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Keep Busy In November!

November 2nd, 2021

Now that we’ve slipped over into November I think it’s time to remind you all again about our Flash Fiction competition that will be closing at the end of the month. The prizes are £300, £200 and £100 plus all three winners receive a Writers Bureau Course of their choice up to the value of £444! Why not read the winners of last year’s Flash Fiction competition before sending in your own story? Full details and rules of entry can be found here.

Another interesting competition I came across recently is the Searchlight Awards. They say: “Searchlight Writing for Children Awards is a new rolling competition for aspiring authors writing for children or young adults. Read the rest of this entry »




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A Flash In The Pan

August 28th, 2021

Before I go any further this week, I’d just like to remind you that we are now accepting entries for our current Flash Fiction Competition. As usual, there are prizes of £300, £200 and £100 and each winner also receives a Writers Bureau course of their choice, plus publication on our website. The entry fee is £5 for one story or £10 for three (£4 for one story or £8 for three if you are a member of the Association of Freelance Writers). Your story should be no longer than 500 words and the closing date is 30th November.

But if you’re trying to decide whether to enter and you’re a Flash Fiction novice, here are some simple guidelines to help you stand a better chance of writing the kind of story our judges are looking for.

There are many forms of flash fiction, and stories can range from thirty up to a thousand words. Read the rest of this entry »




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Online Inspiration

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. Read the rest of this entry »




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The Hemingway Effect

July 9th, 2021

For fans of Ernest Hemingway, the new documentary series on BBC4 that started last week is a real treat. When I saw that there were six episodes I thought it might be slow and ponderous, but if the first one was anything to go by that’s far from the truth. An hour in and we’re still only up to his early twenties but it was fascinating. I suspect that many people are aware of his love of bull-fighting, his deep-sea fishing, his game-hunting, his womanising and his hard drinking. But there was so much about his early life that was new to me and shed a light on his future development both as a person and as an author. I’ll confess that he’s never been one of my favourite writers, but I find the story of his life irresistible.

Before we go any further this week, I need to remind you about our Poetry Competition as time is flying and it will be the end of the month – and the closing date for entries – before you can blink. There are three prizes of £300, £200 and £100 and each winner also receives a Writers Bureau course of their choice. Your poem can be up to 40 lines and on any theme.  The entry fee is £5.00 per poem (or £4.00 if you are a member of the Association of Freelance Writers). Read the rest of this entry »




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Picture Books that Inspire Kids, and Grown-ups too!

October 23rd, 2020

I’ve now got two lovely grandsons (who I don’t see anywhere near enough of under current restrictions). The elder, who’s just turned four, has always loved books so every  time I visit I try to find something new. And that’s not as easy as it sounds.

The shops are packed with glossy picture books but the actual content is often meaningless drivel that certainly doesn’t stimulate a young mind (and I’m not talking genius level here). Books for kids basically need to be relevant to their lives and what they know about. Only once you’ve put this in place can you start adding the things that will stretch their imagination (dinosaurs, witches, talking pumpkins). So, if you think you can tell a good tale and may be considering writing a picture book then which authors set a brilliant example? Read the rest of this entry »




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