Mumsnet Short Story Results

Writer and QuillI had some good news yesterday. Remember the Mumsnet children’s short story competition? Well, my story is one of the twenty shortlisted! Hurrah!

Originally the 10 finalists were going to be chosen by a public vote but I’m pleased to say that Mumsnet have listened to their customers/readers and decided not to do that after all. (I hate those ‘voting’ competitions – they have nothing to do with ‘the best’ and everything to do with who has the most friends – or the most cheek!)

So, former Children’s Laureate, Michael Rosen, is going to choose the 10 stories, instead. The winning stories will be illustrated and published in a book in the Autumn. (*beyond exciting!!!*). Oh and there’s the little matter of £500 for each author too, which would be rather helpful!

Of course, as I haven’t been able to read any of the other stories, I don’t have a clue how mine ‘rates’ in comparison. I am a little concerned that at least two of the other ‘shortlistees’ are published children’s authors and illustrators, though! (I Googled them). Eek. Anyway, we will have to just wait and see. It’s out of my hands now…!

Wiltshire Free Writing Workshops

If you live in Wiltshire you might be interested to know that some libraries in your area are running FREE creative writing workshops in February and March. See here for more details.

Win A Writing Holiday in France c/d 25th April 2013

Novelist (among lots of other things), Jane Wenham-Jones, has ‘diversified’ just lately (something that I’ve noticed more and more writers doing) and has published a dieting e-book called, 100 Ways To Fight The Flab.

And she’s very kindly offering a free writing holiday at Chez Castillon in the Dordogne, (worth over £800 but not including flights), as the prize in a competition linked to the launch of her book.

All you have to do – and it’s free to enter – is to send her a fitness/dieting tip in no more than 250 words. But, she does recommend that you read her book first because she’s looking for an original tip. If it’s already in her book, you won’t win! (Clever, eh?)

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23 Responses to Mumsnet Short Story Results

  1. Catherine Robinson says:

    Brilliant! Congrats on getting shortlisted Helen and everything crossed for you!

  2. Congratulations! Best of luck – hope you make the final 10.

  3. jotiddy says:

    Many congratulations. Fingers, toes and everything else crossed. Very exciting.

  4. merseyart123 says:

    Well done, Helen. Sending good wishes for your success. KH

  5. Wow! That’s fantastic – huge congratulations! x

  6. PhilippaB says:

    What very excellent news! An amazing achievement to be shortlisted, and here’s hoping you’re one of the last ten… 🙂

  7. seegogga says:

    Congratulations! All the best for the rest of the competition!

  8. Christine Steenfeldt says:

    Fantastic news! Really hoping you’re one of the ten!

  9. Sara Kellow says:

    Congratulations – it’s a triumph for your amazing blog as I’m on the shortlist too, but confusingly entered under my married name, instead of the one I usually use for literary ventures. Maybe I need to rethink that.

    • Well done Sara! Let’s hope it’s good news for both of us, then!! When do you think we’ll find out? End of February is a date that seems to ring a bell with me.

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  10. Tracy Fells says:

    Absolutely brilliant news about the shortlisting Helen. Best wishes for the top spot! And if the other shortlistees are published children’s writers then what does that say about your story – you are in the same league, so celebrate that.
    May have a look at Jane Wenham-Jones new diet book, she is a very funny writer and talker so can imagine this is not all that serious 🙂

  11. Linda says:

    Well done Helen – and Sara – that’s great news!

  12. Keith Havers says:

    Congratulations on the shortlist, Helen. Hope you make it into the anthology.

  13. viklit says:

    Well done you, what great news! I hope you are one of the ten!

  14. networksue says:

    Brilliant news Helen!

  15. johny141 says:

    As UB40 once proclaimed in a lovely song, ” you are the one in ten” so lets all hope
    its “Red, red wine” at contest ending,,,Good Luck ,,John

  16. cathos says:

    Well done on getting shortlisted – what an achievement and great news that it’s being judged properly and not by whose got the most friends on social networks!

  17. valhari says:

    Congratulations Helen, hope you reach the top!

  18. Oh well done, Helen!

    I entered too 😦

  19. Debbie W says:

    Congratulations, Helen, and how exciting. At least February is a short month so you won’t have to wait too long for the final result. Good luck.

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