class="post-14048 post type-post status-publish format-standard has-post-thumbnail hentry category-interview tag-fourhubs tag-poetry-prize tag-short-story-prize"An interview with
Theresa Lola

FourHubs, a new magazine and website for poets, screenwriters, playwrights and novelists is running two competitions over the next few weeks. We chat with writer and founder, Theresa Lola. 

Can you explain a bit more about FourHubs? What is it and what do you do?

FourHubs is a lifestyle magazine for writers in all fields, it features articles, opportunities, photo spreads, diary entries and more. It aims to just be a relaxed platform for writers, whether it’s tips on writers block, or an anonymous diary entry, its the perfect place to get to explore your writing field better, we are currently working on our next issue.

Why do writers need their own platform like FourHubs?

A platform like FourHubs is a place whether writers are shown in a new light, there is a new wave of writers who are trail blazers and featured in arts and culture magazines, and we felt one solely as a relaxation hub for writers was needed. From insightful interviews, to three-page spread photo shoots, we are excited about all the new things we can do. General submissions will be open soon.  

We hear a lot about the death of magazines in a digital age? Why have you decided to have a print edition?

We felt it was important for a magazine of this nature to start of physical, we want something that is tangible, people to hold it, feel it, store it, understand the value of what we are doing.

Why did you decide to run a prize?

The prize is being run as another entry point into continued professional development, to not only award a writer cash for outstanding work but to also be part of their continued development, partnering with Spread The Word is allowing us to do that.

What are you looking for when it comes to prize entries? Is there a style or genre that really works for you?

There is no specific style the judge is looking for, work that is bold, interesting, captivating and unflinchingly unique in its voice will always stand out amongst others.

class="post-14228 post type-post status-publish format-standard has-post-thumbnail hentry category-network-knowledge"Olumide Popoola reads ‘Keep the Inside’

Watch our City of Stories writer-in-residence, Olumide Popoola read her short story ‘Keep the inside’ at Hammersmith Library. You can also read a copy of her short story below.

Read ‘Keep the inside’ by Olumide Popoola

City of Stories will launch 42 writing workshops across 21 London library boroughs in June 2018. Olumide’s workshops will be on Thursday 14 and 21 June, 6-8pm at Hammersmith Library in Hammersmith and Fulham. Sign up to attend a free workshop at a library near you here.

class="post-14222 post type-post status-publish format-standard has-post-thumbnail hentry category-network-knowledge"Gary Budden reads ‘A Constellation of Wondrous Places’

Watch our City of Stories writer-in-residence, Gary Budden read his short story ‘A Constellation of Wondrous Places’ at Morden Library. You can also read a copy of his short story below.

Read ‘A Constellation of Wondrous Places’ by Gary Budden

City of Stories will launch 42 writing workshops across 21 London library boroughs in June 2018. Gary’s workshops will be on Tuesday 12 and 19 June, 3-5pm at Morden Library in Merton. Sign up to attend a free workshop at a library near you here.

class="post-14136 post type-post status-publish format-standard has-post-thumbnail hentry category-network-knowledge tag-adulting tag-leone-ross tag-reading"Leone Ross reads
‘Adulting’

Watch our City of Stories writer-in-residence, Leone Ross read her short story ‘Adulting’ at Woolwich Library. You can also read a copy of her short story below.

Read ‘Adulting’ by Leone Ross

City of Stories will launch 42 writing workshops across 21 London library boroughs in June 2018. Leone’s workshops will be on Sunday 3 and 10 June, 1:30-3:30pm at Woolwich Library in Greenwich. The workshop on 3 June will be BSL-interpreted. If you would like more to enquire about accessibility at City of Stories workshops, e-mail aliya@spreadtheword.org.uk. Sign up to attend a free workshop at a library near you here.

class="post-14114 post type-post status-publish format-standard has-post-thumbnail hentry category-network-knowledge tag-european tag-meena-kandasamy"Meena Kandasamay reads
‘How to host your Europeans’

Watch our City of Stories writer-in-residence, Meena Kandasamy read her short story ‘How to host your Europeans’ at Redbridge Central Library. You can also read a copy of her short story below.

Read Meena Kandasamy’s ‘How To Host Your Europeans’

City of Stories will launch 42 writing workshops across 21 London library boroughs in June 2018. Meena’s workshops will be on Tuesday 12 and 19 June, 6-8pm at Redbridge Central Library. Sign up to attend a free workshop at a library near you here.

class="post-14054 post type-post status-publish format-standard has-post-thumbnail hentry category-news-opportunities tag-development tag-penguin tag-publishing tag-write-now tag-writer-development"Penguin WriteNow 2018 is live

The UK’s largest publisher, Penguin Random House UK, is looking for new and under-represented writers and illustrators from London and the South East to apply to its WriteNow programme.

On Saturday 8 September, in partnership with Spread the Word, Penguin Random House will be hosting a free workshop at its office in London for 50 writers about how to get their book published, with advice and insights from established authors, literary agents and other industry experts. The event will also give each attendee the unique opportunity to receive one-on-one feedback from a Penguin Random House editor on their manuscript.

WriteNow is Penguin Random House’s flagship campaign which aims to seek out, mentor and publish new and under-represented voices on the UK’s bookshelves. This includes writers and picture book illustrators from BAME (Black, Asian, Minority Ethnic) or LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Queer) communities, those who have a disability, or come from a socio-economically marginalised background.

Penguin Random House is calling for unpublished writers in fiction, non-fiction, and children’s/Young Adult genres, as well as illustrators of children’s picture books, who consider themselves under-represented in publishing to apply. 50 talented writers will be invited to attend the free workshop in London in September, with 10 illustrators invited to attend the Nottingham event. The application period is open until midnight on Monday 9 July (for writers) and midnight on Monday 23 July (for illustrators), with further information about how to apply available at www.write-now.live.

WriteNow is already achieving real change: of the 23 writers who are currently part of the WriteNow mentoring programme, five have already been offered publishing deals, with the first book by a mentee – Charlene Allcott’s The Reinvention of Martha Ross – published in July this year. You can read more from mentee Kirsty Capes here.