September Opportunities 2019

Published Mon 2 Sep 2019 - By Literature Wales

We have compiled a small list of some exciting opportunities with upcoming deadlines for writers and literary organisations alike. Keep up to date with opportunities for writers by signing up to our newsletter and following us on Facebook Twitter and Instagram.


Nant Writers’ Retreat – September onwards

A historical Grade II* listed cottage which has been newly renovated for writing retreats. Based at Tŷ Newydd Writing Centre, Llanystumdwy, this self-contained, fully equipped cottage provides a comfortable and quiet haven where you can concentrate on your work in progress, add those finishing touches to your writing, or simply revive your creativity.

For more information, visit:


British Council International Publishing Fellowship – 6 September

Six publishing professionals from the UK will be paired with counterparts in Georgia, Turkey or Ukraine. They will have the opportunity to visit their opposite number on a curated study visit, to gain sector insight and forge professional connections from September 2019 – September 2020.


Under the Counter Culture: Call out – 6 September

tactileBOSCH invites submissions from both emerging and established artists and musicians from all mediums, however live work, performance, audio-visual and installation is particularly encouraged. Opportunities exist for large scale site responsive work, artist residencies, coaching and mentoring. Artists will be offered a fee as well as curatorial and technical support.

For more information, visit:


Pontardawe Art Centre’s Script Slam 2019 – 9 September

Twelve scripts will be selected and performed in three heats during the autumn season in front of an audience and a panel of judges. The judges (Derek Cobley, Chelsey Gillard and Dean Verbeck) will give feedback on all the pieces and select one script to be taken on to the final. In addition, the audience will select their favourite piece which will also be taken on to the final.

At the Grand Final, the judges will select a winning script and the writer given the opportunity to work with Louise Osborn as dramaturge on the development of the script and then with the Arts Centre on a research and development week with director and two actors to develop the piece towards production.

For more information, visit:


Funding for Writers: The Literature Wales Writers’ Bursaries and Mentoring Scheme – 10 September

We are pleased to announce that the next round of applications for Bursaries and Mentoring is now open for submission.

In addition to our usual offer, we are delighted to announce a new collaboration between Literature Wales, National Centre for Writing, and Wales Literature Exchange, for the 2020 Literature Wales Mentoring Scheme.

For more information, please visit:


The Nan Shepherd Prize for Nature Writing – 10 September

A new competition to find the next voice in nature writing. It aims not only to celebrate nature writing but provide an inclusive platform for new and emerging nature writers from underrepresented backgrounds. The winner will receive a book deal with Canongate – including editorial mentoring and an advance of £10,000 – and the option of literary representation with Jenny Brown Associates.

For more information, visit:


The Ginkgo Prize international award for ecopoetry – 15 September

Major international award for poems embracing ecological themes. The Prize aims to highlight the role poetry can play in raising awareness, gaining insight, and provoking concern for the ecological imperatives of our time. First prize is £5,000, second prize is £2,000, and third prize is £1,000.

For more information, visit:


Mslexia X Poetry Book Society Competitions 2019 – 16 September

The Women’s Poetry Competition will be judged by the award winning poet Malika Booker. Entrants can win up to £2000, alongside publication in Mslexia and the PBS Bulletin poetry magazine, mentoring by PBS Book Selector Sandeep Parmar and a writing retreat at Scotland’s International Artist Residency Centre, Cove Park. The Women’s Pamphlet Competition offers women poets the life-changing opportunity to publish a pamphlet with leading independent publisher, Seren.

For more information, visit:


DHA Open Day for Under-Represented Writers – 16 September

Following on from the successes of its previous Open Days, David Higham Associates has announced its fourth day for under-represented writers. This will offer ten people the opportunity to spend a day with them, meeting industry experts and receiving tailored feedback on their work.

For more information, visit:


Grant support for a research trip to Québec 2020 – 20 September

In celebration of the relationship between Québec and the United Kingdom and of the 60th anniversary of the British Council in Canada, the British Council are pleased to invite you to submit an application for financial support to carry out a research trip between Québec and the UK in 2019 and 2020.

For more information, visit:


Join the Publishing Grants Advisory Panel – 20 September

Books Council of Wales are currently advertising for new members of the Publishing Grants Panel (Welsh-language) and the Publishing Grants Panel (English-language) Further details on the roles including details of how to apply are available from the Chief Executive, contact via phone: 01970 624151 or email:

For more information, visit:


A Room of my Own Competition – 18 October

The Royal Society of Literature are running a competition for 14 to 18 year-olds, in partnership with First Story. 90 years ago, Virginia Woolf addressed what a writer needed to write. What do you think you need to make your future as bright as possible? Write an essay and tell them what you think you need to make your future as a writer.

For more information, visit: