Closed for 2020. In partnership with New Writing South and Myriad Editions, Spotlight Books have launched an open call for: unpublished poets and fiction writers from under-represented backgrounds—those who face barriers due to mental health, disability, identity or social circumstance. Manuscripts of fiction (8-10,000 words) and poetry (40-45 pp. at 20 lines/page) Deadline: 24 February […]
Closed for 2020, re-opening 2021. In 2018 Spread the Word launched a major new initiative – the London Writers Awards. Each year the London Writers Awards will deliver an intensive 10-month development programme of critical writing groups, masterclasses, 1-2-1 professional development coaching sessions and Writer Labs alongside networking opportunities with professional writers and the publishing […]
Discover effective techniques to analyse unseen poetry and learn about the creative writing process in this free online two-week course. This course is designed for students studying A-level English literature, language, history, and drama, and those looking to study English at university. It will also be of interest to anyone looking to develop their critical […]
This 10-day festival in Kingston hosts around 200 events. It runs from 3 – 12 July annually. They’re open for submissions by creatives, performers and people with big ideas aged 26 and under for their friendly, fringe-style festival. If you’re over 27 but your work is designed for young audiences, they’d love to hear from you too.
The Young Writer’s Talent Fund is New Writing North Young Writers’ talent development programme. This project seeks to support emerging and talented young writers aged 15-25 in Newcastle Upon Tyne. The Fund provides development opportunities for young creatives working across a range of writing forms, aiming to make connections between aspiring writers and producers, and […]
Calling young poets! Art? or Politics? wants you – a series of monthly spoken word, poetry, and music events at MAP studios in London, they hope to bring all genres and ages together to share ideas that matter. Get in contact via Facebook or the website.
Closed for 2021, re-opening 2023. Primers is a biannual mentoring and publication scheme organised by Nine Arches Press, now in its sixth edition. It provides a unique opportunity for talented poets to find publication and receive a programme of supportive feedback, mentoring and promotion. We’re delighted to announce that the selecting editor and mentor for […]
Organises opportunities for GCSE pupils in England and Wales to see and hear live performances from a great selection of the poets they are studying. The events feature six poets, giving a short talk and taking questions, and two short examiner sessions.
Closed. Are you between 18-25, creative and live in the Black Country? Then we want to hear from you. Whether you are an aspiring poet, author, dramaturgs, storytellers, playwriters, activist who is eager to perform we would like to share this opportunity with you, with a chance to work alongside the Young Poet Laureate and […]
The free, online Adroit Journal Summer Mentorship Program for high school writers closed for applications on 15 April 2020. Information below. Now in its seventh year, The Adroit Journal’s Summer Mentorship Program is an entirely free and online program that pairs experienced writers with high school and secondary students (students in grades 9-12) interested in learning more […]
Closed in March 2021. Over the course of the Ledbury Poetry Critics scheme, you will be assigned a poetry critic mentor with experience reviewing for national journals, magazines (print and online) and broadsheet newspapers. This year, the LPC team is delighted to be joined by mentors Sandeep Parmar, Sarah Howe, Vidyan Ravinthiran, Jane Yeh, Will […]
Closed for 2021, re-opening 2022. The Carole Blake Open Doors Project is a programme specifically aimed at encouraging candidates from a diverse range of backgrounds to enter the publishing industry. The Carole Blake Open Doors Project will offer ten (10) days of work shadowing to a selected applicant over a one-month period (or across 2-4 […]
Currently closed. Our internship programme for applications from former Foyle Young Poets of the year aged 18 or over. The internship programme is a fantastic opportunity for Foyle Young Poets of the Year to gain experience of working in a busy office on multiple projects and events, writing content for online platforms and administrating a […]
Hive South Yorkshire is the hub for young writer activity in the South Yorkshire region. Whether you like to write as a hobby, want to express yourself better with words, or are super focused on a writing career – whatever your interest or ability – Hive is here to help you achieve your writing goals and […]
Closed for 2020, check back in Winter 2021. The Bedtime Stories for the End of the World podcast is looking for 9 emerging poets to take part in their third series in Spring 2021. Successful applicants will work alongside some of UK’s top poets, including: Mona Arshi, Fiona Benson, Joe Dunthorne, Momtaza Mehri and more […]
Open, closing October 15, 2021. This is a competition run by an organisation in the United States. YoungArts’ signature program is an application-based award for emerging artists ages 15–18 or in grades 10–12. Selected through a blind adjudication process conducted by an independent panel of highly accomplished artists, YoungArts winners receive financial awards, creative and […]
Zero Gravity propels bright state school students into the best universities. Sign-up in seconds and choose from a shortlist of undergraduate mentors studying at the UK’s leading universities. Our mentors offer free support and priceless advice; connect with them anytime, anywhere via free, one-to-one video sessions. Sign-up here.
A closed group on Facebook detailing opportunities for young writers 25 and under in Yorkshire and Derbyshire.
Mother Tongue Other Tongue is a national project, led by former Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy, with regional events and competitions taking place throughout the year. Mother Tongue encourages children, who do not have English as a first language, or who speak a different language at home, to share a lullaby, poem or song from […]
Now closed for applications. The Writing Room is Apples and Snakes’ foremost skills development programme for writers aged 18-25. Over the course of six workshops, participants will improve their writing, develop their craft and hone their skills under the guidance of acclaimed poet and performer, Jacob Sam-La Rose. You must be available to attend all […]
Closed for 2021. Aged 13-17 and living in Warwickshire? The search is on for the Young Poet Laureate – the appointed poet will take part in events and activities across the county, under the mentorship of a professional poet.
Closed for 2020, re-opening 2022. If you’re female-identifying, aged 18+ and live in the UK, apply for free, for the chance to win a year’s mentoring, development opportunities, support, and £1,000. The Women Poets’ Prize was launched by the Rebecca Swift Foundation in 2018, a year on from Rebecca Swift’s passing. This unique award seeks […]
Closed. South Speak is an opportunity to step into new ways of publishing your poetry. We are looking for 5 – 10 poets with an interest in writing about South London. You will collaborate with artist Sam Petherbridge to produce work that maps this geography through fresh, cross-disciplinary art. Click here for more information on […]
In Japanese poetry, kigo (季語) is the word or phrase used to indicate the season and it is often included in haiku to locate the poem in a particular time of the year. In these uncertain times of pandemic, we encourage you to express your feelings and experiences of this peculiar “season” using the creative […]
Closed for 2021. For poets aged 22+ (no upper age limit). Southbank Centre are looking for up to 15 poets who can flourish as part of the New Poets Collective. Whether you are still finding and honing your voice, or are on the cusp of developing your work for the page and stage, they want […]
Closed in December 2020. Are you a Hampshire or Dorset-based poet looking to develop your writing? Poetry Ambassadors, a new scheme run by Winchester Poetry Festival, ArtfulScribe, and the University of Southampton, is offering free year-long mentoring to three young poets next year. Apply here by 11 December 2020.
Closed for 2021. Ilkley Literature Festival’s Apprentice Poet in Residence role is an opportunity for a talented emerging poet at the start of their career, based in the North of England. Ilkley Literature Festival is the longest-running literature festival in the North of England. Our 2021 Autumn programme will be a hybrid of digital and […]
National Poetry Day is an annual celebration in the UK. A different theme is set every year, and anyone can participate by staging their own poetry event. National Poetry Day 2021 will be celebrated on Thursday 7 October 2021. The theme is ‘Choice’.
From early morning writing workshops with the festival directors, through to evening events with international poetry stars, every day of Kendal Poetry Festival is packed with readings, talks, open mikes, panel discussions, talks, stage shows and more. The festival began in 2016 and ran through to 2018 under the leadership of Kim Moore and Pauline […]
Ministry of Stories is a place where children and young people in East London can become writers. If you live in Hoxton or attend one of our local schools, you can join one of our FREE weekly writing clubs for 8-12 year olds. If you go to a state school in Hackney, Islington or Tower […]
Poetry in Public is a project that puts new poetry by living, working poets in public spaces: service stations, shopping malls, bus shelters, and those cute little windows on the handles of petrol pumps. The project is currently open to submissions for its first run later this year (2019). Anyone can send in a poem […]
The Poetry Translation Centre gives the best contemporary poems from Africa, Asia and Latin America a new life in the English language, working with diaspora communities for whom poetry is of great importance. They are currently based in The Albany, New Cross, London, where they run translation workshops. They also print poetry in translation and […]
Closed for 2019, reopening 2020. Apply to be a fellow on a free summer mentorship programme. Collaborate on interdisciplinary projects, receive guidance from accomplished mentors, and become eligible for a monetary prize — all in the free, online summer program, the COUNTERCLOCK Arts Collective, a four-week fellowship dedicated to the nurturing of the interdisciplinary arts! […]
Closed, may re-open. New Creatives is an exciting talent development scheme offering commissioning opportunities for Midlands-based emerging creatives to make new artistic works in film, audio or interactive media, designed for BBC channels and platforms. This is an unprecedented opportunity for talented writers, screenwriters, poets and spoken word artists aged 16-30 to experiment and connect with BBC […]
Closed for 2020, re-opening 2021. Are you interested in studying an arts or humanities degree? Would you like a career in the arts or media? Do you want advice from experts in the creative and cultural industries? Arts Emergency provides 16-25 year olds with free mentoring, advice, guidance and opportunities to help them embark on […]
Closed for 2021. PRIZE: 3 equal winners each to receive £1000 prize, expert mentoring & debut collection published with Bloodaxe Books The James Berry Poetry Prize will assist young and/or emerging poets of colour with mentoring to help them develop their work, followed by publication of their debut book-length collection with Bloodaxe Books. Devised by Bernardine […]
Closed for 2020. Obsidian is a one-week retreat for Black poets of African descent aged 18+ selected by application who want to advance their writing practice led by five black acclaimed tutors. Successful applicants will benefit from writing retreats, workshops and mentoring. It’s a long-term programme and the first ‘retreat’ will be online 30 November […]
Foyle Young Poet Danique Bailey has always been passionate about diversity, but noticed that the world has been having more conversations about institutional racism due to recent police brutality. In response, she is celebrating the voices and creativity of Black poets by putting together a poetry anthology. If you have a poem that you’d like […]
The National Centre for Writing offers free online writing courses for all ages from 9-17 and lots of different themes – from How to Write Weird to Writing Interesting Characters.