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The Hemingway Effect

July 9th, 2021

For fans of Ernest Hemingway, the new documentary series on BBC4 that started last week is a real treat. When I saw that there were six episodes I thought it might be slow and ponderous, but if the first one was anything to go by that’s far from the truth. An hour in and we’re still only up to his early twenties but it was fascinating. I suspect that many people are aware of his love of bull-fighting, his deep-sea fishing, his game-hunting, his womanising and his hard drinking. But there was so much about his early life that was new to me and shed a light on his future development both as a person and as an author. I’ll confess that he’s never been one of my favourite writers, but I find the story of his life irresistible.

Before we go any further this week, I need to remind you about our Poetry Competition as time is flying and it will be the end of the month – and the closing date for entries – before you can blink. There are three prizes of £300, £200 and £100 and each winner also receives a Writers Bureau course of their choice. Your poem can be up to 40 lines and on any theme.  The entry fee is £5.00 per poem (or £4.00 if you are a member of the Association of Freelance Writers).

If you’re a short story/flash fiction writer, rather than a poet, Cranked Anvil, focuses on writing competitions, small print anthology runs, and providing a platform for writers. It operates as a small-scale, non-profit-making organisation, their main mission being “to get great writing out there and shout about great writers”.

They hold quarterly short story and flash fiction competitions plus they offer writing advice and intriguing writing prompt grids, some of them themed!

Their latest short story competition closes for entries on 31st July and you can send in up to three stories (£5.00 fee for the first, £3.00 for the second and £2.00 for the third). Prizes are £150, £75 and £30 and the winners of these prizes are published on the website and considered for any future anthologies.

Finally, I subscribe to “Inkwell News” an ezine sent out by Writing.ie. This month they featured a series of YouTube videos of Vanessa Fox O’Loughlin interviewing London literary agent Simon Trewin under the title of Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About Publishing But Never Dared Ask. It’s a fascinating series of interviews covering topics such as the submission process, what needs to go into a covering letter, what might tempt an agent to rescue a novel from the ‘slush pile’ and what a publishing contract is all about. If you’ve written a book and are wondering about the next stage then I think you’ll find something to interest you here.


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