Literature Ambassador: 2019 Writer Opps #8

Writer Opps Wednesday is back, and pleased to share two development opportunities in Dumfries and Galloway, and three magazines looking for your writing to publish:

Writers’ Gathering

Which is run by Wigtown Festival Company. This is what they say:

The Writers’ Gathering takes place on Saturday 11th May 2019, 9:30-16:30, in The Print Room, Wigtown. An annual day conference for writers in Dumfries & Galloway.

The Writers’ Gathering is Wigtown Festival Company’s annual day conference for writers in Dumfries & Galloway, led by a mix of successful writers and leading industry professionals to deliver a balance of inspirational and skills-specific sessions, including workshops, seminars and one-to-ones. This year’s speakers include Gerda Stevenson (poet, actress and playwright), Claire Wingfield (literary consultant), Allan Guthrie (literary agent and crime fiction author and editor), and Lucy Ribchester (historical novelist and short story writer).

Location: Dumfries and Galloway, East Ayrshire, North Ayrshire, South Ayrshire

For further information, please contact (, or call 01988 402036 , or visit

As one of Wigtown Festival Company’s three Literature Ambassadors I had a little input into this and, I have to say, it’s going to be a blinder. I am planning to be there, and it would be great to see you there too.

If you struggle with realizing the setting in your writing this could be for you. Run by dedicated, hands on, local writers who know what they’re talking about, it should be well worth the time (and money) spent for anyone who’s serious about the craft.

Details- WANT TO WRITE but can’t find the time – or a quiet place?

– Enjoy MEETING OTHER WRITERS with a range of interests and abilities?

– Would you benefit from a ONE-TO-ONE discussion with an experienced creative writer/tutor?

This March, join us at Shambellie House and learn about instilling a sense of place into your creative writing.

Over the course of two Saturdays, group workshops will focus on the creation of atmosphere, the link between setting and characters, and how to avoid clichΓ©s and transform stereotypes. There will be time for individual reflection, exploration of the house and grounds, and personal writing.

An allocated one-to-one session* will give you the opportunity to discuss any issues or challenges you are facing in your writing, with the option to bring along a short extract of work for more focused critique.

The second weekend will culminate with the opportunity to share your new/edited writing with the group.

πŸ‘‰ Tickets are ONLY Β£55 and include attendance on BOTH Saturdays! This also includes tea/coffee and your one-to-one session, as well as group workshops and individual writing time. (Booking fee/p&p costs apply.) Book now via TicketSource link!

Go here for more details and to book.

Image from Hally’s

Now for the zines, first up, an online magazine with an interesting concept:

Five on the Fifth

Who publishes five short pieces of writing on the fifth of every month. They’ve been going since 2015, accept submissions all year round, and respond within a month. 

Submission Guidelines

Five on the Fifth publishes 5 short stories on the fifth of each month. We accept flash fiction, general fiction, non-fiction, horror, and science fiction/fantasy.  The maximum word count for submissions is 5,000 words. 

We now receive hundreds of submissions each month. Five on the Fifth is growing, and we (the editors) are very excited about it. Publication in Five on the Fifth is becoming more competitive each issue. Ensure that your story is free of typos and grammatical errors. Your submission should be in proper manuscript format. Cover letters should be concise and professional. Biographical statements should be a few sentences at most. Highlight your recent accomplishments. 

A note on what we don’t want: We do not publish novels. We do not publish poetry. We do not publish fan fiction. We do not publish experimental pieces. We do not publish erotica, though there can be erotic and/or graphic elements in your fiction, so long as it is for the purpose of telling a great story. 

Five on the Fifth is now exclusively accepting submissions through its submission manager, Submittable. Please read the full submission guidelines and submit your work by visiting Five on the Fifth’s Submittable page

Then we have:


Who are looking for stories on the theme of


About which they say:

Will close on April 15, 2019.

Stories of endings, beginnings, and change. As always, a political bent doesn’t hurt but not required. The apocalypse can be big or small, personal or world shattering. Humor is always good. Satire is excellent.

We will include some good poetry and thoughtful essays if you have them.  For stories we’re looking for 500 to 5000 words.

We anticipate releasing at World Con in Dublin.

Edited by Debora Godfrey and Bob Brown

For more details visit their website.

Lastly the ever joyous:

Are always looking for submissions of poetry, flash fiction, word & image and reviews. Go to their submissions page for all the details.Β 

And that’s it for this week, Writer Opps Wednesday hopes at least one will appeal to you, and that you have much luck. See you next week for more opportunities of a literary bent.


Header image: Greige Design.

2 thoughts on “Literature Ambassador: 2019 Writer Opps #8

  1. Thank you so much for including our Shambellie event in your post! πŸ™‚ And also for reminding me about the Wigtown gathering – I must get that booked! Looking forward to it.

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