Creative Writing Ink Newsletter
Hello and welcome to the Creative Writing Ink January 2021 newsletter. Hope you're all doing ok!
(a)  Creative Writing Ink News

Our spring online creative writing course schedule is over at (UK) and (Ireland).

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 Helen Jukes or Kerry Drewery
Start Date: March 2, 2021

2. Intermediate Creative Writing with Nikki Sheehan
Start Date: March 16, 2021

3. Creative Writing for 10-12 Year Olds with Nicola Pierce
Start Date: March 16, 2021

4. Introduction to Poetry Course with Eileen Casey
Start Date: March 23, 2021

5. Memoir Course with Eileen Casey
Start Date: March 23, 2021

6. Freelance Journalism with Niamh Griffin
Start Anytime

7. Blogging with Niamh Griffin
Start Anytime

8. Social Media with Niamh Griffin
Start Anytime

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

10. Spheres of Influence with Scott Onak
Start Date: February 23, 2021

11. Flash Fiction with Scott Onak
Start Date: February 23, 2021

12. 13 Ways of Looking at Character with Scott Onak
Start Date: February 23, 2021

13. Down the Rabbit Hole with Scott Onak
Start Date: February 23, 2021

14. Live class suitable for 7-12 year olds: Creative Writing Course for Children (7-12 year olds) with Luisa Plaja  
Start Date: February 20, 2021


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 January writing competition. We received a high volume of entries in January and we're pleased to announce that the winner is Ellie, with 'Mrs Robinson'! The winner's details will be released on the website. You can read all previous winning entries here. (

(d) Writing Prompt Competition
Our free to enter writing prompt competition is open and closes on March 31, 2021. Please visit our writing prompts page if you'd like to enter the current competition. Congratulations to Kaci, the winner of our October/November 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 Never Such Innocence 2020/21 Competition is open until March 19, 2021.

This year’s competition theme is ‘The Unheard Voices of Conflict: Stories from Around the World’.

There are four categories: Poetry, Art, Speech and Song and the competition is open to young people aged 9-18.

The winners in the four categories will be invited to participate in unique experiences and invited to NSI’s special award ceremony in London. All participants will receive a certificate of commendation for their work.

More here.

(b) #FlashFiction101 is a monthly flash fiction competition. It’s free to enter.

Deadline: midnight on the last day of every month.

Each entry must be exactly 101 words.

Prize: Set of Tortive Theatre’s Bard Cards. The winner will have their story published online, along with their biography and links to any other work. The winning entry will be professionally recorded and voiced, and broadcast as part of a digital series in 2021.

The winning entry of each month will be included in the shortlist for the annual competition in June 2021.

More here.

(c) The David Nobbs Memorial Trust Annual Comedy Writing Competition is open until March 12, 2021.

Free to enter, but entrants must have at least one credited broadcast comedy writing credit.

To enter: Submit the first 10 pages of a half-hour radio or television sit-com pilot script OR four three minute comedy sketches. Plus, a 500-word ‘statement of intent’ describing your submission, your writing and broadcast history to date, and your goals for your writing career. Both must be submitted anonymously.

First prize: £750
Runners up: £250 each

More here. 

(d) Pontas & JJ Bola Emerging Writers Prize is open to open to writers from Black, ethnic minority, LGBTQ+ and working class backgrounds, who are working on a novel.

As long as their work is written in English, writers can be based anywhere around the world.

Closing date: March 15, 2021.

Free to Enter.

Submit three chapters of an unpublished novel, even if it’s not finished, along with a full synopsis and a comprehensive biography.

Prize: £1000 grant, a mentoring scheme and a contract of representation.

More here.

(e) The Mammoth Screen NI Writers Award 2021 is open until February 25, 2021 (noon).

Free to enter.

Mammoth Screen has partnered with BBC Writersroom and BBC Drama Commissioning to search for writers to develop bold, original drama and comedy-drama television series for BBC network broadcast. Up to four writers will be given the opportunity to be paid to develop an original series idea with Mammoth Screen, and one writer will subsequently be selected for a pilot script commission.

Open to emerging and established writers who can represent the culture of Northern Ireland with authenticity (for example you may be from, or have lived or worked in Northern Ireland).

Writers must have at least one professionally produced script, minimum of 15’ in length, in television, radio, theatre or film. Open to writers resident in Ireland or the UK and aged 18 at the time of application.

More here.

(f) The Canterbury Tales Writing Competition 2020/21 is open until February 28, 2021.

It comes from The Chaucer Heritage Trust. It’s their fourth annual writing competition for schools inspired by the works of Geoffrey Chaucer.

The theme of the competition is: Be Careful What You Wish For!

The competition is open to all students of school age.

There are three age groups:
Junior – 5-10 years old
Intermediate – 11-14 years old
Senior – 15-18 years old

Choose ONE of the following:
A poem or story about wishes coming true
A poem or story about wishes going wrong
A description of a character who grants wishes

Your writing should invoke the spirit of Geoffrey Chaucer’s The Canterbury Tales.
All entries must be in English and maximum 500 words.

Junior Category:
For the winner: £300, £150, £100
For their school: £1000, £500, £250
For the winner: £300, £150, £100
For their school: £1000, £500, £250
For the winner: £300, £150, £100
For their school: £1000, £500, £250

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. 

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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