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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 — with speakers such as (click links for reports on the events): visiting lecturer, Emma Claire Sweeneyshort courses alumna, Luiza SaumaNovel Studio alumnus, Greg Keen; short courses alumna, Imogen Hermes Gowar ; and short courses alumna, C. G. Menon — City Writes is a popular, friendly and notable event for great writing. The deadline for the City Writes Autumn Event, is Friday, 16th November 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 (23rd November 2018).

The next event will be held on Thursday 13th December 2018 in the Northampton Suite C and our guest author and publisher will be visiting lecturer Cherry Potts who will be reading from her work, showcasing her Solstice Shorts Festival project, and giving us a sense of what it means to run the popular independent publisher, Arachne Press.

Cherry Potts is the author of epic fantasy novel The Dowry Blade and two collections of short stories, Mosaic of Air and Tales Told Before Cockcrow, as well as numerous stories performed live in the UK and Hong Kong, and published in magazines and anthologies.

Cherry owns Arachne Press, and is the editor of many short story anthologies including Award Winning Weird Lies, and a poetry anthology. She runs South London live literature event, The Story Sessions, and writes reviews for Sabotage Reviews. She curates the annual Solstice Shorts literature and music Festival.

Successful candidates of the competition will be invited to practice reading sessions of 15 minutes each from 5.30pm on that Thursday, 13th December 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 16th November 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 (Autumn term 23rd November 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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