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Limerick Competition Open For Entries

April 20th, 2018

First, thanks to Claire for last week’s blog. For me, it demonstrates two things. First, that writing isn’t an easy option. You really have to work at it if you hope to succeed. And second, if you feel you’re working on something good, you should follow your own path and not just go with the flow.

We’ve been hearing for ages that novels should be a minimum of 70,000 words, or they are hard to market, and that novellas and collections of short stories don’t sell unless they are written by someone famous. But Claire’s experience disproves this – they will sell if you persevere and find the right way to get your message to the reading public.

While we’re on the subject of novellas, I’ve just read that ‘Nightflyers’, by George RR Martin is being turned into a ten-part TV series to debut on Syfy (and Netflix) later this year. I’m a great fan of Game of Thrones and can’t wait for the final series to be ready. But I have to admit that since production outran the actual writing of the novels episodes do seem more run-of-the-mill and less riveting.

So, it will be interesting to see how a novella can be stretched into a series running for ten episodes and how closely it will be based on the actual book and connected short stories. I’m tempted to read it now so that I can bore everyone at home with the comparison when the new series actually hits our screens.

We hope to have the long-list for our Short Story Competition available by the end of April and we’ll keep you posted. In the meantime, we’ve launched our 2018 Limerick Competition. The closing date is 31st July and the winner will receive £100 plus a Writers Bureau course of their choice. Two runners up will each receive £50 and membership to the Association of Freelance Writers. You can read the winning entries in last year’s competition here.

If you’re a short story writer and limericks aren’t really your thing then you may want to consider the Bristol Short Story Prize. You’ll need to get a move on because the closing date is 1st May. Prizes are: 1st – £1000; 2nd – £700; 3rd – £400 plus seventeen shortlisted writers will get £100 each. Prizes will be awarded at an event in October and the 20 chosen stories will appear in an anthology. The entry fee is £8 but I think that winning – or even being short-listed – would be a feather in any writer’s cap!

Finally, if you’re looking for an interesting, book-themed, break you could do worse than visit Birmingham for their Literature Festival from held 27th to 29th April. The library, where many of the events will be held, is truly magnificent, both inside and out. There’s also plenty of retail therapy available if you go with non-writing partners. And while you’re there, make time to visit the Museum of the Jewellery Quarter – a perfectly preserved business with a real story to tell. You can tell I’m a fan of the regenerated city, can’t you!

My guest next week is Writers Bureau tutor, Jackie Cosh, who will be talking about the journey towards publication of her most recent book.

Author: Diana Nadin


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