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Could you be our Writer of the Year?

December 7th, 2012

First, thanks to Esther for last week’s advice on how to stand out from the crowd when you’re entering a short story competition.  If you regularly enter writing competitions and haven’t been having much success lately, then it might be worth looking at the Writers Bureau’s How to Write for Competitions – and Win course. There’s lots of excellent advice from Iain Pattison, the adjudicator of our annual Short Story Competition and Alison Chisholm, who judges the Poetry Competition. An extra plus is that one of the tutors for this course is Esther – so you know you’ll be in good hands! And the icing on the cake is that we’re currently offering the course for only £84.50 – that’s half the usual price. Click here for further details.

Last chance to enter Writers Bureau 2012 Poetry Competition

Incidentally, the closing date for this year’s Poetry Competition is fast approaching, so if you still intend to enter, you need to get a move on. You can post your entries or submit them online for security – but they must reach us by 31st December. And from 1st January we’ll be accepting entries for the 2013 Short Story Competition!  First prize is £500 – not to be sneezed at!

Time is also running out if you are a Writers Bureau student and want to enter our Writer of the Year Award. We know it’s not easy being a writer – it can be lonely and you have to get used to coping with rejection. But it’s still the most wonderful feeling in the world when you see your name in print!  So each year we hold this event to celebrate our students’ achievements. It’s not just about how much money you’ve earned – it really is about ambitions realised and dreams fulfilled. So if you feel you’ve had an exceptional year, then why not enter? The winner receives £250 and there are four runners-up prizes of £50 each. Plus lots of lovely publicity on our website!  The closing date is 31st December.

Showcase your Short Stories

If you’re a short story writer it might be worth considering East of the Web. They are looking for new, previously unpublished fiction – but unlike many short story sites they have high editorial standards and do not publish just anything. Although they don’t pay for submissions they claim to get half a million unique page views per month, so they can provide your work with plenty of exposure. They don’t want exclusive use of work –  and they actually provide links so that if someone reading your story likes it they can contact you. Definitely worth thinking about, if you’re struggling to break into the print market and want a credit to add to your portfolio.

My guest next week is Writers Bureau Tutor Vanessa Couchman who’ll be sharing her experience of taking part in NaNoWriMo (write a novel in a month to the uninitiated) and giving tips in case you fancy taking part in 2013.

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