The Future of Storytelling (Mass Open Online Course): Enrolments Now Open

Are you interested in the mechanics of current fiction formats? Do you want to better understand how stories are told?

Enrolments are open for The Future of Storytelling, a new Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) presented by Potsdam University of Applied Sciences. This free, interdisciplinary course is aiming to bring together hundreds of media researchers, creators and students from around the world and will cover topics ranging from storytelling basics to how new online tools are changing the way stories are told and perceived.

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Opportunities for Writers October and November 2013

We are pleased to present our regular round-up of competitions, fellowships, publication opportunities and more for writers around the world. For updates and news of more opportunities for writers, follow Aerogramme Writers’ Studio on Facebook and Twitter.

Quirk Books
is running its inaugural ‘Looking for Love’ Competition for Unpublished Manuscripts. Works must be at least 50,000 words, be written in English and feature a love story. The grand prize is US$10,000. Closes 1 October.

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Universal Pictures’ Emerging Writers Fellowship 2014

Universal Pictures has announced it will be offering a new fellowship for emerging screenwriters in 2014. The aim of the program is to ‘identify and cultivate new and unique voices with a passion for storytelling.’ The fellowship will allow the selected writers to work on current Universal projects as well as pitch original story ideas. The successful fellowship recipients will be hired under a writing service agreement and must be committed to working full-time for one year.

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Opportunities for Writers August and September 2013

The Virginia Quarterly Review
is currently accepting submissions of poetry, fiction and non-fiction. While they have a long history of publishing accomplished and award-winning authors, Virginia Quarterly Review also seeks and supports emerging writers and submissions from writers based anywhere in the world are welcomed. Closes 1 August.

The William Hazlitt Essay Prize
is offered by Notting Hill Editions each year. The Prize is for the best essay in the English language, of between 2,000 and 8,000 words, published or unpublished, on any subject. Award value £15,000. Five runners-up will each receive £1000. Authors of any nationality are eligible, but submissions must have been written originally in English. Deadline 1 August.

Bernheim Forest Writing Residencies
are offered in collaboration with Sarabande Books and Bernheim Arboretum & Research Forest. The Bernheim Forest Writing Residency is located in a 14,000 acre forest and nature preserve located near Louisville, Kentucky. Residents receive a $500 honorarium, and resides, for at least 4 weeks, and up to 12 weeks, in a furnished cabin. The ‘soft’ entry deadline is 1 August.

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Entries are now being accepted for one of the world’s richest poetry prizes, The Ballymaloe International Poetry Prize. The winner of the 2013 prize will receive €10,000 (approximately US$13,000), up from the €5,000 first prize offered in 2012.
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