But, moving on… I have news of FOUR FREE writing competitions for you!
1. This one closes on Friday 31st Jan (this Friday!) so be quick:
The TSS Microfiction Competition
100 words max (including the title), the theme is ‘beginnings’ and in order to enter you MUST recommend a flash fiction, written by a British or Irish writer, published on-line between 1st November 2019 and 31st January 2020.
All the details are on the entry page here.
2. Remember I wrote about ‘Meet Cutes’ a year or so ago?
Well, amazingly, there’s a writing competition for a ‘Meet Cute’ – The One Thousand Word Meet Cute Writing Competition, Closing date 10th February.
It’s going to be judged by folk from Manchester Writing School and Hera Publishing.(‘a brand new, female-led, independent digital publisher’).
The prize is modest – a bottle of pink champagne and some sweet Valentine’s goodies but it’s a fun competition and you might have something (in your WIP?) that you could use or polish up a bit. It has to be unpublished though, in any form.
3. The Writers & Artists’ Short Story Competition, Closing 13th Feb 2020
No theme, maximum 2000 words. There’s no entry fee but you do have to register your details on the website. Fabulous first prize of an Arvon course.
4. The annual Harpers Bazaar Short Story Competition, closing 13th March 2020
To enter, submit up to 2,200 words on the theme of ‘Summer’ to email@example.com by midnight on 13 March. The winner will receive a two-night stay at the historic Grantley Hall in Yorkshire, and the chance to see their work published.
On the competition page, you can see some of the stories that have won and been runners-up in previous Harpers Bazaar competitions.
Now, you know it’s really important to read the rules and terms and conditions of any competition before you enter, to ensure you’re happy with what they’re going to do with your entry? Well, there is a slightly worrying bit in the rules that states: Entrants hereby grant to Hearst a worldwide, irrevocable, sub-licensable, royalty-free, perpetual licence to distribute, publish or syndicate the entry in all present and future media formats and may be required to sign additional terms to effect this.
Now, as far as I can see, the magazine has never done anything with entries in the past, other than publish the winner and runners-up but this seems to state they can do anything they like with your entry, once submitted. So if you don’t like the sound of that, obviously, don’t enter.
If you’re having a go at any of these, Good Luck! (Don’t leave it to the last second, like I do). And report back if you do well and are short/long-listed or WIN!
2020 Writing Workshops
On a different subject, if you’re not too far from Evesham and you’re interested in writing workshops, there are some lovely ones coming up, as part of the year-round Evesham Festival of Words. All great value at just £15 (except the Alison May ‘Developing Your Novel’ all day workshop, which is £25) and they all include tea and home-made cake! What’s not to like?
I’m planning to be at most of these so maybe see you there?!
Mon 10th Feb: ‘Stepping into Social Media – Marketing Your Book’ with Ellie Stevenson
Sat 7th March: Developing Your Novel (2): Editing’ with Alison May
Sat 9th May: ‘What’s Novel About the Novella?’ with Cath Barton
Fri 26th June: ‘Writing Psychological Suspense‘ with Amanda Reynolds
Sat 27th June: ‘Crime Writing‘ with Alice Castle
Sun 28th June: ‘Travel Writing‘ with Solange Hando
Sun 28th June: ‘Writing Poetry‘ with Anna Saunders
I am Now Reading…
This. And LOVING it!