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Stocking Fillers For Writers

December 6th, 2019

First, thanks to Alex for last week’s post. As he pointed out, competitions aren’t for everyone, but thanks to those of you who sent your stories in to our Flash Fiction Competition. Entry is now closed but the enjoyable part (at least for me!) has now started. I’m having a great time going through them all and we should be in a position to prepare a shortlist and pick the winners shortly. So watch this space!

As our own competition has finished I’m going to suggest a couple of others that you might consider if you want to keep your writing muscles flexed over the festive season. So here we go…

First is a free one! It’s the Writers’ and Artists’ Short Story competition and they say:

For published and aspiring writers alike – enter our free annual short story competition and be in with a chance of winning a place on one of Arvon’s residential writing courses (worth £1000), as well as seeing your story published on www.writersandartists.co.uk .

To enter, all you have to do is submit a short story (for adults) of no more than 2,000 words. And that’s it. Unlike previous years, there’s no theme for you to base your story on; all you have to do is make sure you’re registered with the website, the subject line of your email reads ‘W&A Short Story Competition 2020’ and you send it to waybcompetitions@bloomsbury.com .

The closing date for entries is midnight 13th February 2020. The winner of the competition – along with two runners-up – will be announced on the blog pages of our site in March 2020.

Don’t forget to read the terms and conditions in full before you enter. Please remember to register on www.writersandartists.co.uk  before submitting your entry.

The next one is the Acumen International Poetry Competition. First Prize: £1,000, plus five years subscription to Acumen; Second Prize: £400, plus three years subscription to Acumen; Third Prize: £200, plus two years subscription to Acumen; Special Prize for best current subscriber’s entry: £100. Additionally six highly-commended poets will receive £25 plus a subscription to Acumen and ten commended poets will receive a year’s subscription to Acumen.

The closing Date is Saturday 28th February 2020 and, as you can see, they spread the prize money quite widely, so there is a good chance of your work being recognised. You can enter one poem for £5 or five poems for £20 – go to their website for full terms and conditions, and how to enter.

Christmas is bearing down on us and if, like me, you’ve still not sorted out all your presents then you might want to consider a writing-related gift for the would-be author in your life. How about a subscription to the Association of Freelance Writers; or feedback on their work via our Review and Appraisal service; or a writing course to help them move on to the next stage? We have something for everyone and if you’re on a tight budget we can provide gift vouchers in any denomination you prefer. Simply give us a call on 0161 819 9922 (UK) or 00 44 161 819 9922 if you are calling from overseas and we will be happy to chat with you or advise.

My guest next week will be David Higham who will be giving tips on how to craft very short fiction. And before I leave you I’d like to share this quote from Jodi Picoult which I saw recently:

“You can always edit a bad page. You can’t edit a blank page.” Definitely worth thinking about!

Author: Diana Nadin

 

 

 

 

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