The Discover Brightwater Creative Writing Programme

We are seeking to appoint a publisher/practitioner to oversee a creative writing programme that will help us create The Discover Brightwater Fictional Book

Discover Brightwater is seeking to appoint a publisher/practitioner to oversee a creative writing programme that will provide a number of outcomes, including:

  • Provide training, inspiration and encouragement to local people to develop their creative writing skills.
  • Manage a short story competition in partnership with local institutions and the press.
  • A professional author/editor/publisher will facilitate opportunities for local people to develop creative writing skills and for their ideas or stories to be incorporated within a professionally written publication.
  • Produce a publication (which may include some of the short stories developed as part of the competition if appropriate). This publication will be available both as an eBook and in print.

All writing must be linked to, and ideally set in, the Discover Brightwater area and will interpret our themes to ‘restore, reveal and celebrate life around the river Skerne ‘

We are looking for creative writing which will help to connect local people and visitors to our landscape, our heritage and our communities and help in establishing a legacy to help and encourage ongoing creative writing groups within the area.

All writing should have an authentic local voice and ideas generated from within the local community and /or workshops will be incorporated within the story or stories told in the book. The engagement part of this project should link and work with existing local literature events including: for example, Sedgefield Bookends festival;

Our full brand guidelines can be found here

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Application process

Please apply via email to and copy in Quotes should include the following:

  • Organisation identity, including contact details, company Registration number, date of registration and VAT Registration number (if applicable)
  • A short consideration of how you would meet the ambition of this project including an indicative programme of works.
  • Full costings covering each of the specific outcomes as listed in the section headed ‘Project Outputs’ above and including a breakdown with regards to; scoping, research and consultation/design and planning/printing, publication and promotional activities.
  • A daily/hourly rate for key personnel rate, itemising anticipated time to be spent on each element of the project.
  • A copy of relevant up to date CV(s)
  • Name and contact details for two referees
  • A portfolio of no more than five examples of similar or relevant projects which you have previously managed

All quotes must be received by 12 noon Tuesday 2nd November 2021.

Tender Contact: Judith Underwood 

Applications now closed

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