Welcome to Leeds Writers and Poets

Leeds Writers and PoetsLeeds Writers and Poets was founded in May 2012 to provide a forum for aspiring writers and poets to gain quality feedback from other people with similar interests.

We are a small group of writers and poets who get together a couple of times a month to give feedback on each other's writing, take part in workshops and generally share the experience of writing.

We have members of all levels, 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.

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  • Mark James Barrett

    Mark James Barrett: Sorry everyone, won't make it tonight, been asked to work over.

    Thu 14th Feb 2019 at 18:33


  • Adam Wolstenholme

    Adam Wolstenholme: Can someone remind me of our plans for the anthology? I have a piece ready now at 2,000 words. Do I put it into dropbox somewhere? Does it have to be anonymous?

    Thu 7th Feb 2019 at 18:00

    • Adam Burton

      Adam Burton: Hi Adam! Send it to me at a.david.burton@gmail.com. From Adam.

      Thu 7th Feb 2019 at 21:00

    • Adam Burton

      Adam Burton: Hi Adam! Send it to me at a.david.burton@gmail.com. From Adam.

      Thu 7th Feb 2019 at 21:00

    • Adam Burton

      Adam Burton: Also I’m not uber keen, the message just posted twice. From Adam.

      Thu 7th Feb 2019 at 21:01


  • Kat

    Kat: I've put out the call for submissions, though the next meeting isn't actually for two weeks. I'm the only one signed up for it at the moment...

    Thu 31th Jan 2019 at 18:52


  • Adam Wolstenholme

    Adam Wolstenholme: That's good news, Ian. Thanks Andrey for the tips about submissions. I've sent a shortened version of my spooky Affliction story to the Leeds mag.

    Tue 29th Jan 2019 at 12:05


  • Ian Sietniekas

    Ian Sietniekas: After last week's session being so cold, I had a chat about getting some heaters in our meeting room.

    Instead, they've decided to move us to one of the other rooms that is more reliably heated. It should be the little one just next to the bar, with loads of mirrors in it.

    Beats having another discussion in our coats

    Mon 28th Jan 2019 at 20:53


  • Adam Wolstenholme

    Adam Wolstenholme: Can anyone help? I want to submit a 2,000 word short story. I know someone - might have been Katja - recently posted a website for finding the suitable places to submit one's stuff to. I got Andrey's link to the Fiction Desk. Any other ideas?

    Sun 27th Jan 2019 at 19:22

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      Andrey Pissantchev: You probably want to look at Duotrope (https://duotrope.com/) or the Submission Grinder (https://thegrinder.diabolicalplots.com/). Duotrope is paid and I think Kat uses it, whereas I've only used the Grinder, which is free.

      I'd definitely recommend trying the Grinder. It's a bit rough around the edges, but I got a lot of use out of it. I also have a sneaking suspicion it's a bit biased towards sci-fi/fantasy/horror, but that might be because those are the magazines I spend most of my time looking for.

      Sun 27th Jan 2019 at 21:01

    • Richard

      Richard: This Leeds magazine pops up in my twitter quite a lot, although looking at the guidelines you'd have to cut 500 words.
      https://www.strixleeds.com/submit/

      Tue 29th Jan 2019 at 11:18

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      Andrey Pissantchev: I really like your Twitter feed, Richard.

      Tue 29th Jan 2019 at 13:22

    • Kat

      Kat: Yes, it was Duotrope, but I've actually stopped using it now. It wasn't that amazing, and I did';t know there were free options. I'm also planning to check out Submittable, which I also think does the same thing, though don't hold me to it.

      Thu 31th Jan 2019 at 18:50

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      Andrey Pissantchev: I'd expect Submittable to only have markets that use Submittable for their submission management? Which, granted, is probably quite a few of them. Give the Grinder a shot!

      Fri 1st Feb 2019 at 08:41


  • Richard

    Richard: Hey all, a reminder about this, which closes on 7th Feb.

    http://northernwritersawards.com/faqs/

    Tue 22th Jan 2019 at 14:05


  • Richard

    Richard: https://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/by-topic/industry-news/tip-sheet/article/78601-bartering-with-the-facts-how-a-novelist-solves-a-historical-problem.html

    I just finished reading a really good book, and whilst finding out more about it came across this article by the author, about research and the importance of accuracy. I thought it was interesting.

    Sun 13th Jan 2019 at 16:26


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    Andrey Pissantchev: Also! I appear to have volunteered myself to organize the inaugural LWAP writing retreat for this year.

    I'd like to get a rough number of people thinking of attending and a general idea of what people are interested in, so please fill out this survey for me: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/B9W923L

    (I'll be checking the results around the next session on January 24th, make sure to get your answer in before that.)

    Sat 12th Jan 2019 at 19:07

    • Mark James Barrett

      Mark James Barrett:

      Mon 14th Jan 2019 at 08:46

    • Kat

      Kat: Okay, I did it, but typically for me I wanted an 'other' option on almost all of them because none of the answers fitted me perfectly. I prefer August because Freyja will be older so more of a chance both Timi and I will be able to get away for the weekend if we can bribe / blackmail / surprise baby one of the nanas into it. But I can do both, technically. I put a 'maximim' budget but it's not a hard number, just a preferred. Bet you're all glad I shared this with all of you - I'm sure you have nothing better to be doing than reading this inane waffling. It's like the antithesis of Mark's comment.

      Wed 16th Jan 2019 at 21:21

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      Andrey Pissantchev: I mean, at least you submitted - Mark didn't even answer the survey!

      Yeah, no problem about rough answers. This is all to get a rough idea of stuff in the first instance.

      Sat 19th Jan 2019 at 12:06


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    Andrey Pissantchev: Next session is officially down as a workshop. I've not heard anything about it so I assume it's a normal critique session?

    Sat 12th Jan 2019 at 14:08

    • Richard

      Richard: Are we still doing the anthology? Maybe worth doing something around that?

      Sat 12th Jan 2019 at 16:06

    • Kat

      Kat: I'm happy to facilitate some writing exercises based around the anthology topic if there isn't too much dissent...

      Wed 16th Jan 2019 at 21:10