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Something for New Writers!

August 2nd, 2013

Thanks to Michelle for last week’s post about pitching to editors.  I’d particularly like to highlight her first tip: stick to the point. You’d be surprised how many writers are incapable of being concise and seem intent on telling an editor their life story. I find this surprising as many now use Twitter and I’d have thought the discipline of expressing ideas in 140 characters or less would have rubbed off on their pitches. 

Writing for Children

Just to let you know that one of our Writing for Children tutors, Karen King, has just had her latest book published by How To Books.  It’s called Get Writing Children’s Fiction and it’s definitely worth considering whether you’re already enrolled on one of our courses or just want to dip your toe into the writing world.

Poem on a Postcard

I’ve just had chance to look through the latest edition of The New Writer – it has a great new look and some interesting poetry and  prose.  It is also currently running the following competitions.  The first is ‘Poem on a Postcard’!  All you need to do is fit as many lines of poetry as you can onto a postcard and send it in before 16th September.  Entry is free and the prize is a year’s subscription to The New Writer.

At a more serious level they are also running their annual prose and poetry prizes.  They say “What we are looking for is bold, incisive material in any genre that reflects creative writing today.” There are cash prizes and publication in The New Writer Annual Collection. Categories include: short stories (500-3000 words), micro fiction (up to 500 words), single poems (up to 40 lines) and collections (6-10 poems).  Entry fees for each category are shown on their site and the closing date is 30th November 2013.

My guest blogger next week is Writers Bureau tutor, Esther Newton.  She admits that she’s not the most tech-savvy person but explains how starting your own blog can be straightforward, rewarding and fun!

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