All Write Up North

All Write Up North 2020 Short Story Competition

This competition is now closed.

Wigan Libraries are running a writing competition for aspiring writers and illustrators. We will be producing a digital book of the shortlisted entries, which will be available from the Wigan Council website to download. The winners will also be published in The Writers and Readers magazine.

Join us at our 'All Write Up North' event

Date and time: Saturday 8th February 2020, 10am - 1.30pm

Location: Wigan Library Mezzanine Floor, Wigan Life Centre, Wigan, WN1 1NH

This is a free networking and workshop event for:

  • Aspiring authors and illustrators
  • Cover artists and photographers
  • Anyone wanting to get involved in the world of writing and publishing word.

We will also be announcing the winners of the All Write Up North 2020 short story (500 - 1000 word) writing competition.

Lunch and refreshments will be provided. To register your interest, please email

@WiganLibraries #AllWriteUpNorth

Speakers and workshops

Session 1 (10:30-11:15)

Dead Ink - The current landscape of the book industry is putting increasing emphasis on the presence and personality of an author in the promotion of their book. Whether you're wanting to be published by a larger commercial publishing house, your local indie press or even self-publish, how you represent yourself both online, and in person can have either terrific or terrible results. This workshop will explore the variety of ways in which writers can market themselves in the current publishing landscape, covering topics such as creating and maintaining a social media presence, and best practice in approaching publishing houses and bookshops.

Session 2 (11:20-11:50)

  • Geoff Lee – How to get started writing for adults an explanation of “Geoff’s platform”, finding inspiration, using life experiences and building characters.
  • Ian Skillicorn - Everything you need to know when considering whether to self-publish your writing as ebooks.
  • Green Bean – An Independent business who produce pre-school books. They’ll cover everything from how they get their inspiration through to marketing and sales.

Session 3 (11:55am-12:25pm)

  • Malcolm Hollingdrake - Self-publishing advice, successes and pitfalls. Malcolm writes the Harrogate crime series and also organises the annual Crime Noir.
  • Fiona Barker - Author of “Danny and the Dream Dog” who will talk about writing for children.
  • Tiny Tree Books - A little Children’s book publisher with lofty goals – part of Matthew James Publishing.

Prizes and Lunch (12:30pm-12:45pm)

Join us for the announcement of the winners of our “All Write Up North” short story competition. Followed by a traditional northern lunch of pies, peas and gravy with the time to have a chat and get to know your fellow attendees. Thanks to The Writer and Readers’ Magazine and Uncle Joe’s Mint Balls for their amazing support.

Throughout the event

You can visit our market-place where you can get informal advice on all things writing, including how to get your name and work out there. There will also be a display of illustrations available to inspire you.


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