A Supermoon and a Super Writing Competition

moonThere’s going to be a Supermoon tonight! I’m sure you’ve heard.

It’ll be the largest moon for 69 years and should appear 14% bigger and 30% brighter than usual.

Here in the UK, we’ll see the supermoon in all its glory (cloud cover permitting) about an hour after it rises (moon rise is at 16.44), she says, typing frantically and hoping this blog post is published by then!

As well as being closer and brighter, the moon will apparently look orange and red when it first rises. Ooh, exciting. [*reaches for binoculars and camera*]

Tell me if you see it!

And just to get you in the mood, here’s a literary quiz, courtesy of The Guardian, all about the moon. It contains that perfect ‘show don’t tell’ quote by Anton Chekov (whoops, given away an answer there): “Don’t tell me the moon is shining; show me the glint of light on broken glass.”

It’s hard, actually and I only got 5 out of 12. See if you can do better!

National Short Story Week

It’s National Short story week starting today and I’d like to tell you about lots of events happening around the country to celebrate and promote short story reading and writing. But sadly – apart from this writing competition for children – there doesn’t seem to be much happening. 😦


‘Twas The Night Before Christmas Competition c/d 27th November

night-before-christmas-writing-competitionOn a different subject, if you’re feeling in the mood for a FREE writing competition with a Christmas theme, then this might be of interest.

Amazon (yes, them. I know that might put some of you off…) have launched a search for ‘a modern day version of Twas The Night Before Christmas, as a gift to families for bedtime reading this Christmas Eve.’

I’m assuming the ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas’ they’re referring to is the famous Clement Clarke Moore (or was it Henry Livingston?) poem, also known as ‘A Visit from St Nicholas’ – more about that here.

There are full details here and lots of rules here but in short, you must be a UK resident, closing date is 27th November and they’re looking for a ‘family-friendly’ and ‘Christmas-themed’ story of between 350 and 700 words.

The prize package is not to be sniffed at: professional illustrations of the story, a £2,000 Amazon gift card and a tablet.

What are you waiting for…!?

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7 Responses to A Supermoon and a Super Writing Competition

  1. juliathorley says:

    Well, I’m sure the moon’s up there somewhere, but there’s no sign of it in Kettering! I like the sound of that Amazon competition, thanks. I shall investigate further.

  2. Helen Yendall says:

    Hi Julia.. same here.. it’s too cloudy! 😦 But apparently it’ll still be there – and not much different – tomorrow night so perhaps we can try again then!

  3. pennywrite says:

    Thanks for all the information here!
    We had a Supermoon preview yesterday… but today, well, the backlit cloud cover is pretty impressive too.

  4. ginnyswart says:

    The moon is behind the trees, really high, so Ive missed the red and orange colour… and wont rise above the trees until midnight . But at least there are no clouds.

  5. Wendy Clarke says:

    No super moon here 😕. I haven’t seen much happening for National Short Story Week this year but, two years ago, my local bookshop had a display of my short story collection alongside those of celebrated authors – a proud moment.

  6. No super moon here in my part of Germany – just clouds. Very disappointing.
    Great Amazon prize!! Pity I’m not eligible. Good luck to those who enter.

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