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Win £3500 With Your Short Story

August 24th, 2012

First, thanks to Jackie for last week’s blog. Whether you have a traditional publishing deal – like Jackie – or self-publish, it is becoming more and more important to be able to promote yourself and your book. I know that there are some of you who still shudder at the thought of having to use Facebook, Twitter and forums for that purpose, but Jackie’s post just goes to show that there are still traditional methods that you can use very successfully to promote your book.

The Write Place

And talking of promoting your book, if you’re already a Writers Bureau student go and have a look at the latest edition of The Write Place, our quarterly newsletter, in the student area. As usual, it’s full of news about what’s going on, an interview with poetry tutor, Alison Chisholm, lots of student successes, and one or two great offers. The best is a £100 saving on the Writers Bureau’s How to Market Your Book course!

Chapter and Verse

August has been quite a busy month because the latest edition of Chapter and Verse is now also available in the student area – a newsletter with contributions from students and edited by a student. Kate Muscroft has just taken over as editor and her introductory article is inspirational – definitely go and read it. And if you fancy making a submission to the next issue – or even taking over as editor in due course – read the guidelines and then get in touch.

Costa Short Story Competition

As you know, here at Writers Bureau our annual Poetry Competition is currently running until the end of December. But if you are looking for a short story competition to enter then you could consider the Costa Short Story Award. The first prize is £3500 and there are two runners-up prizes of £750 each. The theme is open and although the competition only launched on 16th July, the closing date is 7th September. I suspect that this has something to do with the fact that entry is free and they know that if stories are accepted over too long a period they will be inundated. I also suspect that the standard will be very high with a fair number of experienced, published writers entering. But, as entry is free you’ve absolutely nothing to lose – so you might as well give it a try.

My guest next week is Alison Chisholm, poet, author and Writers Bureau tutor. In the meantime, enjoy the long weekend! And for those of you with school-age children, you can now start the countdown to them being back behind their desks, when you can start to seriously think about your creative writing again.

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