The Teesside Literary Society: Call for submissions for the inaugural anthology, date for the next monthly meeting (Friday 29 January), and information on volunteering for the T-Junction Festival

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The Teesside Literary Society is delighted to announce that we have been awarded £600 by the Student Union for designing, printing, and promoting our inaugural Anthology. We invite submissions of creative writing in any form, including poetry, playscripts, short stories, flash fiction, and screenplays, together with inspiring and thought-provoking works of non-fiction. Extracts from novels and novellas are also welcome (max 1,500 words). We warmly invite you to submit your work to us via email teeslitsoc@outlook.com by Friday 19 February 2016. We have already received some really impressive work in a variety of forms, but please keep it coming. Submissions prior to the cut-off date are most welcome.

The Anthology will be officially launched on Friday 15 April in the Stephenson Lecture Theatre, as part of the T-Junction Festival. We have the honour of a one-hour slot, warming up for the magnificent Tony Harrison. If you would like to perform at the launch event, or have your work performed by an actor/actors on your behalf, please note this on your submission.

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Anyone who wants to volunteer for the T-Junction organising committee can leave a message on our Facebook page or send an email to teeslitsoc@outlook.com. This is a great opportunity to get involved with a prestigious Poetry Festival and we encourage as many of our members as possible to get on board.

Our next monthly meeting is on Friday 29 January in room T1.03 (1st floor of The Curve). We will be gathering from 4.30-7.30pm. Andy Willoughby will be running a free creative writing session from 6pm. The best work generated by the workshop will feature in our inaugural Anthology. We will also be discussing the T-Junction Festival, and Diva will be coming along to give feedback on the scripts our members wrote for the animated short she is producing with other animation/VFX students. There will be the usual blend of updates on competitions and events; sharing work through readings and screenings; and hatching plans to create a new literary movement blazing out from the heart of Teesside.

Whether you have work to share, or you just want to come along, meet other creative folk, and see what the Society is about, you will be made very welcome.

As usual, there will be free food and drink provided, and we will inevitably adjourn to The Dickens to round the night off. Do come and join us.

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