Creative Writing Ink Newsletter
Hello and welcome to the Creative Writing Ink July 2020 newsletter. Hope you're all doing ok!
(a)  Creative Writing Ink News

Our summer/autumn online creative writing course schedule is over at (UK) and (Ireland).

You'll receive one-to-one feedback on all of your assignments. All you need is internet access, and you don't have to be online at a particular day or time. Here's a snapshot of our online creative writing courses. You'll find out more by visiting our website. Note: We are experiencing a high demand for our courses. We expect most of our courses to fill up soon, so best to book early to avoid disappointment.

1. Beginners Creative Writing with Nikki Sheehan

Start Date: August 19, 2020

2. Creative writing course for children (8-11) with Olive O'Brien
Start Date: August 25, 2020

3. Creative writing course for children (10-12) with Nicola Pierce
Start Date: August 12, 2020

4. Creative writing course for teenagers with Nikki Sheehan
Start Date: August 19, 2020

5. Intermediate Creative Writing with Eileen Casey
Start Date: September 9, 2020

6. Poetry Course with Eileen Casey
Start Date: September 9, 2020

7. Memoir Course with Eileen Casey
Start Date: September 9, 2020

8. Begin your Novel with Rebecca D'Arcy
Start Date: August 25, 2020

9. Freelance Journalism with Niamh Griffin
Start Anytime

10. Blogging with Niamh Griffin
Start Anytime

11. Social Media with Niamh Griffin
Start Anytime

12. Writing Radio Drama with Des O'Sullivan
Start Anytime


You can view the full schedule, prices and details for all courses at (UK) and (Ireland).

(b) Critique and Proofreading Services

Would you like feedback on your short story, poetry, script or book? Check out our critique service and proofreading service. 
Critique Ireland
Proofreading Ireland
Critique UK
Proofreading UK

(c) No Fee Creative Writing Ink Monthly Competition
Many thanks to everyone who entered our free to enter June writing competition. Congratulations to Sue Hoffman, the winner. You can read all winning entries here.

(d) Writing Prompt Competition
Our free to enter writing prompt competition is open and closes on July 31, 2020. Please visit our writing prompts page if you'd like to enter the current competition.

2. Writing Competitions & Opportunities

Here are some other free to enter writing competitions. 
Use information listed at your own risk. Creative Writing Ink gives no warranty to completeness, accuracy, or fitness of the markets, competitions, publishers or agents although research is carried out to the best of our ability. Note that some of these competitions have residency requirements
,so check the terms and conditions of the competitions to see if your country is eligible.
 The John McGahern Award 2020 is open until July 31, 2020.

Free to enter.

The recipient of the award will receive a two-week fully resourced residency at the Tyrone Guthrie Centre and a stipend of €1,000.

Open to early career writers of fiction resident in the Republic of Ireland or Northern Ireland. Applicants must have had some fiction or short stories published in a recognised journal or anthology selected by an established publisher or editor.

More here.

(b) The Bring Your Limericks to Limerick Competition 2020 is open until July 31, 2020.

Free to enter. Submit up to 3 limericks.

They will select a long list of 25 limericks. The authors of those limericks chosen will be given the opportunity to compete in the final of the competition in August in Limerick. The final prize and runner up prizes will only be available to those who attend the Festival. Finalists can nominate someone to read their limerick on the night but they themselves must be present in the room.

The winner will receive €500. More here.

 The Broken River Prize is open until July 31, 2020. Free to enter.

The Prize comes from Platypus Press. They are looking for poetry books between 35-50 pages in length. Prize: £200 and publication in 2021.

Judge: poet and teacher Kaveh Akbar

More here.

(d) The Val Wood Prize 2020: The Next Chapter is open for entry until 31 August 2020 (5pm).

Free to enter.

Submit a short story (2000 words) featuring a feel-good and optimistic theme.

Entrants must be aged over 16.

First prize is £100 courtesy of Estuary Words Limited and the story will be published on Val Wood’s website. The runner up will receive £50 along with an additional two special commendations of £25 courtesy of The James Reckitt Library Trust.

More here.

(e) The Beechmore Writing Competitions open on June 1, 2020 and close on July 31, 2020.

Beechmore Life Writing Competition
Free to enter.
Prizes: 1st: £200, 2nd: £100, discretionary: £50
Submit up to 1,000 words.
More here.

Beechmore Arts Journalism Competition
Free to enter
Prizes: 1st: £200, 2nd: £100, discretionary: £50
Submit up to 1,000 words.
More here.

(f) The Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award 2020 is open until July 31, 2020.

Free to enter.

Open to anyone between the ages of 11 and 17. Poems must be in English.

Judges: Maura Dooley and Keith Jarrett

The top 15 winners will be invited to attend a week-long residential writing course at an Arvon Centre, or they will receive mentoring from a professional poet. The top 15 poems will be published in a print anthology. The 85 commended poets will have their entries published in an online anthology.

More here.

The Seashores, Haiku Journal is open for submissions until July 31, 2020.

No submission fee.

Editors: Paul Chambers; David Burleigh; Gilles Fabre

Submit a maximum of eight (8) haiku/senryu, in any combination. Essays or articles on haiku are also welcome (app. 800 words max).

Annual deadlines are 31 January for the April issue and 31 July for the November issue.

More here.

(h) The Women Poets’ Prize 2020 is open until August 14, 2020.

Free to enter.

The biennial Women Poets’ Prize is administrated by the Rebecca Swift Foundation.

The prize pot for this year includes:

• a £1000 cash bursary,

• a poetry mentor for the duration of a year,

• the offer of pastoral coaching,

• creative opportunities, from performance to bookbinding,

• practical support, such as digital skills training and childcare cover, and

• links and collaborations with prize partners.

Judges: Liz Berry, Malika Booker and Pascale Petit

More here.

(i) The Costa Short Story Award 2020 is open until August 28, 2020 (5pm).

The Award is for a single, previously unpublished short story of up to 4,000 words written in English.

Open to any writer, published or unpublished, aged 18 years or over and resident in the UK or Ireland who submit their stories anonymously via the Costa website.

The public will read the top three stories shortlisted by the judges and vote for their favourite.

Prizes: £3,500, £1,000, £500.

More here.

(j) The Dinesh Allirajah Prize for Short Fiction is open until October 23, 2020.

Free to enter.

Open to anyone 18 years or over who is a resident of the UK.

The prize comes from Comma Press and the University of Central Lancashire.

Submit stories of between 2,000 and 6,000 words on the theme Home, along with a cover letter.

Judges: Dr Philip Braithwaite (UCLan), Abi Fellows (The Good Literary Agency), Alfred Searls (Northern Soul) and author Courttia Newland.

Prizes: £500. Ten shortlisted entries will be featured in an anthology which will be published by Comma Press. The winner will also have their story published online by Northern Soul.

More here.

(k) The Sustainable Societies Children’s Novel Competition is open until September 14, 2020.

Free to enter.

The competition comes from the University of Southampton and it has two categories: Pre-school/illustrated books aimed at children aged 2 to 6 (1,000 words max), and books aimed at Young Readers aged 7 to 11 (2,500 words max).

All submissions must be in English and conform to the green stories criteria of showing a positive vision of what a sustainable society might look like or in some way smuggling in green solutions/policies/characters in the context of an otherwise mainstream story.

Prizes: Best Pre-school/Illustrated book, £200. Best Novel in Young Readers category, £200. A literary agent from Curtis Brown will read the top entries and consider any writers they think suitable for representation.

More here.

(l) The 2020 Perito Prize is now open until October 1, 2020 (midnight).

Free to enter.

The winner will receive £500. The finalists and a selection of the best stories from the year will also be published in an Anthology. All profits from the sales of the Anthology will be donated to a youth centre organisation called Onside which creates modern, inclusive and accessible youth centres called ‘Youth Zones’.

Submit short story entries of between 1,000 and 2,000 words, on the themes of inclusive environments, inclusion and accessibility – concepts which touch upon the lives of every single person whether due to disability, discrimination, inaccessibility, social exclusion and more.

Judges include Dr Caroline Casey: an award-winning activist, Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum, a TED speaker, and founder of the Valuable 500; Gavin Neate a socially aware entrepreneur, Founder and CEO of Neatebox, and former Guide Dogs UK mobility instructor; and 2019 Perito Prize winner, and author of Leg User, Abby Crawford.

More here.

(m) The Write on Art 2019–2020 Prize is open until July 31, 2020.

Free to enter.

Open to young art writers aged 15–18, sponsored by Art UK and the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art.

Pick one artwork featured on the Art UK website and write about it. What does it say to you? What’s the history behind it? How does it make you feel?

There are two age categories. Check their website for details. The winners will receive a cash prize and they will have their essays featured on the Art UK and Paul Mellon Centre websites.
1st place – £500
2nd place – £200
Runners up – three of £100 each

More here.

(n) The Kindle Storyteller Award opens on May 1st and closes on August 31st.

The award is for the best self-published story in the UK. The winner will receive £20,000, marketing promotion for their title on Amazon in the UK and mentorship to help them learn and grow as a writer.

Readers play a significant role in selecting the winner, helped by a panel of judges including various book industry experts.

Submit new books in the English language, published using Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP). Titles must be previously unpublished, with a minimum of 24 pages in paperback, and they must be enrolled in KDP Select while they are in the competition.

More here.

(o) The Voice.Club Flash Fiction Contest is open until July 31, 2020.

Free to enter. Write a story of 350 words or less, inspired by the prompt “Courage”.

Prizes include: $50 Amazon gift card for Grand Prize, $25 Amazon gift card for Public Voting 1st place. All shortlisted stories will be published online, and will be eligible for publishing on Kindle and Alexa.

More here.

(p) The Red Line Book Festival and TU Dublin Short Story Competition is open until August 19, 2020.

Free to enter. Open to all writers aged 16 or over. The overall winner will receive a cash prize of €500, with two runners up receiving €250 and €150 respectively. Submit short stories, 1,500-2,000 words.

Judge: Rob Doyle

More here.

(q) Cultural Weekly’s Jack Grapes Poetry Prize is open for entries until August 31, 2020.

Free to enter. Three winners will receive $200 each plus publication, and six finalists will receive $50 each plus publication.

Submit up to two unpublished poems.

More here.

There are dozens of other open writing competitions and writing opportunities over on our websites. Many are free to enter. You can check out Creative Writing Ink UK  or Creative Writing Ink Ireland for further details. In addition, The Writing District publishes even more listings several times a week. You can check out the listings here.

That's it for this month. If you decide to enter any writing competitions or submit to magazines and journals - best of luck with your submissions! And many thanks to everyone for letting us know if you've won a competition or if you've been published, it's great to hear!

Creative Writing Ink Team
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