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Could You Be Our Writer Of The Year?

November 20th, 2015

Jacqueline_Jeynes_200The time has come round once again when we’re looking for Writers Bureau Writer of the Year 2016.  We have been holding this event since 2006 and in that time we’ve heard some wonderful stories.

Last year’s winner was Jacqueline Jeynes (pictured) who, amongst other things, now writes for Silver Travel Advisor website and has started to get the kind of all-expenses-paid trips that every travel writer dreams of.

In 2014 it was Martin Read who took The Award. He now regularly sees his name in magazines and newspapers, travelling to sporting events around the country and interviewing a diverse range of people. He says, “In the last few months I’ve interviewed a cabinet minister, a senior official at Westminster Abbey, two rugby internationals, professional cricketers, a top cricket umpire and a professional, international football referee. It’s a dream job for me.”

To be eligible to enter you must be a Writers Bureau student and have been published in the past year. But we don’t just judge on how much you’ve had published or how much you’ve earned. We’re also looking for heart-warming stories and how lives can be changed by achieving your writing ambitions.   The winner will received £250 and four runners-up each get £50. You’ll also appear on our website and we’ll give you plenty of publicity on social media.  So why not read through all our past winners and then complete the entry form if you feel you’d like to tell us your story.

I don’t seem to have left myself much space this week, so I’ll close be suggesting a couple of useful writing resources. The first is Writers Digest. It’s an American site and they are obviously trying to sell their magazine and other services, but amongst all this there’s some really useful information. This includes an ‘article bank’ – articles on a wide range of different writing topics and genres; weekly writing prompts for when you’re lacking inspiration; blogs and a competitions list plus much more.

The next two are for those of you writing novels and shorts stories and looking for some original names for your characters; or writing about places in the world where you’re not as familiar with what people are called.  The first, Nameberry, is rather ‘fluffy’ but certainly provides some interesting first name suggestions. The second, Meaning of Names, not only does what it says on the tin, for bother first names and surnames, but also provides common names used in different regions around the world. So it’s much more useful for anyone sitting down to write a novel set outside the UK or America.

And finally, don’t forget there’s just over a week to go before this year’s Short Story Competition closes. So, don’t spend any more time tweaking your masterpiece/s – get your entry in online or by post before 30th November. As well as the first prize of £300 in cash you also get a Writers Bureau course of your choice,# which could be just the thing you need to take your writing career to the next stage!

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