Saturday, January 31, 2015

New Blog for Writers!!!

Morning all,

Just wanted to let you know about my new blog,, where I'll be posting regular interviews with successful authors about how they got their first publishing deal.

Posts so far include:

- Orange Prize-nominated author Aifric Campbell explains how her background as a high-flying City trader helped her to secure her first book deal;

- Booker-longlisted writer (and former Africa correspondent for The Irish Times) Ed O'Loughlin on his lucky break after 14 rejections.

If you could spread the word to aspiring authors, give it a mention on Twitter, or even just have a browse, I'd be extremely grateful!

Many thanks,
Caroline [Madden]

UK Poetry Competition

Check out the details at:

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

January 31st Deadline for Firsh Short Memoir Prize

Short Memoir Prize: €1,000

The ten best memoirs will be published in the 2015 Fish Anthology.

This year's judge, Carmen Bugan (author of Burying the Typewriter) will choose the ten memoirs for inclusion in the Anthology.
Dr. Carmen Bugan whose life story is now featured on BBC with a film, radio program and an on-line piece, is the author of the book of poems 'Crossing the Carpathians', the award winning memoir 'Burying the Typewriter' and a monograph, 'Seamus Heaney and East European Poetry in Translation: Poetics of Exile'. Her second collection of poems, 'The House of Straw', came out early this year. Her work has been published in Harvard Review, Times Literary Supplement, PN Review, and Modern Poetry in Translation.
Closing Date: 31 Jan 2015

Results: 1 April 2015

Anthology Published: July 2015

Word Limit: 4,000

Submission Fee: €16 for first, €10 thereafter

First Prize: €1,000

Second Prize: Online Course with Fish

Please read the Full Details before entering.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Fest Film Lab Offering ...

NYU/ABUDhabi is offering a special 20% Discount for participants who register until the 30th of January register fast to guarantee your place.

This will be an absolutely unique opportunity to develop your skills as a film producer with one of the most interesting and recognized producers in activity. You will have an educational experience of excellence in a small and intimate group of only 25 participants maximum, with no less than Golden Globe winning producer Gareth Wiley, Winner of a Golden Globe for Producing "Vicky Cristina Barcelona" This was Gareth’s second Golden Globe nomination in four years, having been previously nominated in 2006 for his first collaboration with Woody Allen, “Match Point”.

This 2 days intensive workshop is strictly limited to 25 participants maximum, we advise to register fast to guarantee your place, the workshop fee is 625USD , but we are offering a 20% Discount for participants who register until the 30th of January, costing only 499GBP. The workshop will take place in Abu Dhabi UAE in partnership with NYU Abu Dhabi.

For more information and to register please visit our webpage on

Saturday, January 17, 2015

New Children's Literary Journel!

Soap Stone Creek Literary Journal
for kids of all ages

Bi-monthly Print Journal for Children of all Ages
Debuting May 2015

$25 (6 issues) USA
$35 (6 issues) Canada & Other Countries

Current Needs
Fiction: Short Stories for children, all ages (500-1000 Words)
Essays for children, all ages (500-1000 Words)
Poetry for children, all ages (Up to 20 lines)
We accept stories by children (Parents Signature Form Upon Request)
Artwork by students: 8 1/2 x 11 original pictures by students
Photos (no more than 6 per submission)

Manuscript Format: WORD, Double Spaced, Attachment - cover letter in the body of the email.
Please include name, contact info and brief bio with all submissions. Pay is in copies. Journal Size: 8 1/2 x 11

Soap Stone Creek Literary Journal
for kids of all ages

2413 Bethel Rd.
Logansport LA 71049 USA
Soap Stone Creek Literary Journal

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Vacancy in Watercolour Workshop

From Evelyn Dunphy:

It's very sad when an artist who is looking forward to attending a workshop has to cancel. I know how disappointed I would be.

But as a result, there is now an opening for another artist to join our group and enjoy the magical experience of the Beara Peninsula of Ireland.

The dates of the workshop are May 30 - June 6th, 2015.
If you would like to read about the workshop, Anam Cara and all the details, please visit my website:

Here's a recommendation from a very accomplished artist who attended my workshop in Ireland last year:

Our time together painting in Ireland has influenced how I paint in a rather profound way. I knew it then, after the Retreat, but you never know how it will hold up. I can now confidently say, 3 months later, it has a lasting impact. You are an extraordinary teacher in the ways you are able to divine where each student is in their process, and adapt what you know to share productively and successfully with them. I am a drawing teacher; I know a good teacher when I meet one, and you are one. Thank you!
Susan McC. North Carolina

Thursday, January 8, 2015


A quick update: the Euro is at a 9-year low against other currencies making travel to the Eurozone, including Ireland and Anam Cara, extremely advantageous!