UCL Publishers’ Prize 2017

By Helena McNish, on 7 December 2016

Happy mid-week, everyone! To help keep us pushing on to Friday and that #fridayfeeling, here is the first of your bi-monthly featured posts from your lovely blog managers. This week I wanted to talk about something fantastic that comes out of the UCL MA Publishing cohort every year: the UCL Publishers’ Prize anthology.

Every year members of our course make up the publishing team for the UCL Publishers’ Prize, a celebration of creative writing from UCL students, undergrad, postgrad, and recent alumni. Since 2014 we have seen four fantastic anthologies produced by the MA Publishing students, including two for 2016 under the themes of Phosphenes and YA Fiction. This year is no different – submissions for the 2017 Prize opened on the 18th of November 2016, accepting writing to the theme ‘Metamorphosis’. They will close (!!!) at the end of January 2017. All submissions will be considered for publication by the team (under a cloak of anonymity), and the ones selected for the anthology will go to an expert panel of judges to award commendations and prizes for the top three. Stay tuned on the Prize’s twitter and facebook for announcements of what these are!

This year’s title ‘Metamorphosis’ has been chosen to tackle and promote key themes of diversity, within the publishing industry and the wider world, and an ever-present desire for progress and change. These are discussions we have been continuously having, both in class and out, and it seems fitting to match this with the writing theme. This year’s Prize seeks to represent the widest amount of voices possible, and promote thought and discussion on a range of topics and ideas. The team is working very hard, as ever, to ensure an anthology that is a vehicle for fantastic, diverse writing; to represent the ‘metamorphosis’ that we are continually going through and should not ignore, nor slow down.

The prize will (if all goes to plan) launch in June at the UCL Festival of Culture. Alongside this, ebook editions of the past prizes will soon be available on Amazon – please go download one to support the publication of this year’s prize! – and there will be a series of events to promote and celebrate the anthologies and their authors, both past and present.

For more information, and the submission guidelines, please see the Publishers’ Prize website here. It’s very pretty and very informative!

Follow the Prize on social media: on twitter @pubprize2017, on instagram @uclpubprize2017, and on facebook here. The prize will be tweeting on #mymeta with updates and more so make sure to give it a follow, and use the hashtag to connect with them!

I’m definitely excited to see what they produce this year and to get it on my bookshelf, and I hope you are too!

Have a good week everyone!


Weekly Round-up

By Emily E E Brodowicz, on 5 December 2016

We know that everyone is busy in the run up to winter break so we will keep this short. The weekly round-up is going to be an ongoing blog feature with upcoming events, programme information and relevant news. Please let either of us know if there is anything you would like to see included in upcoming round-ups!

Upcoming Events

End of term class drinks!

Student Central Bar
After class
Thursday the 8th

SYP Christmas Party

December 6 @ 6:30 pm – 11:00 pm
Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese, 145 Fleet Street
London, EC4A 2BU United Kingdom

The London Children’s Book Fair

Friday 16 December: 2 – 8 pm & Saturday 17 December: 10 am – 5 pm
Parasol unit foundation for contemporary art
14 Wharf Road / London / N1 7RW
Free Admission

Programme News

 Submissions for the 2017 UCL Publishers’ Prize are now open!
More information can be found here.

Publishing News



Bookish Stuff

The campaign runs from 25 November 2016 – 25 January 2017





By Helena McNish, on 1 December 2016

So no one tells you that an MA in Publishing keeps you so busy that you turn around and realise you haven’t sorted out the accompanying blog yet even though it’s almost December. Oops.

Hello, everyone! We are the new blog runners representing the MA Publishing course here at UCL, as part of the Department for Information Studies – you can find more information about us on the ‘blog managers’ page. We’ll be posting regular round-ups of important news and opportunities in the Publishing world, hosting guest posts from members of the course and others, as well as posting our own features and updates on how the course is going. Anything you want to know about the UCL MA in Publishing? Anything you want to see up here? Let us know!


Helena and Emily


By Stephanie King, on 7 July 2016

Well, the time has finally come.

Now that regular term is over and we are burying our noses even deeper into our dissertations, this is the farewell blog for the 2015-2016 UCL MA Publishing Cohort.

It has been a wonderful experience for the four of us to maintain this blog; we sure learned a lot, and we hope you did too. We want to give a big thank you to all of our guest bloggers who wrote some great pieces for us throughout the year, and an even bigger thank you to you for reading them!

If you’re clamouring for more of our riveting thoughts and insights, you can always follow us on Twitter as we make our way into the real publishing industry, or whatever other path we may take.

Watch this space in the autumn for the new round of bloggers!

Bye for now,
Sarah, Niki, Camilla, and Stephanie

The Publisher’s Atlas: Guide to Being a Foreign Worker

By Stephanie King, on 22 June 2016

This post should honestly be called ‘Guide to Not Getting Your Hopes Up.’ Publishing is a competitive industry all around the globe. Thousands of people are trying to make their way in the industry, so even getting a job in your home country can be difficult. Trying to make a career in the UK if you’re not from here seems almost impossible. But it can be done, and arming yourself with this knowledge from the beginning will help you.

For all the international students coming in for the 2016-2017 MA Publishing course, this one’s for you:

So I’m a student on a Tier 4 Visa

Great! You managed obtain permission to stay legally in this country for 16 months! That is a feat unto itself. That means you have the right to stay in the UK as long as you are working on completing your course.

Can I work on a Tier 4?

Indeed you can, up to 20 hours a week during term time. During vacation time you are allowed to work fulltime, but remember, the UCL MA Publishing is a year-long course, meaning the summer time counts as term time since that’s when you’ll be writing your dissertation.

When can I start working full time?

After you’ve been studying for 12 months, or after you’ve completed your degree.

Cool, I’ve done one of those two things, so I can just switch to a Tier 2 General work visa right?



Unfortunately this is where things get really tough for non-UK and non-EU workers (N.B. this is being written before the referendum vote, so things are subject to change). Here’s what you’ll need to get a Tier 2 (from the lovely people at ukvisas.com):

  • An offer of a suitably skilled job from a UK based Company that holds a sponsorship licence: ‘Suitably skilled’ basically means a job that requires a certain amount of education to be able to perform. If you want to look through all the jobs that count as unsuitable, take a look through this document. The sponsorship license means the company you want to work for has the ability to sponsor your Tier 2. To look up companies who are registered to sponsor, check this document. The fee to sponsor is about £1,500 a year.
  • To score sufficient points for their ‘attributes’– applicants are awarded points if they are issued a Certificate of Sponsorship from the UK company and if they will receive at least what is considered to be the appropriate salary for the particular job role under the codes of practice: Like you had to earn points for your Tier 4 visa, the same is true of Tier 2.
  • To score points by showing that they have enough money for their maintenance (living costs) in the UK: Right now, that means finding a job with a minimum salary of £20,700 per annum.
  • To score points by demonstrating they can speak English to a basic level.
  • The employer needs to have carried out a Resident Market Labour Test to ensure that a member of the UK resident workforce was not suitable for the job: Basically the company has to prove that you, the expensive foreign worker, is without a doubt the absolute best candidate for the job, and a no other UK residents that applied could perform the job even half as well as you. There is one bright side to this dream-crushing requirement – in the four months after you finish your degree in September to January when your Tier 4 visa expires, companies do not need to perform the Resident Market Labour Test. So those four months is the best time for you to apply apply apply!

Well, that was terrible. But knowing about it now will help you know what you’re up against There are people who do it, who beat the odds and are able to work in the UK despite not being a UK or EU resident. There are always exceptions and loopholes to take advantage of (if you’re from Australia, Canada, Japan, Monaco, New Zealand, Hong Kong, Republic of Korea, or Taiwan you might want to take a look at the Youth Mobility Scheme), so make sure you do all of your research.

The best thing you can do for yourself now if you are really determined on working here is to make yourself known within the industry – so internships, go to events, join societies, talk to people. Try as hard as you can to make yourself invaluable so people are willing to pay the fees and jump through the hoops because they know you will enrich and diversify their company.

So to all my international homies, good luck, keep fighting, and if all else fails – find a rich Brit to marry so you can still get a passport and then find a job.

Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m off to see what Prince Harry is up to…