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We’re All In This Together – Or We Are When It Comes To Poetry!

March 25th, 2016

Easter-blogIn the past, I’ve been rather scathing about Manchester Metropolitan University and their Poetry and Short Story Competitions where prize money is £10,000. As I’ve said before, giving away such enormous prizes, when students are being asked to pay £9000 a year in tuition fees, just doesn’t sit right with me. You can make a real splash and provide plenty of kudos for the winners on a much smaller budget!

But I do like one of their latest efforts – Poetry Together.  This is a collaboration between MMU, Manchester Children’s Book Festival and the British Red Cross. They say:

Poetry Together is a brand new cross-generational competition that invites children and young people to pair up with a parent, grandparent, carer, older sibling or friend, to share their ideas and create brand new poetry. The aim of the competition is to bring people together creatively, while also raising awareness of the great work that the British Red Cross do to help tackle loneliness so that they can help the most vulnerable people. Reconnecting generations and getting people talking; it’s poetry in action!” Read the rest of this entry »

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Beating Writer’s Block

March 18th, 2016

writersblock2-blogFirst, thanks to Esther for last week’s blog and we wish her well with her competitions – we’ll obviously let you know about the winners when they’re announced.

Unfortunately, at some point in their career many writers suffer from the dreaded ‘writer’s block’.  Other writers claim that there’s no such thing!  They say that you don’t get ‘plumber’s block’ or ‘bank manager’s block’ and if you were a staff journalist on a newspaper and complained of writers’ block you’d soon find yourself out of a job. Read the rest of this entry »

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And the prize goes to…

March 11th, 2016

esther-plus-cat-blogWhen I was a student with The Writers Bureau (far too many years ago than I care to remember!), I loved entering short story competitions. Little did I know back then that I’d become a tutor for The Writers Bureau or that I’d run a series of writing competitions.

You’ll find details of my latest competition below (and on my blog):

https://esthernewtonblog.wordpress.com/writing-competition-2016-open-for-entry-now/ .

The Writers Bureau also has a flash fiction competition open for entries: www.wbcompetition.com

Type ‘writing competitions’ into your search engine and pages and pages of numerous competitions appear before your very eyes. Poetry, article writing, short stories, novellas and flash fiction to name a few; there’s a competition for any and every type of writing. But exactly what is the attraction of competitions and are they worth entering? Read the rest of this entry »

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Writing By The Rules

March 7th, 2016

five sensesIt’s the first Monday in the month again (doesn’t it seem to come round fast)?  And because we’ve just launched our Flash Fiction Competition I thought I’d find an interesting clip on the subject for you. In it, Katey Schultz outlines her rules for writing good short fiction, and this involves the Five S’s. Read the rest of this entry »

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Streamlining Your Research

March 4th, 2016

corset-blogYou’ve probably heard the advice: write about what you know.  This is sensible as far as it goes but no-one – whether you’re writing fiction or non-fiction – can produce informative, authoritative, realistic writing without doing research.

The good news is that most of us find researching one of the most enjoyable and rewarding parts of the job.  In fact, the real danger is that you become so engrossed in your research that you keep going deeper and deeper rather than getting down to the writing.  You’ll also have to make sure that you don’t let yourself get side-tracked.  It’s a fact that most research projects take longer than you originally anticipated; so always make allowances for this.  It’s particularly important to avoid the trap if you have deadlines to meet.  Plus, you don’t want to spend so long on your research that you end up working for next-to-nothing. Read the rest of this entry »

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