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August 30th, 2020

First, thanks to Jacqueline for last week’s post. Many people think of ‘creative writing’ as being exclusively fiction. But as she points out, writing non-fiction should be every bit as creative if you are to engage and entertain your readers.

As we’re still waiting for our next Writers Bureau competition to open for entries, I thought I’d highlight one or two other competitions that are taking place at the moment – hopefully providing something for everyone.

First up we have the New Voices Competition, which is looking for the first page of a novel and a one-page synopsis. This is for first-time writers only and the prize is a Start Up mentoring package. The entry fee is £10 and the closing date is 14th September; so no procrastinating. Full details are at www.adventuresinfiction.co.uk

Next we have a raft of competitions from Mslexia. They are open to women of any nationality from any country and include Flash Fiction, Short Story, Children’s and YA Novel plus Memoir and Life Writing. There are different entry fees and prize money for the various categories but the winners’ packages in addition to the prize money are very tempting. The closing date is 21 September and details can be found at www.mslexia.co.uk.

Finally, the Hammond House International Literary Prize includes Short Stories, Poems and, more unusually, Scripts. There’s a theme for this one: survival and there is even a feedback option if you are willing to pay an additional £10 on top of the entry fee. The closing date is 30th September and you can find out more at www.hammondhousepublishing.com.

Hay-on-Wye is often referred to as England’s ‘book capital’ with its multitude of book shops and its famous annual literary festival (apparently Bill Clinton once referred to it as “the Woodstock of the mind”). It usually takes place in May but this year, like so many events, it had to go online. Following the festival, however, many of the events have been made available on ‘Hay Player’. You can only access this by subscription but at £10 or a year, it won’t exactly break the bank. It offers thousands of audio and film recordings from the festival, providing front row access to some of the world’s greatest writers and artists.

So, if you feel that you’ve missed out on your ‘cultural fix’ this year you can now enjoy it from the comfort of your own home. I know it’s not quite the same…but perhaps if you get some like-minded friends to tune in to events with you, you might get the stimulation and discussions you were looking forward to after all!

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