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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!

Reflections Anthology Launch Event

25 Nov

Hot on the heels of our recent post about the 2016 UoG Novel Contest Shortlist, we’re pleased to announced that this year’s annual Creative Writing anthology, Reflections: New Writing 5, will be launched in just under three weeks time, on Tuesday December 13th, in just under three weeks time.  The doors open at 6.15 in TCoo2(A) for reflective fun and refreshments.  Then, at 7.00 p.m., we’ll move into the main lecture hall (TC001) for readings.  The paperback anthology retails for £6.99 but will be on sale for the discounted launch price of £5.  When we wrap up, there is an after-party in the private function room (downstairs) at Tailor’s.  Entry is free, so bring your friends and come along to what’s shaping up to be a great night!

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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!

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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…

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