The good folk of Cheltenham have stabled their Gold Cup horses for another year and turned their minds to more literary pursuits. The first ever Cheltenham Poetry Festival runs from 31st March-3rd April - check the website for details.
2/ Bristol Short Story Prize Deadline
Get your entries for the Bristol Short Story Prize in by midnight on 31st march.
"The 2011 Bristol Short Story Prize is now open and this year's writing competition introduces some exciting new developments.
The prize money has doubled for 2011 - the winning writer will receive £1,000 and all 20 writers whose stories are published in the Bristol Short Story Prize Anthology Volume 4 will receive at least £100. The winning story will, also, be published in Bristol Review of Books and Venue magazine. And short story fans can look forward to ShortStoryVille- a day-long festival celebrating short stories, to be held next July. The 2011 BSSP awards ceremony will be the final event of the festival.
The 2011 judging panel is Maia Bristol (former UK Sales Manager at Faber & Faber), award-wining short story writer Tania Hershman (highly commended in the 2009 Orange Prize for her collection 'The White Road and other stories') author, illustrator and cartoonist Joe Berger and writer and publisher Helen Hart. Chair of the judging panel, writer, performer and publisher Bertel Martin, says: “I’m really looking forward to judging this year’s competition. BSSP attracts really strong, diverse and exciting submissions from all over the world.”
3/ Fish Publishing International Poetry Contest Deadline
In less South Westerly-based news, the deadline for the Fish Publishing International Poetry Contest is looming - get your entries in by 30th March 2011.