Call out for online reading event!

In response to social distancing and COVID-19, Scottish BAME Writers Network is adjusting our programming for the foreseeable future. As we work on bringing the community together at this time, we’re pleased to introduce this online reading event.

Download the guidelines and/or see below:

Call for Online Readers and Performers

The Scottish BAME Writers Network is looking for performers for an online reading event. This event is an opportunity for writers interested in sharing their work with new audiences from across the globe – the magic of the internet will bring you to corners of the world both near and far. 

We are interested in hearing from writers from all genres. Each performer will be given a 5 to 7 minute reading slot to share and read from previously published work or works in progress. We are looking for a total of six performers for this online reading event. 

We seek applicants who identify as writers of colour with ties to Scotland. You don’t have to currently be based in Scotland but must be able to demonstrate a substantial connection to Scotland.

The Basics

  • You will send a cover letter (100 words maximum within the body of email) that includes: 
    • a) your connection to Scotland;
    • b) the genre(s) you would like to perform in during the reading event; 
    • c) includes your writer’s bio written in third-person 25-words maximum for marketing purposes. 
  • Please also include a high-res photo and your social media handles when sending your cover letter. 
  • You will also send one example of work in any genre – this does not have to be a piece you perform on the night  (Word Doc/PDF, link to online publication or YouTube/media). 
  • You will be paid an artist fee of £30 for 5 to 7 minutes of performed work. 
  • The event will be hosted online via a platform provided by the Scottish BAME Writers Network.
  • The event will be hosted on April 30, 2020 (7:00 to 8:30PM GMT).
  • You will be required to have a steady internet connection and access to laptop/desktop, tablet or smartphone. 

How to apply

Send your cover letter (100 words) to ScotBAMEWriters@gmail.com by the closing date (April 22, 2020) if you are interested in participating. All applicants will be notified by April 25, 2020.  As a reminder, please only apply if you identify as a writer of colour with ties to Scotland.

Pitch us an Online Workshop or Blog idea!

In response to social distancing and COVID-19, Scottish BAME Writers Network is adjusting our programming for the foreseeable future. As we work on bringing the community together at this time, we’re pleased to introduce two open calls for new digital opportunities.

Download the guidelines and/or see below:

Call for Online Workshop Pitches

Are you a writer who has always wanted to lead a writing workshop? Do you have ideas about certain writing topics that you think people could benefit from? Have you led writing workshops in the past? Or are you completely new to facilitating a workshop session?

In order to continue providing workshops for writers of colour and a space for mentorship, we are launching this open call for workshop pitches.

The Basics

  • You will send a brief pitch (300 words maximum) for a 120-minute online workshop. This includes a 20-minute break.
    • In this pitch, please include 1) a description of the writing topic; 2) a simple outline of the possible workshop activities; and 3) why you are interested in this opportunity.
  • Workshops will be capped at 15 people (not including organisers).
  • You will be paid an artist fee of £175.
  • No previous facilitation experience is required.
    • Please make a note if you have not facilitated a workshop before. We are very interested in helping new facilitators gain experience!
      • If you have not led a workshop before, and your pitch is selected, we’ll provide you with a mentor. Your mentor will give you advice on your plan and provide extra support during the workshop.
    • If you have led workshops before, that’s great too!
  • SBWN will organise the workshop and advertise it. It will be open to all writers of colour with some connection to Scotland.
  • Workshops will take place between April and June 2020.

How to apply

Send your pitch (300 words) to ScotBAMEWriters@gmail.com by the closing date (10th April 2020). Please only apply if you identify as a writer of colour with ties to Scotland.

Call for Blog Pitches

The Scottish BAME Writers Network is looking for guest bloggers in order to maintain and develop a dynamic blog that shares experiences, thoughts, and musings about a writer’s life in Scotland.

Writers are invited to pitch a blog idea on any topic of their choosing. While all applicants must identify as writers of colour, there is absolutely no obligation to pitch ideas about race and diversity – although these topics are welcome! Each guest blogger will be asked to contribute one blog post.

This blog is part of our regular network programming and will continue for the duration of the year (until December 2020).

The Basics

  • You will send a brief pitch (100 words maximum) on what your blog post will be about
    • If you’re stuck, some ideas include: an informal book/film/music review, thoughts about a recent event you attended (online events included!), an opinion article, a reflection on your life as a writer, interviews, and so on.
  • If you have links to previous work online, send those (up to 3) along too!
  • You will be paid an artist fee of £90 for a blog post of at least 700 words.
  • The blog post will be posted on Scottish BAME Writers Network website
  • Blogs will be posted intermittently. Together, we’ll decide a publication date that works for you.
  • An editor will be provided.

How to apply

Send your pitch (100 words) to ScotBAMEWriters@gmail.com by the closing date (10th April 2020) if you are interested in publishing a blog post between now and July 2020. We will open applications again in a few months. Please only apply if you identify as a writer of colour with ties to Scotland.

Coronavirus (Covid-19) guidance

Page updated: 14th March 2020.

Your health and safety are our top priority. Due to concerns and guidance around Coronavirus (Covid-19), events may be cancelled or postponed at short notice.

We are carefully monitoring the situation daily and will announce updates on Twitter, here on Facebook and in our Facebook Group, as well as here on this page.

We will aim to update event listings as frequently as possible. Please note our team all work part-time.

Please refer to event organisers and venues for news and refunds.

Please also refer to the latest guidance from the NHS and Scottish & UK Government (links below) and continue to take all precautions, especially hand washing.

Thanks for your patience and understanding – Alycia, Jay, Andres and Jeda.


Coronavirus (Covid-19) latest NHS and government advice and information:

NHShttps://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/

Scottish Governmenthttps://www.gov.scot/coronavirus-covid-19/

UK Governmenthttps://www.gov.uk/government/topical-events/coronavirus-covid-19-uk-government-response

UK and Scottish Governments are publishing data daily at 2pm and continue to issue news, reviews and update their latest advice daily.

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