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£10,000 prize – Writers Bureau partners Brit Writers’ Awards

September 17th, 2010

Mills and Boon – to some people the name conjures up a good, escapist read (the literary equivalent of comfort eating).  To others, their books are a no-go area – slush for bored housewives.  But whatever your views there’s no gainsaying their success over the past 102 years – so they must be doing something right!

They are currently running a competition for ‘New Voices’ and they say ‘…we’re looking for a fresh, vibrant voice to join our galaxy of romantic fiction stars – could it be you?’

The rewards are good: publication of your book; the support of a M&B editor for a year; an iPad and a M&B hamper.  They want to see the first chapter of your book and it can fit into any of the following categories: historical, passion, paranormal, romantic suspense (?!) or warm and cosy.

The deadline is 22nd September – so you haven’t got long.  And remember, their books might not have high literary credentials but they’re invariably well written; so if you approach the genre tongue-in-cheek you’ll get nowhere.

And still on the theme of competitions, Writers Bureau is now a partner of the Brit Writers’ Awards which I mentioned some time ago.  Their 2011 competition closes on 25th February or when 20,000 submissions have been received.  There are a number of categories – visit the website for full details – and the overall winner will walk away with £10,000.

If you’re already a Writers Bureau student, don’t forget our online magazine Chapter and Verse.  It’s published quarterly in the student area and the theme for the next issue is ‘Why I want to write like…’ So, if you admire a particular writer, send your views to the editor, Anne Lyken-Garner, and you could see your piece in the magazine.

Finally, I couldn’t resist this.  Did you know that 19th September is International Talk Like a Pirate Day?  Apparently it’s been going from strength to strength for the past eight years – so if you want an idea for a quirky article next year, start working on it now.  And what can I say after that except ‘Avast, me hearties’!

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