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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 (we also accept creative non-fiction, such as memoir or travel writing, and though we do accept YA, we don't currently accept Children's Fiction) on any subject, to by the end of the 7th week of each term.

Now into its second year of 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; the third in the Autumn Term 2017 with Novel Studio alumnus, Greg Keen; and the fourth with short courses alumna, Imogen Hermes Gowar —the deadline for the City Writes Summer Event, is Friday, 15th June 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 (22nd June 2018).

The next event will be held on Thursday 12th July 2018 in the Northampton Suite C and our guest author will be short course alumna C. G. Menon who will be reading from her debut collection Subjunctive Moods, published in June.

C. G. Menon was born in Australia and now lives in London. She has won the Bare Fiction Prize, the Leicester Writes Prize, The Short Story Award, the Asian Writer Prize, The TBL Short Story Award and the Winchester Writers Festival award. She’s been shortlisted for the Fish short story prize, the Bridport prize and the Short Fiction Journal awards, as well as the Willesden Herald, Rubery and WriteIdea prizes and the Fiction Desk Newcomer award. Her work has been published in a number of anthologies and broadcast on radio, and she’s also been a member of several prestigious short story competition judging panels. She has a PhD in pure mathematics and is currently studying for a creative writing MA at City University. She’s also working on her first novel, set in 1980s Malaysia.

Successful candidates of the competition will be invited to practice reading sessions of 15 minutes each from 5.30pm on that Thursday, 12th July 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 15th June 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 (Summer term 22nd June 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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