Whoops, where’s the time gone? Easter has passed in a blur of chocolate and as I write, there are small signs of spring out there (washing on the line and some weedy streaks of what might actually be sunshine).
Here’s a quick update of what I’m doing (feel free to tell me yours too – and then we’re up-to-date!):
* I’m reading: The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
* I’m listening to: The Archers (who isn’t…?)
* I’m watching: The Durrells (ITV, Sundays, 8pm).
* I’m writing: A short story based on a cashpoint disaster last week
* I’m eating: Sunday roast dinner – hopefully – once I’ve cooked it
* I’m drinking: G&T! (not now but last night. I got a sudden urge for one after I lost £10 on the Grand National. I know, drinking and gambling. It’s the slippery slope..)
Grazia/Baileys ‘First Chapter’ Writing Competition
Marian Keyes (who’s also the competition judge) has written the first part of a chapter and you have to complete it in 800 – 1000 words. Easy, right?
I say, it’s worth a go if only for the writing practice and because it’s free to enter, even if (read on!) you don’t think you’ve got much chance of winning….
Two things about this competition that are slightly concerning:
1. It says ‘read the terms and conditions’ – and I can’t see them anywhere. Or am I being stupid?
2. You have to send a PHOTO and tell them your date of birth. Which makes me suspect that anyone outside Grazia’s ‘target market’ may not make the shortlist.
And what is Grazia’s ‘target market’ or ‘average reader’, I hear you say? Well, from their media pack, aimed at advertisers, I found this:
“Grazia has a highly targeted demographic of 25-45 year-old women and more AB profile readers than Vogue and Elle. She’s a savvy, affluent, confident, busy and modern woman who actively participates in the world around her. She comes to Grazia for edited choice – on everything from the news she needs an opinion on that week to issues she wants to be moved by to simply discovering which heels will instantly make her wardrobe rock. She happily admits she’s “addicted” to Grazia’s unique mix of news, views and shoes.”
So, I strongly suspect that the winner – and the two runners-up – will be women aged between 25 – 45 (who’ve mentioned shoes in their entry..?). BUT, every time I write or say anything like this, people disagree with me. So, let me be proved wrong! Perhaps a 60 year old man will be the winner…!
Win The Longlist!
And still on the subject of ‘The Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction’, here’s the longlist* of 20 books (I’m ashamed to say I haven’t read any of them! I tried to read the Kate Atkinson – normally I love her – but I just couldn’t get into ‘A God In Ruins’).
Anyone read any of the others?
Good Housekeeping magazine is running a competition to win all 20 books on the longlist but you need to be quick, as it ends at midnight tomorrow, 11th April.
Email your name and address to GHcompetitions@hearst.com with Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction longlist 2016 in the subject box. The competition closes at midnight on 11 April. This promotion is only open to residents of the United Kingdom aged 18 or above at the time of entry.
*UPDATE: The shortlist has now been announced (and shock, horror – Kate Atkinson is NOT on it!)