Instead, I have subscribed to Take A Break Fiction Feast, following the advice I often hand out (and therefore, should probably heed), that if you want to write for a particular magazine, you need to READ it and study the stories.
The first issue was waiting for me when I got back from holiday and the day after I finished reading it from cover to cover – ie: today – the next issue arrived! There it is (above), still in its packaging! And Writing magazine (September’s!!) arrived too. Ooh, do you ever get stressed, thinking about all the reading you’ve got to do? (And this is why I hardly read any books these days! I have too many magazines to read!)
And what have I discovered about ‘what Take A Break wants’? Hmm.. well, it’s hard to say! The stories are all so varied! (Helpful?)
Writing Competitions for Unpublished Writers. Closing date: 31/08/2013
I stumbled across a lovely writing competition for unpublished writers (anywhere in the world), on t’internet the other day.
Best-selling romantic novelist Miranda Dickinson, who’s a member of the RNA (Romantic Novelists’ Assocation) and who seems like a very nice person, (generous with her advice, tips and competitions), is running the ‘New Rose Prize‘ for the second time and there are plenty of opportunities for unpublished writers to submit their work by 31st August.
I suppose this will rule quite a lot of us out, soooo if you are ‘unpublished’ (and see the competition guidelines for what Miranda means by that), then this is a great opportunity and definitely worth go.
There are 5 different categories to choose from: Crime, Literary Fiction, Romantic Comedy, Young Adult or First Chapter of a novel and you can enter as many as you like, as long as you send each entry on a separate email.
And it’s free to enter! And there are prizes! So, what are you waiting for…?! (Good luck and let me know if you’re going to enter!)
And In Other News…
I got stung by something (I think it was a bee, but it flew off) yesterday and that’s the first time in my life I’ve ever been stung! I waited for anaphylactic shock to kick in, as you do. But no, I was OK. Sloshed a bit of soap and water on the painful finger (tip from Google) and that seemed to do the trick!