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City Writes Fiction Competition 2019

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

by Rebekah Lattin-Rawstrone

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:

City Writes is a popular, friendly and notable event for great writing. The deadline for the City Writes Summer Event, is Friday, 14th June 2019. You can submit extracts, but please make sure they stand alone. Candidates will be informed of their success by the end of week 8 (21st June 2019).

The next event will be held on Wednesday, 17th July 2019 in lecture theatre C308 (with foyer for drinks) and our guest author will be Novel Studio alumna Anna Mazzola whose debut novel, The Unseeing, won the Edgar Award in the US, and whose second novel,The Story Keeper, has recently been longlisted for the Highland Book Prize.

Anna's novels, which have been described as literary crime fiction, historical thrillers and Gothic fiction, explore the impact of crime and injustice. After studying English at Pembroke College, Oxford, Anna accidentally became a human rights and criminal justice solicitor. She lives in Camberwell, South London, with two small children, two cats and one husband.

Successful candidates of the competition will be invited to practice reading sessions of 15 minutes each from 5.30pm on that Wednesday, 17th July 2019, before the doors of the event open at 6.30pm.

The competition winners joining Anna for summer 2019 will be Bren Gosling, Lola Okolosie, Ruth Thorlby and Su Yin Yap.

Submission Guidelines:

  • Please email your 1,000 word short story, or stand-alone novel extract to by 14th June 2019. 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 21st June 2019). No comments or feedback will be given on unsuccessful submissions.
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