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

Our 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 Doreen Duffy

Start Date: September 23, 2020

2. Creative writing course for children (8-11) with Olive O'Brien
Start Date: October 13, 2020

3. Creative writing course for children (10-12) with Nicola Pierce
Start Date: September 23, 2020

4. Intermediate Creative Writing with Eileen Casey
Start Date: October 28, 2020

5. Poetry Course with Eileen Casey
Start Date: October 28, 2020

6. Memoir Course with Eileen Casey
Start Date: October 28, 2020

7. Freelance Journalism with Niamh Griffin
Start Anytime

8. Blogging with Niamh Griffin
Start Anytime

9. Social Media with Niamh Griffin
Start Anytime

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

11. Screenwriting with Ray Grewal
Start Date: September 30, 2020

12. Flash Fiction with Scott Onak
Start Date: September 30, 2020

13. 13 Ways of Looking at Character with Scott Onak
Start Date: September 30, 2020

14. Down the Rabbit Hole with Scott Onak
Start Date: September 30, 2020

15. Spheres of Influence with Scott Onak
Start Date: September 30, 2020

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 August writing competition. Congratulations to Fabiyas MV, 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 September 30, 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 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.

(b) 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.

(c) The Benjamin Franklin House Literary Prize is open until October 31, 2020.

Free to enter.

Submit fiction or non-fiction, 1,000-1,500 words. One entry only. Open to young writers aged between 18 and 25 living in the UK. Each year a question or quote exploring Franklin’s relevance in our time is open for interpretation. This year’s quote is: ‘Glass, China and Reputation are easily crack’d, and never well mended.’

Prizes: £750, £500. Winners will be published on the website.

More here.

The 2021 St. Martin’s Minotaur/ Mystery Writers of America First Crime Novel Competition is open until January 1, 2021.

Free to enter.

Open to any writer, aged 18 and over who has never been the author of a published novel.

All manuscripts must book length (no less than 220 typewritten pages or approximately 60,000 words) and they must be in English. Murder or another serious crime or crimes must be at the heart of the story.

Prize: A standard publishing contract with a $10,000 advance.

More here.

(e) The Language Evolves – Short Story Competition 2020 is open until December 1, 2020.

Free to enter.

Submit short stories (max 2500 words) on the theme of language evolution.

The shortlist will be judged by Dr. Mary Doria Russell.

The first-prize winner will receive £400 and the story will be published in the New Welsh Review (on an exclusive basis, subject to the usual editorial process). The 2nd and 3rd place stories will also be considered for publication in the New Welsh Review.

More here.

(f) The Bergen International Essay Competition 2020 is open until October 1, 2020.

Free to enter.

Theme: My generation

What characterises your generation? Write an essay from your standpoint. What encourages you, what enrages you?

Submit one entry only, up to 2,000 words. You must be born in 1990 or later to enter. The essay can be written in any language, but a translation into English must be provided with the original text.

Prize: The winner will receive €2,500. Three runners up each receive €500. The winning essay and the runners up will be published online and in print.

More here.

(g) The Pressfuls 2020 Fantasy Short Story Contest is open until October 31, 2020.

Free to enter. Open to writers worldwide. Submit 1,000 – 5,000 words. Top Prize: $50

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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