I’ve decided I am allergic to Christmas. As I alluded to a few days ago, I was a bit sniffly-run-down-not-quite-myself over the whole holiday period. I felt floppy and ‘ugh’ and I was, I admit it, asleep on the sofa at midnight on New Year’s Eve.
But today! First day ‘back’ to work, all that holiday stuff over and I feel great! Yes, I still have a cold sore decorating my septum (!) but I have energy! I’ve been swimming and done some writing and here I am, blogging like a good ‘un.
Well, that must be it then, mustn’t it? I am officially allergic to Christmas.
Just in case you, too are feeling all fired up and ready to go (and if you’re not, you’ve probably already clicked off this post, in disgust), then here are some writing competitions that you might like to have a go at:
1. The Homestart short story competition (closing date 1st Feb 2015) is a little pricey at £7 an entry BUT it’s being judged by novelist Tracy Chevalier, there’s a whopping £500 first prize (and other prizes) and the entry fees all go towards a very worthwhile course – the Homestart charity that helps families with small children.
2. Writers & Artists 2015 Short Story Competition (c/d 15th Feb)
I’ve mentioned this one before, but thought it was worth flagging it up again, as it’s free to enter and also has a tasty £500 first prize AND a place on an Arvon course. The theme of your story should be ‘Joy’.
3. Here’s Mslexia’s annual short story competition (c/d 16th March). The entry fee is an eye-watering £10 but the prizes are good and it would be soooo good to win or be placed in this (but sorry chaps, it’s ‘ladies only’!)
4. And finally, if you fancy yourself as a bit of a songwriter, Stratford Literary Festival is running a competition (c/d 20th Feb) in which you’re invited to submit the lyrics of a song (theme or title: ‘My Voice’). The winning lyrics will be set to music and performed by a choir! ooh, fancy.
There doesn’t seem to be a particular ‘prize’ – just the glory of winning and perhaps being the next Tim Rice..?!
And finally, a date for your diaries! In November, The Festival of Romance is coming to a town near me! ie: it’s going to be held a few miles outside Stratford and about 15 minutes from my house! Hurrah!
No, I’m not offering B&B to the first two people to respond (sorry!) but just wanted to say that I’m hoping/planning to be there, as it’s on my doorstep, I can’t resist, so if anyone else is going, it would be great to meet up! The day tickets aren’t on sale yet but they’re taking bookings now for the weekends. More info here.