We did at least talk about writing – amongst all the other gossip – and while we were walking back from our lunch (picking up conkers on the way! It’s not just me, is it – isn’t 6th September a bit early for conkers?), I popped into a newsagents and got the latest copy of Best magazine.
Good news! Best has finally (it was supposed to be in last week’s issue), printed the entry form for their short story competition, which has an amazing first prize of £1000.
So, assuming you’ve all been following my advice and collecting the tokens printed in the magazine over the past few weeks (you need 4), dash out and buy your copy and get that story written and posted off by 4th October 2011.
16th Sept: I have a couple of spare Bella short story competition tokens, if anyone’s short of 2 (you need 4 altogether). As long as you’re subscribed to my blog, then I’ll happily send them out to the first person who asks for them.
I was expecting a long list of rules and regulations for this competition but there are hardly any! The story needs to be ‘up to 1000 words’ and you have to agree to hand over copyright of the story and to have an interview with Best – which will appear in the magazine – if you are the winner.
And that’s about it! Nothing to say you can’t have been published before, which is good news – but, strangely, in their ‘blurb’, they make it sound as though it’s aimed at new writers (“ever dreamt of seeing your words in print? Well now’s your chance…”)
Ah well, good luck to everyone that enters!