1. January seems rather a long way away (I haven’t even finished the November mag yet!)
2. I clearly remember getting a letter from Writers’ Forum a few weeks ago telling me that my subscription had expired with the December issue.
And then I remembered my cunning plan….
At this (expensive!) time of year, splashing out on a magazine subscription seemed rather extravagant, so I’d thought I might try to ‘win’ one instead.
Readers of Writers’ Forum will know that in the ‘News Front’ section, readers are invited to submit short news items that are ‘useful or of interest to writers’. And there’s a year’s subscription to be won each month for the best item.
I’d scoured newspapers and found 2 items which I thought they might like: one about Jilly Cooper and the goat (which I’ve also written about in this blog) and another about the poet Simon Armitage’s plans to hold a poetry event at the London 2012 Olympics, involving 200 poets from all over the world.
I rewrote them, adding some ‘extra’ information (eg: the meaning of ‘Poetry Parnassus’, which is the Olympic poetry event).
And this morning, as I opened the magazine-that-I-wasn’t-expecting-to get, I wondered whether, just maybe…… yes! There was my piece about Simon Armitage and yes… on the opposite page, was my piece about Jilly Cooper. And I’ve won a year’s subscription to the magazine.
So why am I telling you this? Well, I reckon they don’t get that many ‘News Front’ submissions. They promise to print the reader’s ‘by-line’ with each published item. This month there are 11 pieces across the 2 pages but only 4 are attributed to a reader, and 2 of those are mine (which might just mean that the rest are written in-house).
So why don’t you have a go? Email your piece, (no more than 200 words), with your ‘evidence’ that the story’s true (eg: a web link or a scan of an article) to: email@example.com