Hello, here I am back from a long weekend at Center Parcs (the one that had be rescheduled because of chicken pox!) with a sore bum (I’m not used to riding a bike anymore!), sore knees (ditto) and a stinking cold. Aagh.
I am also completely ‘out’ of my writing zone. If you’ve been to Center Parcs yourself, you’ll know that it’s like entering another dimension. Good for total relaxation, of course, but a bit of a shock to the system when you re-enter the earth’s atmosphere and have to try to knuckle down to some work.
I have some People’s Friend news. Firstly, part 2 of my serial has been accepted and signed off – hurrah! So there’s just the final hurdle of the last part to write now!
Secondly, I’m going to one of PF’s writing workshops, in London, on Wednesday 16th March. This was part of my prize and I’m really looking forward to it. So, if any of you are also planning to be there, let me know!
It’s hard to believe it’s already February! In addition to my own little writing competition, which closes on 12th February, I’ve spotted these FREE writing competitions with deadlines coming up that I’m hoping to enter and which you might like to take a look at:
Closing 10th Feb: For the poets out there, The Spectator is inviting you to write a Valentine triolet. Scroll down the page and you’ll find it.
Closing 15th Feb: The Writers’ & Artists’ Short Story competition. Theme: ageing. Max word count: 2000
Closing: 20th Feb: Reader’s Digest 100 word short story competition. This is a ‘Drabble’ ie: exactly 100 words).
Closing 22nd Feb: Stratford-upon-Avon Literary Festival, short story OR poem, with the title ‘For All Time’. They’ve really bumped up the prize money on this one, much to my friend’s annoyance. She won a couple of years ago when the prize money was nowhere near what they’re offering now… 😦
Good luck if you’re having a go at any of these! Don’t leave it to the last minute to enter (erm, like me!)