Resources for Writers

Submitting Your Writing To Magazines

Getting your work out there and published--whether in print or online--is a hugely important step for a writer. It's daunting and competitive, but the validation and knowing people are reading your work is hugely rewarding. ...
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Poetry Competitions

There are loads of poetry competitions looking for new and exciting work. Some are free to enter; others charge fees. Three great places to find out about them are: Poetry London National Poetry Library Poetry ...
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Short Story Competitions

There are loads of short story competitions looking for new and exciting work. Some are free to enter; others charge fees. Click here for Neon Books' regularly updated list.  Two other great resources are: Writing ...
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7 Effective Tips For Starting A Daily Writing Routine

“The problem isn’t writing. It’s the writing consistently where we have a hard time. And that’s where we can all use more help.” A great blog with tips on how to start a daily writing routine ...
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7 Tips to Help You Self-Edit Your Novel

You wrote a novel! Now what?   National Novel Writing Month helps you guide your novel through the revision and publishing process. Author Derek Murphy shares a few of his favourite editing tips to help ...
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Independent Presses Accepting Fiction Submissions

There are many independent presses open to new writing. The best resource is Mslexia's Indie Press Guide. Creative Future has a hard copy in our office library; call us to arrange a visit if you're ...
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How to Pitch to a Literary Agent – Pathway Guide

We’ve produced a pitching guide to help you understand how to pitch your work to a literary agent. Our 24 page guide provides useful advice, guidance and resources, including: Information on literary agents Information on ...
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Pathway Guide for Writers

We've produced a 'Pathway Guide for Writers' to help you navigate the writing world, whatever stage you're at. Our 24 page guide provides useful information and guidance to develop your writing including: Information on professional development ...
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Arts Council England Project Grans Cheat Sheet

ACE Project Grants application CHEAT SHEET (formerly Arts Council England Grants for the Arts)

In March 2018, Arts Council England revised their previous Grants For The Arts scheme, renaming it Arts Council National Lottery Project Grants. After the massive success of Rachel Dobb's (and feedback from) original #ACECheatsheet in ...
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Social Media Toolkit for Artists & Writers

We've produced a 'Social Media Toolkit for Artists and Writers' to help you navigate the digital world, and discover tools and strategies to promote your work online. Our 24 page guide provides useful information and guidance ...
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Meet the Writer: Penny Pepper

Creative Future hosted a free event ‘Meet the Writer: Penny Pepper.’ Our ‘Meet the Artist/Writer’ series showcases writers and artists from under-represented backgrounds and how they got their work ‘out there’. Penny Pepper is a writer, ...
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Creative Writing Exercises on ‘Structure’

If you're struggling with structure in your creative writing, try some of these exercises to help: Write three paragraphs beginning with the word ‘yesterday’. Then write another three paragraphs starting with ‘the day before yesterday.’ ...
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