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City Writes Fiction Competition 2017

We are delighted to introduce City Writes, an exciting new event that will showcase the best of City’s Short Courses Creative Writing talent.

City Writes: readings from the writers of City’s Short Courses

City Writes is an exciting new event that showcases the best of City’s Short Courses Creative Writing talent. Held once a term at the University, City Writes hosts readings from alumni, students and tutors. One reader offers a professional perspective, reading from a new or award-winning publication, and the other three readers are be selected on the basis of a 1,000 word submission to a termly fiction writing competition open to all current and previous students of a City Creative Writing Short Course.

Rebekah Lattin-Rawstrone, a tutor involved in City Creative Writing Short Courses for over ten years, hosts City Writes and judges the termly competition. There will be no themes, so submit the best 1,000 words of fiction you have on any subject, to by the end of the 7th week of each term.

Following a successful first event in the Spring Term, the deadline for the Summer Term, is Friday, 16th June 2017. You can submit extracts, but please make sure they stand alone. Candidates will be informed of their success by the end of week 8 (23rd June 2017).

The Summer Term City Writes will be held in the Convocation Suite on the lower ground floor of the Centenary Building on the Wednesday night of week 11, 12th July 2017, 6.30pm. We are delighted that our professional writer will be short courses alumna, Luiza Sauma, whose debut novel, Flesh and Bone and Water is published by Viking and has been heralded by the New York Times as 'a completely absorbing, brilliantly-designed, literary work'.

Successful candidates of the competition will be invited to practice reading sessions of 15 minutes each from 5.30pm on that Wednesday, 12th July 2017, before the doors of the event open at 6.30pm.

Submission Guidelines:

  • Please email your 1,000 word short story, or stand-alone novel extract to by 16th June 2017. Your story doesn’t need to follow a theme, it just needs to be the best 1,000 words you can send us.
  • Your email should state your name, the title of your story/extract and the name of the City Creative Writing Short Course you took or are taking.
  • Your story should be attached as a word (doc. Or docx.) rich text or pdf document and should not include your name to allow us to judge the stories anonymously.
  • Please do not submit more than one story per term. Multiple submissions will not be read.
  • You will be informed of the outcome of your submission by the end of week 8 (summer term 23rd June 2017). No comments or feedback will be given on unsuccessful submissions.

Look out for future news items on subsequent City Writes’ events or follow us @writingmatters1

Good luck!

Writing Short Courses Team

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