Calling all budding designers: Book Cover Design Competition #Horror #SciFi #Fantasy

Brunel University London’s English & Creative Writing department is producing its second Horror, Science-fiction & Fantasy anthology entitled:

‘WIZARDS, WEREWOLVES & WEIRD ENGINES’

The anthology features a range of English & Creative Writing students’ short stories and non-fiction writing and launches in Autumn 2018.

The competition for the cover design is open to all Brunel University London Undergraduate students and as well as seeing your design used on all copies of the book (in paperback & ebook) you can win 5 paperback copies of the book. Plus if you’re an aspiring graphic designer it’s a great addition to your CV.

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Last year’s anthology ‘Faeries, Fiends & Flying Saucers‘ made the Top 3 S/F new releases on Amazon.

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And we presented ‘Game of Thrones’ author George RR Martin with his very own copy!

The anthology includes three distinct genres –

Horror
Science fiction
Fantasy

– as the title ‘WIZARDS, WEREWOLVES & WEIRD ENGINES’ suggests. So let your imagination run wild!

The design needs to be:

  • High-resolution, 300 dpi .tif/.jpg format OR vector eps format.
  • Size: A5 (148x210mm) plus a spine on the left (17x210mm).
  • Please keep back-up copies of your working files so if you win they can be easily edited.

Entries must be submitted by:
Monday 18th June
by 5pm

to Mr Frazer Lee via email (frazer.lee@brunel.ac.uk) with the subject header:
‘WIZARDS, WEREWOLVES & WEIRD ENGINES’

Good luck & happy designing!

Volunteer Opportunity in India for Arts Students

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CHARITY PROJECT

Who?

Volunteer Invest is the Arms Around the Child volunteer and study abroad programme. They are a global charity supporting communities and human rights organisations in Ghana, India and South Africa, where they support the development and progression of children under their care.

What?

Their partner charity in India is looking for filming, music, photography, painting, drama and performing art students willing to share their talent, creative ideas and skills with groups of children in Jaipur. The arts are a great way to help children unwind and express their emotions and frustrations, it also teaches them valuable communication and life skills.

This is a very creative and entrepreneurial opportunity. Plan the Project you would like to work on and how the can children be involved. Present your idea, and your suggestions can be based on age, culture and differences.

This opportunity is available for a group of students willing to come together and create a production or individual artists. See this example from film student Reuben, who travelled to Jaipur and recorded two short documentaries about the lives of the children at the care facility.

When?

Applications open all year around, but the main focus is on summer 2018, or for final major project/show research.

Your final film could be used to showcase and fundraise for the NGO in Jaipur and the work they do. Previous volunteers have had their work shown across multiple global charity networks, at music festivals and at film awards.

At this time we are unable to fund students, but have access and knowledge for fundraising and have helped hundreds of students travel around the world. You will be required to cover your living costs and in-country expenses.
This is a great opportunity for students to work with a very established charity and work with different social and cultural contexts in a beautiful country.

Interested students to contact: volunteer@armsaroundthechild.org

For more details, visit: http://volunteerinvest.org

 

Postgraduate Anthology

Calling all Brunel Creative Writing postgraduate students & alumni…  

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Building on the success of our recent Creative Writing anthologies, a group of postgraduate MA Novel students, under the guidance of Professor Bernardine Evaristo, are putting together an anthology comprised of work collected from MA and PhD students who have graduated since winter 2012, including current students. The anthology will focus on collecting the opening chapters/sections of your manuscripts in a bid to get them noticed by industry professionals, agents and publishers. We are open to submissions from anyone who is currently studying as a postgraduate Creative Writing student at Brunel or has completed an MA or PhD with us from winter 2012.

Please follow this link for further details from student anthology editor, Hadiyah Khan.

 

 

Brunel Creative Writing students win 1st Prizes in short story competitions

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Dorset Fiction 1st Prize Winner R.V. Maloney

Congratulations to 2nd year Brunel University London Creative Writing student R.V. Maloney, who was awarded  1st place in the international Dorset Fiction competition for her short story ‘The Greater Crested Tern’.

R.V. wrote the story following her weekly Creative Writing coursework prompts. She will be awarded a £500 cash prize, and her story will be featured in Dorset Fiction’s yearly anthology.

The judges said, “Within a thousand words, the story is threaded with blooming motifs and detail which are in turn sewn in to a wonderfully metaphysical piece. The writer uses an interesting range of sometimes obfuscated literary devices, which bed well into the prose. The creative and multilevelled story instantly caught our attention, and continued to blossom in our minds long after reading.”

Check out an interview with the author, and read her award-winning story, at the Dorset Fiction Award website.

Photo Credit: Scarlet Page / Henley Literary Festival

Photo Credit: Scarlet Page / Henley Literary Festival

Joint Honours Games Design and Creative Writing graduate Aimée White was awarded First Prize in the 2017 Dragonfly Tea Short Story Competition.

Aimée’s winning story ‘Generation Lotus’ was written to the contest theme of Journey and was selected by a panel of judges including comedian/writer Helen Lederer, journalist and novelist Paula Cocozza, and Daily Mail Literary Editor Sandra ParsonsAimée’s impressive £1500 1st Prize in the Main contest category was announced at an Awards Ceremony at Henley Literary Festival.

You can view all the 2017 Dragonfly Tea Short Story Competition winners and runners up in the Main and Children’s categories here.