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The Write Stuff

May 29th, 2015

Sept23_bradford-blogFirst, thanks to Kerry for last Friday’s blog. I found it an enlightening piece because it shows that nearly every situation has its pros and cons. On the one hand, living away from your native country can provide inspiration and new perspectives. But it can also have a downside, including being unable to interact with other writers. But as Kerry pointed out – the Internet now makes almost anything possible.

You hear so much in the press about established writers but just recently there seems to have been a bit of a spike in competitions aimed at younger writers – and it’s good to see them getting the encouragement, and the recognition that a good competition win often brings.

The Robin Reeves Prize for Young Fiction competition asks young writers aged 17 to 24, who were born or are living in Wales, to send in submissions on the theme ‘Out of the Ashes: Overcoming Adversity’. They accept poetry, fiction, drama and even non-fiction. The first prize is £500 and all winners and the best shortlisted entries will appear in an anthology. But if you’re thinking of entering – or know someone who might – you need to get your skates on because the closing date is 15th June.

Next up is The Write Stuff – a competition for teenage girls being run by The Sunday Times in conjunction with Barbara Taylor Bradford. It’s open to girls between 11 and 18 and there are different age categories within that. They’re looking for a 1000-word short story themed on friendship.  Entry is free and the winner in each category will see their work published in a HarperCollins ebook and on the Sunday Times Website.

The best part, though, is that the winner and two runners up in each category will be invited to a writing masterclass with Barbara and the journalist Eleanor Mills. I admire both women, not only for their writing, but for the work they do to try and make girls feel that they can achieve what they want in any walk of life if they really put their mind to it. It’s a great opportunity to win time with two talented writers who have lots of knowledge and experience to pass on.  The closing date is 3rd July.

So, if you’re a parent or a teacher reading this, please encourage your girls to have a go. They might not win, but they might enjoy trying and, who knows, they could just find themselves bitten by the writing bug!

We’ve now chosen the winners of our Limerick competition and these will be on our website early next week, together with details of our next competition. I hope the limericks make you smile – the writers really deserve your applause as they were chosen from a field of well over 1000 entries and show what this form is like at its very best.

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