I'm trying to catch up on some local poetry and writing news, so I'll be posting a few snippets here today...
Writing East Midlands has announced the first annual East Midlands Book Award. £1,000 will be given to a writer of fiction, creative non-fiction, or poetry. The aim of the award is to promote writers who live in the East Midlands, to raise the profile of the thriving literary scene in the region, and to reward exceptional work.
Nominations are invited from local and national publishers. A panel of judges will be chosen each year to shortlist submissions and make the final award.
A shortlist of up to eight books will be announced in April of each year and promoted through bookshops, libraries and reading groups. An award ceremony will be held each June – in the first year at the Lowdham Book Festival.
Actor Robert Lindsay joins BBC Nottingham’s John Holmes and Derbyshire County Council’s Jaci Brumwell, to judge the inaugural East Midlands Book Award.
Visit http://www.writingeastmidlands.co.uk/awards/ for competition rules, and contact Aimee Wilkinson for further information at firstname.lastname@example.org or 0115 959 7929.