Iceland Writers Retreat is offering talented writers from around the world the chance to attend its April 2017 program for free.

For this scholarship program, writers can apply for either full or partial funding. The full funding scholarship includes a round-trip airfare plus the full retreat package including accommodation, tours, most meals and all workshops for the duration of the event. Partial funding covers the retreat costs only and does not include accommodation or flights.

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Start Writing Fiction is a free online course offered by The Open University. The eight-week program focuses on a skill which is central to the writing of all stories and novels – creating characters.

Participants will hear from a number of successful authors, including Michele Roberts, Alex Garland, and Louis de Bernieres, as they talk about how they started writing. The rituals of writing and the importance of keeping a journal will also be explored.

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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.


Zoetrope All-Story’s Annual Fiction Contest
has the aim of seeking out and encouraging talented writers, with the winning and runners-up’s work being forwarded to leading literary agents. A first prize of US$1000 is also offered. Stories can be up to 5000 words. Entries close on 1 October.

Missouri Review Editors’ Prize
is now open for fiction, nonfiction, and poetry submissions. The three winners receive US$5000 each, publication in the magazine and a reception in their honour. Prose submissions may be up to 8500 words and poets may submit any number of poems up to 10 pages. Closes 1 October.

Guernica Fellowship Program
aims to provide deep training in magazine editing and production, coupled with opportunities to work on a dedicated writing or multimedia project with an editor-mentor. Up to five emerging writers, editors and multimedia journalists will be selected for a six-month fellowship. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis and will close by 1 October.

Vermont Studio Center
is the largest international artists’ and writers’ residency program in the United States. Each month the Center hosts over 50 writers and artists from across the country and around the world. The next application deadline is 1 October.

Seattle Review
is a print journal wholly committed to the publication of longer works of poetry, novellas, and lyric essays. Submissions are considered year round but the $3 reading fee will be waived from 1 October onwards.

Marfield Prize
also known as the National Award for Arts Writing, is given annually by the Arts Club of Washington to nonfiction books about the arts written for a broad audience. The winner receives $10,000 and is invited to a short residency in Washington (expenses paid). Books must be non-fiction titles written in English by a single, living author, originally published in the United States in 2016. Entries close on 1 October.

Boston Review’s Aura Estrada Short Story Contest
is one of three contests run each year by the literary magazine.The winner of the contest will receive US$1500 and have his or her work published in the July/August 2017 issue of Boston Review. The runners-up stories may also be published. Entries close 3 October.

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The Jan Michalski Foundation is inviting applications for its inaugural writers’ residencies. The program is based at the foot of Switzerland’s Jura Mountains and the selected writers will each live and work in newly constructed treehouses.

Writers from around the world are invited to apply, and applications from new or emerging writers are welcome. Residencies can run from between two weeks and six months, and the length of stay should match the scope of the project.

As well as receiving accommodation in their own treehouse, residents will be paid a monthly allowance of 1200 Swiss Francs (approximately US$1200). Travel expenses will also be covered by the foundation and daily breakfasts and lunches are provided.

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How to Interview a Writer - Aerogramme Writers Studio

A guest post by Kelly Gardiner and Adele Walsh, co-creators of the Unladylike podcast.

Right now, somewhere in the world, there’s a writers’ festival going on or, at least, an event in a bookshop or library featuring one or two writers or illustrators discussing their work and sharing their thoughts. There are dozens of podcasts, YouTube channels, writers’ centres and literary organisations. Never has there been so much talking about writing.

Interviewing writers, or being interviewed about your work, looks easy, but it isn’t – at least, not for everyone. We’ve learned the hard way, by participating in dozens of writer panels – including as chair or MC – and watching hundreds, maybe thousands of events. More recently, we’ve learned an enormous amount from the intimate setting of podcast interviews.

So if you’re a writer or someone who is about to interview a writer, if you’re chairing a session at a writers festival or participating in a panel, here are a few tips on making the most of your moment.

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The Morland Scholarship for Writers 2017

Applications are now open the Morland Writing Scholarship for 2017. Scholarships of £18,000 (US $24,000) for fiction writers or up to £27,000 (US$36,000) for non-fiction writers will be awarded. The scholarship is open to writers who were born in Africa or whose parents were born in Africa.

About the Scholarship
This scholarship is sponsored by the Miles Morland Foundation. The foundation’s focus is culture and education with a particular interest in writing. Other projects supported by the foundation include literary festivals in Kenya, Nigeria, Uganda and Somaliland, and the Caine Prize for African Writing.

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6 Steps to a Successful Writing Habit with Simon Van Booy

Simon Van Booy is a British-American author and screenwriter. He has written seven books including Love Begins in Winter, winner of the prestigious Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award.

Simon is currently teaching The Writer’s Toolkit: 6 Steps to a Successful Writing Habit, a new online, self-paced Skillshare class that aims to help participants create a daily writing routine and provides new skills for gathering and acting on inspiration.

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