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Order your t-shirt here – all funds raised will go to Aerogramme Writers’ Studio and upgrading this website

We started Aerogramme Writers’ Studio in 2013 as a fun way of sharing interesting writing-related news and tips with our friends and anybody else who happened to be interested. We never imagined that three years later the site would receive thousands of visitors each day and have over 40,000 email and social followers.

This website is in desperate need of an upgrade. To partly cover these costs we’ve launched a t-shirt fundraising campaign via Teespring.

The design features one of our favourite quotes from Jack Kerouac and will be available for seven days only.

  • Each t-shirt costs US$21.99 plus shipping
  • All orders will be printed in the United States on original American Apparel shirts
  • The shirts are available in blacknavy and slate
  • Teespring has a 30 day refunds and returns policy – click here for further details

All profits from the campaign will be spent to improve this website. Please place your orders by Tuesday 5 July.

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Sunday Times Short Story Award 2017

Writers from around the world are invited to enter the 2017 Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award. The winner will receive £30,000 (approx US$40,000), making this the most valuable prize in the world for a single short story.

The prize is for stories up to 6000 words in length and there is no entry fee. Stories can be either unpublished or published. If published, the work must have first appeared after 31 December 2015.

Writers can enter regardless of their nationality or residency but they must have an existing record of publication in the United Kingdom or Ireland.

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Classic Mega Man . . . storytelling gets inventive when your main character can’t speak.
Image: Brian Talbot, CC BY-NC

A post by Brooke Maggs

Imagine writing a story where the first thing the “reader” asks when they begin is: what do I do?

The answer might be one or all of these things: explore, survive, observe, solve, form a strategy, make decisions.

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Study Writing and War with Iowa’s International Writing Program

The University of Iowa’s acclaimed International Writing Program is offering a new free online course this July.

Open to all who are interested in the topic, Whitman’s Civil War: Writing and Imaging Loss, Death, and Disaster will explore how writing and image can be used to examine war, conflict, trauma, disaster, and reconciliation — in Walt Whitman’s time and today.

Classes will be led by Ed Folsom, a Whitman scholar and University of Iowa Roy J. Carver Professor of English, and Christopher Merrill, Director of the International Writing Program and a University of Iowa Professor of English.

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Opportunities for Writers July and August 2016

Each month we aim to provide a helpful round-up of writing competitions, fellowships, publication opportunities and more for writers at all stages of their careers. 

For new writers, or for anyone seeking a refresher, we highly recommend reading How to Submit Your Writing to Literary Magazines.

Deadlines and details do sometimes change, so please check the relevant websites (linked in bold) for all the latest details. For more opportunities and regular updates follow Aerogramme Writers’ Studio on Facebook and Twitter.

Two Cities Review
is seeking fiction, non-fiction and poetry on the theme ‘Dystopia’ for its fall issue. General submissions are also being considered and there are no reading fees throughout the (norther hemisphere) summer.

WhiskeyPaper
is an online literary magazine founded by husband and wife team Loran Smith and Leesa Cross-Smith. WhiskeyPaper had nine mentions on the 2014 Wigleaf Top 50 & Longlist which highlights the best short fiction online. The magazine publishes short fiction up to 1000 words and submissions reopen in late June.

Sir Peter Ustinov Television Scriptwriting Award
is designed to motivate non-American novice writers under the age of 30, and offer them the recognition and encouragement that might lead to a successful career in television scriptwriting. Entrants are asked to create a completed half-hour to one-hour English-language television drama script. The award winner receives $2500, a trip to New York City, and an invitation to the International Emmy® Awards Gala in November. Closes 1 July.

Post Road
publishes twice yearly and accepts unsolicited poetry, fiction, nonfiction, short plays and monologues and visual art submissions. Submissions for the Summer issue open on 1 July.

NANO Prize
is open to previously unpublished works of fiction of 300 words or fewer. The contest will be judged by Kellie Wells and the winner will receive publication and $1000. Entries close 1 July.

Lit POP 2016
is presented music festival POP Montreal and Matrix Magazine and offers prizes for both fiction and poetry. Winners will get their work published in Matrix with full honorarium, and receives a free round-trip ticket to POP Montreal. This contest is open to residents of Canada and the United States only and the deadline is 1 July.

Blueshift Journal
is tri-annual, international publication, with two online issues and one print issue published each year. Submissions of poetry, prose and art are open until 1 July.

Creative Truth
is accepting submissions for its first volume. The editors are looking for creative non-fiction including short stories, personal essays and memoirs up to 2000 words. 

The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction
founded in 1949, was the original publisher of classics like Stephen King’s Dark Tower, Daniel Keyes’s Flowers for Algernon, and Walter M. Miller’s A Canticle for Leibowitz. It features short fiction, reviews and humour pieces by writers and cartoonists. Submissions reopen 4 July.

Ledbury Poetry Festival Poetry Competition
offers a first prize of £1000 cash and a course at Ty Newydd, The National Writers’ Centre for Wales. There are also prizes on offer for children and entries are invited for local and international poets. Closes 7 July.

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A post by Rebecca Makkai

You probably knew, when you started writing, that you’d signed on for murder. I was warned well in advance: One of my favorite childhood books was Lois Lowry’s The One Hundredth Thing About Caroline, in which the title character finds the notebook of the man her mother is dating. “Eliminate the kids,” one note says. She and her brother swing into crime-fighting mode, only to discover in the end that this man, a writer, was talking about editing characters out of his work-in-progress.

Later, as I studied writing, I’d hear authors lament the characters they’d had to erase from draft two, the ones who “felt like real people” to them. Or they’d talk about the ones they kept around because, despite the fact that they served no real purpose in the narrative, they’d become old friends.

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Image by Tess Follett Photography

Image by Tess Follett Photography

A review by Shu-Ling Chua

Encouragement, at its heart, represents an attempt to make others feel that they have the strength, wisdom, courage, and ability to solve their problems themselves: it aims not to provide specific solutions but to make others believe that they can find those solutions on their own.

Alex Lickerman, The Undefeated Mind: On the Science of Constructing an Indestructible Self

Use Your Words is all about encouraging others to see themselves as writers and more importantly, to actually write. It doesn’t matter whether you show your writing to anyone; you just need to write. Those who already write may itch to skip ‘Part one: The truth about writing’ but it’s worth being reminded that even writers as prolific as Catherine Deveny – eight books, over 1000 newspaper columns, hundreds of stand-up comedy gigs and counting – share our struggles.

The actual writing is easier than you think. It’s dealing with the emotional stuff around the writing that’s tough. But I’ll give you some reality pills to help you handle it. I’ll bust the myths.

And bust the myths she does, with panache. Deveny knows her stuff and having taught Gunnas Writing Masterclasses for over two years, she addresses the obstacles you’re mostly likely to face.

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