Issue 67 (Sep/Oct/Nov 2015)


Pay as you go: are we being exploited by a boom in expensive non-university creative writing courses? Danuta Kean explores

Big question: Why don’t women submit their writing?

Patricia Ferguson talks to Stephanie Cross

Tribal loyalty: Roz Warren explains how her friends are her best publicists
For what it’s worth: Vanessa Ugatti on the magic formula for negotiating payment
Breaking into the Beeb: Elizabeth Lewis reveals how to get a radio play commissioned by the BBC

12 pages of competitions, calls for submissions, grants, courses, events, contacts, venues


New writing
Deryn Rees-Jones introduces the winners and finalists in our Women’s Poetry Competition 2015

Publishing trends
Books to look out for: Danuta Kean on erotic writing
Don’t miss nonfiction: selected by Caroline Sanderson
How to write a bestseller: A Summer Promise
Literary agent interview, Oli Munson

Author insights
Poems up close: Carolyn Jess-Cooke appreciates a poem by Agnieszka Studzinska
It works for me: advice from novelist Evie Wyld

Guides and masterclasses
Scriptory: Lucy Scher’s screenwriting series looks at building your story world
Short story heroes: Linda Anderson analyses the work of Helen Simpson
Hacking it: Chloe Corkhill on writing columns
Synopsis boot camp: Playing with structure


What went horribly wrong
for Rowan Coleman

Bedside table
The table, the costume, the method, the books of Janet Ellis

Book reviews
Poetry, short story, nonfiction, independent press

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