I went to see ‘Gone Girl’ at the cinema today. Anyone else seen it or read the book, by Gillian Flynn?
Both the novel and the film are great for the first half (or so) and then, in my humble opinion, they get very, very, silly. But still, it wasn’t a bad way to spend a rainy Saturday afternoon (and Ben Affleck is rather easy on the eye..).
Now, then if you too, yearn to produce a best-seller like Gillian (with a hard ‘g’ apparently) Flynn – and you’ve already got something at least half-written – then you might be interested in this novel-writing competition, which literary agents Curtis Brown and ITV’s ‘This Morning’ launched a few days ago.
You haven’t got much time (closing date is midday on 14th November). You have to submit the first 3000 words of the novel and a one page synopsis (ah, the dreaded synopsis!) and they’re looking for a winner who’s going to be prepared to work on their novel during a 6-month course with Curtis Brown (either on-line or in London), so you don’t have to have finished the novel, just have a pretty good idea of where it’s going.
The winner and runners-up will be announced live on This Morning on 27th November, so you won’t have to wait long to find out the results! Good luck if you decide to go for it.
CrimeFest has been called ‘one of the biggest crime fiction events in Europe’ and you can win weekend passes to the 2016 (yep, that’s not a typo) event in this flash fiction competition, which is only £2 to enter.
Here are the rules and the prizes are:
1st prize: 2 weekend passes to CrimeFest 2016 (access to all interviews, panels and receptions, exc. accommodation, dinner, travel)
2nd prize: 1 weekend pass to CrimeFest 2016
3rd prize: A special CrimeFest delegate bag with books and other goodies
In addition to the above, all those on the shortlist will be invited to attend the Crime Writing Day in Bristol, on Friday 15 May 2015, when the winners will be announced.
The results for the 2014 competition are here, if you want to get an idea of what they’re looking for.
And finally, a little reminder about my flash fiction/poetry competition – details here. I’ve had 18 entries so far, so I’m expecting a sudden flurry as the closing date (midnight on 11th November) approaches.
Don’t leave it too late! (says she, who usually presses ‘send’ with minutes to go..).