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Writing for Competitons – Our Top Tips!

June 25th, 2014

With only a few days to go until the closing date of our Short Story Competition, it seems like the perfect time to dish out some advice on what the judges might be looking for. If you’re still working away at your entry – take note! We’re giving you some of our “dos” and “don’ts” for writing for competitions.

It might seem like an obvious thing to say, but we’re going to start with the basics. If you’re going to be a winner then you need to make your story original, and that means avoiding common clichés. Every year we get hundreds of stories on the same old themes – abusive relationships, terminal illnesses, murder and bereavement are always popular starting points for writers of short stories – and for a good reason. Read the rest of this entry »

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Re-invigorating Your Reading Group

September 4th, 2009

This week has turned out to be quite hectic and by the time you read this I’ll be heading down the motorway to my son’s wedding.  I’m sure that everything will go smoothly and it will be a fantastic day.  The only thing that’s bothering me is the hat.  I’m definitely not a hat person; so I’ve bought one that guarantees it will spring back to perfection even after being squashed in a suitcase.  Don’t get me wrong, I have no intention of packing it in my case, but at least it’ll be OK if I inadvertently sit on it after a glass too much champagne!

I never go anywhere – not even my son’s wedding – without a good book. Apparently I’m not the only one – Reading Groups are springing up all over and the publisher, Random House, has launched a networking site for them.  There’s a list of suitable books (no surprise that these are all published by Random House) plus suggestions for getting discussions going.  They give advice on setting up your own group and tips to liven up an existing group if you feel it’s getting in a rut.  So, why not have a look and see what you think.

Random House

Finally, I’ve just had the results of our 2009 Poetry and Short Story Competition and the winners are, as usual, exceptional.  We’ll have them on our website competition pages within the next couple of weeks – do visit and read them.  If they leave you wishing you could write as well as the winners, then why not consider enrolling on our How to Write for Competitions – and Win course. It might just give you the inspiration you need to put you amongst next year’s winners.

I’ll raise one of those glasses of champagne to your good health this weekend!


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