February 26th, 2016
Last week I announced the winners of our Short Story Competition and I hope you’ve found time to read their stories. This week I can announce that our 2016 Flash Fiction Competition is open for entries.
There are three prizes: 1st £300; 2nd £200 and 3rd £100 and the winners also receive a Writers Bureau course of their choice each worth over £350. The entry fee is £5 per story or three stories for £10. The theme is open but your story must not exceed 500 words (excluding the title). The closing date is 30th April, so you’ve plenty of time to enter. Read the rest of this entry »
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February 19th, 2016
We’re finally ready to announce the winners of our 2015 Short Story Competition and our congratulations go to the following:
1st Prize – Anne Goodwin with ‘ A Daughter Your Age’
2nd Prize – Kim Fleet with ‘Unicorn Breath’
3rd Prize – Catherine van Niekerk with ‘ Kierie-Kierie’
4th Prize – Valerie Bowes with ‘An Awfully Big Adventure’
They’re all terrific stories and I hope you’ll take a little time out to put your feet up, have a cup of coffee and enjoy them. You can read theme here and our judge, Iain Pattison’s, comments on Ann’s story is also available. Read the rest of this entry »
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February 12th, 2016
A few years ago bookshops were in decline and everyone was telling us that paper books were finished, but it now seems to be going the other way.
Over in China dangdang.com, a huge online retailer, is planning to open 1000 new bookshops across the country, following the launch of its first outlet in Changsha City, Hunan.
After 20 years of online sales, Amazon opened its first real-world bookstore recently in Seattle’s University Village. It’s stocked with 6000 books at the same price as they can be bought on the website and I suspect that the roll-out will continue if it proves profitable. Read the rest of this entry »
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February 5th, 2016
First, I’d like to apologise for the fact that we didn’t post a YouTube clip on Monday. Time seems to be flying by and I’d completely forgotten that it was the first Monday in the month; so you’re going to get two for the price of one today!
We’re now getting to the point where (drumroll) we’re nearly ready to announce the winners of our Short Story Competition. So I thought the clip of A M Howcroft explaining ‘How to Win a Short Story Competition’ would be appropriate. And I’ve used it as a basis for putting across my own comments on the subject, prompted by what I saw when I was looking through this year’s entries. So here are the five main points he suggests, followed by my observations: Read the rest of this entry »
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