Writer Opps Wednesday is delighted to point you in the direction of one publisher with a book prize to award; one publisher happy to accept unsolicited manuscripts, and a drop in for creative practitioners in Dumfries and Galloway.

Photo: Joker by  Claudia Wycisk via: Monovisions

This appetizer comes direct from Aerogramme Studios which, if you are a writer, I can’t recommend highly enough, so go on over there for more:

LITERARY MAGAZINE PRAIRIE SCHOONER IS CURRENTLY ACCEPTING FICTION AND POETRY MANUSCRIPTS FOR ITS POPULAR ANNUAL BOOK PRIZE CONTEST. THE WINNERS WILL EACH RECEIVE US$3000 AND PUBLICATION THROUGH THE UNIVERSITY OF NEBRASKA PRESS.

Skylight Press, who sounds rather interesting, is accepting unsolicited manuscripts. The following is a snippet from their website, so run over there for all the details and the full submission process:

We publish …

• Serious esoteric and occult books with a focus towards the Western Esoteric Tradition, Faery, Arthurian/Grail traditions, ancient sites, paganism and ritual magic.

• Imaginatively written literary fiction. We also consider exceptionally interesting literary analysis, including studies and translations of medieval literature.

• Non-fiction including works of historic interest, and serious horticulture books with an emphasis on ecological and sustainable gardening, which should be innovative and inspiring.

We are not currently accepting poetry scripts.

We DON’T publish …

• Mainstream fiction, genre fiction (thrillers, sci-fi, fantasy etc), children’s books, or trendy poetry.

• Popular mind body & spirit, new age, conspiracy theory or self-help books.

• Mainstream gardening books or coffee table books.

DGU Drop-ins

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I got this from the Galloway Writers Room website, to which you should go for more details, especially if you are a writer in Dumfries and Galloway.

DGU’s drop-ins offer advice and information to creative practitioners and organisations looking to develop their practice.

The DGU drop-ins are opportunities to have a 1:1 chat about:

a creative project or professional development idea

possible funding options

starting / running a creative business

information about local creative networks

collaborating with other artists

professional support and training opportunities

Or just come along to find out more about what DGU does and how to get involved.

DGU’s vision is to make Dumfries & Galloway the place where all artists and arts organisations want to live, work and make a living. You don’t have to be a member of DGU to come along to a drop-in: the sessions are open to all members of the community – artists, makers and others involved in creativity in any way.

The February drop-ins are on the following dates:

22nd February, from 10.30 am to 1pm at the Glencairn Memorial Institute in Moniaive

26th February, from 11am to 1pm at Kirkcudbright Galleries in Kirkcudbright

Email to book your place, or just turn up on the day.


That’s it for this week, though if you go over to Authors Publish or the above mentioned Aerogramme Studios you’ll find a great deal more. Next week I’m hoping to look at the lit mag scene and let you know who’s looking for poetry and short story submissions.

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Published by Eryl Gasper Dick

I am an artist and writer living in southwest Scotland. I freelance as a Literature Ambassador (for Wigtown Festival Co. who run the Scottish Book Town); as a creative writing teacher; and a content provider, populating people's websites and marketing materials with perfectly honed, clear sentences. When I'm not gadding about supporting writers, lit events, businesses, and students I write fiction, non-fiction, and the odd poem. I avidly believe that creativity is the answer to the problem.

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