Last night we stayed at the rather exclusive Lords of the Manor hotel in Upper Slaughter in the Cotswolds.
And we spent a very nice day today down the road in Bourton-on-the-Water. So, what’s all this got to do with anything? Well, the night in the hotel, which was worth about £200, including breakfast, was my ‘star letter’ prize from the Mail on Sunday last year. You could choose one night in any of the ‘Small Hotels Of The World’ properties.
Not bad for a couple of paragraphs. So, I’m just reminding you (and myself!) not to neglect writing letters to magazines and newspapers. (Do a bit or research – there are lots of tips on my Magazine Madness posts. Don’t, for example, bother with the ones that don’t give prizes or cash!) The Mail on Sunday’s current prize for their weekly star letter, is 2 nights in a Jury’s Inn hotel. Which, let’s face it, you could turn into a nice little mini break….
And, talking of competitions, the Writers Bureau is offering a short story and novel-writing course in their latest free-to-enter competition. You’ve got until 30th September to write and submit the (max 300 word) blurb for an imaginary novel, set in London 1666, at the time of the Great Fire. There are more details on how to enter here.
Blog-reader Cathy won the last Writer’s Bureau competition – she left me a comment today to tell me! So, it can be done! What are you waiting for…?!