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Win £50 in The Association of Freelance Writers Members Only Writing Competition

Closing Date 31st January 2020

Book Review in 250 Words

Now on to our next competition! We’d like you to write a book review in less than 250 words. It can be for a novel, a novella, a collection of poems or a non-fiction book but we want you to write like a professional reviewer. So, before you start, why not have a look at the book review pages in some of the weekend papers and browse the online review site Love Reading. Our competition is free to enter for AFW members and you could win a £50 prize!

Competition Rules:

  1. You must be a current member of The Association of Freelance Writers to enter.

  2. Entries must be no longer than the stipulated length.

  3. All material must be in English.

  4. Stories must be original and should not have been previously published.

  5. Copyright remains with the author but prize winners must agree to assign First Publication Rights to The Association of Freelance Writers and Electronic Rights to The Writers Bureau for one year.

  6. Unfortunately, entries cannot be returned; so please keep a copy.

  7. We are sorry but we cannot enter into correspondence about submitted entries or the judge’s decision.

  8. Entries must be in by the stipulated closing date.

  9. Please send a 50-100 word “author biog” with your entry.

The address for postal entries is:

AFW Competition Association of Freelance Writers
8-10 Dutton Street,
Manchester M3 1LE,


Send email entries to:

The writer’s name, AFW Membership Number, address and telephone number should not appear on the entry but on a separate piece of paper. Type ‘AFW Competition’ in the subject line. Include your contact details and biog in the body of your email and attach your entry, saved as a Rich Text File (.rtf), to your email. Do not include your name or AFW number in the attachment.

Read the winners of previous competitions.


Theresa Gooda Writers Bureau's Student of the Year 2021

“I began my first Writers Bureau course (Comprehensive Creative Writing) in 2007. Having more than covered the course fees from published pieces I have never looked back. Initially my ambitions were to get going. I knew I wanted to be a writer, I just didn’t know how to go about it, or, if I’m honest, quite what I wanted to write. Since, I have gradually blended a teaching career with writing, first with articles and short stories, then increasing the writing commitment dramatically when I secured an agent in 2016 to ghostwrite a series of memoirs. This year I have undertaken The Art of Writing Poetry course to really hone my skills in what I now realise is a genre I love - and have already had my first poems published.”

Theresa Gooda - Writers Bureau Student of the Year 2021

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