DISCOVER - New writing from Turkey and the UK

Open call for short story writers

The British Council in Turkey aims to build a bridge between Turkish and UK writers, facilitate dialogue between literary professionals in both countries, and create a platform to showcase works by Turkish and British writers to new audiences.

To support this initiative, the British Council is launching a short story competition, on the theme of ‘diversity’, in partnership with two literary institutions: ITEF-Istanbul Tanpınar Literature Festival in Turkey, and Word Factory in the UK.

Winning stories will be published on a new British Council digital platform, alongside specially-commissioned stories by established authors from Turkey and the UK. All the stories will be translated into the other language (English/Turkish). 

How to apply

Please read the terms and conditions below and fill out the application form. Deadline for applications is by midnight  31 December 2017.

UK and Turkey writers to take part in the project

  • Yekta Kopan
  • Seray Şahiner
  • Sandra Alland
  • Leone Ross

Please see the biographies of the UK and Turkey writers here.

Application details for UK writers:

The winning writer will receive £300 and will see their short story;

  • published online by the British Council and Word Factory on the dedicated project website
  • translated into Turkish 
  • accompanied by a specially commissioned illustration

Eligibility Criteria

  • Entry is free
  • Writers must be based in the UK, writing in English
  • One story submission per writer 
  • Writers must be at least 18 years old, and ‘early-career’ (may have had single stories published on printed or online media, but not a full collection, or novel). Stories should be 1,500 words or less
  • Stories should be broadly themed on the concept of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (though we welcome original and unusual takes on this theme). Please check the British Council website for further information about the British Council’s approach to EDI. 
  • The competition is open to all fiction genres 
  • By submitting a story, you agree that it may be edited (with your final approval) by Word Factory prior to publication
  • Submission deadline is midnight 31 December 2017 
  • By submitting a story, you agree that you have read and accept the full terms and conditions (see below)

The winner will be chosen by a panel from The British Council and Word Factory and announced by 28 February 2018 on the British Council website.

Please fill out the form and submit your application

Application details for Turkish writers:

The writer will receive 1,500 TL and will see their short story;

  • published online by the British Council on the dedicated project website
  • translated into English 
  • accompanied by a specially commissioned illustration

Eligibility Criteria

  • Entry is free
  • Writers must be based in Turkey, writing in Turkish.
  • One story submission per writer 
  • Writers must be at least 18 years old, and ‘early-career’ (may have had single stories published, on printed or online media, but not a full collection, or novel. ). Stories should be 1,500 words or less
  • Stories should be broadly themed on the concept of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (though we welcome original and unusual takes on this theme). Please check the British Council website for further information about the British Council’s approach to EDI. 
  • The competition is open to all fiction genres 
  • By submitting a story, you agree that it may be edited by ITEF- Istanbul Tanpınar Literature Festival prior to publication
  • Submission deadline is midnight 31 December 2017 
  • The winner will be chosen by a panel from The British Council and ITEF- Istanbul Tanpınar Literature Festival and announced by 28 February 2018 on the British Council website.

Please fill out the form and submit your application.

Timeline

  • 31 October - 31 December 2017 - Open call for one emerging/early career writer from the Turkey and the UK. 
  • Jan 2018 - Open call winners assessed, selected and announced 
  • Feb 2018 - All stories translated and edited into English/Turkish 
  • 16 March 2018 – Online publication of the selected short stories on British Council Turkey website 

Partners

ITEF 

ITEF - Istanbul Tanpınar Literature Festival was initiated by Kalem Agency. The festival has taken place annually since 2009 and is organized by Kalem Culture Association.

It's the first international literary festival of Turkey focusing on a variety of genres, and to bring together writers, publishers, literary translators, critics, and journalists for a series of inspirational encounters. ITEF celebrates each year in the beginning of May the joy of all literary genres with its Professional Meetings Fellowship Program, Foreign Writers at School events, FABISAD (Fantasy and Science Fiction Arts Association) events, thematic readings and discussions along with parties and gatherings.

ITEF is a thematic festival aiming at a rich and diverse line up. The Festival has welcomed over 450 authors in nine years.

WORD FACTORY 

Word Factory has been described by The Guardian as “the national organisation promoting excellence in short fiction”. Founded five years ago by Cathy Galvin, former deputy editor of The Sunday Times magazine and founder of The Sunday Times EFG short story award, Word Factory runs a renowned mentorship award – The Apprentice Award. A monthly programme of events including readings, discussions, masterclasses and reading group, bring together writers from across the UK. Word Factory news and writing advice is available on its website and social media channels. Word Factory believes in developing relationships within literature to support excellence and inspiration.