We are the first university-wide creative writing society in Cambridge for both poetry and prose. Our goal is to provide an active, dedicated platform where students can pursue a passion for literature in a collaborative and inclusive environment.
We host speaker events, student sharing groups, workshops, open-mics, socials, collaborations and more. We wish to help connect the existing creative community, as well as create more spaces for readers and writers to come together.
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A list of the many writing opportunities in Cambridge.
Notes: A student-run journal released fortnightly in Oxford and Cambridge.
The Mays Anthology: Since 1992, The Mays has published an annual selection of new writing and artwork from students at Cambridge and Oxford.
The Dial: A creative-writing magazine based at Queen’s College, but open for all submissions of poetry, prose and art.
Polyglossia: This languages society encourage creative writing submissions for their magazine.
Polyphony: A new creative-writing magazine.
Ink: A new magazine which is centred around mixed-media work, creative writing and art.
Cambridge Humanities Review: Accepts essays on literary criticism, art, and more.
Strange Weather: A magazine, focused on environmental issues, climate, geography and experimental writing.
Staunch: A new feminist magazine welcoming creative writing submissions.
Blueprint: A mental health magazine based in Cambridge.
Gender Agenda: The CUSU Women's Campaign magazine, accepting poetry, prose and art from self-defining women and non-binary people.
Motley: A magazine welcoming art and writing.
Jane Martin Poetry Prize: A national competition for young poets (aged 18-30 years) hosted at Girton College, at which the prize will be awarded.
The John Kinsella and Tracy Ryan Poetry Prize: Open to those in statu pupillari with the winning poem published in The Churchill Review.
The Other Prize: For the best play submitted; in conjunction with The John Kinsella Prize.
The Brewer Hall Poetry Prize: For the best original collection of poems in English, run by Emmanuel College.
College-based Societies/ Places
Pelican Poets and Writers: The Corpus Christi writing society which hosts regular talks and readings.
Murray Edwards English Society: This society hosts talks by local writers and creative-writing workshops.
The Shirley Society: St. Catharine’s College’s poetry society.
PemSoc: Pembroke College’s poetry society; work is submitted anonymously and discussed in the meetings.
Deaddie's Poets' Society: The St Edmund's poetry society.
Churchill Creative Writing: A new society at Churchill College, offering relaxed group meetings to write and share work.
ADC Theatre: This theatre company frequently performs plays written by students.
Cambridge Film Association: Works to bring film-makers together to create short films and run writing workshops/groups for script-writers.
CB1 poetry: Holds regular readings by acclaimed writers.
Speakeasy: A regular spoken-word open-mic.
Chameleon: A creative writing network to gather together writing opportunities across Cambridge, sometimes holding writing challenges.
Hiraeth: An organisation running workshops designed to provide a platform for marginalised groups and all Cambridge writers to produce a yearly publication.
Cambridge PEN: This society promotes freedom of expression, especially in translation.
Read the following guidelines carefully before submitting for the CUPPS Prize 2020
The guidelines are as follows:
Photos & videos from our events.