Literature Ambassador: News from Wigtown

Straight from my inbox to you, enjoy! Spring has arrived in Wigtown! We’ve got a busy springtime ahead with a variety of events taking place in the coming months. We’ve got interpretive dance for children, the Spring Book Weekend with the Association of Wigtown Booksellers, our ongoing fundraising through our online auction and the annual […]

Literature Ambassador: 2019 Writer Opps #9

Writer Opps Wednesday today brings you an Emerging Writers Contest; a Screenplay Writers Contest; a link to a great site that lists 33 children’s book publishers looking for submissions; a magazine looking for submissions on three themes, and an acoustic music festival delighted to welcome spoken word performers, poets, storytellers, anyone, in fact, with text […]

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. […]

Literature Ambassador: 2019 Writer Opps #3

Two new magazines and a competition – get writing! 404 Ink is relaunching its magazine 404 with new project officer Imogen Stirling, and is looking for submissions of fiction, non-fiction, and poetry on the theme Space. This what they say about that: Issue 5 will be released in July 2019 and will be based on […]

Off The Map: A Writer’s Stumble

Still on Jeff Goins’s Writers’ Road Map, the next step, the seventh, in his twelve step plan is to get 100 subscribers. Why? He sold, he says, fifteen thousand copies of a recent book ‘thanks to email.’ And goes on: As a writer, I get more “mileage” out of my newsletter than any other platform, […]

Literature Ambassador: 2019 Writer Opps #2

Two awards from Moniack Mhor for those who would like to take these courses but find the cost prohibitive: Two Roads Award This what they say about it (click on the link for more details and to enter): This new award aims to support the development of two talented emerging writers of Fiction and Non-Fiction […]

Literature Ambassador: Writers’ Free For All

Back in the 90s the writers of Dumfries and Galloway had regular gatherings in the form of the Writers’ Free For All. This was a place writers could discuss their current projects, share their work, and generally give and receive support. I didn’t live here then, but I’ve heard other writers in the region talk […]

For the Poets

The Rialto is one of those literary magazines that poets strive to get into, it’s the writer’s equivalent of the Royal Albert Hall. You know you’ve made it, if only for a season, if they accept your work. And they have a pamphlet competition which anyone can enter, all you need is about twenty (perfect) […]

Writing Beyond the Sonnet (& Other Conventional Constraints)

I don’t have the resources (temporal, cognitive…) to write a post at the moment; things seem to have become hectic. But I’ve just listened to a Bookworm episode featuring some members from OULIPO and think it worth sharing. You can listen as you get on with other things, or while taking a tea break, whatever […]