August Opportunities 2019

Published Thu 1 Aug 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.


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 Awst 2019


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.

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Programme Coordinator, Reading Friends – 5 August

Our London based partners, The Reading Agency are looking to recruit a versatile coordinator to support Reading Friends through its roll out phase and work with colleagues to ensure it is sustainable beyond 2020.

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Publications & Editorial Manager, National Association of Writers in Education (NAWE) – 8 August

NAWE is looking for an experienced freelance publications and editorial manager to oversee and manage all aspects of the publication of its two highly regarded publications Writing in Education and Writing in Practice.

Full job description and person specification together with details of how to apply is available at


Call-out for applications: Platforming Under-represented Writers Funding Scheme – 21 August

Literature Wales has announced a brand new funding scheme for Wales-based writers from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic backgrounds, and writers with a disability or illness (mental or physical).

Platforming Under-represented Writers is a pilot funding scheme offering grants of between £50-£1000 for a professional development opportunity within literature. The scheme aims to encourage writers from under-represented backgrounds to develop their professional and artistic potential and to create opportunities to kick-start or advance their career.

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Research Fellow, Arts and Health, Y Lab – 19 August

Y Lab is the Public Services Innovation Lab for Wales, a partnership between Cardiff University and Nesta (the innovation foundation). This role will address the question of how arts interventions that promote wellbeing and prevent health-related issues occurring, can play an impactful and sustainable role in the lives of people in Wales. This programme is being undertaken in partnership with Nesta and the Arts Council in Wales.

This is a full time post, 35 hours per week, £42,036 – £48,677 per annum (Grade 7), available immediately and fixed term for 2 years.

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Aesthetica Creative Writing Award – 31 August

Now in its 13th year, the winners receive the following: £1,000 cash prize for poetry and short fiction, consultation with literary agents Redhammer Management, Membership to The Poetry Society, a subscription to Granta and books courtesy of Bloodaxe and Vintage.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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