Writing Competition Links

Here are some links to competition pages which you might find of interest:

Creative Scotland

Writing Magazine

Writer’s Forum

Scottish Book Trust

Creative Writing Ink

The Writers Academy

A Curated List of Creative Writing Competitions, Contests and Awards


Writers and Artists

First Writer

BBC Writers’ Room


Bare Fiction

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Got a Manuscript to Pitch

Book Week Scotland’s programme launches this week, including a Jenny Brown Associates pitching event!

Day Date Time
Thursday 24 November 2016 10:00 – 15:00

Once your manuscript is finished, you have two choices … put it in the drawer with everything else or get it out there.  This is a no brainer …

Book Week Scotland is inviting pitches from aspiring authors to Jenny Brown and Lucy Juckes from Jenny Brown Associates Literary Agency – Jenny Brown is the most preeminent Literary Agent in Scotland to day and the Agency’s extensive list of authors includes the likes of William McIlvanney, Sara Sheridan, Jonathan Meres and Alison Murray, to name but a few.  If you fancy seeing your name on that list, here is what to do …

  1. Book a slot at the Pitching Event: Email lucy@jennybrownassociates and let her know if your book is for adults or children.  Also give her a sentence which gives a sense of what it’s about.
  2. Turn up: Waterstones, Princes St on Thursday the 24th November from 10am-3pm.

Each session will last for 10 minutes.  Book an appointment but places are allocated on a first come basis, booked in advance.

Good luck!

Book Week Scotland 2016

Book Week Scotland 2016 is taking place from Monday 21 – Sunday 27 November.


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So you want to get published … ?

Look no further. Oak Publications Ltd is developing a programme to work with budding writers like yourself to break into publishing.  Don’t worry about not knowing anything about publishing – that is our role.  You role is to write and redraft until you are happy that it is the best it can be.  Then you hand your baby over to us, and we do the rest.

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Calling emerging writers over the age of 40

The Next Chapter Award supports an emerging writer over the age of 40 yet to publish a full-length work for whom finding time and space to write has proved especially challenging.

If this sounds like you, perhaps you should head over to the Scottsh Book Trust website and look to see if you are Eligibile.  The award is open to poets, novelists, authors of narrative non-fiction and children’s authors who are 40 years of age or above.

The writer will be offered nine months of mentoring with the specific aim of getting them to publication.  The winner will also be awarded a two week retreat at Cove Park in early 2017 to focus on their writing.  In addition the successful writer will receive a bursary of £2000.


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Dundee International Book Prize

The Dundee International Book Prize is now in its 12th year and continues to grow annually. The shortlist will be whittled down to a final three, and the 2016 winner crowned at this year’s Dundee Literary Festival (19th-23rd October).

The full 2016 shortlist is:

Not to be Reproduced by Kristina Gorcheva-Newberry (US)
The Margins
by Jessica Thummel (US)
In Borderlands
by Richard Strachan (Scotland)
London Clay
by Amy Spencer (England)
Reading Through Binoculars
by James Cole (England)
Shadow Jumping
by Margaret Ries (Scotland)
The Life of De’Ath
by Majella Cullinane (New Zealand)   
The Shadow of Pure Light
by Emile Cassen (England)
Ghost of a Writer
by Helen Dann (England)
The Great Edge 
by George Gunn (Scotland)

Well done and good luck to all those on the shortlist.

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Books celebrated by Oak Publications

Join Oak Publications in celebating the very best books both online and in print

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