poetry and literature

Vacancies & Opportunities

Launch of the 2017 Wasafiri New Writing Prize – Worldwide


The Wasafiri New Writing Prize rewards authors from around the world in three categories: Poetry, Fiction and Life Writing. The winners in each category will receive funding and publication in Wasafiri Magazine.

Entries for Fiction and Life Writing should be no longer than 3,000 words, and Poetry submissions should comprise of no more than five poems.

£300 will be awarded to the winner of each category and their work will be published in Wasafiri.

The competition is open to anyone from across the world who has not published a complete book in their chosen category. Entries may come from people of any nationality and any age group.

This year’s judges are: Susheila Nasta MBE, Sabrina Mahfouz, Andrea Stuart and Boyd Tonkin.

The deadline for entries is Friday 14 July 2017.


PLEASE NOTE: There is an entry fee


Cooperative Bank Donation Fund opens for applications

Organisations that have a Community Directplus account with the Co-operative Bank have until 31st March 2017 to apply for funding from the Customer Donation Fund. Since 2003 the Co-operative Bank Donation Fund has donated over £701,000 to 815 organisations. The money can be used to support special projects and fundraising activities; and all Community Directplus account holders are eligible to apply.

Examples of previous projects supported include:

  • Theatre Company 20 Stories High which received funding towards three dictaphones, 12 MP3 players and the work of an experienced Technical Manager in order to help develop and stage a new production.
  • Wiltshire Wood Recycling, a not for profit organisations, which received funding towards new tools, boots, hard hats and high-viz jackets for the workers.


Read more at: http://www.co-operativebank.co.uk/business/community/community-directplus#customerdonationfund-2  

Source: ADUK

Vacancies & Opportunities

Call for Work 2017 RawFfest

Deadline: 6pm Monday 13th Feb RawFfest is the new youth arts festival for Wales that is fun, innovative and surprising. It is planned and programmed by young people for young people. We showcase the best of youth arts today: performances, exhibitions, workshops, events. We value the original over the copy, the quirky over the conventional, the daring over the dull.

If you or your group would like to propose work (including workshops) to bring to RawFfest, please complete this form by 6pm Monday 13th Feb 2017: http://www.rawffest.wales/about/get-invovled



Arts and heritage projects funded by the Arts Council and the Heritage Lottery. £125k will be made available for campaigns run by individual artists, and £125k for campaigns run by heritage organisations in Scotland, the NW and the SW. NESTA will be testing two ways of distributing the match pledges. Register to find out more when the fund launches.

  • A ‘top-up model’ where 25% of extra funding is released once a project has managed to achieve 75% of its funding target.
  • A ‘bridge model’ when projects raise up to 25% from the Crowd and then ‘bridge’ funding is released which brings them to 50%. The funding is then conditional on the project going on to reach the final 50%.
Events, Training

Short Story Course 2016

Creative Industry Trafford
Short Story Course 2016
£30 for four sessions (11 Oct, 25 Oct, 8 Nov, 22 Nov. All at 6.30-9pm)

This course is open to all writers, whether you are very new to creative writing or have some experience already. The course will provide you with some time, space and inspiration to develop your craft, voice and style. Over the course of three workshops, you will get the chance to have your writing professionally and peer critiqued, and gain the tools and information needed for submitting work in the future.

Led by David Gaffney (author, Sawn Off Tales, ) with additional guest speakers to be confirmed.  This event is delivered in partnership with Business Bolton.

For more info and to book tickets click here