March 15th. It’s Red Nose Day! Also my nephew’s birthday (Happy Birthday, Jack! Your Nintendo DS game is on its way) AND, today, the results of a local short story competition I entered, were supposed to have been announced.
But, so far, there’s nothing – and it’s now the evening, so it’s safe to assume that it will be Monday before the results are announced.
PLEASE can someone make competition organisers understand that we, the entrants, are WAITING and we (foolishly) BELIEVE them when they give us a date for ‘announcing the results’! It is a little.. annoying… (as if you hadn’t guessed).
But enough moaning.
It’s Friday night and I’m chilling out in front of an open fire and watching Comic Relief on the TV (I bought raffle tickets at the gym today, so I have paid my dues!). I’m also partaking of a few glasses of the old Mateus Rose (it’s pink, therefore not alcoholic)
A few comps to tell you about first, though:
Those nice people at the Writers’ & Artists’ Yearbook are running a free ‘flash fiction’ competition (200 words max). You’ve got until 25th March to send them your entry, which must be on the theme of ‘alienation’ and/or ‘the quest for belonging’.
The prizes are signed books and tickets for a literary event (in London, though – be warned!). Have a look here and see if it tickles your fancy.
And, at the other end of the spectrum, The International Rubery Book Award offers a £1000 prize for self-published books (including e-books) and books published by independent publishers.
It’s not an award for unpublished novels but may still be of interest to some of you out there and I promised someone I’d give it a little ‘plug’. There’s more information here.
And the closing date for this year’s awards is 30th April. It costs £35 to enter but I suppose there is a lot of reading and admin involved in this kind of competition – and the prizes are fairly substantial.
The organisers also run an annual short story competition but, I’ve enquired and the details for this year’s – which is likely to close in the Autumn – won’t be on the website until the Summer, as they like to concentrate on the Book Award first and then move on to the short story competition.
Now, if it was me, I’d be promoting the short story competition as soon as possible – ie: NOW – but maybe that’s why I run around like a headless chicken most of the time: I try to do too much!
Details of last year’s short story competition are here, if this is one that you’d like to get on your radar.
And while they don’t publish the 2012 winners’ complete stories on the website, they do give a resume of the shortlisted stories, which makes for quite interesting reading and/or you can buy the anthologies of the 2011 and 2012 winners from the website. (Hmm, interestingly, I’ve just noticed that one of the winners has just been ‘highly commended’ in another competition, since the Rubery Short Story competition! I thought you weren’t supposed to enter the same story, simultaneously, in more than competition! Clearly I’m a bit behind the times..!)
Cheers and have a good weekend!