Friday, 17 September 2010

Stories Wanted for Two North East Festivals

This month's New Writing North newsletter has details of not one but two opportunities for short story writers. The Pursuit of Happiness is a competition launched by New Writing North themselves. Details  below:

In his 1693 work, Essay Concerning Human Understanding, philosopher John Locke wrote that the “the highest perfection of intellectual nature lies in a careful and constant pursuit of true and solid happiness”.

The 2010 BBC Free Thinking Festival takes place at The Sage Gateshead on 6 and 7 November this year. The festival will bring together leading thinkers, writers and commentators and will be exploring a number of themes, including the pursuit of happiness. As part of the festival, New Writing North will be hosting a Listening Salon, where festival attendees can relax between events. To support the event we are launching a new short story competition on the theme of The Pursuit of Happiness.

We are inviting North East writers to submit stories on this theme that are no longer than 1,000 words. Winning and shortlisted writers will be invited to perform their work, or hear it read by performers during the festival weekend. Winning stories will also be profiled on New Writing North’s website. The writer of the winning story, as chosen by New Writing North, will receive £500. Entries should be submitted to the following address by Friday 8 October:

Short Story Competition
New Writing North
PO Box 1277
Newcastle upon Tyne
NE99 5BP

Please note: entries cannot be submitted by email.

The second opportunity includes plays, poems and short stories too!

Ink Festival, Newcastle

Submissions of poetry, plays and short stories are welcome for the fast-approaching Ink Festival, which is scheduled for 18-19 November, when the winning entries will be read out or performed. Entries should be sent to Deadline for submissions is 3 October, and entries must not have been published or performed before.

The deadlines are looming so you'll have to be quick!

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