Now, we just feel like we’ve got bad colds, which is a big improvement. Hopefully, things will get back to normal next week.
Being ill is such a waste of time, isn’t it? It makes you appreciate your good heath, though. If any of you are poorly bad out there, you have my sympathies.
Yesterday we felt a tiny bit better and we yearned for McDonald’s (I think it was actually just a yearning for salt), so we hobbled out to the car and set off across the border into Worcestershire, where there is a drive-thru McDonald’s. It was soooo exciting.
But (you knew that was coming, right?), it was Saturday, it was lunchtime, there was a huge queue. And although the cheeseburgers were good, the chips were luke-warm, soggy and seriously lacking in salt. It was very disappointing.
Anyway, to cheer myself up, I checked my forecast for the new Chinese Year of the Pig, which starts on 5th February. I am a rabbit and this is what it said:
So, that’s good.
FREE WRITING COMPETITIONS
Let’s cheer ourselves up a little more now with news of FOUR free writing competitions:
1. Here, first off, you can win a week’s writing retreat in BALI in October. How good does that sound? OK, there’s a bit of a catch – there are no flights or transfers included. But still worth a look, if only to dream….
2. Harpers Bazaar have announced details of their annual free-to-enter short story competition. The theme this time is ‘liberty’. Originally, the rules stated that the magazine publishers would take copyright in all entries (not just the winner) but after an outcry on Twitter, they’ve clearly been shamed into removing that.
Closing date: 15th March 2019.
Prize: The winner will receive a two-night stay at Brownber Hall, Yorkshire, and the chance to see their work published.
3. There’s no theme for the Writers’ & Artists’ Yearbook short story competition but you’ve only got until 13th February to get your entry in. It’s also free to enter but you have to register on the website before you can enter. You can win an Arvon writing retreat.
4. You’ve got until 28th Feb to enter this short story competition, which is free to enter and has a theme of ‘A New Home’.
This one isn’t free to enter (unless you’re entering the published novelist category – otherwise it’s £10) but I thought it was worth mentioning.
The Comedy Women In Print (CWIP) prize is a new literary award to “bring female comedy writing the exposure and recognition it deserves.” If you’ve written a funny novel of up to 85,000 words (or, ahem, you can write one between now and 28th Feb, when submissions close), this could be the competition for you. Full details here.
Good luck if you decide to enter any of these competitions. And stay healthy….!