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Short Story Anthology – Open for Submissions

 Submissions Guidelines

Deadline for Submissions : Friday 1st September 2017

Short Story Submissions are invited for entries to Live from Worktown’s 2017 Anthology as later this year we will be celebrating Bill Naughton’s life and work with a festival in Bolton.

Please read the guidance carefully. We are looking for short stories that in some way concern a) Childhood in the North (any time from the 60s to the present) or b) Change In the North (any time from 2000 to the present) . You may submit part of a longer piece of work in which case tell us what it is from: e.g. the following extract is from a longer essay “Bolton in the 1960s” written in 2006.

Your submission must not have been published elsewhere

Entries must be submitted by email only and should be as separate attachments bearing only your name, the title of the piece, and the work itself. In the main body of the email include your personal details including name, address, post code, title of piece(s) submitted and any relevant supplementary information (max. 50 words).

Entries submitted by any other means will not be accepted.

You should follow the following guidance carefully as entries falling outside the guidelines will be excluded.

You can submit up to 2 entries which must be fiction.

Submissions should be no more than 900 words per entry.

Entries should be linked to the theme of either a) Childhood in the North (any time from the 60s to the present) or b) Change In the North (any time from 2000 to the present). We would be particularly interested in contemporary accounts of life in Bolton.

Submissions should be made by email with attachment (doc or docx).

Submissions can be made by post but entries will not be returned so keep a copy.

In both cases entries should be typed double spaced, minimum font size 11, preferably Times New Roman or Courier New.

We are looking to include about 30 pieces of work. It is unlikely that all work submitted can be chosen but no feedback will be offered on submissions that are unsuccessful.

Deadline for submissions Friday, 1st September 2017. We will inform you if you have been successful. All work published will remain the copyright of the author and no use will be made of the work other than in this anthology without the express permission of the author.

All successful entrants will be invited to an Anthology launch event (to be arranged at a later date) and given one complimentary copy. Additional copies may be purchased at £5.00.

submissions@livefromworktown.org by 12 noon on Friday, 1st September 2017.

Editorial policy : the editors have no wish to censor submissions but reserve the right to refuse material that they judge to be actually or potentially offensive, racist, sexist or homophobic. Similarly whilst recognising that vernacular and dialect have distinct and non-standard grammar and spelling, the editors reserve the right to standardise obvious misspellings and grammatical inaccuracy, in the interests of producing an industry-standard publication of quality.

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MIF Creative 50

Creative50 is a great new opportunity for emerging writers, bloggers, artists, musicians, performers, gamers (anyone creative!) to join the Manchester International Festival to experiment, explore and play with new digital technology.
We’re offering 50 creative individuals a £400 bursary, training and exclusive access to the Festival this Summer and the opportunity is open to everyone aged over 18 and living in Greater Manchester.
More info can be found here…  mif.co.uk/my-festival/creative-development/   and the deadline for applications is 3rd May.
There are lots of other ways to get involved in this year’s Festival – from volunteering to skills development and opportunities to be part of MIF shows – all of which can be found at  mif.co.uk/my-festival/


Bolton Film Festival at Light Cinema Bolton: Call for Submissions

BFF Final Poster_small (2)Bolton Film Festival launches on 20th and 21st September at The Light Cinema Experience within the Market Place, Bolton – a listed Victorian building that has undergone a twenty seven million pound refurbishment.

We’re seeking out innovative and ground-breaking short films (under 20 mins) from independent film-makers and students. Whether it’s feature, documentary, animation, comedy or experimental our aim is to showcase emerging talent to an audience of like-minded individuals and industry experts. Free entry for Community Groups / Charities / Schools. 

We’ve already received our first few entries and we’re delighted with the high standard of films we received for consideration so early on.

The submissions will be critiqued and selected by a jury of experts from the industry and showcased throughout a two day festival.

Mid Term Deadline 1st May

Regular Deadline 1st June

Late Entry Deadline 1st July

Please check out our website at http://www.boltonfilmfestival.com/



SICK! Festival

SICK! Festival is the antidote to the physical, mental and social challenges of life. At the forefront of the arts and health agenda, the festival brings together an outstanding international arts programme with perspectives from academic research, clinical practitioners, public health professionals, charities and most importantly, those with lived experience of the issues we address. Taking the conversation into the heart of the communities where the subjects matter most, SICK! Festival creates a shared space for experiences, reflection and connection.

Find out more: http://www.sickfestival.com/



Reveal Festival 2017


From bus stations to swimming pools, there will be plenty of drama in Bolton next month as the theatre spills out into the streets from 28th February to 18th March.

The Octagon has announced its line-up for the forthcoming REVEAL Festival, in which productions take place in unusual locations around the town.

Ten original plays will be showcased across three weeks, inside the Octagon’s Studio space, online and in a variety of locations outside the theatre.

Some of the theatre companies and artists will take their work out and about during the festival.

These include a bus shelter in Black Horse Street for Down Ashton, a monologue set in the 1960s directed by Ben Occhipinti, the man behind the Octagon’s Christmas outing of Cinderella.

Other locations include the swimming pool at the Holiday Inn for Card Tricks, a play featuring live magic, and a Bolton at Home property in Midhurst Close will be the setting for Remains, a story of family loss by award-winning writer Alison Carr.

Associate producer Deborah Dickinson said: “We are extremely proud of what we achieved during our first REVEAL Festival and we are excited about what this year’s festival has in store for our audiences.

“This is a chance to experience something different and to discover how theatre-makers and artists imaginatively explore alternative spaces.”

Other productions will be taking to Bolton Parish Church, the University of Bolton courtroom and Bolton Central Library.

There will also be two productions for children; Pepper Pot and the Quest for Salt Shaker at Bolton Children’s Library and The Toothy Adventure of Davy Denture at the newly opened Albert Halls.

Meanwhile operatic duets and arias will be popping up in Bolton Town Centre in a promenade production called Tales of Love, by Bolton-based Outreach Opera.

Online, Chris Salt presents LEFT, a series of short films about being older performed by members of Octagon’s Art Beat theatre group for the over 50s.

Artistic director, Elizabeth Newman, added: “It is so exciting to be working once again with a diverse mix of artists, theatre companies, and creatives to explore how theatre can be presented in new and innovative ways. After the amazing work we saw in our first REVEAL festival, we are certain that REVEAL 2017 will be inventive, original, and inspiring, and will help us to push the boundaries of theatre and take risks together with our audiences.”

For more information and to book tickets: http://bit.ly/2jmvVxl