Amanda Craig and Monique Roffey have both made the long list for the Orange Prize for Fiction 2010. Amanda’s novel Hearts and Minds and Monique’s The White Woman on the Green Bicycle are among a list of twenty that includes Booker winner Hilary Mantel’s Wolf Hall and Sarah Waters’ The Little Stranger. The Orange Prize short list will be announced on 20 April and the winner announced on 9 June.

Writers' Hub and Foyles

We are delighted to announce that we have forged an agreement with Foyles. Sharing a desire to promote writing and reading, Foyles and Writers’ Hub are collaborating to produce interesting, differentiated content on the Hub – which we dub ‘Foyles Curates’. This month take a look at a selection of poetry debuts from the past year and recommendations for fiction based in and around small-town America.

In addition, Writers’ Hub members can benefit from 100 extra points when they sign up for a Foyalty card.

Click on any Foyles banner advert or any book cover on the Writers’ Hub to go to Foyles online and buy those hard-to-find books not available in other stores.

Apprenticeships in Fiction

Writing consultancy Adventures in Fiction has announced its fifth Apprenticeships in Fiction scheme. It is offering five subsidized placements for first-time novelists of commercial and literary fiction, including one for crime, one for fantasy and one for fiction for children and young people (9+/teenage). The placements, which have an individual value of over £2,750 will take the form of an apprenticeship with a professional writer working in a similar genre. The five apprentices will be selected from open competition by a panel of experts including Hannah Westland from leading literary agency Rogers, Coleridge, White.

The scheme is supported by Arts Council England. In its first four years, it has already resulted in three publications and referred eight writers to literary agents. Six writers have secured funding, two from Arts Council England, to support placements.

Click here for more information.

Arianna Huffington at TOCCON

Arianna Huffington talks books, blogs and publishing at the Tools of Change for Publishing Conference.

For up-to-date information about current jobs and opportunities in the world of literature - all around the UK - visit the Literature Training website. You can also sign up for a fortnightly newsletter.

Apprenticeships in Fiction 2010. A one-year professional development programme for first-time novelists

Deadline: 31st May 2010

Tail of the Blue Bird Shortlisted for Commonwealth Prize

Tail of the Blue Bird by Nii Ayikwei Parkes (featured on the Hub here) has been shortlisted for the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize. Find out more on the Commonwealth Fundation website.

US Writers on BBC Archive

ROTH, VONNEGUT, MORRISON, UPDIKE, EGGERS... Listen online to feature-length interviews with the greatest American writers from 1939 to the present. Available permanently on the BBC website here:

Enter the 2010 Commonwealth Short Story Competition

First prize of £2,000

Special and Regional prizes of £500

Welcome to the launch edition of the Writers Hub a new website for fiction, poetry, features, reviews and opinon on the world of writing. Run by the Birkbeck Writing Programme, membership is free and open to all. Register to post comments, create a profile, access our archive of resources and to submit work for potential publication on the site.

The YEOVIL LITERARY PRIZE is open to poets and short story writers as well as novelists, with the top prize for the first three chapters and a synopsis being £1000.

Tell Tales

Tell Tales the London-based literature collective is looking for new submissions for thier website. Further details here:

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