Saturday, 20 September 2014

Some opportunities in writing for children

If you write for children, here are a few things that might be of interest.

The Looking Glass - this is an online magazine from of Trinity College, Dublin. It is currently looking for submissions for children's or YA writing, deadline 26th September. See here  and past issues. They will accept poetry, short stories, plays, novel extracts, and also illustrations and comic strips. 

The Caterpillar - this is a hard copy, quarterly magazine of children's writing (7 -11 years apporoximately) from the same publishers as The Moth. They accept poetry and short story, see submission details here

The Caterpillar also have a poetry competition running currently with a deadline of 31st March 2015. There is a prize of €1,000 for the winning poem for children aged 7 - 11. And, on the topic of children's writing, here are some tips from the writer Sheena Wilkinson at the website

Oh, and I've just noticed another competition on the website A.M. Heath Irish Children's Prize 2014 deadline 20th October, win €1,000 and an agent.

Tuesday, 16 September 2014

Free online courses (MOOC's) on writing related matters this Autumn

I've posted before here on MOOC’s (Massive Open Online Courses) in higher education, and other open resources. Below are details of a number of upcoming courses. They are free and online, or some provide accreditation if you pay a course fee. You can follow the course and all activities in the timescale set, or you can simply dip in and out of the resources given.
From edx - The Art of Poetry see here  This starts 30th September 2014 from  Boston University.

Another from edx - English Grammar and Style here  This one starts 22nd September 2014 and is 9 weeks in duration from University of Queensland.

Open Courses at University of IOWA  has a homepage here  They have a MOOC called How Writers Write Fiction details here  It starts 26 September and is  6 weeks long.

So, some good opportunities.

Sunday, 14 September 2014

Allingham Arts Festival 2014

This year, the Allingham Arts Festival in Ballyshannon, Co. Donegal runs from 6th-9th November 2014. It has a website and a facebook page with programme details, and there are lots of differing events across the four days on the theme of Creativity Across Borders. To name but a few, there is a literary evening on Saturday 8th with Theo Dorgan, Paul Lynch, Donal Ryan, Winifred  McNulty, and the Poetry Divas. For those interested in workshops, there are a diverse range including poetry, creative writing, animation, felt making and epublishing.

I'm proud to say that I won the Allingham Arts Festival Short Story Competition in 2011 with a story called With Matchsticks Not Money (now published  at The Linnet's Wings, Winter 2013). And this year again, they are running a number of adult and child art and writing competitions. See their competition page for full details. There are free to enter children's poetry, fiction and art competitions with the deadline 10th October 2014 (primary and secondary school). And, adult poetry and flash fiction competitions with a deadline 30th September 2014. The judges for the adult flash and poetry competitions are Donal Ryan and Monica Corish.

I must say, there are plenty of opportunities and events for all age groups - a real community effort.

Friday, 12 September 2014

Culture Night 2014

Next Friday, 19th September, is Culture Night. This is an annual event with free cultural activities all around the country. The website shows a list of what is going on in various cities, towns and villages. There are lots of events to choose from, wherever you live. 

In Letterkenny, North West Words is running an Arts Night in Cafe Blend from 8pm. There are readers and music. See NWW website and below.

Monday, 1 September 2014

My flash fiction 'Only Words' in The Incubator Journal issue 2

I'm delighted to say that I have a flash fiction story in issue 2 of the new journal, The Incubator.

It's an ezine edited by Kelly Creighton with a website here which publishes fiction and other media. In various submission calls it also seeks essay, poetry, review and memoir. See their submission policy for more detail. The next call for submissions opens during the month of September for issue 3. So, brush up that work and send it on in.