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Last call for entries to Writers Bureau Short Story Competition 2011

June 24th, 2011

First, thanks to Phyllis for her good advice about sidebars in last week’s blog. This is an area that causes concern for many non-fiction writers at the start of their career and any tips are welcome.

July marks the centenary of the birth of Mervyn Peake – writer, poet and artist. I still remember the excitement I felt on discovering Ghormenghast in my teens and inhabiting the world he created in his famous trilogy. So it was with interest that I read the recent article in the Sunday Times about Titus Awakes. Apparently Peake had started on this fourth book in the series when he became too ill to write in the early ‘60s. His wife, Maeve Gilmore, made the decision to complete the manuscript. It’s obviously different in tone and, after reading part of the serialisation in the newspaper, I don’t think I’ll be rushing off to buy it. I always tend to have reservations about ‘prequels’ and ‘sequels’ to iconic books that are written by other people – and I don’t think this is going to change my mind.

£300 Poetry Prize

The Nottingham Open Poetry Competition 2011 is now accepting entries. The first prize is a decent £300 and the entry fee £3.00 per poem or £10.00 for four poems. Details of how to enter are available on their website and the closing date is 6th September.

Our own annual Poetry Competition will be opening on 1st July – so now’s the time to start brushing up on your poetry writing skills if you feel the need. And don’t forget, our Short Story Competition is closing on 30th June; so if you’re planning to enter it’s now or never!

Wrong Trousers Day

I can’t leave you this week without mentioning that today is Wallace and Gromit’s Wrong Trousers Day. It’s a lovely, silly idea to raise money for sick children in hospitals and hospices across the UK. It may be too late to raise funds for this year – but bookmark it for next.

Finally, as a writer are you an IBV or a DBV? I leave you with that intriguing question which Writers Bureau tutor, Simon Whaley, will be discussing as my guest next week.

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