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Life’s Rich Tapestry

October 4th, 2019

I’ve just returned from a lovely family holiday in Tenerife, and although nothing particularly exciting or unusual happened, I thought I’d mention a writing opportunity for those of you who have been on more exotic holidays recently.

The Telegraph runs a ‘Just Back’ travel writing competition.  There is a weekly prize of £250 in currency from the Post Office, plus the chance to win £1000 if your piece is also selected as the ‘Just Back’ article of the year.

Full terms and conditions appear on their website but entry is free – you just need to email your story in 500 words (text in the body of your email) to justback@telegraph.co.uk

While I was away the winners of our 2019 Poetry Competition were announced. So congratulation to Jim Campbell  who won first prize with his beautifully crafted poem Ophelia’s Journey; Sim Smailes who took second place with The Hotline To Hell and Judith Tremaine Drazin who took third place with Lambing.

They were all very different in style and theme and, as I said in an earlier post, the standard this year was particularly high. What surprised me most was that there were more rhyming poems than usual. Many people look upon them as being rather old-fashioned and, if we’re honest, they can seem more difficult to write than open verse. But when they are handled properly (see The Hotline To Hell), they can be brilliant. I really hope that this is a trend that continues.

Just a reminder that our latest Flash Fiction competition is open for entries (closing date 30th November) with the usual prizes of £300, £200 and £100 plus a Writers Bureau course of their choice for each winner.

And for those of you who prefer writing poetry to prose, you could always consider The National Poetry Competition. The first prize is an eye-watering £5000, with £2000 and £1000 for second and third places. In addition there are seven commendations worth £200 each.

Entries must be original and unpublished and can be in any style or form up to 40 lines. It’s £7 for the first entry and then £4 for each subsequent entry. The closing date is 31st October.

Finally, as you probably know, this year marks our 30th Anniversary (yes, The Writers Bureau has been training students and helping them get their work published since 1989)! To mark this milestone we held a free competition for students, past and present, earlier in the year. There were two categories: poetry and flash fiction. We chose the best 15 entries from each category and have put together an anthology called Life’s Rich Tapestry which is now available on Amazon for a small fee if you want a hard copy. But we are working to make an online version free of charge and I’ll let you know as soon as it’s available. Congratulations to everyone whose work appears in the book – it really is an interesting collection.

Author: Diana Nadin





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