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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!

Stroud Short Stories Competition

7 Feb

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It’s been called “Possibly the best short story event in the South West” (Cheltenham LitFest programme) and in part that’s due to past contributions from UoG Creative Writing students, including alumni Phil Bowne and Rod Griffiths, both of whom were selected by the judges to read at the hugely popular event, which takes place out in (you guessed it) Stroud, at Stroud Valleys Artspace.

The next submission window opens shortly, on February 26th and you have until April to get something in.  It’s open-themed, with a max length of 1,500-words, and open only to writers with a Gloucestershire or a South Gloucestershire connection (which means you, Team UoG).  So if you’ve got something from one of your assessments that fits the bill, why not try your luck?  Full contest details and submission guidelines are available here.

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UoG 2016 Novel Writing Contest Deadline Extended!

1 Jul

Have you been soaking up the summer sun, and are having a hard time getting motivated to submit your opus?  Have you been watching the European Cup (dare we mention the Iceland game) and generally slacking off a bit?  Don’t worry: the UoG Novel Contest Judges have taken that into account, and we’ve decided to extend the deadline to the end of July: at midnight on the 31st.  So you have a few more weeks to get scribbling, and submit an extract (3,000 words) and punchy synopsis.  Our in-house judges will select the shortlisted entries, which are then sent on to literary agent Becky Thomas (of Johnson & Alcock), who decides the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners.  For full submission details check out our contest page.  Good luck and see you in the slush pile!


Stroud Short Stories

7 Sep

After a summer of writing success for staff, current students, and alumni, here at UoG’s Writing School we’re gearing up for Induction Week in just over a week’s time.  Time to fire up those laptops, get out those notebooks, and sharpen those pencils in preparation for another year of writing, workshops, and procrastinating.  However, for those who are already chomping at the proverbial bit, can’t wait to get started, and have been developing new work over the holiday, this news flash is for you: Stroud Short Stories is currently seeking submissions from those who’d like to perform at its regular reading event.  Previously it was only open to those in the Stroud area, but the doors have been blown open and they’re seeking the best work from across Gloucestershire.  Ten stories will be selected from those submitted to be read at Stroud Valleys Artspace, in front of an appreciative audience.  Sound like your thing?  The deadline is September 28th, and the readings take place in October.  Check out the full rules and submission guidelines on the Stroud Short Stories website.  As for the rest of you, well, time to rouse yourselves from that summery slumber, shake yourselves off, and limber up for the autumn semester.  See you in a couple of weeks!

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