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Creative writing prize: Madeleine Milburn Summer Writing Competition

  Win representation and £500 in the literary agent’s ‘Make Us Scared’ novel writing contest Literary agency Madeleine Milburn is looking for an unpublished writer with a great voice, writing style and premise. Send novel manuscripts that relate to the ‘Make Us Scared’ theme, which may be anything from gritty crime stories to dark narratives. …

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Creative writing prizes: Listowel Writers’ Week

  The forthcoming literary festival offers prizes for short stories, single poems, poetry collections and humorous essays The creative writing competitions connected to Listowel Writers’ Week include: • The Bryan MacMahon Short Story Competition Win €2,000 for an original, unpublished short story in Irish or English, up to 3,000 words. • The Single Poem Competition…

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Playwriting competition: Sky Blue Theatre British Theatre Challenge 2016

  Winning scripts will get a professional performance at Lost Theatre, London, and be filmed and considered for publication Sky Blue Theatre’s British Theatre Challenge invites play scripts between 10 and 15 minutes. Ten winners will be given a full professional production at Lost Theatre, with professional actors and directors. Winners will also get written…

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How to write real sex scenes

Stef Penney’s epic new novel Under a Pole Star includes a passionate love affair between her explorer heroine Flora Mackie and American geologist Jakob de Beyn. Here, Stef tells Writers Online how she went about researching and crafting some graphic, and very detailed, sex scenes. “Writing sex scenes was also an interesting journey. Again, I…