The Elbow Room Prize 2015- Event and Anthology

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Elbow Room promised a number of things to the winners of our inaugural competition. Prize money, a London based event and a publication. All of these are important, tempting and impactful in different ways. The prize money is simple, ready and waiting once we have our winners selected. The event planning is well underway, the venue booked, the details being worked out, the flyers and information out and being shared. We hope it will be a wonderful evening and a successful weekend. The prize night will be October 16th from 6.oopm and we would love to see you all there. It’s free, will be a night to remember and we promise cake as well as art, short stories, poetry and live music.

Details here: https://www.facebook.com/events/688853477882644/

Of everything we’ve promise people it is the publication that is the longest lasting, the most impactful. After the prize money is spent and the event a fond memories the publication will remain. Despite not yet knowing exactly what will be between the covers we’ve had long discussions about how we want to make it. The beauty of the object is important to us, the way it looks and the way it feels. We want our first Elbow Room Prize anthology to retain the values that make our quarterly magazine special, to be hand bound, the use the same luxurious paper, to look and feel like an object of value. We want this for two reasons…

Firstly because that’s what As Yet Untitled publishing is all about.

Secondly (and most importantly) because the work that is eventually selected, printed and bound together is valuable and deserves only the best.

We have made our design choices, settled on a binding technique, prepared the cover. The book is going to have a limited first edition, numbered and collectable. We thought, while we finalise our winners, print and bind, that we would put the book up available for pre-order for anyone who is already absolutely certain that they want a copy. It will be release on October 16th and any pre-ordered copies will go in the post that very day. You can order it here: www.elbow-room.org/shop

Now back to the (impossible, enjoyable, enchanting, enthralling, complicated) judging,

Rosie, Zelda and Lauren.

Elbow Room Competition – Deadline Extended!

We would like to start this blog by saying thank you to everyone who has helped spread the word or entered the Elbow Room Competition. Due to the amazing amount of activity you have all generated a lot of people have only just found the competition and expressed sadness that they don’t have time to prepare their entry. We know exactly how annoying it is to find something you really want to take part in only days (or even hours) before the deadline. This got us thinking. In life there are deadlines we cannot change or control. This is not one of those. This competition is as much (if not more) about you as it is about us. We want everyone who wants to enter to have the chance to. It is with this in mind that we are extending the deadline until midnight Friday 21st August. We know it’s not long but we hope it is long enough. It should give everyone a chance to get his or her creations to us while still leaving us ample time to give your work the consideration it deserves.

See our website for more details on how to enter www.elbow-room.org/competition

We will be at our emails and computer ready to answer any and all questions until then.

Best Wishes and Good Luck

Rosie, Zelda and Lauren.

Elbow Room Competition

We at Elbow Room have decided to celebrate the diversity and talent we have encountered over three delightful and successful years. We are inviting artists and writers from across the arts to submit work to our inaugural competition, which will culminate in a special event and publication. The competition launched on the 1st of June and, closing on the 16th of August, currently has one month left. We are delighted by the responses so far.

Watching our daily page hits climb and climb and our first entries start to come in feels like the beginning of something very special. Since launching we have had over 2000 page hits from more than a 1000 visitors to the website. Thats quadruple the number of people visiting the site than the month before. But we want still more people to know and so are trying to get the word out about the competition out as far and wide as possible. If anyone has any suggestions or wants to tweet, share it on Facebook, put up posters, blog about it, send out carrier pigeons or write in the sky you are more than welcome to.

Elbow Room was inspired by a desire to muddle up the worlds neatly categorised bookshelves. To stop putting poetry over here and photography over there, fiction over here and sculpture far, far over there, music on this shelf and painting on that one and instead sit them cover-to-cover, showing and sharing inspirations, similarities and yes, differences. We wanted to create a space that celebrates art in all guises and so we made Elbow Room.

This competition is part of that celebration. In October the winners and runners up in all three categories will be part of an event in London, a mini autumn festival of the arts. Somewhere (we haven’t chosen a venue yet) we will host an exhibition and a night of live readings. Short stories, poems and visual art will share a space and an audience for a weekend. In the pages of the competition anthology they will share a space for a lot longer than that.

It is truly important to us that the competition showcases as diverse a cross section of the arts as possible. That we show off the incredible work of incredible artists from across multiple disciplines. In the next month it is your job to decide if you want to enter and share your work with us. It is our job to ensure that our first competition is a true celebration of art in all guises.

We are ready and waiting for all your amazing work. We can’t wait to see what we get.

Here are a few details but for full guidelines and to enter please visit our website www.elbow-room.org/competition

Deadline: Sunday the 16th of August at midnight GMT.

Winners will be notified by Wednesday the 30th of September via email and will be publicised on the website soon after.

The event will be held towards the end of October and will be publicised after the winners are announced.

The Judging Panel includes Rosie Sherwood, Zelda Chappel and Lauren Fried.

Categories

Poetry

Prose

Visual Arts

 

Prizes for each category

First prize in each category: £200

Second and third prizes in each category: £50 each

All winners will be published in a special competition anthology edition of Elbow Room.

All winners will be featured in a London based exhibition and live event.

 

Submissions open for Brain of Forgetting, Issue 2: ‘Poppies’

Brain of Forgetting, a new Irish journal publishing creative work relating to the past, is now open for submissions on the theme of ‘Poppies’ until March 31st, 2015. Submissions of up to two pieces of flash fiction (900 words max.) are welcome. We also accept poetry, creative non-fiction, and artwork. For full details on how to submit, go to http://www.brainofforgetting.com/submissions.html, where you can also download a free .pdf of Issue 1. ‘Poppies’ will be published in print and digital format in July 2015.

Write Around Town Workshops in London

sonia delaunayThree weekends in which we explore how art, objects and places inspire writing.

Whether it’s for you or your characters, we’ll walk, eat and write our way around London’s art galleries. Through story fragments, sketches, and experimental writing you’ll engage with some of this spring’s major exhibitions in London.

No writing or drawing experience is necessary, but a willingness to play and experiment is. The Write Around Town workshops are devised to suit writers and artists of all levels. All participants will be included in Writers in the Crowd II, an anthology of writing in the city.

The weekends are stand-alone workshops and can be booked to suit your needs and interests. The more you book, the cheaper they get! When booking, please let us know which weekends you’d like to attend. If you have any questions, please contact us through this link or at maps@writingmaps.com

limited to 8 participants per weekend

Cost: One weekend = £105, Two weekend = £195, Three weekends = £260

cost includes entrance to exhibitions and light refreshments

For more details and to book, click here.

Weekend #1, Painting and Politics: April 24, 25, 26 (Only 3 Places Left)

Weekend #2, Images and Things: June 5, 6, 7

Weekend #3, Drawing and Daring: July 3, 4, 5

The workshops are devised and led by Shaun Levin. He has been teaching creative writing since 1997 and has run workshops and given talks at The National Gallery, the National Portrait Gallery, the Ben Uri Gallery, and the Stanley and Audrey Burton Art Gallery in Leeds. He has recently published work on the artists Mark Gertler and Isaac Rosenberg, and is the author of Seven Sweet Things and A Year of Two Summers, amongst other books. Shaun is the creator of Writing Maps.

David Gaffney’s Sawn-off Tales turned into artwork

As part of Manchester Literature Festival 2014, author David Gaffney has collaborated with “one of the city’s most keenly watched contemporary artists” (Manchester Evening News), Alison Erika Forde. Alison has responded to short-short stories from two of David’s critically acclaimed collections – his first, Sawn-off Tales, and his most recent, More Sawn-off Tales – creating a unique exhibition of paintings, Men Who Like Women Who Smell Of Their Jobs (The Lost Language Of Hairgrips, pictured).

The show runs from 1 October 2014 until 31 January 2015 at The John Rylands Library on Deansgate in Manchester city centre, with a free launch event on Thursday 9 October, 6-8.30pm. This special evening will feature an introduction to the work by Alison, a reading from David, performances by short fiction writers Socrates Adams (“impressive” – Huffington Post) and Anneliese Mackintosh (longlisted for The Guardian’s Not The Booker Prize and nominated for Edinburgh Book Festival’s First Book Award), and specially commissioned music based on the texts and artwork from electronic/ambient two-piece O>L>A (described by music site The Line of Best Fit as “simply beautiful, even breathtaking”).

Lost language of hairgrips