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City Writes Fiction Competition 2018

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

by Emily Pedder

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 readers are 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 three great events— the first event in the Spring Term with visiting lecturer Emma Claire Sweeney, the second event in the Summer Term with short courses alumna, Luiza Sauma, and the third in the Autumn Term 2017 with Novel Studio alumnus, Greg Keen—the deadline for the Spring Term, is Friday, 2nd March 2018. You can submit extracts, but please make sure they stand alone. Candidates will be informed of their success by the end of week 8 (9th March 2018).

The next event will be held on Wednesday 28th March 2018 in the Northampton Suite C and our guest author will be short course alumna Imogen Hermes Gowar who will be reading from her debut novel The Mermaid and Mrs Hancock.

The Mermaid and Mrs Hancock has been picked as the 'Most anticipated book of 2018' by Vogue, Sunday Times, Observer, The Times, Sunday Mirror, Daily Express, BBC Arts, Red Magazine, Stylist, The Pool, Emerald Street, Independent, The Herald, Irish Times, Irish Tatler, The Journal and Irish Independent.

Successful candidates of the competition will be invited to practice reading sessions of 15 minutes each from 5.30pm on that Wednesday, 28th March 2018, 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 2nd March 2018. 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 (Spring term 9th March 2018). No comments or feedback will be given on unsuccessful submissions.

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Good luck!

Writing Short Courses Team

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