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16 October 2014
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Publication Opportunities for NI writers

BookBray Arts Club Journal
Closing date - monthly
Monthly publication seeking poetry submissions (40 lines maximum). Poets may be invited to read their work at the monthly arts and music night in Bray. Submissions to Bray Arts Club Journal, 7 Belville Mews, Glenard Avenue, Bray, Co. Wicklow

Irish Pages
Outstanding writing from Ireland and overseas. For subscription and submission details, send an SAE to the Irish Pages, Linen Hall Library, 17 Donegall Square North, Belfast BT1 5GB

Whispers and Shouts - short story magazine
A magazine that publishes the best in Irish short fiction from the start of the 20th century through to now. Each month, three or four short stories by well-known writers are published. There's a 'previously unpublished' slot and five to six stories by emerging writers.

Armagh Writers Group
One of five writers groups operating in and around County Armagh, Northern Ireland. The groups are located in Armagh, Banbridge and Craigavon - ABC. They run a writing competition.

New Belfast Community Arts Initiative
An organisation that regularly publishes anthologies of local work. Contact New Belfast Community Arts Initiative, Unit 4 Clanmill Arts & Business Centre, Bridge Street, Belfast BT1 1LU. Tel. 028 9092 3493 or see website.

John Hewitt Open mic night
A new night for singers/songwriters/poets has started on Monday nights from 9:30pm.
It operates on an open mic basis and new singers are always welcome. Just turn up and put your name down. Tel. 028 9023 3768

Voluntary Arts Ireland
This organisation seeks to promote participation in the arts and crafts by supporting the development of the voluntary arts sector.

Local Organisations

Poet Casting
Poet Casting works with poets throughout the UK to podcast their work. The project features with performance poets, published poets, new poets, established poets and everything in between. If you are a poet who wants to be involved in the project, email: poetcasting
Creative Writers Network
This organisation runs the Brian Moore short story awards, publishes a newsletter and provides a network for creative writing groups and individuals in Northern Ireland.
Email: creativewritersnetwork

Belfast Poets
Amotley crew of manic poets who met monthly in Arcadia cafe prior to the fire. Visit their website to find out more about their regular poetry meetings and to view or submit poetry. Email: belfastpoets

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Whether you're writing a screenplay or a radio comedy sketch, you should format your script correctly. BBCi's writersroom provides you with PDF examples of how to format a screenplay, TV drama, sitcom, Radio drama, Radio comedy & sketch, Stage, or Comic book.

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