University of Gloucestershire 2021 New Writing Anthology


As a society we all have VOICES.

As individuals we use our voices to communicate, inspire and more. This can be reflected in our storytelling – a way of using our unique voices to communicate with the world. Now is the time to share these stories. The University of Gloucestershire are looking for uplifting and powerful prose, poetry, and dramatic monologues from all UoG students, staff and alumni. However you interpret the theme VOICES, they want to see your work!
Submissions open now!

Click here to visit the UoG Voices Anthology Wesbite for further information and full submission details.

UoG are delighted to be supporting GL Communities with their anthology this year. GL Communities recognises and supports the gifts, skills and talents of the communities it works with. It facilitates the connecting of residents, local businesses and local services and works towards a community that is thriving and aspiring.
GL Communities key themes are Advice and Advocacy, Employability and Education, Community and Economic Development and Social Inclusion and Well Being.

Workshop with Dialect Writers

Workshops - Fourth Tuesday of each month, 7pm - 9pm 

Are you looking for a space to share work and get feedback?

Dialect writers have four spots available on their monthly Tuesday evening workshops.

In the first hour, there are some themed writing prompts, and in the second hour they feedback on work that has been shared before the meeting.

Suitable for all levels. Pay what you can. Next meeting 23rd February.

Email for more information!

Steel Jackdaw Submissions Open

Steel Jackdaw is a new arts magazine, which celebrates creative expression and promotes positive environmental and social change.

The first edition is raising 100% of its profits to charity, ClientEarth, and international environmental charity and local charity The Nelson Trust.

Edition 2 is now open for submission by creatives and artists of any discipline, including poetry, flash fiction and storytelling.

Please visit Steel Jackdaw's website to find out more about the new magazine and to submit.

The submission window for edition two closes at midnight on Sunday the 4th of April.

Mentoring with Dialect Writers

Dialect Writers have announced a mentoring scheme that aims to give a boost to those who are working towards their first novel / short story collection / poetry pamphlet / poetry collection.

4 emerging writers will be matched with one of 4 mentors (Fiona Benson, Mahsuda Snaith, Melanie Golding and Pascale Petit) to work intensively together for three to four months. The deadline for applications is the 7th February, so get yours in now!

Click here for more details about Dialect's Mentoring Opportunity.


Creative Opportunities

For anybody scouring the web for unique creative opportunities, here are a few places that might aid your search.

Literature works, who's mission is to nurture the creative use of stories, words and writing by and for individuals and communities of all kinds in our region - Click here for more information about Literature Works.

Retreat West's Online Creative Writing School - Click here for more information about Retreat West.

Writer's HQ, 'stop f**king about & start writing' - Click here for more information about Writer's HQ.

Paper Nations, who want to make writing part of our national life - Click here for more information about Paper Nations.

Dialect Writers, a new and inclusive platform designed to help rural writers develop their talent - Click here for more information about Dialect Writers.

Ink, Sweat & Tears, now offering 3 month paid internships, focusing on the BAME community -  Click here for more information about Ink, Sweat & Tears.


Follow the Sun Literature and Writing Conference 28-30th Jan

On 28th-30th January, an exciting new online literature and writing conference, Follow the Sun, will take place across the globe. The event is run by Paper Nations, Transnational Literature, and the research center for Transcultural Creativity and Education (TRACE). 

Follow the Sun is a literary festival-meets-conference, a summit of citizens from around the world embarking on a creative and thought-provoking journey through transnational literature, writing, and performance. Follow the Sun is ideal for anyone who is in need of creative renewal. The event will culminate on Saturday 30th January with a masterclass (9am-2pm UK time only) on performance poetry in the online world. Led by renowned writer, Zena Edwards, the masterclass is a unique opportunity to meet others, be inspired, and hone your public speaking and performance skills.

Waymarks by Gill Garrett

Gill Garrett, a previous GWN committee member and winner of the GWN poetry prize in 2013 and 2016, has a new collection out with Graffiti Books.

Waymarks is available directly from Gill for £7.00 plus £2.00 postage and packing.

Please contact her at

Resilience 2020 Anthology

The 2020 prose and poetry anthology, 'Resilience', has been published by Dean Writers Circle. Featuring prose writers and poets who either live in or have a close connection with the Forest of Dean and the Wye Valley, they know first hand the long history of resilience of the people, the flora and fauna, and the landscape. The contributions are from writers with all levels of experience. What brings them together is their passion for this unique corner of the world, and their belief in its continuing resilience in these extraordinary times.

Click here for more information, and to purchase your copy of the anthology.

Proceeds from the sale of this anthology are being donated to Forest Read Easy Deal (FRED), a charity which facilitates adult literacy.

Poetry by Iris Anne Lewis

Three poems by Iris Anne Lewis have been published in the Winter 2020 issue of The High Window. The poems ‘Autumn Migration’, ’November’ and, ‘Carol’ all have seasonal themes, and may be read here. Click on Iris’s name in the list of poets.

Iris was also November's feature poet in the Silver Branch series of Black Bough Poetry, further information available here, and is also included in the playlist accompanying Black Bough Poetry’s Christmas and Winter edition (available free online at the Black Bough Poetry website or for purchase via Amazon).
Listen to the playlist here.

Covid-inspired Poetry Anthology

Frank McMahon from Cirencester has had three poems published in a Covid-inspired anthology entitled, Can you hear the people sing?, published by Palewell Press.

The anthology has writers from round the world and the UK and is available to purchase here.