City Writes is City, University of London’s termly writing event, showcasing the best of City Short Courses writing talent.

Hosted by longstanding short courses tutor, Rebekah Lattin-Rawstrone, and into its third year, City Writes provides an opportunity for the best new writers from the City Short Courses community to read an extract of their work, sharing the stage with one of our published alumni or tutors reading from their new or award-winning publication

Enter our City Writes Competition

For an exciting opportunity to read alongside our published guest speaker at the City Writes event, short course writing students and alumni are invited to take part in the City Writes termly writing competition.

To be considered, applicants must submit 1,000 word of fiction writing (we also accept creative non-fiction, such as memoir or travel writing, and though we do accept young adult, we don’t currently accept children’s fiction) on any subject.

Entries to the City Writes Autumn 2019 competition are now closed. The Spring competition will open early 2020.

The 2019 City Writes Autumn event will take place on Wednesday 11th December in City125 Suite and our guest readers will be from the wonderful Story Cities anthology edited by Rosamund Davies (Novel Studio alumna), Cherry Potts (City Visiting Lecturer) and Kam Rehal and published by Arachne Press. Having judged the City Writes Competition this term, the winners joining the Story Cities anthology readers will be: Harriet Atkinson, Kathrine Bancroft, Helen Ferguson, Bren Gosling, Shabnam Grewal, Andrea Holck, Revati Kumar, Shibani Lal, Natasha Mirzoian and Angus Whitty. It’s going to be a flash fiction extravaganza!

Tickets to the event are available here.

City Writes Autumn Term Event 2019

Wednesday 11th December 2019
City 125 Suite Committee Room (3rd floor of Whiskin Street building)
City, University of London

Tickets are available to book here.


Past guest speakers have included:

Imogen Hermes Gowar signing books at the City Writes event

  • Emma Claire Sweeney, author of Owl Song at Dawn and Visiting Lecturer at City Short Courses
  • Luiza Sauma, author of Everything You Ever Wanted and City Short Courses alumna 
  • Greg Keen, author of Soho Dead, and City’s Novel Studio alumnus
  • Imogen Hermes Gowar , author of The Mermaid and Mrs Hancock and City Short Courses alumna
  • C. G. Menon, author of Skin Deep and short courses alumna
  • Cherry Potts, author of The Dowry Blade, publisher and Visiting Lecturer at City Short Courses
  • Harriet Tyce, author of Blood Orange and City’s Novel Studio alumna
  • Anna Mazzola, author of The Unseeing and The Story Keeper and City’s Novel Studio alumna

City Writes Competition Submission Guidelines – Please note the autumn competition has now closed.

City Writes is City Short Courses most prestigious writing event. For the opportunity to read your work alongside our published guest speakers at our autumn 2019 event, please email your 500 word flash fiction extract to by Friday 15th November 2019

  • Your story doesn’t need to follow a theme, it just needs to be the best 500 words you can send us.
  • Your email should state your name, the title of your story/extract and the name of the City Creative Writing Short Course you took or are taking.
  • Your story should be attached as a word (doc. Or docx.) rich text or pdf document and should not include your name to allow us to judge the stories anonymously.

Please do not submit more than one story per term. Multiple submissions will not be read.

You will be informed of the outcome of your submission by the end of week eight of teaching (Autumn term 24th November 2019). No comments or feedback will be given on unsuccessful submissions.

Thank you and good luck!