Monthly Archives: March 2011

Magazine Madness Part 3: March letters

Here are the magazines that I’ve been writing to this month! 1. Writing Magazine Yes, I know, this is a really easy one, so it feels like a bit of a cheat, BUT I’m only allowed to count it once … Continue reading

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Twist-In-The-Tale Short Stories

Love ‘em or hate ‘em, there’s no doubt that there’s a market for good (ie: original) twist-in-the-tale short stories. The Weekly News, which publishes 3 short stories every week, definitely seems to favour them and Take A Break Fiction Feast … Continue reading

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Tips On Writing Poetry For Children

Children’s poetry is at the forefront of my mind at the moment. I’m one of the poets involved in ‘Well Versed’, a project running in 3 regions of the UK – including the West Midands – to take poetry into … Continue reading

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Kate Long Answers Writers’ Questions

Thanks to the lovely Womag website, I have discovered a way of asking novelist Kate Long a direct question – and getting an answer! (You can ask her anything, within reason. Someone’s asked her ‘what’s your favourite colour?’ answer: moss … Continue reading

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The Asham Award – Results

The results are out for the Asham Award, which is a bi-annual short story prize for previously unpublished* women writers based in the UK. I meant to enter this and didn’t and now of course I’m kicking myself, because the … Continue reading

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What The Dickens?

Life’s a bit hectic at the moment – particularly at the beginning of each week – hence my tardiness in the blogging department! I’m working at the ‘day job’ Monday to Wednesday and teaching Creative Writing classes on Monday nights … Continue reading

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Story Success & Novel Competition

I have a story in the new (out today!) issue of Woman’s Weekly Fiction Special. They don’t usually do this to my stories but – shock, horror – they’ve changed the title! I called it ‘Love You A Hundred’, which … Continue reading

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Love Is In The Air!

I’m making no excuses for bringing a touch of romance to my blog today! Romance is, after all, the top-selling genre and many other types of books have an element of romance in them somewhere too (what about thrillers like … Continue reading

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Some Short Story Competitions

Penguin and The Telegraph have announced a free short story competition for 16-18 year old UK residents. Closing date: 14th April 2011. I don’t suppose many of you are in that age category (correct me if I’m wrong!) but if … Continue reading

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Laugh In The Face of Rejection!

I don’t normally pass on YouTube stuff (and you may have already seen it – over 2 million people have!) but I think you might find this amusing – I certainly did! Worth a click here next time you get … Continue reading

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