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Submission opportunity: Flash Fiction Magazine

14 Oct

Flash Fiction MagazineIt’s always great to hear what our alumni are up to, and former student Keely O’Shaughnessy has been in touch to share with current students a submission opportunity from the magazine she’s now working for. Flash Fiction Magazine is accepting submissions of 300-1000 word stories in any genre. There’s no payment for stories published on the website; however, they pay $40 per story accepted for their anthologies. You can submit here.

It’s free to submit, they respond in 1-4 weeks, and the best story of the month wins $100. You can check out their website, follow them on Twitter @flashficmag, and find them on Facebook.

Good luck!



2017 UoG Novel Writing Contest Officially Open to Submissions

3 Feb

Row of Old Books

That’s right, folks: Team UoG is back after the long winter’s break, and there are going to be a myriad of writing opportunities coming your way as we move into Semester 2.  These include reading and showcasing events, submissions calls and chances to get published (including in the next UoG New Writing Anthology) and, firstly, the 2017 UoG Novel Writing Contest, which is back, and again run in conjunction with agent Becky Thomas from the London-based literary agency, Johnson & Alcock.  The contest is now officially open to submissions, but don’t rush: you have four months to polish that opus into shape, as the deadline isn’t until May 31st, well after your final assessments are due.  So those taking HM5105, our novel writing class, will perhaps want to take the time to develop your extract in workshops before sending it to our judges.  Others might want to revisit that project in the bottom drawer.  Either way, we look forward to seeing what you come up with, and just so you’re clear on the guidelines up front, take a look at our official contest page, or check out the past winners for inspiration.

Show, Don’t Tell – launch party!

27 Jan

Welcome back, everyone! We hope you had a brilliant festive break. Dry January is dead, yo, so what better way to celebrate returning to uni than joining Mathias and the team for the launch of another brilliant issue of our Creative Writing magazine? The launch will be on Tuesday 31st January, 7pm at Smokey Joe’s. They say:

Come along to the launch of our magazine Show Don’t Tell issue #10. First one with Mathias as solo editor. Lots of great contributions were made. In this issue you can read an interview with Miranda Walker, a brawl between the genres, and articles about the world wide web, writing spaces, and much much more. We will also reveal the winner of our sexiest author vote from Show Don’t Tell #9, and there might be a few speeches. As always Smokey Joe’s will provide plenty of delicious treats, food, drinks and milkshakes!

See you there!


How to land a book deal worth millions

21 Sep

chloe-j-espositoYou know how we’re always saying that nobody gets rich through writing fiction? Well, once in a while someone does. This year, that someone is publishing sensation Chloé J. Esposito. If this is the first time you’ve heard of her, rest assured it won’t be the last. Chloé has just sold the rights to her erotic thriller trilogy, Mad, Bad, and Dangerous to Know, in a deal that’s already worth over £2million. In addition to that, Universal have bought the film rights and there’s already speculation that Jennifer Lawrence or Emma Stone might play the protagonist. All this and the first book won’t even be released until next summer.

So how do you land a multi-million-pound book deal? Damned if I know. But Chloé does, and she’s coming to the University to share her whirlwind experience with University of Gloucestershire students. This is an extraordinary opportunity to hear first-hand one of the most sensational stories the publishing world has known in recent years, and it’s a rare chance to meet a global superstar writer before she’s insanely famous. Chloé will be talking at Francis Close Hall Campus, in TC001, at 6:30pm on Tuesday 4th October. The event is free and everyone is welcome.

You can read more about our guest here, and find the Facebook event here. Don’t forget to book the date!

2016 UoG Novel Writing Contest Officially Opens to Submissions!

1 May

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With all this poetry fun going on, what with the forthcoming Cheltenham Poetry Festival and various other events, we figured our prose writers might be feeling a bit left out.  Well, fear not: it’s that time of year again.  Our annual UoG Novel Writing Contest is now open to submissions.  Run in association with Becky Thomas of the Johnson & Alcock Literary Agency, the contest has become a highlight of the UoG calendar and represents an ideal opportunity to make an industry contact and kickstart your writing career.  Any student studying with us (BA, MA, or PhD) is welcome to submit, and the shortlist of six will be selected by our in-house judges.  These are then forwarded to Becky, who picks her three finalists, each of which receives a cash prize and Becky’s professional critique.  So what are you waiting for?  Check out our guidelines page and main contest page.  And don’t worry: you have two full months to get your chapter (3,000 words) and synopsis (1,000 words) into shape, as the contest is open to submissions until July 1st.

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!

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Stroud Short Stories

14 Mar

The Compass anthology may have moved on to the next stage of the editorial process, but there are other new and exciting publishing opportunities fast approaching.  One of them is the latest Stroud Short Stories Competition, which is aimed at writers in Gloucestershire (and welcomes submissions from students here at UoG).  Full details and contest guidelines are available on their website.  The main point to note is that they accept both published and unpublished work, so if your piece has been accepted elsewhere (including Compass) you’re still free to submit it to them.  The deadline is a week today, on Saturday March 21st.  As usual, ten selected authors will get to take part in a reading event at the Stroud Valleys Artspace, and their work may also be included in a forthcoming print anthology.  Good luck and do us proud!

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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!

‘Show Don’t Tell’ Launch

13 Oct

issue 1 coverA hardworking collective of UoG Creative Writing students, led by Charl Harrison, have come up with a brilliant concept: a Creative Writing magazine by the students, for the students. The result of many weeks of brainstorming, development, and production is the first issue of Show Don’t Tell, which will be officially launched Tuesday October 14th at Yates’s, from 8 p.m. An electronic version is already available online, with book reviews, writing tips for freshers, and Davy Evans’s in-depth interview with Dr. Martin Randall. Rumour has it that hard copies will be available on the night – so come along and celebrate this new creative endeavour.


Novel Writing Contest Shortlist!

9 Jul

Row of Old Books

It has been a tense and dramatic wait since May 9, when our inaugural UoG Novel Writing Contest closed its doors to submissions.  The filter judges have now had time to consider the submissions, and we are ready to announce the shortlist of six entrants.  Cue the drum-roll please…and the shortlist (in alphabetical order by novel title) is:

‘Churchill’ by Sleiman El Hajj
‘The Good Housewife’s Frontal Lobotomy’ by Jane Durston
‘The Making of Robin Mountjoy’ by Sue Pearce
‘Matlock’ by Duncan Dicks
‘Things We Should Have Done’ by Hayley Barnes
‘Vid[dot]mov’ by Emmy Summers

Congratulations to our shortlisted entrants, and thank you to all for submitting.  These six pieces will now be forwarded to literary agent Becky Thomas, at the Fox Mason Agency.  Becky and her team will read them and choose the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd prize winners.  Since we like a bit of drama, we’ll be announcing the results at a ceremony in the autumn – one that could potentially coincide with the launch of the latest UoG writing anthology, Carnival.  Watch this space!

Submission call for BA, MA, & PhD Creative Writing students!

1 Nov

misomagMiso magazine, a new literary print magazine, is currently looking for submissions for its next issue.  They are interested in poetry and short-short fiction of up to 500 words.  They only accept submissions from BA, MA, & PhD students on a Creative Writing program (that means you here at U of G!) as well as recent graduates. This is a great opportunity for new writers looking to get published.  If you’re interested, you’ll find the submission guidelines and further information on their website.  Good luck!

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

Fire Anthology: Two Weeks to Submit

16 Apr

FireThe new creative anthology, Fire, is still accepting submissions – but only for two more weeks. We won’t be able to accept any writing submitted after midnight on Tuesday 30th April. Fire is the follow up to last year’s excellent anthology, Smoke, which we reccomend you read before submitting to Fire. Smoke is available to buy online here, and the submission guidelines for fire are available here. Good luck!

Fire Anthology: call for submissions

1 Feb

Seems it’s true: there’s no Smoke without Fire. We’re delighted to announce that submissions are now invited for a new anthology, Fire, showcasing the best prose and poetry produced by Creative Writing students at the University of Gloucestershire. The deadline for submissions is April 30th 2013. We strongly recommend that before submitting you carefully check the Submissions Guidelines and read the previous anthology, Smoke, to get an idea of the sort of material we’re looking for. Good luck!


Smoke Anthology – Launch Night

25 Nov

We’ve now booked a date for the launch of Smoke: the exceptional new anthology of writing from students on the University of Gloucestershire Creative Writing courses. We’ll be launching Smoke at a wine reception on Wednesday 12th December at FCH Campus (TC006). The wine reception will run from 7pm until 9pm, and there will then be an after-party at The Railway. Since I like a bit of pomp, the suggested dress code is smart/ smart-casual (though casual-casual’s fine too). Throughout the night, the book will be on sale at a discounted price of £5 (RRP £7.99). Everyone’s welcome at both events – students and alumni, their friends and relatives, and members of the public. Book the date in your diary now!

Creative Writing at the University of Gloucestershire

29 Oct

We think there’s no better creative writing programme in the country, and our recent graduates seem to agree: this year the Creative Writing BA at the University of Gloucestershire was one of few writing courses to achieve a 100% satisfaction rating in the National Student Survey. This has got us thinking about things we’re doing right. Here are ten suggestions for why the course achieved a perfect score in the NSS survey:

1. We have great students! The students on our Creative Writing course write great work and offer each other sophisticated critiques. In the last five years, six University of Gloucestershire graduates have gone on to publish books and many more students and graduates have published poetry and short stories in journals such as Envoi, Acumen, Agenda, Iota, Zouch, The London Magazine, and Magma. Over the last four years students and graduates have been shortlisted for the Arvon Poetry Prize, the Bridport Prize, The Guardian Short Story Prize, The Cinnamon Press Prize, and The Templar Poetry Pamphlet Prize, while Angela France, a graduate from the MA programme, won the Lightship International Poetry Prize. Our BA course has produced successful writers in every genre: recent BA graduates include K.J. Moore, whose novella, Monster Porn, was published by Blood Bound Books in 2011; and Lucy Tyler, whose plays have been produced in Europe and America, and who is now part of our teaching staff.

2. We’re an active community of writers. The students on our Creative Writing course aren’t producing their work in isolation; they’re also busy organising and attending events and socials. Students organise regular open mic nights at which they share their work in progress – 68 students and staff attended one recent event at the Frog and Fiddle pub. Meanwhile, the Creative Writing Society organises regular social events. There’s a real sense of camaraderie and of a writing community in which students support each other.

3. There are opportunities for publication and performance
. At the time of writing, we’re just about to launch Smoke, the University’s latest anthology of student writing. This excellent collection of new writing showcases prose and poetry from 32 of our many talented students. We’re also in the process of setting up our inaugural novel writing competition, in which the winner will receive a cash prize and have his or her work critiqued by a London-based literary agent. Meanwhile, dramatic writers have had their work produced by students on the university’s radio production course, and five of last year’s third-year students showcased their work to a large audience at one of Cheltenham’s theatres, the Parabola Arts Centre. In summer 2013, a play co-written by the new third-year drama students will be performed by a professional theatre company at The Everyman Theatre.

4. We have a good balance of staff expertise. All our Lecturers are active writers established in their respective fields, and each brings something unique to the course. On the poetry side, the course benefits from the experience of Professor Nigel McLoughlin (The Waters’ Clearing, Songs For No Voices, Blood, Dissonances, and Chora), whose work has been published and anthologised in Ireland, Britain, USA, Canada, Australia, Europe, Japan, Nepal, and Malaysia; and has featured in The Guardian, The Independent on Sunday, The London Magazine, Poetry Review, The Irish Times, and Sunday Tribune. Dr Martin Randall (9-11 and the Literature of Terror), primarily a prose writer, comes from an English Literature background and contributes a wealth of knowledge on literature, theory, film, and cultural criticism. Dramatic Writing is covered by Lucy Tyler (The Measurements of a Murderer, Claudia Schiffer’s Mind, Saviours, and The Operators), whose plays have been performed in Europe and America. On the prose side, Dr D.D. Johnston (Peace, Love, and Petrol Bombs) teaches the fundamentals of prose technique, while Tyler Keevil (Fireball), an award-winning novelist and prolific short story writer, specialises in short fiction, memoir, and the writing industry.

5. We are all committed to quality teaching. The lecturers at the University of Gloucestershire are passionate about their own writing, but they’re equally passionate about teaching – nobody here views teaching as a way to pay the bills while pursuing their own career. In addition to our 100% NSS satisfaction rating, our high teaching standards have also been recognised in awards to individual teachers: in 2011 the Higher Education Academy awarded Nigel McLoughlin a National Teaching Fellowship in recognition of his individual excellence as an educator, while in 2012 D.D. Johnston received the University of Gloucestershire Students’ Union award for the University’s ‘most outstanding lecturer’.

6. We have relatively small class sizes and students receive regular, in-depth feedback on their work. The high volume of feedback is facilitated by maintaining smaller than average class sizes, which allows us to focus on each student’s work. Our cohort is big enough that students encounter a wide range of personalities and writing styles, but it’s small enough for students to get to know each other and their lecturers. Many modules on our courses are taught using workshops, during which students receive weekly or fortnightly feedback from members of staff and their peers. Before their first official assessment, first-year prose writers also have the opportunity to receive graded feedback on a practise assessment and to discuss their work with the lecturer in a one-to-one tutorial.

7. We use a variety of teaching methods to impart key information while encouraging active learning and critical thinking. Unlike some creative writing courses, in addition to workshops and seminars, most of our modules involve weekly lectures. These allow the lecturers to convey core knowledge and present thorough analyses of contemporary literature. Creative Writing is part of the University of Gloucestershire’s strong tradition of English studies – in the 2012 Guardian league tables, English at the University of Gloucestershire was rated 19th in the whole of the UK. However, in addition to the lecture format, many classes are built around discussion and debate. We encourage students to think for themselves and we value experimentation and originality.

8. There are great opportunities for postgraduate study. Many of our BA graduates progress to study on the University’s strong Creative and Critical Writing MA programme, where in addition to creative and academic projects, students can get hands-on classroom teaching experience, while some serve relevant internships (e.g., on the editorial team of the poetry journal Iota). The Creative Writing department also benefits from the input and knowledge of postgraduate research students, who study PhDs in topics as diverse as nature poetry and ecology, free will and determinism in contemporary historical fiction, personal pronoun use in confessional poetry, transgressive writing, and fourth-wave feminist poetry.

9. Our programme has a history of innovation and we regularly update and refresh our courses. We are the first writing programme to include formal study of creativity and the creative process at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels, and our MA was one of the first to include a module devoted to teaching Creative Writing. This popular module focuses on the pedagogy of writing and provides students with practical training as Creative Writing teachers.

10. Finally, Cheltenham is a great place for aspiring writers. In 2006 it was named the best place to live in Britain, and the town’s motto – Salubritas et Eruditio – celebrates Cheltenham’s long-standing reputation for academic excellence. It hosts the world’s oldest literature festival – the internationally-famous Cheltenham Literature Festival – a thriving poetry festival, great second-hand bookstores, and three excellent theatres.

Call for submissions

10 Apr

A new quarterly publication, started by students at Oxford University, is appealing for contributions to be considered for publication in its first issue. They say:

The publication, which is internet-based, will run quarterly and be available either by yearly subscriptions or purchase of individual issues. It is our aim that the most popular stories will be published in a yearly anthology. We have also secured the help of a publisher who will aid us in creating an edition for Kindle which may be sold via Amazon.

The writers will retain all rights to their work, and the hope is that as the publication becomes established we will be able to provide a platform where talented young authors and industry professionals may establish contact and a base for future cooperation.

Each issue will contain three to five short stories of varying length, with an upper cap of 1500 words. We welcome submissions of all shapes and sizes (with the reservation that they don’t exceed the upper word limit) and from people from all subject areas and levels of experience. After the submission-deadline (31/5-2012) we will send the stories to our chosen artists and they will create the accompanying art. Submissions should be addressed to submissions@thestorygraph.com. We welcome queries of any sort, and such should be addressed to editor@thestorygraph.com.

Space Newspaper – call for submissions

23 Mar

The University of Gloucestershire Students’ Union newspaper, Space, is inviting submissions of poetry and flash fiction for its next issue. The competition is open to all students at the University and it aims to find and showcase great student writing. The deadline for the next issue is midday on Wednesday 28th March. Flash fiction must be under 500 words. Poetry should be under 40 lines, although exceptions will be considered. There are no restrictions on forms. You can send your submissions or any questions to samkemp@connect.glos.ac.uk. This is an excellent opportunity for your work to reach a wide readership – good luck!