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The Writer’s Christmas Wish List

December 9th, 2011

Thanks to Lorraine for her advice last week about following the rules. Timely, too, if you still intend to enter the Writers Bureau Poetry Competition. It closes on 31st December, so after all the hurly burly of Christmas shopping , cooking the turkey and being nice to the relatives, you’ve still got time to sit down and pen your masterpiece. And the prize money could go some way towards lifting the post-Christmas gloom.

The ‘Combo’ Writing Competition

This is quite an intriguing proposition – you enter a short story between 1000 and 5000 words in length plus a piece of flash fiction not exceeding 750 words. Biscuit Publishing are running this competition that closes on 31st January 2012 and the prize offers a good opportunity to either get your work published or take a cash prize instead. The entry fee is rather steep at £12 but they have a good reputation, publishing fiction, non-fiction and some poetry as well as running competitions. Full details are available on their website.

A Little Light Reading

If you find the TLS too ‘weighty’ then the website is ideal. There are some good articles in the review section and regular features include ‘Poem of the Week’ and ‘Then and Now’. The intention is to get you hooked so that you subscribe – but there’s enough going on at the website to keep you going back for more.

The Write Place

If you’re a Writers Bureau student and haven’t yet seen a copy of our quarterly magazine, The Write Place, then have a look. Emily (who blogged here a couple of weeks ago) introduces herself as our newest member of staff; there’s an interview with tutor, Simon Maginn, about what motivates his writing and news of all the latest offers and competitions. And if you’re not already a Writers Bureau student, you might still find it interesting!

Christmas is Coming…

Still trying to decide what to buy for the people in your life that already have everything? In the current economic climate there are probably less of them – but you’ll still have the odd one that you’re racking your brain over. If they’re interested in writing there’s still time to buy them any one of our courses. Or if they’re already enrolled there’s always a subscription to Freelance Market News or a copy of Cracking the Short Story Market. But if you do decide on any of these I’d recommend phoning our offices direct on 0161 819 9922 so that you can talk to a member of staff, explain that it’s a gift and arrange the delivery address you would prefer. And if you’re dropping hints about what you’d like for Christmas you might like to direct your loved ones to this blog!

And still on the festive theme, this month’s competition is a treasure hunt and the winner will receive an Article Writing Course in the New Year.

My guest next week is Vanessa Couchman, successful student of the Writers Bureau and soon to join us as a tutor. In the meantime, I’ll leave you with a quote from Mark Twain about Henry James: Once you’ve put one of his books down, you simply can’t pick it up again. Couldn’t agree more – The Bostonians definitely won’t be on my Christmas wish list.

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