News from around Nottinghamshire

Welcome to Black Editors
The network for Black editors

Black Editors Network is an online community open to professional and freelance editors and proofreaders descended from the African diaspora, whether based in the U.S., Africa, Europe, Australia, or beyond.

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Our submission portal for original stories will be open from the 1st to 21st of each month.
Flash Fiction Online

We are looking for complete 500- to 1000-word stories with crisp prose, well-developed characters, compelling plots, and satisfying resolutions. We want stories that engage our minds and emotions.

We publish across many genres, including speculative (science fiction, fantasy, slipstream, and horror) and literary fiction.

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Open Pitch
Deadline 5th March
New Perspectives'

Open Pitch is an opportunity for anyone who may feel they have not had the chance or means to follow a creative path in their lives, but have a burning idea that would suit performance or presentation to an audience. Your story may be from your own life, where you live or anything else you are passionate about. We want it to be your voice at the centre. We are interested in people, their places and their passions.

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Still Life – Writers Call Out
Deadline 17th Feb
Nottingham Playhouse

Nottingham Playhouse is looking to commission three East Midlands writers for a new project called Still Life: Untold Stories from Nottingham Now.

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The Guardian view on: poetry in a pandemic

The great Scottish poet Kathleen Jamie published a new poem on Twitter this week, prefaced by the briefest and most heartfelt of introductions: “After a weepy morning missing folks and thinking This Will Never End, I made myself go out. Wrote a rebalancing poem. Feel better now. Click here

Bhanu Kapil wins TS Eliot poetry prize for 'radical' How to Wash a Heart

Bhanu Kapil has won the most valuable award in British poetry, the TS Eliot prize, for her “radical and arresting” collection How to Wash a Heart, in which she depicts the uncomfortable dynamics between an immigrant and her white, middle-class host. Click here

Final Chapter: Submit
Indie Publishing House and Creative Studio

We love reading new stories and accept submissions across all genres. Whether you are a new author or have been published before, we would love to hear from you.

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Submissions for Vol. 1: Still Life
Close 21st Feb
Pareidolia Literary

We want pieces that breathe life into the stillness. We want to witness the small rituals of life that go unnoticed; catch the silent hum of living that melts into the white noise. Moments, caught in midair—motes paralysed in the warm, golden amber of afternoon sun that stick in the folds of your brain. Make them stick in ours too.

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New research will demonstrate benefit of culture and heritage to society

An ambitious new programme of research to improve decision making by valuing the benefits of our culture and heritage capital to society, announced today.

People consume culture and heritage in many different ways, from admiring a piece of modern art, learning about an area’s history from a visit to a local museum, or taking in the view of a castle on a countryside walk.

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150 Miles For Accelerated Literacy
Hothouse Theatre

What with Lockdown and the absence of any races to focus on, not only has Guy got out of the habit of running, he has also put on rather more weight than even he would have expected over the festival period.

Consequently he has decided to grab the nettle firmly, get off his butt and run 150 miles before Easter and in the process raise much needed funds for Hothouse Theatre’s Accelerated Literacy Project.

Accelerated Literacy

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Inaugural poet Amanda Gorman delivers a poem at Joe Biden's inauguration

Inaugural poet Amanda Gorman, the Youth Poet Laureate of 2017, delivers a poem at President Joe Biden's inauguration.

Amanda Gorman, 22, became the youngest inaugural poet in U.S. history after reciting her poem “The Hill We Climb.”

“But while democracy can be periodically delayed, it can never be permanently defeated,” Gorman read. “In this truth, in this faith, we trust.”

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Lunchtime Writing Groups
Lytisha Tunbridge

Lytisha is hosting compact and bijou fortnightly lunchtime writing groups. These will be delivered via Zoom, last an hour, and cost £40 for 6 sessions.
Booking now for Thursdays 12.30 - 1.30, from 4th February 2021.

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Black women's Voices against violence
British Theatre Guide

Voices, the new interdisciplinary art project for black women founded by global movement to end violence against women and girls, V-Day, continues to invite submissions of poems, monologues and songs from which a new performance piece will be created.

The Voices project is curated by poet and organizer Aja Monet and focusses on black women’s stories in the campaign of ending violence against women—cis women, trans women, and non-binary people—across the African Continent and African Diaspora by providing a platform for black women writers and performers.

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Writing Zoom with a Brew is back!
First Art

An online writing project for North Nottinghamshire and North Derbyshire hosted by Writing East Midlands in partnership with First Art. A cosy, online writing room

These FREE workshops are for anyone aged 55+ who would like to explore ideas, write them down and share these with others in a friendly group. Whether you have writing experience or not, it doesn’t matter – we’re open to all.

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Write Out Loud

Although 2021 threatens fresh challenges, we know we have poetry to carry us through, with open mic sessions set to remain on Zoom, online workshops growing in popularity around the globe, new writers emerging, and established ones producing vibrant, visceral new work.

With your help Write Out Loud wants to continue supporting the poetry community throughout 2021 and beyond. We want to be equipped to enable, champion, inspire, and connect poets no matter what happens during the pandemic, and continue that once it’s over.

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About Reflex Fiction
Reflex Fiction

Welcome to Reflex Fiction, a quarterly international flash fiction competition for stories between 180 and 360 words run by independent publisher, Reflex Press.

by Saili Katebe

Nymphs and Thugs

Nymphs & Thugs is an independent spoken word record label formed in spring 2015


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