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Literary Places You Fall In Love With

February 27th, 2015

laugharne_blogAs usual, thanks to Sue for last Friday’s guest blog. And, she’s absolutely right – researching markets, structuring and polishing your work and presenting it professionally are just as important, in this digital age, as they have ever been if you hope to succeed.

If you’re of a certain age you may be familiar with the Senior Travel Expert website. They say:

We are seeking aspiring or established travel writers to send us interesting, original travel writing about any city, town or village.

It may be where you live, or it could be somewhere you’ve visited, or somewhere you would like to visit.

The winning entry will be the one that is judged to most effectively persuade readers of the Senior Travel Expert website that this is somewhere they really want to visit!

Although this website is aimed at seniors (meaning anyone 55 years old or above) you most certainly don’t need to be a senior yourself to submit an entry – far from it! Anyone 16 years old and above is invited to submit an entry.

Entries should be no more than 750 words in length, but may be much less, and should be written in English. Entries can be factual or fictional.

The closing date for entries is midnight on Thursday, April 30th, 2015. The winning entry will receive a cash prize of £100. Ten runners-up will each receive a £10 firstwriter.com subscription voucher. The winning entry and runner-up entries will be published on this website.

In order to assist travellers, entrants are asked to recommend a hotel or other accommodation within or near the city, town or village they have chosen that would appeal to readers.

The competition is free to enter and will be judged by the editorial staff of SeniorTravelExpert.com.  You must submit your entry via the form on their website.

I particularly like this competition because (a) I love travelling – I’m going to Japan later in the year – and (b) it made me think how much writers have always been influenced by the places where they have lived or visited.

I went to Whitby (one of my favourite places) recently and it made me realise that I’d never actually read Bram Stoker’s Dracula.  I’ve read books that feature vampires and I’ve seen loads of different films where The Count has ranged from old and wrinkled through suave and sophisticated to downright handsome! So I decided to put it right. And what a pleasure – it’s a terrific read.

The flip side of the coin is that I’ve always enjoyed Dylan Thomas’ work. Then last year I went to Laugharne. Yes, I know it can be touristy but on a sunny day out of season it’s sublime. No wonder he produced such tremendous work there.

Incidentally, the first ‘Dylan Day’ will be held this year on 14th May (the date Under Milk Wood was first read on stage in 1953) – you might want to keep your eyes open for any events that are being held to celebrate it.

My guest next week is David Kinchin – another Writers Bureau tutor – with his take on what it’s like moving from  would-be writer into the person giving help to others with similar ambitions.


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