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Student Of The Year 2021

February 22nd, 2021

It’s great that the winners of this year’s competition have now been announced and their stories are available to read on our website.

First the overall winner, Theresa Gooda – what diverse writing skills! She writes articles, short stories, poems and is also a ghost writer. (We’ll be hearing more about this from Theresa in her guest post next week.) She’s studied both our Comprehensive Creative Writing Course and our Art of Writing Poetry Course and she’s putting  the skills she’s learned in each to good use.

Next for the runners-up. Simon Miller has done something that many people only dream of – he’s broken into writing for radio, podcasts and TV. Humour is a notoriously difficult concept to sell but he seems to be going from strength to strength.

Claire Ezard studied our Proofreading and Copy Editing course and it has enabled her to expand her career and increase her earning potential.

Our Copywriting course has helped Prachi Sharma to improve her Copywriting skills and  progress in writing for online markets – expanding  the services she can offer to her clients.

Finally, Gavin Grimshaw has won a competition with an  excerpt from his autobiography and now has two novels in the pipeline.

But what struck me most about these – and all our other successful and talented entrants – was the word ‘confidence’. So many of them said that studying the course and getting feedback on their work from their tutor had given them the confidence to move forward and send work out for publication. We think we offer great course materials – but there’s more to success than reading about how to write. It’s also about the tips and advice you get from a professional (someone who’s been there and done that) and the confidence you get from them telling you that you’re ready to let your writing see the light of day!

Don’t forget that our Short Story Competition is now open for entries. There are prizes of £300, £200, £100 and £50 plus all our winners receive a Writers Bureau course of their choice. If you want to read the winners of last year’s competition, you can do so here.

But for those of you who don’t fancy writing short stories her are a couple of alternative competitions:

The Times/Chickenhouse Competition  for complete novels aimed at chidren from 7 to Young Adult. The prize includes publication, an advance of £10,000 and representation by an agent. And this year they are running a separate competition in tandem but it is to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Institute of Engineering and Technology. Again, your novel must be aimed at the same age group but the plot must encompass the following: science, technology, engineering or maths. Quite an interesting one! The closing date for both competitions is 14th May – do check out their website for full details of what they are looking for and how to submit.

And finally, for the poets amongst you we have The Plough Poetry Prize. Now in its eighteenth year, this  is an international open competition for a poem up to 40 lines on any subject. This year’s judge is Roger McGough. The prizes are: £1000, £500 and £250; the closing date is 31st March.

That’s all for this week and, as promised earlier, my guest next week with be our Student of the Year, Theresa Gooda.


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