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Whether you’ve submitted to The Cadaverine or you’re just thinking about it, we want to help you develop your talent. Here’s our round up of events and opportunities for young writers this autumn and don’t forget, we’re always looking for short stories and poems from writers under 30 and can help you develop your work.


Cadaverine reviewers: We’re currently looking for reviewers under the age of 30 with a keen interest in either poetry or fiction. Just send us a sample review of between 300-500 words or a link to a previously published piece.

Poetry competition: Enter the National Poetry Competition 2014 before 31 October to be in with a chance of winning a £5,000 prize and having your work published in The Poetry Review.       

Dystopia: Whether you write poetry, prose or reviews, send your work on the theme of ‘dystopia’ to NAWE Young Writers’ Hub (under 25s, deadline 31 October).


Short stories: Send your stories on the theme of ‘time’ to the Arachne Press before 31 October. The 12 winning stories will be read live at the Solstice Shorts Festival on 21 December.

Road trip: Enter Ideas Tap’s latest Editor’s Brief to be in with a chance of winning a £250 first prize. This time the theme is ‘road trip’ (deadline 30 December).

London tales: Send your stories about, or inspired by London to The Londonist for their short fiction section.

Pamphlet: Send your short stories, essays, plays, recipes or travelogues to the Emma Press, which is putting together its first prose pamphlet. You must be a member of the Emma Press Club to enter (deadline 25 January).

Events and workshops

Performance poetry workshop: 16-25 years old? Apply to take part in Jean Binta Breeze’s 90-minute masterclass in London on 28 October (deadline 20 October).


Poetry speed-writing: Write spontaneous poetry and investigate how to find an authentic voice at the Art House in Southhampton on 26 October.

Writing tips: Hear writer Jamie Rhodes’ advice and information for aspiring writers, including how he got Arts Council funding for his short story collection, at the Free Word Centre in London on 27 November.

Get involved

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