Saboteur Awards Festival: Updates and Applications

For 2019, the Saboteur Awards will be re-locating from London and moving all the way up the literary hub of Birmingham, UK. At the time of writing, there is no confirmed venue in place but we are currently in talks and assessing our options. We also welcome suggestions for venues in Birmingham, so if you’d like to get in touch about that please do email Charley Barnes at [email protected] with the subject ‘Birmingham venue’.

The provisional date is set for 18th May 2019, although this is subject to change following confirmation of a venue.

After some feedback, we have decided to scale down the Saboteur Awards ever so slightly this year. Rather than running events in the two days around the awards ceremony, we are instead looking for events that would fit into an afternoon, with the awards themselves taking place in the evening. That being said, we are still on the look-out for the same high quality events that we have featured previously and we will welcome applications for:

  • Panels
  • Workshops
  • Performances
  • Other

The opening date for proposal submissions is 1st October 2018 and we will close submissions on 4th November 2018. Submit by emailing Charley Barnes at [email protected], with the subject line ‘Saboteur Awards Proposal’ – please follow the instructions below to include the right information.

Panels

We are looking for diverse and thought-provoking 30-45 minute panels investigating an aspect of indie literature (whether fiction, spoken word, publishing, producing, digital and interactive modes etc.), bringing to light a particular feature/point of view, or opening up discussion on a pertinent topic.

We prefer fully formed panels with a title and secured panellists.

Apply by sending in:

  • Title of your panel
  • a 250 word description of your panel
  • where applicable short third-person biographies for each panellist
  • an estimated fee + any travel expenses

For the sake of clarity: we are applying for Arts Council Funding and hope to be able to pay panellists a fee + cover travel expenses. If funding is not possible we will work out a ticket-based system of remuneration.

Workshops

We are looking for creative workshops on any aspect of indie literature (whether fiction, spoken word, publishing, producing, digital and interactive modes etc.).

You can lead a workshop alone or in pairs.

Apply by sending in:

  • Title of your workshop
  • 250 word description of your workshop
  • short third-person biographies for each workshop leader
  • indicate skill level required, number of ideal participants, and whether it is an open or closed workshop
  • Length of time (ideally 1 hour although exceptions can be made)
  • an estimated fee + any travel expenses

For the sake of clarity: we are applying for Arts Council Funding and hope to be able to pay workshop leaders a fee + cover travel expenses. If funding is not possible we will work out a ticket-based system of remuneration.

Performances

Rather than traditional readings, we are looking for people to participate in PechaKucha (20×20) sessions throughout the day. The constraint is: 20 slides automatically playing for 20 seconds each.

We are looking for poetry performances that use the slide constraint imaginatively, TED-style talks about particular aspects of indie literature, and anything else your imagination summons.

Outside of this, we are open to maybe 1 or 2 more ‘traditional’ readings as groups of 2-3 but preference will be given to groups choosing an unusual theme or involving multimedia aspects to their performance.

Apply by sending in:

  • Title of your concept
  • 250 word description of your performance
  • short third-person biographies for each performer
  • Indicate whether it’s a PechaKucha performance or other, and what technology will be needed
  • an estimated fee + any travel expenses

For the sake of clarity: We are applying for Arts Council Funding and hope to be able to pay performers a fee + cover travel expenses. If funding is not possible we will work out a ticket-based system of remuneration.

Other

Great idea that doesn’t fit into the above? Email anyway!

Apply

The opening date for proposal submissions is 1st October 2018 and we will close submissions on 4th November 2018. Submit by emailing Charley Barnes at [email protected], with the subject line ‘Saboteur Awards Proposal’ – please follow the instructions above to include the right information.

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