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Which Social Media Platform Is Best For Writers?

November 29th, 2021

I’ve just been reading a great blog post which provides an all-inclusive guide to social media for writers. It covers everything you need to know: how to choose which platform(s) to prioritize, build your following, and ultimately use social media to market your book. It starts with the question of which platform, then goes on to provide detailed tips and case studies from authors who have used each of them successfully.

Many of you will probably already be familiar with all the options and have your own preferences  – but you can never know too much and even just a couple of good tips will make taking time out to reading it worthwhile.

Next, for those of you taking part in NaNoWriMo (write the first draft of your novel in a month) I’d just like to say…keep going! You’re now getting to the difficult part, where time and inspiration may be running out. But remember, you only need to get to the end of the first draft and then you’ve all the time in the world to edit and polish it. And even if you don’t quite get to the end, don’t feel you’ve failed – I bet you’ve still got something really worthwhile to work on.

Now for a few interesting competitions to keep you occupied over the festive season. First we have the Fish Short Memoir Prize 2022. The word limit is 4000 and the best 10 short memoirs will be published in the Fish Anthology 2022. The judge is Quian Julie Wang, author of Beautiful Country and the closing date is 31 January 2021. The entry fees is €18 (€10 subsequent entries) and the prizes are 1st – €1,000; 2nd –  writing course (online) + €200 and 3rd – €200.

The Manchester Writing Competition, organised by Manchester Metropolitan University, closes a few days earlier – 28th January. There is a £10,000 prize for the best portfolio of 3-5 poems and a £10,000 prize for the best short story (up to 2500 words). The entry fee is £18 and you can view previous winners and shortlisted entries in the Competition Archive.

The next one I really like! The Glencairn Glass Crime Short Story Competition  closes on 31 December. They say “Have you a murderous imagination, a crime that needs capturing, a deadly deed to document? Well, here’s your chance! Glencairn Crystal, maker of the world’s favourite whisky glass – the Glencairn Glass – and sponsor of the McIlvanney and Bloody Scotland Debut crime writing prizes, is looking for crime short stories in conjunction with Bloody Scotland and Scottish Field Magazine.”

Short stories must be 2,000 words or less and should not have been previously published in any format. The short story must be based on the theme ‘A Crystal-Clear Crime.’

There will be three cash prizes: 1st – £1000 plus two runners-up of £250 each. All three winners will also receive a set of six bespoke engraved Glencairn Glasses. The overall winning entry will be published by Scottish Field and online at www.whiskyglass.com

And finally – our own Flash Fiction Competition closes on 30th November; so you’ve still just about time to get your entries in. The prizes are £300, £200 and £100 plus each winner receives a Writers Bureau poem of their choice.



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