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Keep Busy In November!

November 2nd, 2021

Now that we’ve slipped over into November I think it’s time to remind you all again about our Flash Fiction competition that will be closing at the end of the month. The prizes are £300, £200 and £100 plus all three winners receive a Writers Bureau Course of their choice up to the value of £444! Why not read the winners of last year’s Flash Fiction competition before sending in your own story? Full details and rules of entry can be found here.

Another interesting competition I came across recently is the Searchlight Awards. They say: “Searchlight Writing for Children Awards is a new rolling competition for aspiring authors writing for children or young adults.

“Our purpose is to shine a bright light on exceptional writing. We publish it, send it out into the world, champion it and act as a stepping stone for children’s authors to achieve their literary dreams.

“We can’t wait to tell the world about you and your writing, so the top ten stories from each competition receive maximum recognition. They will:

feature in The Winners’ Collection, which is sent to an extensive list of literary agents and publishers who have requested it, to help your writing get noticed;

appear, alongside your biography, in our Winners’ Gallery on the Searchlight Awards’ website, which agents, publishers, friends and family can access;

be published in our annual Searchlight Awards’ Anthology, which features the best entries from all our competitions in the last year;

and, to top it all, the First Prize winner for each competition receives a generous Cash Award.”

The current competition is for the best novel opening for children or young adults. They want the opening 1,200 words of a novel for children aged eight to eighteen. You don’t need to have finished writing the rest of your manuscript and full details of how to enter can be found here.

Finally, The Poetry Business have announced their 2022 New Poetry Prize open for entries.

Entrants are invited to submit short collections of twelve pages of poems. Four outstanding collections will be selected to receive a year of support from The Poetry Business: a publisher and writer development agency with a strong reputation for discovering, developing and publishing outstanding new poets.

All four New Poetry Prize winners will have their winning collection published under The New Poets List, the imprint dedicated to discovering, mentoring, and publishing young and emerging poets. Please note that the published winning collections will be extended versions of the winning manuscripts (approximately 20–24 pages of poems).

Other prizes include publication in The North magazine and a prize winners’ reading. Two of the four winners will receive a place on an Arvon residential of their choice in 2022/23.

Entry costs £8, but a number of free entries are available for writers who are unable to afford the entry fee. The closing date is 1st March 2022.

I always find November a rather grim month, so having some competition entries to work on, and the creativity this involves, comes as a welcome way to relax!

My guest next week, Ruth Clarke-Irons, was a runner-up in our Short Story Competition held earlier this year. She’ll  be looking at the routines and rituals (some more surprising than others) that can make a writer’s life more productive!

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