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Aurora Prize for Writing
Aurora Prize for Writing
Writing East Midlands, in partnership with the Society of Authors

Open for submissions until Wednesday 7th August at midnight

logo The Aurora Prize seeks outstanding new writing in short fiction and poetry.

Since 2016, Aurora has provided a platform for writers, offering a prize that is truly national (and international) with its heart in the East Midlands.

Our judges have included some of the region’s leading literary lights, with names such as Joanna Cannon, Casey Bailey, Mahsuda Snaith, Alison Moore, Jon McGregor, Malika Booker, Helen Mort, Debris Stevenson, Shreya Sen-Handley and Georgina Wilding.

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SUBMISSION GUIDELINES

logo We welcome submissions from anywhere and anyone, as long as the work is your own to send and in English. Our aim is to publish as diverse and vibrant selection of poems as possible.

Please send up to three poems in a Word document, formatted in 12 point Times New Roman, single spaced, each poem starting on a new page.

Poems should be no more than 50 lines in length (not including line breaks).

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Bad Betty
Poetry Submission
1st - 30th June - pamphlets
1st - 31st July - Full collections

logo Guidelines
Please send a maximum of 10 pages upfront. We’ll ask for the full manuscript of shortlisted submissions. .pdf or .doc files are preferred. If you need to use a different format then do, and we’ll let you know if we’re unable to open it. We don’t have specific font or spacing requirements, but please keep it clear and readable, with no more than one poem to a page. Keep your email brief – no need to explain your work as we’ll expect it to speak for itself. Feel free to include a short bio. We’re based in the UK, but welcome submissions from poets anywhere in the world.

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CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS
from under-represented poets
1st - 30th June

logo Five Leaves’ new series of poetry pamphlets provides an outlet for East Midlands-based poets who have yet to be published in book or pamphlet form, recognising the abundant talent in our region. Until now, these pamphlets have been commissioned. We do not usually consider unsolicited approaches or unsolicited manuscripts, but in June 2024 we will open a submissions window for under-represented poets.

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DIY Poets
Youtube Channel

logo We are a Nottingham, UK based poetry collective. We're nice and we don't always rhyme.

Our aim is to give budding poets the opportunity to perform their work in public and get their work published and we're proud to have members of all ages, shapes, sizes, experiences and styles, from brand new poets and occasional hobbyists to slam winners and published writers.

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Bad Ideas Club
with Bad Betty Press
25th June

Mansfield Central Library

logo A bad poem’s just an early draft…

Poets! Share new work, first drafts and ‘bad’ ideas in a warm, inclusive setting.

Come and join local poet and writer Sophie Sparham and Nottingham based independent publishers Bad Betty Press for a free, relaxed poetry workshop where you can share your ideas and work on new projects.

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Human Rights
Shami Chakrabarti in conversation with Rachel Holmes
Five Leaves Bookshop
NEW VENUE
26th June

Nottingham Central Library 1 Carrington Street, Nottingham, NG1 7FH

bookcover After the devastation of World War Two, the international community came together to enshrine fundamental rights to refuge, health, education and living standards, for privacy, fair trials and free speech, and outlawing torture, slavery and discrimination. Their goal was greater global justice, equality, and peace. That settlement is now in danger, attacked by opponents from across the political spectrum and populist and authoritarian movements worldwide. We are threatened by wars, inequality, new technologies and climate catastrophe, and we need our human rights now more than ever.

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Poetry Scum
Feat Chris Oliver
27th June

The Robin Hood Sherwood, Nottingham

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Dandelions midsummer poetry reading
with Becky Cullen
27th June

Five Leaves Bookshop 14a Long Row, Nottingham, NG12DH

logo Dandelions normally meets in the Sir John Borlace Warren pub, but twice a year they put on their tux and frocks for a more sophisticated evening, with fine wine rather than pints and pork scratchings. Or at least some fruit juice served in ill-matched glasses.

As usual the Dandelions evening will have a friendly and supportive poetry open mic.

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Word Wise #78
Feat Ciarán Hodgers
28th June

Dubrek Studios, Derby, DE1 3LB

poster Word Wise is a spoken word and poetry night uniting the best talent from around the UK and beyond, with Derby's finest performers. Word Wise won the 2019 Saboteur award for Best Regular Spoken Word Event in the UK.£3 Early bird tickets (plus booking fee) £5 on the door. This month we've got the legendary Ciarán Hodgers.

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Mountbatten Hospice Wing Walk 2024
Emily Jones

In 2024, I am taking to the skies and taking part in the first charity Wing Walk on the Isle of Wight in aid of the wonderful Mountbatten Hospice on the island who looked after my lovely Dad and our whole family in his final weeks.
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Motivation, Action, Consequences
Jae Malone
The Society of Authors
Writing East Midlands
29th June

Nottingham Central Library, 1 Carrington Street, Nottingham

poster In story writing, your main character will carry out an action that is going to affect the other characters . This is just like real life. All actions have reactions. However, as the writer, do you always think beyond the action itself? Do you know what the consequences of that action are going to be for everyone involved? Writers sometimes forget how far-reaching an action can be, and they move the story on, leaving issues in the narrative hanging. Let’s look at some examples of motivation, action and consequences.

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Bad Ideas Club with Bad Betty Press
29th June

Mansfield Library

logo A bad poem’s just an early draft… Poets! Share new work, first drafts and ‘bad’ ideas in a warm, inclusive setting.

Come and join local poet and writer Sophie Sparham and Nottingham based independent publishers Bad Betty Press for a free, relaxed poetry workshop where you can share your ideas and work on new projects.

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