CFS: Close Writing – A Salon of Texture – 29 April 2019

Close Writing

Close Writing is a project that wants to explore our textured life through writing. We want to create a space in which contributors from all disciplines and backgrounds can come together to investigate, complicate and question the affects, repercussions and lived experience of texture.

For each salon, we will give a texture accompanied by some prompts, and ask our contributors to respond to it through writing, image, or sound. We will then share our work at a relaxed, critical reading salon, the first will be held in late Spring/early Summer (location and date tbc).

Our first texture is sticky. What does it mean to feel something sticky? Why is a sticky surface so repugnant but simultaneously so alluring? What does it mean for thoughts, ideas, or bodies to stick together? Below are some writing prompts that circle around the subject of sticky that you can use if you wish.

Please send your sticky writing as an attachment to by the 29th April, labelling the attachment with your name and the title of your work. It can either be a finished piece of around 1300 words or in draft stages. Please also include a bio. Once we have selected we will get back to you to arrange our first reading salon.

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School of Arts Research Student Writing Sessions 2018-19

The School of Arts Writing Sessions will be running again this year, on Mondays and Fridays from 10am to 1pm. All research students and staff are welcome to attend: the sessions are designed to give researchers at all levels some time, space and peer support for focused work on extended writing projects.

You can attend as often as you like: if you think you would like to come at any point, email Sophie Jones to be added to the mailing list. Every Friday, Sophie will send out a sign-up sheet for the following week with details of the room.

More information about the structure of the sessions is available on the group’s web page.

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CFP: Journal of Arts Writing by Students – deadline 7 May 2017

Please find attached call for papers for the next issue of JAWS (the Journal of Arts Writing by Students)

JAWS are currently seeking submissions for their forthcoming issue, the deadline for which is Monday 7th May 2017 (please see attached). JAWS is primarily aimed at MA and MRes level but also welcome submissions from PhD and BA students.

The journal is published by Intellect Books – style guide is available here.

JAWS are also recruiting peer reviewers and would love to hear from any students who would be interested. I would be very happy to send out any past issues or answer any questions students may have about the process.

Best wishes,

Ruth Solomons

Editor – JAWS

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Opportunities for review writers for ‘Women: A Cultural Review’

Women: A Cultural Review

Dr Trudi Tate, the reviews editor of  is interested in hearing from PhD students who may be able to write occasional reviews for the journal.

Please contact her directly at

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Call for entries: The Mogford Food & Drink Short Story Prize £7,500 – deadline 6 March 2016

Final entries are now invited for the Fourth Annual Mogford Food & Drink Story Prize – £7,500.

The short story can be by any writer, must be new work and a maximum of 2500 words. Submissions by 6th March 2016.

The prize will be presented at the Annual Quod Party held during the FT Weekend Oxford Literary Festival on Thursday 7th April 2016.

Email your submission to

See website for full details


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