Grazia and Women’s Prize for Fiction First Chapter Competition

Look what I treated myself to today! When Storm Dennis is raging over the next few days, I will be holed up somewhere cosy, reading this.

As I was standing in Asda, holding my copy and getting very excited, a woman came up to me and said, “Ooh, she was on the tele’ this morning!” [she meant Ms Keyes]. “And,” (she continued), “I thought to myself, ‘I’ve never read anything by her. Are her books any good?’”


So, then we had a long conversation about books (she liked psychological thrillers, in case you’re interested and I recommended a couple) and I thought I was never going to get away. It was like a Book Club meeting, only standing up, in front of a shelf of books, in a supermarket.

Finally, the woman said, “Ah well, I’d better be off. I only came in for carrots!” And off she went, empty-handed, which was a shame but she did like e-books rather than actual books (see, I found out lots), so perhaps she’d just gone home to download a couple.

Grazia And Women’s Prize for Fiction Writing Competition

Anyway, enough of all that. I have another FREE writing competition for you (did you enter any of those I blogged about at the end of January? No? Neither did I!)

You’ve got until 13th March to enter this one. It’s the Grazia first chapter competition.

They give you the opening paragraph of a story and you have to finish it in 800 – 1000 words.

Have a look here if you’re interested but don’t forget to read all the rules carefully before you submit.

One of them is, for example (sorry, chaps): “Open to female entrants (including those whose gender identity is female), only, as this is a female fiction writing competition.”

Bonnie’s Birthday

In other news, it was the Bonnie baby’s 7th birthday this week. Here she is, looking glam, with just a hint of distinguished grey on her muzzle.

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8 Responses to Grazia and Women’s Prize for Fiction First Chapter Competition

  1. juliathorley says:

    You never know who you’re going to meet in the veg aisle!

  2. lindalindatyler says:

    Yes, I did enter one of the comps you mentioned last time -so thanks!

  3. Kate Hogan says:

    Thanks for info, Helen and belated Happy Birthday wishes to Bonnie. Can’t believe it’s seven years since you First introduced her to us! What a lovely girl she is. Good wishes Kate Hogan

  4. Shane Joseph Telford says:

    Oh i treated myself to one of the signed copies of Grown Ups WHSmith were selling. And in true Marian style she’s autographed it in lilac ink. It’s fairly hefty so it night take me a while to get through!

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