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Prizes Worth £1100 in the Writers Bureau Poetry Competition!

August 5th, 2011

As usual, thanks first to Bev for last week’s blog. This is certainly a controversial topic amongst writers – and she puts over her view in a logical and convincing manner.

Annual Poetry Competition

We had a record number of entries for our Short Story Competition this year. They’re currently with the adjudicator, and I can’t wait to find out who the winners are. Our Poetry Competition is now accepting entries and if you want to brush up on your poetry writing skills there’s always our Art of Writing Poetry course, written by the competition adjudicator Alison Chisholm. You’ve got until the end of the year to enter, so it’s definitely worth polishing a few pieces for submission.

The Demise of Short Fiction on Radio 4

If you’ve not already heard, Radio 4 is planning to cut its short story output to only one a week as part of its reorganisation in scheduling. There used to be five a week, then three – and now only one. We’ve always told our students that the short story slot on BBC4 was something to aspire towards – the gold standard – and we’re bitterly disappointed that this is happening. Obviously other people feel the same way and the Society of Authors has started an online petition on the National Short Story Week’s website. You can even view the full list of signatories and their comments, including writers Ali Smith, Ian Rankin and Sarah Dunant.

Trinity College Playwriting Competition

And finally, for those of you with ambitions to be a playwright, note that Trinity College London is currently holding a competition with £1000 cash for the winner and £500 for six runners up. In addition, the overall winner will have their piece performed at a London theatre in January 2012 and all the winners will be published in a collection of plays. The play must be for young people and the closing date is 1st September.

My guest blogger next week is Writers Bureau student, Jayne Anderson. She extols the virtues of something that is often overlooked in this age of perpetual self-promotion, blogs and twitter. Something far more satisfying – the personal diary.

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