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Literature Ambassador: Writer Opps: From Lit Mags to Japan

Writer Opps Wednesday aims to bring you six fresh, juicy opportunities each Wednesday. This week we have, 1) a two week residency in Japan for artists of any discipline; 2) an eight week course for artists in Scotland who would like to become full-time freelance creative practitioners; 3) an all expenses paid programme for students (19-25yrs) who’d like to become film critics; 4) a brand new magazine that seems particularly concerned with creative development, and is looking for submissions from students and established writers; 5) A Publisher who Accepts Unsolicited Queries; 6) An invitation from Authors Publish Magazine to pitch articles and ebooks for which they will pay!

Opp 1: A Two week Residency in Japan

白鷹 Hakutaka (Sake) shop – Oharai-machi, Ise, Mie pref. Japan, by YUKD on Flickr

Open Call – Ise City, Japan Residency

British Council

Deadline: 07 May 2019 at 16:00

We have launched an open call seeking five UK-based artists working in any art form, to travel to Japan for an artistic research residency as part of ‘UK in Japan 2019-20’.


The British Council is launching an open call seeking five UK-based artists working in any art form, to travel to Japan for an artistic research residency as part of the “UK in Japan 2019-20”. The residency will take place over a period of two weeks in October 2019 in Ise City, the home of Ise Shrine, one of the most important and prestigious Shinto Shrines in Japan. 

During the two-week research residency, five UK artists will take part in a programme which includes: visits to hidden parts of Ise Shrine which are not generally opened to the public; travel to other cultural heritage sites and meetings with Japanese Shinto priests, craft makers, local residents as well as Japanese contemporary artists. The full schedule will be set in advance of the visit and the selected artists will have the opportunity to input into the programme. 

The residency has been developed by the British Council in collaboration with Ise City and will coincide with an exciting year of UK-Japan exchange titled “UK in Japan 2019-20” jointly organised by the British Council and British Embassy Tokyo. While Japan will attract the global attention with these key moments, the residency will provide the UK artists a unique experience to encounter the beauty of Japanese culture and its tradition, explore its relevance to the 21st century and build new cultural relationships with Japan. 

The fully funded research residency will take place over 14 days (including travel). We will also cover access costs and support with any access requirements. 

To find out more about the residency programme, eligibility, the application process including how to apply by the deadline of 4pm on 7 May 2019.

Successful applicants will be notified by Friday 31 May 2019. 

For further information, please contact (Dom Hastings), or call 0131 524 5759, or visit 

Opp 2: A course for emerging creative practitioners

Campaign design for a design school Shillington by Sydney based design studio Christopher Doyle & Co. Via

Design Your Practice

Spring 2019 | Glasgow | Perth | Dumfries & Galloway |Scottish Borders

Developed by Cultural Enterprise Office, Design Your Practice Is an eight-week course that supports creative freelancers in their careers.   

Becoming a freelancer can be intimidating, whatever your creative industry or practice.  As well as developing creatively, you need to master the essential elements required to run a successful business. From planning and admin to finance, pricing and marketing, this programme helps you to master these aspects with the support of your peers.

About the course

Designed for creatives by creatives, the programme is held in various locations throughout Scotland led by facilitators. These are experienced freelancers from across the creative industries, who’ll share their knowledge, insights and passion. During the dedicated and active learning workshops, you’ll address many different aspects of becoming a freelancer.

DURATION: 8 weeks, with a weekly, 2-hour workshop

COST: £150

The deadline is Friday 03 May 2019 at 16:00.

Opp 3: A Programme for Student Film Critics

Alternative poster for Back to the Future, Designed by Phantom City Creative

EIFF Student Critics Programme 2019

Edinburgh International Film Festival

Deadline: 24 May 2019 at 23:55

Apply now for Edinburgh International Film Festival’s Student Critics Programme! This all-expenses paid opportunity supports the next generation of film journalists.

The Edinburgh International Film Festival’s Student Critics Programme supports the next generation of film journalists, offering experience, skills and networking to students with a passion for cinema.

Open to all UK based students aged 18-25, successful applicants will attend screenings, receptions and events at EIFF. They will be mentored by professional film journalists and create articles during their time at EIFF (19-25 June 2019). All travel and accommodation is paid for. 

There is also funding available to support two students from Polish institutions to become Student Critics at EIFF 2019.

Last year, the EIFF Student Critics were mentored by Jonathan Romney (the Independent on Sunday, Sight & Sound, Film Comment, Screen International), Amber Wilkinson (Co-founder of Eye for Film), Simran Hans (The Observer, Buzz Feed, Little White Lies), and Rhianna Dhillon (BBC Radio 1 and 1 Xtra, BAFTA Guru Podcast, Radio 4 Seriously Podcast). Mentors for 2019 are still to be confirmed, but will once again be professionals at the top in their field, with a wealth of experience to share with you.

To apply, send a 500 word review or three minute video or audio review on a recent or classic film to by 24 May 2019. Remember to use Student Critics in the subject line of your email.

Please include the following with your application:

– Name

– Date of birth (you must be aged 18-25 on 19/06/19)

– Current place of residence

– Matriculation number

– Institution of study and the name of your course

– Contact phone number

For further information, please contact (, or visit

The deadline is Friday 24 May 2019 at 23:55.

Opp 4: A New Literary Magazine Hoping for Submissions

Opp 5: A Publisher who Accepts Unsolicited Queries

Finding North: Nilgiri Mountains: Anton Jankovoy, via Pinterest

Shadow Mountain

Submission Guidelines

Lisa Mangum Managing Editor

Submit Online:

Publishing at Shadow Mountain
Shadow Mountain is passionate about clean content and empowering values. We publish general fiction and nonfiction for all ages, all genres. We have a strong interest in middle grade fantasy and clean romance. We also publish a limited number of manuscripts in specialized genres including children’s picture books, family and parenting, and self-help. In addition, we are not interested in the following genres: business and finance, family histories/personal journals, religion, or poetry. We will consider manuscripts that are being submitted simultaneously to other publishers; however, please let us know you are submitting elsewhere so misunderstandings can be avoided.

Our Ensign Peak imprint specializes in books that are religious in nature but are intended for a general, nondenominational audience. Please submit manuscripts intended for this imprint through Shadow Mountain.

For the rest of their submission guidelines click over to the Shadow Mountain site.

Opp 6: An invitation from Authors Publish Magazine to pitch articles and ebooks for which they will pay!

Submit to Authors Publish Magazine

Please read these guidelines thoroughly before submitting.  Submissions that do not meet these guidelines will not be responded to.

What We Publish

We only publish articles and eBooks about various aspects of writing and publishingMost of what we publish is specific and focused on a particular aspect of publishing, such as agent or publisher reviews.
We pay between $25 and $50 per article. Most of our articles are between 250-1200 words in length.

We also pay $500 dollars for eBooks around 10,000 words.

What We Don’t Publish

We DO NOT publish creative writing. This means NO poetry, NO memoir, and NO fiction. We will not respond to these submissions.

We are NOT interested in any articles about freelance writing.

We also DO NOT publish reprints. The article you submit to us can not have been previously published on your blog or in another magazine. We ask for exclusive rights to publish your article, but after six months the rights revert to you. However, we ask that Authors Publish always be credited as the first publisher.

Pop on over to Authors Publish for much more.

So, whether you’re an aspiring film critic, an artist looking for a change of scene, or a writer in need of publication opportunities, there should be something here for you. Do let me know if you apply for any of these opps, and how it goes, it would be so nice to know someone, somewhere, finds these posts useful.

Header image: Girls Creating

Many thanks to Creative Scotland and Authors Publish magazine who send me most of the listings I share on these pages.

This Post Has 6 Comments

  1. Scarlet

    Japan, eh? There’s a thought.

    Thanks for doing this, Eryl.

    1. Eryl

      I can see you flying off to Japan to study Japanese calligraphy. X

  2. Jacob Jans

    Hello – Thank you for referring people to Authors Publish. However, we didn’t give you permission to copy our entire article. Please just link to the article with an excerpt. Thank you!

    1. Eryl

      I do apologise, and will take it down right now!

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