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The Bard Goes First Class

April 8th, 2016

venus-and-adonis-blogI know you’d be hard pressed to miss the fact that this year marks the 400th anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare, as there’s been so much coverage on TV, radio and in the press. But I do love the idea of having 10 first-class stamps, each giving a well-known quote from one of his works. They’ve chosen some great ones and here they are:

Much Ado About Nothing:  There was a star danced and under that was I born.

Venus and Adonis:  Love comforteth like sunshine after rain.

The Tempest:  We are such stuff as dreams are made of; and our little life is rounded with a sleep.

Julius Caesar:  Cowards die many times before their death. The valiant never taste of death but once.

Sonnet 30:  But if the while I think on thee, dear friend, all losses are restored and sorrows end.

Hamlet: To thine own self be true.

Richard II:  I wasted time, and now doth time waste me.

Romeo and Juliet:  Love is a smoke made with the fume of sighs.

Macbeth:  Life’s but a walking shadow, a poor player that struts and frets his hour upon the stage.

As You Like It:  The fool doth think he is wise, but the wise man knows himself to be a fool.

I found it particularly interesting because it just goes to show how famous quotes can get corrupted by usage. When I read some of them I realised that I’ve been merrily quoting them with my own twist for more years than I care to remember!

Now on to other things. If you like entering competitions but flash fiction isn’t really your thing and you feel constrained if your short story has to fit into 2000 words, The Novella Award 2016 might be just what you’re looking for. They’re accepting unpublished novellas ranging from 20,000 to 40,000 words. The winner will be published by Sandstone Press and receive £1000 in prize money. The entry fee is £17 and the closing date is 29th April. You must pay online, but you can then submit your entry online or by post (but be warned, in addition to your novella they also require a 500-word synopsis).

But if you do enjoy writing small, but perfectly formed, stories, then don’t neglect our Flash Fiction Competition.  The entry fee is £5 and prizes are £300, £200 and £100 but each of the winners also receives a Writers Bureau course of their choice. The closing date is 30th April, so there’s only three weeks to get your entry or entries (3 for £10) to us.

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