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News and Announcements

Submissions to the next issue of POTB opening on 1 July

Some good news: the Call for Submissions to POTB Issue 15 will be opening on 1 July, looking to launch the edition in Spring 2019 under the guest editorship of Martin Walsh. More details here soon, and via our Newsletter, so be sure to follow us on social media and join our Mailing List to keep abreast of all the significant dates. Also do share the news with all your writing and artist friends, local and worldwide.

An Evening of Stories & Poetry with POTB on 29 October

An Evening of Stories & Poetry with Pushing Out the Boat

at the
Belmont Cafe Bar
Sunday 29 October 2017

from 7 to 9 pm

Come and be enthralled by an intoxicating mix of stories and poems from POTB Issue 14, along with other pieces by their writers.

The bar will be open, the event is free! So why not join us, bring your friends & enjoy great entertainment in this convivial venue.

ePOTB Publication Opportunity for young writers and artists

Submissions of writing and artwork are invited for our first online edition of ePOTBPushing Out the Boat is looking for the best new work from young writers and artists aged 12 to 17.  ePOTB will be published as an ezine on the Pushing Out the Boat website in Spring 2018 and a £50 prize will be awarded to the best contribution in each of the three categories: prose, poetry and art.

Submissions will be open from 23 September to 30 November 2017 and entries should be made online through the forms on our website. Follow this link for further details.

The Pushing Out the Boat team look forward to receiving entries and we wish you good luck!

Public launch of Issue 13

Issue thirteen of POTB was finally launched to the general public at the Aberdeen May Festival, at midday on Sunday May 31st 2015. A select group of contributors were on hand to read their submissions, in an hour-long programme introduced by editor Sheila Reid and compèred by Bernie Briggs (prose panel convenor).

The ‘Word Marquee’ on King’s Lawn, within the grounds of Aberdeen University, was the ideal venue to display the wealth of writing talent contained in the pages of our most recent and (dare we say it) best edition of POTB. Despite the rain, which thundered on the roof as proceedings got underway, a sizeable audience settled down to a varied selection of poetry and prose and at the end were invited to buy their own copies, which they did in good numbers.

Many thanks to the Festival for hosting us; to all the readers and the audience for turning out on such a wet day to support us.

Useful Links page

There is a new resource on our website – the Useful Links page. This is a collection of web links that we at POTB have found helpful and hope will be of interest to our readers, writers and artists. We have focussed mainly on literary organisations, including groups & publications, along with events and festivals, many in North-East Scotland. Additionally, and perhaps most important of all, we’ve included links to POTB contributors, all of whom are being invited to submit a link to their personal web site or Facebook page.

We hope you will find this new resource both interesting and useful and invite you to help us keep it up-to-date by  suggesting additional links, using the Suggestion Box included on the page.

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