Ann Summers is running an erotic fiction writing competition (closing date 23rd Jan! Quick!). They want you to write a ‘steamy story’ in 750 – 1000 words and the first prize is £1000 and there’s £500 for each of the two runners-up!
Yes, loadsa dosh. But the downside is, you can’t hide behind a pseudonym – or at least, not as far as I can see from the rules, so if you’re scared of what your mum might say, don’t enter but if you’re feeling brave, then why not give it a go? It could be the start of a whole new career. 50 Shades of Grey, and all that…
It reminds me of the time I was at Caerleon Writers Holiday a few years ago. The lovely Cwmbach Male Voice Choir sang their little hearts out for us and there was a speech and various presentations beforehand, as it was the last night of the holiday. In her speech, Anne, one of the organisers, mentioned all the different types of writers that had been at ‘Writers Holiday’ that year – poets, playwrights, thriller writers, short story writers and even, one or two who wrote erotic fiction…
Well, later that night, as the boyos were getting on to their coaches to go home and a few of us were loitering around the car park (as you do), to wave them off, I got chatting to one of the choir members (and please bear in mind, he’d been in the bar for about an hour before they all
got dragged out had to leave). “What is it you write?” he asked me (in a strong Welsh accent). “Oh, please, please.. say you’re the one that writes erotic fiction!”
Well, of course, I had to disappoint him (I think I just laughed coyly, so he never actually knew the truth..) but YOU could be that erotic writer!
And, as they say in all the best Morecambe and Wise jokes, we won’t hold it against you.