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Passionate About Poetry

October 2nd, 2015

strawberriesuntitled-blogThanks to Lawrence and Paul for last Friday’s blog; it’s great when people acknowledge that we’ve helped them get their work into print. But in this case, it’s their own enthusiasm for their subject – and the ability to get this across to a publisher – that has really earned them their success!

This week’s post is going to be a celebration of all things poetic as it’s National Poetry Day next Thursday (8th October). Time really seems to fly as it doesn’t seem two minutes since I was writing about last year’s event and it has now been a regular fixture on the calendar since 1994. Read the rest of this entry »




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Win Copies of Cracking the Short Story Market!

September 10th, 2012

Thanks to Alison for last week’s blog and I can vouch for the fact that a break away from routine in a lovely location definitely aids creativity (or that’s what I tell myself when I’m poring over the travel pages of the Sunday Times or trawling the internet for weekend breaks). Last week I was sipping prosecco on the shores of Lake Como. If it provided inspiration for the likes of the Plinys (Elder and Younger), Byron, Shelley and Stendhal – then who am I to disagree? But all good things come to an end and it’s now back to reality… Read the rest of this entry »




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Flash Fiction Competition!

September 11th, 2009

The wedding went well, I didn’t disgrace myself by having too many glasses of champagne – or even sit on my hat. The bride and groom had a terrific day and I can now start concentrating on my new role as ‘mother in law’. I’ll have to make sure I don’t turn into a Les Dawson-style caricature – though my husband might argue that it’s already a lost cause!

National Poetry Day takes place on 8th October and this year’s theme is Heroes and Heroines. You can take part by submitting images of poems you’ve located in strange and unusual places or read blogs of famous poets. There is a huge range of events taking place all over the country, including Carol Anne Duffy – the new Poet Laureate – reading from her collection at the Winchester Discovery Centre. See  the National Poetry Day website for more details and what’s going on in your area.

Here at Writers Bureau we’re holding a Twitter ‘flash fiction’ competition. View examples of flash fiction here. As you know, that means you’ve got just 140 characters in which to write your short story. I’ve seen it done in 50 words before; so we’re being kind to you. Your story can have any theme and be in any genre. The prize is a copy of our new ‘How to Write for Competitions – and Win’ course. Read more about the ‘flash fiction’ competition here.

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I’ll be judging the entries and the closing date is 30th September. If you win, the copyright will remain with you but we would like permission to tweet your story and for it to appear on our website.

You can send as many entries as you wish to tcomp@writersbureau.com. So, get your creative thinking caps on as I’m looking forward to receiving your entries for the Twitter Flash Fiction Competition.




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