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May 1st, 2020

First, thanks to Alexandra for last week’s post. I found it really interesting, especially the fact that she took the time to think what the different age groups would respond to and enjoy. This is something that anyone serious about writing for children should have in the forefront of their mind.

We’ve now read through all the entries for the recent Short Story Competition and are putting together a shortlist. So watch this space! It shouldn’t be long before we are able to announce the winners.

In the meantime, we are now accepting entries for the 2020 Poetry Competition. As usual, we accept poems on any theme, up to a limit of 40 lines. The first prize is £300, second prize is £200 and third prize is £100 plus all winners will receive a Writers Bureau course of their choice. The closing date is 31st July. I feel I must provide one tip here. I know Coronavirus is the main thing in everyone’s mind at the moment so you might want to think twice about choosing this theme. But if you do feel that you are really inspired to write about some aspect of the current situation then make sure that your subject and approach is truly original.

If you feel you’ve more time for writing than usual, you enjoy entering competitions, but don’t see yourself as a poet then the Bridport Prize might be for you. Categories include: Short Story, Flash Fiction, Peggy Chapman Andrews First Novel Award, Young Writer Award, Dorset Award and, of course, Poetry. There are different entry fees and prizes for each category; so you do need to visit their website for full details. The closing date is 31 May – but there really is something for everyone to get their teeth into.

If you’re into podcasts, have a look at 32 of the best literary and book podcasts for book lovers put together by Penguin. They say “From light-hearted conversational podcasts, to live talks from world-renowned writers, these shows are the perfect audio fix for book lovers who like to delve beyond the book” I had to smile, because when I started drafting this post yesterday, the number was 29 – so they’re obviously adding new suggestions all the time – definitely worth a listen.

Or, how about 14 Literary Podcasts for Every Type of Book Person? They say: “It’s like joining a low-key book-club with your wittiest and most intelligent friends, but minus the drama, the petty arguments about who was supposed to bring the brownies, and, you know, the actual book-reading. From a 5-minute a day poetry reading to craft advice to the low-down on literary scandals, we’ve curated a diverse selection of podcasts for every book person.” Might be just the thing for these difficult times!

My guest next week is Ryan Pell, who’ll be providing you with a guide to selling your writing online – so I can promise you some useful tips. Until then, keep safe!

PS: My garden has really been cheering me up over the last few weeks, so I hope this picture of it cheers you too.

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