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Submissions open for our spring reading

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We’re delighted to be hosting another student and faculty reading on Saturday, 20 April 2024 at Perdu in Amsterdam. It’s so inspiring to hear writers from across the programme share their work, and we love reconnecting with old friends and meeting newcomers during the drinks and bites afterward.

Our judge this time around is Matt Potter, editor-in-chief of Pure Slush, an Australian-based press specialising in themed anthologies. Many writers from our community have found a great home for their work with Pure Slush. Matt will be curating a selection of poetry and prose from our student submissions designed to delight and enthrall.


How to submit your work

If you’re currently enrolled in the winter 2024 term or previously participated in one of our core courses, you are eligible to submit your poetry, flash fiction/CNF or a taste of a story, novel or essay. Your piece must have originated as an IWC exercise or, for upper levels, have been workshopped in an IWC course. The deadline is 23 March 2024.

Up to two students from each course level (I, II, III and IV) will be selected to read. Different word limits apply to each level. For example, Level I submissions will be capped at two pages, the same as an exercise. Current students will receive the submission guidelines from their instructors. Former students can contact us here to request guidelines.

For online students who are unable to travel to Amsterdam for this event, if your work is selected, you’ll need to designate a local reader or we’ll help you find someone. The reading will be recorded and the videos made available online (with the author’s permission). You can view some previous readings here.


How to attend the reading

The reading will take place on Saturday, 20 April 2024 19:30 at Perdu in Amsterdam, with drinks and bites to follow. We welcome all students (former, current, and prospective) and friends to attend this reading, cheer on the writers, and revel in this moment of community.

To help us cover the cost of the venue and ensure we don’t exceed their capacity (last time we packed Perdu’s 80-person theatre and had to institute a waiting list), we’re asking for a voluntary admission fee – pay what you can. You must get your tickets in advance. You can do so here.

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  1. This is exciting news! Can’t wait to see everyone and to hear some new voices.

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