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August 14th, 2021

As you probably know, our 2021 Poetry Competition closed on 31st July. We are currently involved in the judging process and I’m amazed by how many first-class poems we have read so far. It really will be difficult to make a decision this year! But, we’ll try and let you have the results as soon as possible.

When one door closes another always opens – so you might want to start considering your entry for this year’s Flash Fiction Competition which has now been launched.  As usual your entry must not exceed 500 words. The entry fee is £5 per story or £10 for three (there’s a discount for subscribers to the Association of Freelance Writers). There are prizes of £300, £200 and £100 and each winner also receives a Writers Bureau course of their choice. The closing date is 30 November 2021.

While we’re talking about competitions, one I spotted recently was Adventures In Fiction – New Voices. Unfortunately, the deadline is coming up pretty soon – 14th September – but it still looks interesting if you’ve already got a work in progress. This competition is aimed at writers who have completed at least 50 pages of their novel manuscript. They want to see a single-page synopsis of the entire novel and the first page. The entry fee is £10.

The prize is help with getting your novel to a publishable standard by offering a start-up mentoring package worth more than £750.00. This includes a mini-masterclass covering everything you need to know about writing a novel. The start-up mentoring package (covering up to 50 pages/16,000 words) includes a manuscript appraisal, guidelines, a development strategy, a consultation and an agreed deadline for a year later. Sounds interesting, doesn’t it?

We all need some variety and a little inspiration if we’re to remain enthusiastic and move on towards our writing goals so here are three sites I’ve found valuable recently:

Helping Writers Become Authors

Recent posts include: Three things to know about the end of a story; Should you edit as you go and Why everyone should write (even if you think you stink)!  As you can see – the topics are pretty far ranging.

Write to Done

Advice here includes: The art of story structures; Helpful research sources for historical fiction and Seven reasons to self-publish your next book. Plus much,  much more…

Writers in the Storm

This blog, written by a group of authors who specialize in different genres, is meant to inspire writers and help them to hone their craft. Recent posts include: Location, location, location; Time for the second edition and A month of writing prompts.

And that should give you something to while away the time (if you’re not working on your entry for our Flash Fiction Competition) until next week.




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