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Literary Escape in Scotland

June 13th, 2014

Thanks to Shelley for last week’s blog – and we all wish her well.  But it just goes to show that while you’re serving your writing ‘apprenticeship’ you should take the opportunity to try your hand at all kinds of different writing.  You never know what you might excel at or what you might find particularly lucrative until you’ve tried it!  That’s why we cover such a wide range in our Comprehensive Creative Writing course.

I’ve just got back from a short break in Scotland.  I’d forgotten how beautiful Edinburgh is on a sunny day – particularly the views from Calton Hill and the monuments there.  So I was interested to read about the Bloody Scotland literary festival in the NAWG newsletter this morning.  It’s dedicated to crime fiction and will be held from 19th to 21st September in Stirling.

There is a full calendar or events and they hold a Bloody Scotland Short Story Competition which is now open for submissions!

The competition, which is in its third year, invites short stories of up to 3000 words from anywhere (and everywhere!) in the world. The theme is ‘Escape’ and the first prize is £1000 plus free attendance at the literary festival and a bottle of whisky.  Full details and rules of entry can be found at their website.

Moving from Edinburgh to Glasgow – I’ve recently read a couple of novels by Louise Welsh. They’re certainly gritty and a bit explicit but I have found both The Cutting Room and The Bullet Trick great reads.  She terrific at getting inside the mind of her lead character – male in both cases!

Finally, don’t forget our own short story competition.  The entry fee is £5 and the theme is ‘open’ – the only restriction is that your story shouldn’t exceed 2000 words.  The closing date is only a couple of weeks away; if you’ve not already penned your entry, start work now so that you’ll have plenty of time to ‘let it rest’ before you give it a final read through and send it off.

My guest next week is author and Writers Bureau tutor, Jackie Sherman, who’ll be looking at how to give yourself the best chance of getting your non-fiction book published.



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