According to my mother – the font of all knowledge – there are going to be ‘Northern-Light-Like Skies’ tonight. Apparently we missed a whole load of them last night – it was on the news – so have a peek upwards, just in case. I’ve always wanted to see the Northern Lights and this could save me a trip to the Arctic Circle, so I will definitely be taking a look. Please report back if you see anything!
Mumsnet are running a free-to-enter children’s short story competition*, with some great prizes – 10 winners will get £500 each and their story will be published in “an illustrated gift book of Bedtime Stories for the under-sevens” in October 2013.
If that sounds like your ‘thing’ (and you’re a UK or Eire resident – sorry, Philippa!) then you’ve got until 30th November 2012 to submit an original, unpublished, manuscript of up to 1,500 words.
The good news is that 20 stories will be shortlisted by a panel of judges. The bad news is that the 10 winners will then be chosen by ‘Mumsnetters’ (yes, that’s what they’re called). Mumsnet are also claiming copyright of all entries although, if you read the rules carefully, I think what they actually mean is copyright of the 10 winners but read the rules and decide for yourself, before you enter.
There are lots of tips – and all the rules – on the Mumsnet website here.
*NB: you have to be a registered member of Mumsnet or Gransnet in order to enter. But that’s free to do – and pretty easy! Presumably you don’t actually have to be a ‘Mum’ or a ‘Gran’ either!