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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December 18th, 2015
It’s been dreadful over the past couple of weeks, watching the devastation that the floods have caused in Cumbria and the Lake District. I love walking, and living in Manchester means easy access so I do spend quite a bit of time there. I think that if you asked me where my favourite place on earth is, it would be a close tie between Keswick/Borrowdale or Castell Dinas Bran above Llangollen.
The house where Wordsworth was born and grew up in Cockermouth was flooded again – the second time in the past five years. Fortunately, it doesn’t seem to have been hit as badly as last time and it will be open for business as usual in March of next year. Read the rest of this entry »
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June 23rd, 2015
Since we did the limerick competition back in May (click here to read the winning limericks) I’ve been looking into constrained writing – any kind of writing that has to fit a pattern or obey particular rules. We all know some of these: haiku; sonnet; iambic pentameter. Even if you don’t know the specific structures involved, most of us have an idea what they are. But what about univocalic poetry, where verses use only one of the eight available vowels, or chaterism, where the length of words in a phrase increase or decrease in a uniform way, like: “I am the best Greek bowler playing?” Read the rest of this entry »
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April 27th, 2015
You won’t believe this story, but I’ll tell it anyway because I’m seeing Sally tonight, and that’ll be hard. So, if I try it on you first, I might just get things straight enough in my head to tell her. And then maybe … well … y’know.
Anyway, here it is. Read the rest of this entry »
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April 13th, 2015
How’s the writing going? Sometimes I love that question – not always though. Take the past few weeks. Since early March I’ve been working on a story for the V.S. Pritchett Memorial Prize (closing date 22 June.) Putting together the first draft was great, but it ran to 7,500 words and the competition maximum is 4,000 so when I started editing, things got tough. I lived under a little cloud for the best part of a week – ask my wife. Read the rest of this entry »
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