Opportunities for Writers

To find out more about opportunities for young writers, click here.

We also have a list of Literary Magazines and Journals who you can send your work to. Please read every organisation's submission criteria before sending work in.

Further opportunities in the Arts sector in Scotland can be found at the Creative Scotland Opportunities page.

The opportunities listed are not directly associated with Scottish Book Trust. Please check submission deadlines and guidelines carefully before submitting your work.

At Scottish Book Trust we get lots of people telling us about different opportunities for writers in Scotland. Here's the current crop, organised by the month of deadline (followed by ongoing opportunities):

June

July

August

September

Ongoing Opportunities

 

2019 

June

 GATHERING THREADS: MEMORIES OF BLAIR

These workshops, with Perthshire poet Jim Mackintosh, will focus on Blairgowrie through poetry and rhyme. They will look at Blairgowrie and East Perthshire's rich and diverse connection to poetry and song. All themed around Hamish Henderson and his relationship with Blairgowrie and beyond.

Workshop: Wednesday 5th and 26th June, 17th July

Is there a fee to enter? No, free but ticketed.

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EDITING FOR AUTHORS WORKSHOP: CLAIRE WINGFIELD

Using examples from a selection of manuscripts Claire Wingfield edited, she will highlight the principals of editing and give participants the chance to develop their own skills. Writers can choose to submit a section of their own work prior to the workshop and will gain feedback and editorial suggestion on this, both working as a group and directly from myself.  

Workshop: Saturday 15 June

Is there a fee to enter? Yes, see link below for details.

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ASSEMBLY ROXY: SEASON OF PROTEST OPEN SUBMISSIONS

Assembly Roxy seeks new work from Scottish and Scotland-based artists addressing the theme of Protest, Resistance and the Future of New Scottish work.

Deadline: Monday 17 June

Is there a fee to enter? No.

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BLACK BOUGH POETRY: CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS

Black Bough Poetry are looking for short poems with a space or cosmic theme to commemorate the anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing.

Deadline: Saturday 22 June

Is there a fee to enter? No

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SCOTTISH PEN: WORDS IN EXILE

As part of the Refugee Festival Scotland, Scottish PEN’s Writers In Exile committee will bring together a range of exiled writers, or those writing far from home to discuss how distance, the inability to return and living in the UK has influenced their writing and their lives. 

Workshop: Monday 24 June

Is there a fee to enter? No.

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CLYDEBUILT VERSE APPRENTICESHIP SCHEME

An apprenticeship for no more than four poets, local to Glasgow, who have yet to have a first full collection published and are not currently receiving any support with their development.

Deadline: Saturday 30 June

Is there a fee to enter? No

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PAUL SPRAGG MEMORIAL SHORT TRIPS OPPORTUNITY

Big Finish Productions are looking for writers over the age of 16 to send in Doctor Who short stories, with the winner being adapted into an audiobook.

Deadline: Saturday 30 June

Is there a fee to enter? No

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BBC EDINBURGH FRINGE SLAM

Apply for a place in the BBC Edinburgh Fringe Slam heats. Dates to be announced, but it will be held in Edinburgh in August.

Deadline: Saturday 30 June

Is there a fee to enter? No

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July

404 INK: CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS

Recently relaunched literary magazine calling for fiction, non-fiction and poetry submissions on the theme of 'Earth'.

Deadline: Sunday 28 July

Is there a fee to enter? No.

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LIES, DREAMING: CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS

Podcast requesting recordings inspired by the theme 'IT'S TUESDAY NIGHT!'. 

Deadline: Wednesday 31 July

Is there a fee to enter? No.

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SPITBALL MAGAZINE: CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS

New Glasgow-based magazine looking for submissions for its first issue (theme 'Criminal Acts'). Send prose, poetry or visual art.

Deadline: Wednesday 31 July

Is there a fee to enter? No.

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August

UNIVERSITY OF HERTFORDSHIRE SINGLE POEM PRIZE

Open to anyone in the UK over the age of 16, send in poems of up to forty-two lines in length.

Deadline: Thursday 1 August

Is there a fee to enter? No.

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THE WRITERS' CAFE MAGAZINE: CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS

The Writers’ Cafe Magazine is open for submissions to poetry (up to 5 previously unpublished) and prose (Word count limit 1000), that adhere to the theme 'Masks'.

Deadline: Sunday 18 August

Is there a fee to enter? No.

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September

NAN SHEPHERD PRIZE FOR NATURE WRITING

Canongate has partnered with the Nan Shepherd Estate and the University of Aberdeen to launch a competition to find the next big voice in nature writing, from communities underrepresented in the genre. The prize is inspired by, and in memory of, writer Nan Shepherd, whose masterpiece The Living Mountain remained unpublished for almost forty years and is now hailed as a modern classic.

The winner will receive a book deal with Canongate – including editorial mentoring and an advance of £10,000 – and the option of literary representation with Jenny Brown Associates.

Deadline: Tuesday 10 September

Is there a fee to enter? No.

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Ongoing Opportunities

WEEKLY CREATIVE WRITING CLASSES

Join like-minded wordsmiths to share ideas, work in progress and receive useful tips. The classes are suitable regardless of whether it is the first time you have put pen to paper, or you have been scribing away for years. Age 16 years+. These classes run broadly in line with the school terms and will finish mid-July.  

  • Wednesday: 5.15pm – 6.45pm at Airdrie Library
  • Wednesday: 1.00pm – 3.00pm at Bellshill Cultural Centre

Is there a fee to attend? Yes, £5.00/Concession £4.50

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WRITERS' HQ: EDINBURGH WRITING RETREAT

Spend the day in a room with a bunch of writers, limitless caffeine and no internet. A scoreboard, gold stars, general silliness and supportive competitiveness will help you reach your targets and break you out of your bad habits.

Retreat: Second Sunday of every month (except September - first Sunday)

Is there a fee to enter? £37

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WRITERS' HQ: GLASGOW WRITING RETREAT

As above, but in Glasgow. Facilitated by Melissa Stirling Reid. 

Retreat: Last Sunday of every month

Is there a fee to enter? £37

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THE JOHN BYRNE AWARD

The John Byrne Award is a competition open to 16-30 year olds in Scotland supporting creative expression. Pick a set of values from their diagram, and craft a creative response to be uploaded to their online library. Creative writing & illustration welcomed. Each month, the best entry wins £250. All entries from the year are submitted to the annual John Byrne Award competition where the best entry wins £2,500. All entries are eligible for all prizes and all entries will be considered for posting on the John Byrne Award social media pages.

Is there a fee to enter? No.

 

THE ZOOKER AWARD

A new literary award that aims to encourage disadvantaged authors and reward works of social value. Single prize of £500, plus embossed certificate and featuring. Open to anyone who has published a book through Arkbound or any other publisher. 

Entries can be made between 19th May and 10th October each year.

Is there a fee to take part? Yes, £7.50 unless disadvantaged (see link below for details).

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ÆTHER & ICHOR SUBMISSIONS OPEN

Æther & Ichor are looking for inspiring and imaginative fantasy stories, particularly character-driven works with consistent, inventive worldbuilding. They publish a wide range of styles from urban fantasy to twisted fairy tales to swashbuckling adventures and tend towards darker, slicker, more challenging works with a bit of grit.

Deadline: Rolling

Is there a fee to enter? No.

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LOSS LIT

A Twitter writeclub on the theme of Loss is hosted every first Wednesday of the month between 9 and 11pm UK time. Three submission windows are open annually for poetry, fiction and non-fiction.

Deadline: See link below.

Is there a fee to enter? No.

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SHIFT CALL FOR SHORT FORM YA SUBMISSIONS

Shift are searching for original fiction and non-fiction for their next and future issues! Fiction and non-fiction submissions welcome. Your piece should be suitable for a YA audience.

Is there a fee to enter? No.

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STORIES FROM THE OCD COMMUNITY

The International OCD Foundation is looking for insightful, compelling stories from those living with OCD or a related disorder, their family/friends, researchers, and medical professionals. Stories should be 1000 words or less and IOCDF publish one per month.

Is there a fee to enter? No.

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THE WEEKEND READ

The Weekend Read will publish outstanding fiction by women every Friday. We’ll feature prize-winning stories, stories from published collections and brand new work by established authors as well as showcasing new, emerging voices from across the globe. Read online, or listen to our podcast.

Is there a fee to enter? No.

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A CALL FOR CHILDRENS FICTION FROM DEBUT BAME WRITERS (NOSY CROW)

"I think that it’s incredibly important that our industry represents a wide range of voices, not only so that children from every background can recognise their own lives and experiences in the books that they read, but also simply to enrich the body of children’s literature that we publish, by moving out of a monoculture and embracing a wider world of ideas.

I’m posting this open call for children’s fiction submissions (so, anything in the 5 – 12 age range, but I’d be especially interested in 9 – 12, aka “middle grade”) from BAME writers. I’m very happy to receive submissions from agented and un-agented authors – and although I’d particularly like to see children’s fiction submissions from debut writers, if you’ve already been published, I’d still be very pleased to hear from you!"

Is there a fee to submit? No.

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COMISSION GRANTS: THE GAELIC BOOK COUNCIL

The Gaelic Books Council offers assistance to authors who wish to write in Scottish Gaelic. Priority is given to writers who have a publishing agreement in place, as well as to projects that contain a high percentage of Scottish Gaelic content. They support a wide variety of literary genres, and are open to applications in support of digital titles and other formats, as well as traditional printed books.

Is there a fee to enter? No.

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AUTHOR INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL FUND

This fund has been established by Scottish Books International to support writers who have been invited overseas to promote their work, including trips to festivals, publicity events and more.

Is there a fee to apply? No.

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TWENTY-SIX LETTERS, WRITING & EDITING SERVICES

For creative writers of all abilities – Victoria at Twenty-six Letters can help you take your novel, memoir or collection of stories/poetry to the next level:

Editing and manuscript appraisal – for complete manuscripts, whether you need a detailed report on structure, characterisation, plot etc, or a full line-edit to polish the final draft.

Mentoring – for works-in-progress that need a little guidance.

Ghostwriting – for anyone with a good idea, but lacking the time/skills to write a full-length book (fiction and non-fiction).

For 14+ years, Victoria has worked between the advertising and publishing industries, writing for some of the world's best-known brands and helping to craft both biographical and fictional stories.

Rates: See link below for details.

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INVISIBLE INK

Invisible Ink is an Edinburgh-based literary consultancy offering advice, support and expertise to writers all over the world. We specialise in ghostwritingmentoringmanuscript assessment, and teaching and workshops, and are keen to collaborate with you at any stage of your writing project. More information can be found on our website, and please don’t hesitate to get in touch—we’d love to hear your stories.   

Rates: See link below for details.

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MASTERCLASS - TEXT INTO PERFORMANCE

Anita Govan, Performance poet, Teaching Artist & Co-founder of Scottish Youth Poetry Slam, offers sessions with individual, constructive feedback on ‘text in performance’. Giving tips and tricks on how to tackle blocks and confidence issues, through to practical voice & performance exercises.

Former Stirling Makar (2012-15) with thirty years of experience behind her in the creative industries (inc. drama, directing & producing), across Scotland.  Anita has trained internationally with Keith Johnstone (Canada 2000) Goat Island Performance Company (Chicago) and performed at Glastonbury and the Nuyorician (New York).

Rates: £50 – ½ day up to 3 hrs, 4 spots per session (for individuals or shows, quotes available).

For more details or to sign up to the waiting list contact: anitagovan@gmail.com

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READING, EDITORIAL AND TUITION SERVICES WITH HELEN BODEN

Writer, editor and experienced arts educator Helen offers the following services for individuals:

Editing and reading - including manuscript appraisal, development editing and proof-reading; student essay and dissertation reading

Tuition and mentoring – from a couple of meetings or conversations to a longer-term programme involving regular submission of work and critique

If you are looking for an objective, professional assessment of your writing, I provide a customised and client-focused approach. We develop a schedule that reflects the client’s needs and is appropriate to the nature of their project. This can include checking for clarity, flow, structure and readability. I work on poetry, fiction and non-fiction. Feedback by mark-up on electronic or hard copy can be supplemented by written reports, or given in person, by telephone or online.

Rates: My guideline rates are £45ph, but this varies according to the nature of the project.

More information: contact helenboden@talktalk.net

 

THIRD THURSDAY WRITERS

Ekphrastic (using visual art as a prompt) writing group, facilitated by Helen Boden, which meets once a month in a different Edinburgh gallery or exhibition. Each two-hour workshop moves between viewing, discussion, writing, and constructive critique. We visit most of the free exhibitions at National Galleries Scotland, and have also formed relationships with Fruitmarket Gallery, City Art Centre, Talbot Rice Gallery and Dovecot Studios. Using specially-devised exercises, we respond to art-forms from a range of mediums – painting, drawing, sculpture, video, installation, print-making . . . and from all historical periods.

This supportive tutored group is suitable for all levels of experience, and meets 10.30am-12.30pm on the third Thursday of each month. 

More information: contact helenboden@talktalk.net

Is there a fee to take part? Yes, £12 per session.

 

GET ON TRACK: PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT PLANNING FOR WRITERS WITH CREATIVE COACH PHILIPPA JOHNSTON

Are you keen to make this year your year for moving forward as a writer? I work with writers in Scotland and further afield, helping them to define and prioritize their goals, explore options and then map out a plan of action. I offer two one-to-one services: Professional Development Planning which consists of one (or sometimes two) face-to-face two-hour sessions and Coaching which is available by Skype or telephone (or face-to-face, location permitting) and comprises five or more one-hour sessions. (Some writers like to combine the two services and have a PDP session followed by a coaching series.) I’m an accredited coach and my coaching practice is informed by my work specialising in writer development with NAWE (National Association of Writers in Education) and my 30 years of experience working in the arts sector in Scotland and England. I also offer Application Guidance, detailed advice on how to make your application for an award or funding the best it can be, drawing on my extensive experience as a funding assessor and applicant.

Rates: Contact Philippa for details.

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COMPLETE BOOK MARKETING TOOLKIT

This is an online course for anyone who would like to create a clear and comprehensive strategy to reach more readers.

It includes professional feedback on your author website and social media accounts as well as dedicated support to help you come up with an effective and achievable marketing plan. 

The course is run by experienced literary consultant Claire Wingfield, who is on hand to guide and support you throughout.

The marketing toolkit can be undertaken at your own pace, and gives you access to a supportive Facebook group upon completion, where Claire will continue to share updates to the course and new ways to sell more books.

Rates: Usually £279, but Claire is offering a £50 discount for participants via Scottish Book Trust using the code FRIEND 50.      

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COMPANY OF WOLVES: WORKSHOPS

Company of Wolves is a laboratory theatre company based in Glasgow. They run regular workshops that welcome all artistic disciplines.

Is there a fee to take part: See link below for information on individual workshops.

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LIMINAL RESIDENCY ALTERNATIVE WRITING RETREAT

The Liminal Residency is a series of alternative writers' retreats which take place in neglected and unusual spaces. Most ordinary retreats and residencies depend on isolation and the removal of distractions. The Liminal Residency depends on lived experience, random chance and shared adventure.

If you’re interested in attending a Residency, please get in touch with a bit about yourself and your work. You can specify an interest in a particular Residency, or make a general application.

Deadline: Rolling

Is there a fee to apply? No, though you would need to cover your costs of transport, accommodation and food during the residency.

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