Just a quickie from me this time, as I’m going on holiday early tomorrow morning (got to get up at 3am – aaagh! What stupid person booked the flights at Silly-O’-Clock?!), so I need to try to cram in a smidgen of beauty sleep before I have to get up again.
A couple of FREE writing competitions to tell you about:
1. Writers Bureau are running their regular monthly competition and for October they want you to ‘scare them to death’ with your spooky Halloween stories. They go on to say, “But, there’s a twist (as there should be in any good story). You have to write a spine tingling chiller in just 140 characters – like you would use on Twitter.”
The prize is a fiction writing course, including short stories, novels, TV and theatre and radio dramas.
Send your entry to firstname.lastname@example.org by the 31st October 2013
2. Reader’s Digest are running their 100 word (exactly 100 words, mind!) flash fiction competition again and you’ve got until January 31st 2014 to send them your masterpiece. There’s £1000 for the winner (wow!) and two runners-up will receive £100 of book tokens (not quite so ‘wow’ but better than nothing – please note BEST magazine!).
Last year, if I may brag for just a moment, I KNEW both runners-up! The lovely Tracy, my blogging-buddy (OK, so we’ve never met but we still ‘know’ each other across cyberspace) and the lovely Clare, who was a student of mine earlier this year.
All the rules and regs are on the website (although, strangely, they don’t say if you can enter more than once or if they want a title – I assume not, in both cases but if anyone knows differently, please tell me!).
And yes, as usual, they want the copyright of all entries, so you need to decide if that’s against your principles before you enter.
One thing to add, though, in past years, they’ve paid a decent amount (£70, I think) for any of the entries that didn’t win but that they subsequently published on-line or in the magazine. I don’t know about you, but £70 for 100 words doesn’t sound too bad to me.
While I’m away, I will be celebrating that BIG birthday of mine- it has a zero on the end. (ooh and I’ve just been given the new Bridget Jones to take, as an advance birthday present! Can’t wait!).
It’s also Alice Parrant’s birthday on the same day as mine – 23rd – AND Ninette Hartley’s – fellow bloggers and ladies that I’ve met on separate writing courses (Caerleon last year and Italy this year, respectively!). I don’t think Alice or Ninette have ‘big zeros’ this year, but happy birthday to you both, in advance!