January Opportunities

Published Tue 1 Jan 2019 - By Literature Wales

Happy new year! 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.


Wales Writer in Residence

The annual Wales Writer in Residence award is a prestigious new scheme – worth over £12,000 to the winner – to support new writing for broadcast and theatre. During their year-long tenure, the winner will enjoy two consecutive residencies as well as an opportunity to work with BBC Studios, independent producers and National Theatre Wales.

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Eisteddfodau – various

There are various literary competitions held at numerous Eisteddfodau throughout Wales, here is a list of deadlines for this month from Cymdeithas Eisteddfodau Cymru.

For more information, click here: Dyddiadau Cau Ionawr 2019


BBC Writersroom Script Room – 7 January

Regular window for unsolicited scripts is open between 5pm on Monday 10th December 2018 and 5pm on Monday 7th January 2019 for Drama scripts (TV, film, radio, stage or online)

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Shepton Mallet Poetry Competition – 13 January

The theme of the competition is Snowdrops or the work of James Allen. Entry fees are £4 per poem for the ’18 and Over’ age group, and free of charge for the ‘Up to 11′ and ’12-17’ age groups.

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a-n Artist Bursaries – 14 January

a-n The Artists Information Company is offering 50+ bursaries of £500 – £1,500 to Artist and Joint (Artist and Arts Organiser) members wishing to undertake self-determined professional development in 2019.

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Wales Book of the Year – 16 January

Literature Wales is receiving submissions for the Wales Book of the Year Award 2019. The deadline for submissions is Saturday 1 December 2018, with an extended deadline of 16 January 2019 for books published between 1 – 31 December 2018.

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National Theatre Wales: Radical Creatures – 18 January

In a new initiative called Radical Creatures, NTW are inviting Welsh women artists to submit extraordinary ideas for live performance. Specifically, we’re looking for an original idea that speaks insightfully of what it means to be a woman in Wales today.

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Disability Arts Cymru: Poetry Competition – 21 January

Submissions invited on the theme: ‘On the Edge’. The winning poem will be awarded a voucher donated by Literature Wales, redeemable against a 2019 writing course at Ty Newydd. Competition open to any disabled persons aged 16 or over, based in Wales and a DAC member. If you are not already a member, you can join here.

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New Welsh Writing Awards – 4 February

The Awards champion short unpublished books in English. Entries this year may vary across the categories, from (for the Rheidol Prize), short form Welsh-themed- or set-nonfiction (eg essay collections or books in nonfiction form from the memoir through travel, nature or comedy writing) to a novella set in Wales or with a Welsh theme.

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Life Writing Prize – 1 February

Free to enter, the Prize aims to find the best life writing from emerging writers from across the UK. The Prize defines life writing as ‘intended to be true’, reflects someone’s own life journey or experiences and is not fiction. Judged by Colin Grant, Inua Ellams (Ty Newydd Tutor 2019) and Ros Barber

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Art Connects Us, British Council – 8 March

The British Council is aiming to increase connections between the UK creative sectors and young creative professionals in Sub-Saharan Africa. They are seeking expressions of interest from UK based arts organisations /curators / programmers to travel to Sub-Saharan Africa to connect with the local contemporary art sectors, and undertake their own professional research to be shared with a wider UK sector in their chosen field.

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The BBC National Short Story Award 2019 – 11 March

The £15,000 BBC National Short Story Award with Cambridge University (NSSA) calls for submissions for the 14th year with broadcaster Nikki Bedi chairing the judging panel for 2019. Judging panel includes: Richard Beard, Daisy Johnson, Cynan Jones and Di Speirs.

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