Welcome to Leeds Writers and Poets

Leeds Writers and Poets provides a forum for aspiring writers and poets to gain quality feedback from other people with similar interests.

We get together twice a month, usually to give feedback on each other's writing, but also to take part in workshops and generally share the experience of writing.

We have members of all levels of experience, from those who are just starting out to people with several novels under their belt.

We have an ethos of inclusion and support, and welcome writers and poets of all levels of ability – the only pre-requisite is a positive attitude and willingness to give as well as take.

New members are warmly welcomed, and are welcome to come along for two sessions with no obligations, to see if it might suit you.

If you'd like to learn more, have a browse around the website, or email us at leedswritersandpoets@gmail.com

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  • Ian Sietniekas

    Ian Sietniekas: Hi all, for anyone who feels they're eligible we received this communication from All Stories: Are you an aspiring children’s or young adult book writer from an underrepresented background? The brand-new All Stories mentorship programme could be for you! This is a unique and free opportunity to be mentored by an expert editor, with 14 mentorships on offer to underrepresented writers unable to pay for support. Applications are open until 31st May, with the mentorships running from September 2021 to February 2022. Find out more and apply at www.allstories.org.uk @AllStoriesWrite #AllStoriesMentorship #representationmatters

    Tue 30th Mar 2021 at 21:44


  • Kat

    Kat: $3,500 Ghost, Fable, and Fractured Fairy Tales Prize Judged by Kevin Brockmeier We invite writers to submit to the Fractured Lit Ghost, Fable, and Fractured Fairy Tales Prize through February 15, 2021. Guest judge Kevin Brockmeier will choose three prize winners from a shortlist. We're excited to offer the winner of this prize $3000 and publication, while the 2nd and 3rd place winners will receive publication and $300 and $200, respectively. All entries will be considered for publication. Fractured Lit is looking for stories of ghosts, fables, allegory, and fractured fairy tales in 1,000 words or less. Using these genre themes please remember that we're searching for flash that investigates the mysteries of being human, the sorrow, and the joy of connecting to the diverse population around us. We want something new. Something that scares as much as it resonates; stories that help us discover the roots of desire and conflict, that shimmer on the page, that keep us reading, and wondering long after the last period on the page. Transport us from the here and now to a new land of discovery, a new way of being terrified, a new way of embracing all of the ways we show our humanness. Fractured Lit is a flash fiction–centered place for all writers of any background and experience. DEADLINE: FEBRUARY 15 $20 Reading Fee* *Your $20 reading fee allows up to two stories of 1,000 words or fewer each per entry. https://fracturedlit.com/current-prize/

    Mon 8th Feb 2021 at 16:26


  • Kat

    Kat: H E Bates Short Story Competition Maximum words 2000 Closing date Monday 5th April 2021 Entry Fee £6 for one story, £10 for two stories Prizes: £500, £200, £100, also £100 for best story by a Northants writer Full details on the competition website www.hebatescompetition.org.uk

    Wed 27th Jan 2021 at 08:29


  • Richard

    Richard: Hello all, We're once again putting together an LWAP anthology for the National Association of Writers and Groups (NAWG) annual competition. Their deadline is the end of March, so to give Kat time to collate everything I will need your submissions three weeks before that (Wednesday March 10th). I’ll put a link to the contest rules at the bottom of this post but the most relevant info is that nothing we submit can already have been published elsewhere. One thing I want to stress this time is that there are also multiple individual categories for poetry, short stories etc that people may want to enter. I’ve been in touch with them and there are very few restrictions – if we wanted we could each submit to every one of the individual comps as well as the anthology, which I hadn’t realised. Those of you who’ve contributed before will know what a great job Kat does making the physical copy look good, so I hope everyone considers submitting something to be a part of it. If you have any questions let me know on the Whatsapp group, otherwise send your pieces to LWAPanthology@protonmail.com. Cheers team. ( Here is the link to the website, then click on ‘DOWNLOAD Competitions Rules and Guidance’ for all the relevant info https://www.nawg.co.uk/members-competitions )

    Sat 23th Jan 2021 at 21:14


  • Ian Sietniekas

    Ian Sietniekas: So people are aware, I've modified the submissions email to now include as standard: The submission link. The Zoom link. The feedback link. Everything in one place, no need to search around or wait to be able to upload your documents after a session.

    Tue 12th Jan 2021 at 17:02


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    Andrey Pissantchev: We just got an email from Amnesty International York - they're running a 500 word story competition, deadline March 31st, £5/£3 entry, £50 prize for the winner. More details here: https://yorkamnestyuk.blogspot.com/p/competition-2021.html

    Sat 2nd Jan 2021 at 16:54


  • Ian Sietniekas

    Ian Sietniekas: Easy all. While we were very clever and proactive in ad hoccing a new critique session for 30th of Dec, it's been pointed out that we didn't set any kind of submission deadline. Between our collective brainpower, that's mildly worrying. Much as the sadist in me want's to suggest a 25th Dec deadline, I'm prepared to accept that people may have other things going on. If people could submit by the 27th, that should give us all enough time to complete Christmas and not have a load of last minute reading to do.

    Sun 13th Dec 2020 at 19:59


  • Ian Sietniekas

    Ian Sietniekas: Easy all. While we were very clever and proactive in ad hoccing a new critique session for 30th of Dec, it's been pointed out that we didn't set any kind of submission deadline. Between our collective brainpower, that's mildly worrying. Much as the sadist in me want's to suggest a 25th Dec deadline, I'm prepared to accept that people may have other things going on. If people could submit by the 27th, that should give us all enough time to complete Christmas and not have a load of last minute reading to do.

    Sun 13th Dec 2020 at 19:58


  • Ian Sietniekas

    Ian Sietniekas: Easy all. While we were very clever and proactive in ad hoccing a new critique session for 30th of Dec, it's been pointed out that we didn't set any kind of submission deadline. Between our collective brainpower, that's mildly worrying. Much as the sadist in me want's to suggest a 25th Dec deadline, I'm prepared to accept that people may have other things going on. If people could submit by the 27th, that should give us all enough time to complete Christmas and not have a load of last minute reading to do.

    Sun 13th Dec 2020 at 19:58


  • Ian Sietniekas

    Ian Sietniekas: If anyone is interested, we received this communication recently: Dear Leeds Writers & Poets, I am writing to you about Aspects of History, the new website and magazine dedicated to history and historical fiction, which may be of interest to you and your members. We will be launching the website and magazine in December - and are currently accepting submissions for 2021. Aspects of History publishes and promotes established and new authors alike - and the site should be of interest to both readers and writers of history and historical fiction. I would be grateful if you could forward on this email to your members and anyone interested our site. The first issue of our magazine will be available from our website to download on Dec 20th. It will also be available on Amazon as a kindle and print edition. Aspects of History features articles, author interviews, short stories and book reviews. Our first issue includes pieces by Ben Macintyre, Antonia Senior, William Boyd, Anne O’Brien, and EC Fremantle. The first issue will be at the special price of £1.99, with annual subscriptions at £9.99. pastedImagebase641.png As you will see from our website, we have a special page devoted to groups interested in creative writing. We are keen to foster relationships with new writers and creative writing groups. Eventually we will be arranging writing competitions, book awards, special offers on books, and helping authors to publish and promote their works. Members may want to sign-up to our mailing list at https://aspectsofhistory.com/ and receive a number of complimentary books whilst doing so. Our newsletter will update you on news, special offers and other information. Members may also want to follow us on Twitter @aspectshistory Facebook https://www.facebook.com/aspectsofhistory We can be in touch in the new year with further details about submitting to the magazine - and how we can help publish and promote writers from your group. There may be members of your group, past and present, interested in publishing their novels and short stories. Your members may want to write a book review or blog post for us. You may also want to publish an anthology of short stories or arrange an Author Platform on site for your group. It may also be the case that you would like to invite our editor and/or one of our authors to give a talk to your members once it is convenient to do so. Please do get in touch should you have any questions. It would be great to start a lasting, ongoing relationship that will benefit your members and help to spread the word about the magazine and website. Amie Bawa Editorial Staff www.facebook.com/aspectsofhistory https://twitter.com/AspectsHistory

    Mon 16th Nov 2020 at 19:09