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Cordelia Feldman Prize for Life Writing WINNER : Bediye Topal

Birkbeck Creative Writing and the family of Birkbeck alumni Cordelia Feldman, are delighted to announce the inaugural Cordelia Feldman Prize for Life Writing. The winner of the inaugural prize is Bediye Topal with her piece X and I.
Bediye was born and raised in a village in Southern Turkey and came to the UK as a refugee in her early twenties. Her piece X and I is about that experience. You can read and extract from her winning piece on MIR Online.
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Well done me, by Cordelia Feldman – extract

I’m sitting up in bed at my parental home, writing this on Mum’s computer. At the moment I spend about four days per week here, and three days at my flat. This house, where I spent the first thirty years of my life, is in Radlett in leafy Hertfordshire, just on the edge of the green belt. My cat Spitfire, also known as the Fluffy Monster, or more recently, Precious Angel Fluffball lives here as I am too ill to look after him. … Continue reading →

X and I, by Bediye Topal

I belong to a race whose alphabet contains the letters Q, W and X. They are letters. Just letters like any others. But for the Turkish state, these aren’t just letters. They banned them.… Continue reading →

Review: Case Study by Graeme Macrae Burnet

1960s London. Driven by deep suspicion of the charlatan psychiatrist her sister frequented before her suicide, a young woman decides to visit him herself, under the guise of an alter ego. The psychiatrist in question, Collins Braithwaite, is a notorious celebrity quack, famed for his unconventional methods. In seeking the truth, she finds that even the nature of truth is uncertain… Continue reading →

blog

Blog: Landing Smiles (Pt. 3)

Continuing her series, Lizzie Hubbard writes about studying a creative writing degree remotely during a pandemic.

Blog: reading journey

Miki Lentin shares how he came to enjoy reading and the books that forged this relationship.

Blog: Reading

Jess Sturman-Coombs shares her reading journey and the stories that have stayed with her.

Blog: Landing Smiles (Pt. 2)

Continuing her series, Lizzie Hubbard writes about studying a creative writing degree remotely during a pandemic.

Blog: Libraries

Liz Bolton shares her experience of libraries and what the future may hold in the current climate.

Blog: Landing Smiles

In a new series, Lizzie Hubbard writes about studying a creative writing degree remotely during a pandemic.

submissions

Our submissions are now closed.

The theme for this round is Fight or Flight.

As always, we accept poetry, short fiction, and creative non-fiction from UK-based writers.

We highly encourage underrepresented writers to enter.

The deadline is Friday, November 6th at 5 pm.

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literary magazines