Here’s our latest newsletter with details of our autumn term events programme, and our latest competitions and courses. We hope that there’s something for everyone and look forward to seeing you there! We’ll be introducing our new look newsletter and website next month, so do look out for that.


2019 Manchester Writing Competition open to entries:

£10,000 international prizes for new Poetry and Fiction

Celebrating Manchester as an international city of writers, finding diverse new voices, and creating opportunities for writer development.

Deadline for entries: Friday 20th September 2019

Entry fee: £17.50

Prize: £10,000 for the best portfolio of three-to-five poems (maximum combined length: 120 lines) and best short story of up to 2,500 words.

Chair of Judges: Malika Booker (Poetry), Nicholas Royle (Fiction)

For all of the details, to enter online or by post, and to read short-listed and winning entries from previous years, visit:




Rewriting the North

The Portico Library

Tickets: FREE

The Portico Library and the Centre for Place Writing at Manchester Met have come together to organise ‘Rewriting the North’, celebrating writers and writing connected with the North of England and discussing the role that place plays in creative practice across a range of forms and genres.


Jennifer Makumbi, Friday 27th September 2019, 6.30pm


Paul Evans and Anita Sethi, Thursday 31st October 2019, 6.30pm


Blake Morrison and Helen Mort, Thursday 28th November 2019, 6.30pm



The People’s Poetry Lectures

Principal Hotel

Tickets: £8/£6 – includes drink on arrival and copy of the lecture

Carol Ann Duffy and Manchester Met, in partnership with Manchester Literature Festival, present The People’s Poetry Lectures: today’s leading writers talking about their favourite poets. Join Carol Ann and guests in the relaxed setting of Manchester’s iconic Principal Hotel for an informal evening celebrating poetry.


Sean Borodale on Sylvia Plath, Thursday 10th October 2019, 7pm (BSL interpreted event)


Jean Sprackland on Elizabeth Bishop, Thursday 7th November 2019, 7pm (BSL interpreted event)


Moira Egan on Marianne Moore, Monday 11th November 2019, 7pm


Forward Prizes Northern Preview

Thursday 26th September 2019, 6pm

Manchester Met Number 70

Tickets: FREE but booking essential

We are thrilled to announce an exclusive Manchester preview of this year’s Forward Prizes for Poetry! In this unique Manchester Met/Forward Arts Foundation event, we’ll whet your appetite for the Forward Prizes Ceremony by hearing from the poets shortlisted for the Best Collection Prize.

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The Journey of a Book:

SCBWI Industry and Author Panel Event

Sunday 28th September 2019, 11am

Manchester Met Business School

Tickets: £10/£5 (discount for SCBWI members and Manchester Met students)

Manchester Met and the Society for Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) present ‘The Journey of a Book’ panel event with publisher Bella Pearson (Guppy Books), editor Rachel Leyshon (Chicken House) and authors Anna Mainwaring, Louisa Reid and Marie Basting.

For further details and to book your tickets go to:


Ambit 1959-2019 Exhibition and Launch

Thursday 24th October 2019, 6pm  

Manchester Met Number 70

Tickets: FREE

A rare opportunity to see works by some of the last century’s leading artists and illustrators published by AMBIT. Hosted by the Manchester Writing School at Manchester Met and featuring the current AMBIT team: Briony Bax, Olivia Bax and Jade Cuttle – and the launch of the latest edition.

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National Creative Writing Industry Day 2019

Friday 1st November 2019, full day

Manchester Met Geoffrey Manton Building

Tickets: £45 (£40 group discount plus sponsored places available) – on sale from 30th August

The National Creative Writing Industry Day 2019 is the largest conference of its kind taking place in the North of England. It’s designed for new writers aspiring to publication to gain an insight into the industry from its experts, and help them hone the skills needed to enter it. Keynote speaker: Sharlene Teo.

Full programme announced soon. For further details go to:




MFA/MA Creative Writing

Apply now for September 2019 or January 2020 entry

The Manchester Writing School at Manchester Met offers a Master of Fine Arts (MFA) and a Master of Arts (MA) in Creative Writing, with specialist routes in Novel, Poetry, Writing for Children & Young Adults, Scriptwriting and Creative Non-Fiction. Available to study on campus in Manchester or from anywhere in the world via online distance learning. Develop your creative and editorial skills under the guidance of practising writers and critics, and join one of the UK’s largest English and Creative Writing postgraduate communities – and most successful writing school with over 95 published graduates. Postgraduate Excellence Scholarships worth £2,000 are available for September 2019 entry to full-time home/EU students with first class honours degrees. For further details and to apply, visit MFA/MA Creative Writing or contact


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