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£10,000 prize for unpublished writer!

November 20th, 2009

Back in October I was railing against the Sunday Times short story competition and the fact that it was only open to writers who had already published work.  Now there’s another high-prize competition – the Brit Writers’ Awards.

The main prize is £10,000 with other awards in different categories.  This time, though, it’s firmly targeted at unpublished writers; so it might be worth visiting their website. But you’ll have to get your skates on because the closing date is 18th December.  And be warned!  There is quite a hefty entry fee – so read the blurb carefully before deciding to send an entry.

Moving on, have you ever stayed in a Travelodge?  Apparently, over 7,200 books were left behind by guests in the past 12 months.  Two of the three ‘most discarded’ titles are quite revealing.  The top one is ‘Pushed to the Limit’ by Katie Price (I got to the end of page two and couldn’t push myself to read any further!)  In second place is ‘Dreams from My Father’ by Barack Obama – worthy, but…

At least they probably served their purpose for Travelodge, ensuring that guests got a good night’s sleep rather than burning the midnight oil in their eagerness to find out what happened next.

And I’ll leave you with a final piece of trivia.  Yesterday was World Toilet Day 2009.  You might look askance, but did you know that there are 2.5 billion people with nowhere safe, private or hygienic to go to the toilet.  It’s an excellent way for charities to raise funds to help.  So, this year if you’re tempted to buy your loved one the usual unwanted junk for Christmas, think again.  A £30 donation on their behalf could leave someone, somewhere flushed with happiness.

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