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Writers need communities to belong to so that they feel less out-of-step with the rest of the world. It's nice to know there are conferences, workshops, and events that cater to your needs. Xlibris offers this listing as a courtesy to our authors; however, it is in no way affiliated with the events or organizations posted. Please contact event organizers directly with any questions.


Deadline: June 30, 2018

Description: This contest invites new, never-before published authors from around the world to submit short stories of no more than 3000 words. Submissions are to be in English. In addition to publication, winners will be awarded prizes ranging from £100 to £300. Find out more at:

Deadline: June 27, 2018

Description: Across five categories- First Novel, Novel, Biography, Poetry, and Children’s Books- the Costa Book Awards honor the most stand out books by authors from the United Kingdom and Ireland. One of the five winners will be announced as the Book of the Year at an awards ceremony held in London.

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Duration: July 26-29, 2018

Description: The Port Elliot Festival invites guests to St. Germans, Cornwall, to enjoy a magical weekend. In addition to swimming and enjoying the wilderness, guests are encouraged practice expressing themselves creatively- whether through writing, art, music or other.

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Duration: August 11-27, 2018

Description: Readers and authors of all ages and interests are invited to the Edinburgh International Book Festival. Guests consists of novelists, poets, philosophers, scientists, sportsmen, comic book makers, historians, musicians, illustrators and many others, including Nobel prize winners . Visitors will also be able to choose from 800 events in which to participate.

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Duration: Monthly

Visit the largest book fair in the UK. Meet some of the country’s finest specialist book dealers at the Royal National Hotel, Bloomsbury.

Duration: October 5-7, 2018

Writers are invited to a unique and intimate experience celebrating the written word, at one of England’s most beautiful and historic houses. Guests will be able to enjoy a range of food and drink, as well as listen to a gathering of talented guest-speakers.

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Duration: August 11-17, 2018

For seventy years, the weeklong Swanwick Summer Writers’ School program has invited writers of all ages, experience, and genres. The Swanwick School offers a variety of courses, workshops, and guest speakers, panels, and even the options for one-on-one sessions. The School wants its visiting writers to explore their creativity, whether through writing, dance, art, or even singing.

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