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Another submission call from the pages of ShortStops

The Aleph Writing Prize

THE ALEPH WRITING PRIZE 2018

About The Aleph Writing Prize

The Aleph Writing Prize is an annual writing competition. The prize awards a limited publication to the best piece of writing. There are no barriers to this competition, anybody of any age can enter regardless if they are published or unpublished.

The winning piece will be published in a limited number of handmade booklets and all copies/proceeds will go to the winner.

The competition is free to enter.

The judges will be looking for innovative and creative writing that explores and expand the possibilities of the book. We encourage submissions from all literary genres, and there are no restrictions on theme or subject matter.

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SUBMISSION DEADLINE:

– The prize opens to submissions on 1 July 2018.

– Submissions will close on 1 September 2018. No entries will be considered if submitted after 1 September 2018 (12 noon GMT).

WINNERS ANNOUNCED:

1st November 2018

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Terms and Conditions

Please read these eligibility and entry rules carefully before beginning the online entry process. Submission of an entry is taken as acceptance of the entry rules. For any queries not covered below, please email thealephstore@gmail.com

1) The competition is open to unpublished and published writers residing anywhere.

2) Only submissions receivedby 12 noon September 1st (GMT)

will be considered.

3) The entry must be the entrant’s own original creation and must not infringe upon the right or copyright of any person or entity.

4) There is no minimum word count, but the maximum word count is 10,000.

5) Writers may submit one piece of work each. Illustrations accepted.

6) The story must be written in English (Translations accepted).

7) Submissions must be made by the author of the short story.

8) There are no age restrictions.

9) When submitting, please include a short covering letter including your contact details, your name and the title of your story.

10) The first page should include the title of the story and the number of words.

11) All submissions should include page numbers.

12) Entries will accepted via email thealpehstore@gmail.com . Please put SUBMISSION in the subject. Submissions must be in one of the following formats: .pdf.

13) Unsuccessful entrants will not be contacted.

14) No editorial feedback will be provided.

15) Only submissions which meet all Terms and Conditions will be considered.

 

More details here: http://thealeph.limitedrun.com/

 

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One for the diary

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June 21, 2018 · 10:52 am

Two weeks to go and counting

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May 31, 2018 · 11:00 am

The West Cork Literary Festival is a week-long celebration of writing and reading for people of all ages.

Here’s an event not to be missed

http://www.westcorkmusic.ie > literary festival

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The Casket of Fictional Delights

 

HURRY CLOSING DATE 31st MAY 2018

We are looking for entries with a maximum of 300 words (excluding title). The competition is open to anyone over 18.

Judge: David Gaffney

Entry: £5 per Flash Fiction. 

Prizes                

  • The winning Flash Fiction will receive £150.
  • The top Eight Flash Fictions will be published online on The Casket of Fictional Delights
  • The top Four Flash Fictions will be professionally recorded and broadcast in a special audio podcast on iTunes, SoundCloud, TuneIn and Stitcher, promoted by The Casket of Fictional Delights.

Full set of Rules and writing Tips available on the website.

Judge David Gaffney has the following advice –

I do not expect to understand it at first. I expect to be a little confused. I hope to be a little confused. I will expect to have to read it again, and maybe again after that. And the feeling I want to have after finishing it is a feeling that I have understood something I didn’t understand before but I still don’t really know what it is.”

Enter

Good Luck Everyone

#FindYourStory

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For the diary

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May 16, 2018 · 3:58 pm

A date for the diary

Felixstowe Book Festival has become one of the highlights of the East Anglian arts calendar and returns for another exciting programme of events from Wednesday 27th June to Sunday 1st July 2018 inclusive.

As well as a full programme of fiction, non-fiction events (covering politics, history, art and the hippy trail), workshops and discussions, there are screenings of the film Life on the Deben and an evening of Brazilian music.

The festival will be popping-up in some exciting new venues including beach huts, a container or ‘sea can’, the local Museum at Landguard Fort and the Seafront Gardens.

Authors making welcome return visits include Esther Freud and Louis De Bernières.  Other festival highlights include Timothy Bentinck (‘David Archer’), Mark Billingham, Sir Vince Cable, Horatio Clare, Call the Midwife star Stephen McGann, Blake Morrison, Dame Jenni Murray(pictured above), Juliet Nicolson, Simon Scarrow, Christopher Matthew and the actor Michael Pennington.

And be sure to check out the great selection of events for children and teens!

Have a look at all the events and activities – visit the website and book early to avoid disappointment:

http://felixstowebookfestival.co.uk/

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Ilkley Literature Festival

Words in the city

On behalf of the above;

Tickets are now on sale for Words in the City, our popular weekend festival of poetry and spoken word, taking place in the centre of Leeds from 10 – 13 May.

Highlights include: reggae poet and social activist Linton Kwesi Johnson; a new show from multi-award-winning Luke Wright that takes a step back in time to indie clubs of the 1980s; Mind the Gap’s Alan ‘Cool’ Clay and Testament explore what it’s like to be treated like trash and how you find your way out of the junk; and Kate Fox and Jackie Hagan take a look at Working Class voices in poetry. Plus there will be an intimate event with the University of Leeds’ new Professor of Poetry Simon Armitage.

Festival Director, Rachel Feldberg says: “We are very excited to be able to stage Words in the City, our celebration of poetry and spoken word in Leeds for the first time. Along with a packed weekend of free events for families we have a headline performance from the legendary Linton Kwesi Johnson and lots of opportunities to discover the best new poets and performers on the UK’s vibrant spoken word scene.”

Click here to view the full programme and book tickets.

 

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One to look out for

Sinister Dexter – Cover Reveal

I am very excited to share with you all the cover art for new PorterGirl novel, Sinister Dexter!

received_10156633236218455.jpegThe book will be available on pre-release from 1st May, so expect me to be banging on about how great it is and why everyone should buy it, as is expected behaviour of any author in the run-up to a new release.

IMG_20171230_192903_417.jpgI will attempt, as ever, to keep proceedings as lighthearted and entertaining as I can and, where possible, will keep the removal of clothes to a minimum. But a girl’s gotta do what a girl’s gotta do when it comes to selling books.

Toodle pip!

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