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Top Prize for British e-Book

February 17th, 2012

Something that caught my eye this week was the Kidwell-e Festival – being held for the first time this year. The physical festival is on 28th and 29th July but they’re currently holding four separate competitions in conjunction with the festival and the closing date for entries in each category is 11th May. The four are:

• Best unpublished or self-published British e-Book – Prize £10,000

• Best British e-Book by an established writer – Prize £3000

• Best unpublished or self-published e-Book by an international author – £2000

• Best e-short story – £1000 plus an e-reader

At this stage you’re probably rubbing your hand with glee – but don’t get too excited. Entry fee for the first three categories is £25 and for the fourth it’s £15. But when you think about it, judges have to be paid to spend time going through a long piece of work and such a hefty fee might just make people think twice before submitting something that hasn’t been thought through properly.

Writers Bureau Annual Short Story Competition

But if you want to enter your story in a competition that only charges £5 (£4 for subscribers to Freelance Market News) then look no further than our annual Short Story Competition. The closing date is 30th June and there are prizes totalling £1100.

And on 1st March we’ll be holding an ‘event’ to announce the winners of our 2011 Poetry Competition. You can join us on our Facebook page from 10.00 am to help us celebrate. There’ll be the chance to win a six-month subscription to Freelance Market News; a copy of How to Write for Competitions – and Win! and 10 copies of Cracking the Short Story Market. As the author, Iain Pattison, is the adjudicator for our current competition then it’s definitely worth having a copy!

Top Letters

The Sun has been getting quite a battering recently but if you intend to follow the advice from last week about trying your hand at writing readers’ letters then there’s no better place to start. They pay £50 for the star letter each day – so check it out, even if you’d normally only read it while you’re waiting for your weekend takeaway.

My guest next week is Writers Bureau tutor Simon Whaley. As he’s just published his latest non-fiction book – The Positively Productive Writer – he’s sure to have some good advice to offer.

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