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Anthology Launch Party

12 Nov

Join us to celebrate the launch of our brilliant new Creative Writing student anthology, Singularity. The event takes place at the Francis Close Hall SU Bar on Friday 23rd November at 7:30pm. Join us for readings, drinks, fun, and the chance to purchase copies. It’s free and everyone is welcome. See you there!

launch poster


Last Chance to Submit Your Work to Shadows!

25 Mar

Hard as it may be to believe, today is the final opportunity to submit your drama, poetry, and prose to this year’s UoG Creative Writing anthology, Shadows: New Writing VI. The submission window closes tonight at midnight!  The editors have received numerous standout pieces so far but there is still room for more. So if you’ve been procrastinating it’s time to take the plunge and email your submission(s) to shadowsuog@gmail.com. Be sure to check the full guidelines before doing so. Good luck and see you in the slushpile!

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Shadows: New Writing VI Submission Call

3 Mar

That’s right, folks: the 2017 UoG Creative Writing anthology is now open for submissions.  This year the title and theme is ‘shadows’, in all its various guises.  And get this: for the first time it’s open to Creative Writing single honours students, CW joint students, and also English Literature and Language students.  Our MA student editors have come up with their guidelines, and here’s what they’re looking for:

The Editors of Shadows are looking for high quality prose, poetry, drama, or artwork submissions for UoG’s sixth Creative Writing Anthology. This year, we’re interested in writing of all types and genres, and particularly pieces that engage, loosely or directly, with the theme ‘shadows’. This can be interpreted however the author likes, including the hidden and peripheral – the things in our lives and relationships we don’t acknowledge – as well as our shadow-selves and the darker side of human experience, such as the gothic or transgressive. On a wider scale, we’re interested in characters who live ‘in the shadows’ or on the margins of society: outsiders, outcasts, and the unseen. And of course, we’re also accepting work on any subject or style that demonstrates the talent on our course. 

You’ll be hearing more from the MA editors, who will be dropping in to classes in the coming weeks to spread the word and further explain their criteria.  In the meantime, take a look at their guidelines page and prepare to step into the shadows.  You’ll have over three weeks (and an entire activity week) to polish up a piece to submit, as the deadline is midnight on Saturday March 25th – the very end of Week 8.  Good luck!

Anthology Launch & 2016 UoG Novel Writing Contest Winners Announced!

16 Dec

On Tuesday the course celebrated the launch of this year’s paperback anthology of student work, Reflections: New Writing 5.  Attendees were treated to readings from contributors on campus, which was followed by an after-party at Tailor’s bar in town.  Excitingly, at the event the winners for this year’s UoG Novel Writing Contest were also announced.  3rd prize went to Mark Webber for his Mafioso crime novel, Mamma; 2nd prize went to Pamela Keevil for her drama-mystery, Mayflies; and the overall winner was Senja Andrejevic for her thriller, All The Things We Knew.  Each winner received a cash prize and professional critique from literary agent Becky Thomas, of Johnson and Alcock.  Thanks to all who came out to support such a great night, as well as all those who submitted work to the anthology and the novel writing contest.  Have a good break, and we’ll see you in the New Year!

48 Hours Until Reflections Submission Window Closes!

16 Mar

Calling Team UoG!  Reflections: New Writing V submissions window closes at midnight on Friday March 18th.  The submissions are pouring in now, and the editors are anticipating the final avalanche of quality work from UoG students.  If you’ve been taking out commas and putting them back again (as Oscar Wilde would say), then you’ll have to take a deep breath and let go of your masterpiece.  If you’re still struggling for inspiration, it’s time to shatter that writer’s block and have your breakthrough epiphany (if only epiphanies could be bought, borrowed, or stolen).  Either way, remember to follow the guidelines and ensure you meet that deadline.  The main thing is to get something in: we’re looking forward to reading your work and discovering what the course has produced this year.

Coming Soon: New Writing V

9 Feb

For those who don’t know (and who doesn’t?) one of the most exciting aspects of the UoG course is our annual paperback anthology.  Originally conceived by lecturers Mike ‘D.D.’ Johnstone, Tyler Keevil, and Lucy Tyler (alas!), who were the first editors, the anthology showcases the best prose, poetry, and drama by students on our programme, at every level: from 1st year to third year, MA students, and PhD research students.  In 2013, editing the anthology became part of our MA module, HM7106: The Creative Industries, and since the start of Semester 2 this year’s editorial team have been busy developing ideas for the latest edition.  The theme changes every year, so watch this space for our forthcoming announcement of the official title, submission guidelines, and deadline.  And in the meantime, start polishing your best work!

New Writing Anthologies

One Week To Compass Launch!

20 Oct

A week today, on Tuesday October 27th, the UoG Writing Programme will be launching Compass: New Writing IV, the latest anthology in the New Writing series, featuring the best prose, poetry, and drama by students on our course.  So navigate your way to TC002A at 6.45 p.m. and join us for snacks and beverages.  We will then adjust course and move into the main lecture theatre (TC001) for readings, before announcing the results of the second annual UoG Novel Writing Contest.  For the after-party, our hardy adventurers will make an epic trek to The Swan – a venue on the far side of the little world called Cheltenham, where we’ve booked a private function room.  The night is going to be one for the record books, or log books, so get your gear together and join the expedition!

Compass Launch Poster 3

Find Your Way to the Launch of the Compass New Writing Anthology!

10 Oct

From amid the the white noise of everyday existence – the static that echoes in all our ears – some mysterious coordinates recently materialized: it seems an event is coming to 51.8833° N, 2.0667° W (that’s the latitude and longitude of Cheltenham, people).  Then, in the Cheltenham Library, we found scraps of an ancient map, which had to be carefully assembled by volunteer cartography students.  The map led right here, to FCH Campus, and in the key two rooms were signified: apparently this event will be happening in TC001 and TC002A.  But when, when?  The final piece of the puzzle was an artefact unearthed in the quad: a compass inscribed with the date Tuesday October 27th, 2015.

At last, the riddle had revealed itself.  It was the launch of the Compass Anthology: the latest in the New Writing series, featuring the best work from the talented students on the Creative Writing programme at the University of Gloucestershire.  And it’s happening here, on campus, in just a few week’s time.  There are rumours of traveller’s rum, of readings, of a new after-party venue.  All those will be confirmed in due course.  So mark that date (Tuesday Oct. 27th!) on your charts, and set your navigation instruments to TC001 and TC002A on FCH Campus, at 6.45 p.m.  And keep tabs on this blog for further bulletins.  For now, we’ll tantalize you with a glimpse of the cover…

Compass Banner

Last Day to Submit to Compass!

9 Feb

That’s right, folks.  D-day has arrived and the deadline to submit your work to Compass, this year’s UoG Creative Writing anthology, is looming.  You have until midnight tonight, when the submission window officially closes.  The submissions have been pouring in over the weekend, but we’re expecting more before moving on to the next stage of the editorial process.  So if you’ve been holding on to that precious piece of poetry, prose, or drama – trying to get it perfect – now is the time to let go and send it on its way.  For those who haven’t checked out the guidelines already, you’ll find them here.  Good luck!


1 Week to Submit to Compass!

2 Feb


It’s hard to believe, but the weeks have flown by since this year’s MA editorial team opened the submission call for their Compass anthology. Now there is only one week left to get your prose, poetry, and drama entries in before the window closes at midnight on Monday February 9th.  If you’re feeling a bit lost, confused, or disorientated about your latest writing endeavour – don’t worry!  The compass editors are experts at navigating through the creative process, and this week various team members will be dropping into your classes to help coax, encourage, and motivate you.  Or, if you’ve already got a completed project in hand, but haven’t yet submitted – what are you waiting for?  Check out the guidelines page and take the next step on your journey to potential publication!

Compass: New Writing IV

18 Dec


We are proud to announce the arrival of this year’s UoG Creative Writing anthology, Compass: New Writing IV.  We are seeking high quality submissions of prose, poetry, and drama from any student enrolled on a Creative Writing module here at the University of Gloucestershire. To demonstrate the talent on our writing courses, we want you to create work that brings readers into your world. We want you to push the boundaries.  We are accepting work in any genre or style, and are particularly interested in those that resonate with the meanings and connotations of Compass, or emphasize notions of place, location, travel, journeys, and migration.

The submission window is now open, and you can find out how to submit your work by checking out our guidelines page.  The deadline for all submissions is midnight on Monday February 9th 2015.  Watch this space for updates, tips, and reminders over the next couple of months.  Good luck and we look forward to reading your work!

Carnival Opens On Campus!

5 Dec


Last night the Carnival opened its doors on FCH campus for one night only, leading to a bacchanalian celebration of words!  Thank you to everybody who attended the launch of the Carnival anthology, the latest installment in our renowned New Writing series, showcasing the best work from our Creative Writing students.

Group Shot PartyWe had a great turnout and the student editors of Carnival – from our MA programme – were wonderful hosts; the crowd was able to imbibe in libations, take part in carnival games, and sample the popcorn and cotton candy and other carnival snacks.

Phil Reading

After that we all moved into the big top – TC001 – to hear readings from some of the talented Carnival contributors, notably Reece McCormack, Phil Bown, Dani Schlosser, Nathaniel Wilson, and Ash Hartridge.  Many other contributors were in attendance, as well as friends, family, fellow students, lecturing staff, and university management.  In the second half, we announced the results of the inaugural UoG Novel Contest (more on this later!) before the entire collective headed across town for a private after-party at Copa.  Photos of the night are available to view on the Carnival page.  A big thank you to the Carnival editors, the contributors, the readers, and all those in attendance on the night.

Come One, Come All: The Carnival Opens on Thursday!

1 Dec

?????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????You may have seen the burly men setting up the tents on the lawn at FCH; you may have spotted the sword swallower practising his craft in the refectory, between bites of sandwich and tikka masala; you may have noticed the bearded lady, wandering around the Creative Writing offices, or the Ringmaster cracking the whip, encouraging his barely-tamed lions to dance.  That’s because the Carnival is now in town, and gearing up for the big event on Thursday December 4th.  And guess what?  You’re all invited – students, lecturers, friends – to the launch of the third anthology in the New Writing series.

The DOORS OPEN at 6.45 p.m. in TC002A.  There won’t be sword swallowing but there will be drinks and snacks and fun.  At 7.45 p.m., we move into the big top known as TC001 to hear readings from the contributors, and to find out the results of the inaugural UoG Novel Writing Contest.  The after-party will be at Copa from 9 p.m.  It’s shaping up to be a wonderful, wondrous occasion – and a great way to bring the first Semester to a close before the Christmas break.

Fire Anthology: Launched and available to buy online

6 Mar
A few drinks as books are snapped up

A few drinks as books are snapped up

Many thanks to everyone who joined us last week to celebrate the launch of our new anthology. Around 100 people were treated to brilliant readings of prose and poetry, and between them made short work of 10 litres of wine and 2 kegs of lager! The celebrations continued at The Feathered Fish, and as someone said while we were arm in arm singing ‘Champagne Supernova’: ‘if any of us can remember this in the morning, it’ll be one of those memories you never forget.’

The audience begins to gather ahead of readings

The audience begins to gather ahead of readings

Meanwhile, the books were bought up so fast that we’ve now sold out already! While we replenish our supplies, fear not: you can order copies online. The book’s available from many distributors (including Amazon), but we recommend you order direct from the printers via this link: that way your books will arrive quicker and more of the cost will go towards future projects. Happy reading!

The Carnival Leaves Town…

25 Feb

Carnival with borderThe submission window for Carnival is now officially closed. We would like to thank everyone who contributed. Your submissions have demonstrated exceptional courage and creative flare, reminiscent of The Great Coney Island Water Carnival: ‘Remarkable head-foremost dives from enormous heights into shallow depths of water, together with thrilling and daring aquatic and sub-aqueous feats of every description…’

We are currently reviewing your pieces with great zeal and will be in contact soon. We regret that we’re unable to publish every submission, and anything that reached us after the deadline cannot be considered.

Thank you again, one and all.  We’re already hard at work crafting your anthology.

Last Chance to Submit Work!

24 Feb
Carnival Logo other coloursLast call, ladies and gentlemen. The Carnival is packing up and leaving town at MIDNIGHT TONIGHT.
You still have 12 hours to submit your best artwork, poetry, or prose. If in doubt, SEND IT IN. You have nothing to lose and a potential publishing credit to gain.
As a reminder, our submission guidelines are available here.

Fire Anthology, launch and after-party, on Thu 27th February

11 Feb

Display copies of the Fire anthologyThe venue for our after-partyYou are cordially invited to the launch of the University of Gloucestershire’s brilliant new anthology of Creative Writing, Fire. Join us on Thursday 27th for a wine reception at FCH Campus, with readings from the book and refreshments, from 7:15-9:15pm. Then we’ll be celebrating at the Night Garden at the Feathered Fish (pictured), a few minutes walk from FCH, from 9:30 until midnight. Everyone’s welcome at both events – students and alumni, their friends and relatives, and members of the public. There’s no need to book with us in advance, but to help us estimate numbers, we’d be grateful if those who plan to attend could indicate so on the Facebook event page. There’s a voluntary dress code of smart/ smart casual, so feel free to dress to impress. See you there!

Thursday 27th February, TC001 & TC002A at FCH Campus, from 7:15pm


Fire: New Writing II – UoG Creative Writing anthology coming soon

10 Jan

We’ve just received a preview copy of Fire from the printers, and it’s looking beautiful. The new anthology of Creative Writing from the University of Gloucestershire features prose and poetry from thirty-seven students and graduates. From the experimental to the classic, from the shocking to the heartwarming, it’s a book that contains something for everyone. We’re exceedingly grateful to two professional artists – both university alumni – who gave up their time to help with the cover: the image was kindly donated by the very talented Greg Farndon, while the design was created by the brilliant Sean Strong. We’ll soon be announcing a date for the launch (which will be some time in February), and please check this blog for details of how to purchase the anthology online.


UoG Creative Writing: Another student publishing success

13 Dec
Hugh Thomas

Hugh Thomas

Congratulations to Hugh Thomas who this year graduated from the Creative Writing BA at the University of Gloucestershire; on Wednesday, Hugh’s article on Gustaf Håkansson – ‘the ‘steel grandpa’ who won a 1,000-mile bicycle race’ – was published by The Guardian. As one commenter wrote online, ‘what a delightful article, never heard of the chap or his achievement, imeasurably improved my day :)’

 If you’d like to read more of Hugh’s work, check out Lebensraum – a short story now available for free on Kindle. It’s a disturbing, darkly comic satire that just might make you want to kill your parents. If you enjoy it, be sure to leave a review.

Hugh’s work is also set to feature in Fire – the new University of Gloucestershire anthology of Creative Writing, which will be launched early in 2014.

Fire Anthology: Submissions Closed

2 May

FireThe editors of the 2013 University of Gloucestershire anthology of Creative Writing, Fire, wish to thank everyone who has submitted work. We received more than 60 submissions and expect to publish work from 25-30 students. Please note that we have replied to acknowledge receipt of work to everyone who submitted, so if you submitted and didn’t get a thank you note, we haven’t received your work; in that case, please contact us (fire@newwriting.org) as soon as possible.

Once again, the standard looks to be very high, and the selection process is not going to be easy. What’s more, before we can start the selection process, we have to finish assignment marking. So please don’t worry if you don’t hear any news for a while; we will announce our selections to everyone simultaneously (probably some time in June). Thanks again and good luck to everyone who entered – we have some happy hours of reading ahead of us.

The editors: Tyler Keevil, Lucy Tyler, and D.D. Johnston