[15 Sep 2014 | No Comment | ]
Bilal Tanweer

The Asian Writer speaks to Bilal Tanweer, author of The Scatter Here is too Great.

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[15 Sep 2014 | No Comment | ]

The Commonwealth Short Story Prize brings stories from new and emerging voices, often from countries with little or no publishing infrastructure, to the attention of an international audience. You don’t need an agent, just an internet connection to submit your unpublished story of 2000-5000 words. Entry is free. Stories translated into English are also eligible.
Each year, the prize selects five winning writers from five different Commonwealth regions. One overall winner who receives £5000, and four regional winners who receive £2500 each. This year’s Commonwealth Short Story Prize is part-funded by The Sigrid Rausing …

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[1 Sep 2014 | No Comment | ]

The SI Leeds Literary Prize, a groundbreaking award for unpublished fiction by Black and Asian women writers based in the UK have announced their shortlist for this year’s prize.
The shortlist includes:
The Constellation of Ravine Roy – Mahsauda Snaith
Hanging From The Hammer of The Bell – Season Butler
Blue in Green – Kit de Waal
A Mouthful of Silence – Reshma Ruia
The Queen – Anita Sivakumaran
Red is for Later and Other Stories – Farah Ahamed
The prize ceremony will take place on the 15th October 2014 as part of the Ilkley Literature Festival. There will be two pre-announcement events, …

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[15 Jul 2014 | No Comment | ]

Massive Open Online Courses or MOOC’s are university short courses taught by leading academics. Many MOOC’s use a host platform to teach a course, such as edx.org and are delivered across a number of media, including video, textbooks, workshops and social media.
For writers, MOOC’s can inspire, teach and inform. They can give writers an opportunity to explore different subjects, without committing to completing a course. The student is in full control, can learn at their own pace and with no expectation to complete assignments. The commitment levels vary from just four hours …

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[25 Jun 2014 | No Comment | ]
First Novel Competition – update

Our announcement for the First Novel Competition result is long overdue. It was no easy task to judge. There were a number of super novels on the list which I loved for different reasons. Many congratulations to our finalists and winner. Here they are:

Shortlist of the First Novel Competition

Barsa Ray A Son to Eclipse All
Rashmi Paun 90 Days
Apala Chowdhury Elephant Road


Apala Chowdhury was born in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Apala won first prize in a Jonathan Cape short fiction award for young, black British writers. She has also been shortlisted for her short stories in …

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[24 Jun 2014 | No Comment | ]

The DWL annual short story competition aims to encourage fiction writing and promote new writers. Now in its third year, the competition is open to writers of all ages around the world.
The top three entries will be published in the next issue of Papercuts magazine and will receive copies of A God in Every Stone, the new novel by Kamila Shamsie, and only one of them will be selected for the Dastaan Award* – a cash prize worth PKR 50,000 that DWL is offering in partnership with two benefactors.
Submission Guidelines:
•    The stories may …

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