It’s a Dark and Storm-y Night

Hello! I can’t believe it’s already the middle of October, can you?

I’m writing this on Sunday night. It’s dark and rainy outside and I’m taking part in the 9pm – 10pm London Writers’ Salon slot, with 64 other people.

Here’s a quote for you (which has nothing to do with any of the above but I came across it this week and I like it):

“Times are bad. Children no longer obey their parents, and everyone is writing a book.”

Nothing changes, it would seem because that was said by the chap on the left, Roman statesman and scholar, Cicero, in 43 B.C! (Erm, he would have said it in Latin of course, so not those exact words but you get the idea).

Here are a few comps and opportunities which may be of interest:

Writing Competition: Closes 14th November 2022

The Writers’ & Artists’ Yearbook have teamed up with “creative publishing agency” whitefox (who, as far as I can tell, offer services for self-publishing), to run a competition.

The winner will receive an editorial report and consultation with a member of the editorial team at whitefox, to help them take the next steps with their book, as well as a place on a W&A writing masterclass and a bundle of creative writing guides.

All the details are here.

Writing Competition: Closes 31st December 2022

Here’s a free-to-enter writing competition courtesy of The Writers College that closes at the end of the year, is open worldwide and has a £100 prize.

They are asking for ‘a 600-word piece on the theme: The best writing tip I’ve ever received.’ The best piece will be published in the newsletter and on their blog and the winner will receive $200 (R2 000 or £100).

It’s worth a look at the page as there are some interesting articles on there (previous winners). I particularly like ‘How I learned to write garbage’ and ‘Write as If Everyone You Know is Dead’. (Come on, how can you resist reading that?!).

Storm Publishing

There’s a new digital-first publisher on the block, called Storm, which has been set up by Bookouture founder and former CEO, Oliver Rhodes. They’re accepting submissions of all kinds of genres (not children’s or non-fiction at the moment but pretty much everything else), you can be agented or non-agented and they promise if you submit your manuscript, you’ll hear back from them ‘within two weeks’.

Worth a look, I think, if you have a completed novel looking for a home (even a novel that’s been published in the past, as long as you still hold the rights) but do make sure you read all the guidelines carefully before you send off your manuscript. All the details are on the website.

Have a good week, everyone. My aim is to get my (neglected!) WIP up from 24,000 to 30,000 words. Wish me luck!

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5 Responses to It’s a Dark and Storm-y Night

  1. Hello Helen,
    Another informative blog post – thank you!
    I’m yet to actually do one of these Writers’ Salon slots. I’ve been doing a lot of stuff in the last month, and totally agree about how the weeks are whizzing past…

    Thank you for the heads up re the comps.

    Have a great week writing, and do other writerly stuff, and enjoying Autumn and all that goes with it!

    • Thanks for your comment, Maria. I haven’t managed to do many of the London Writer Salon writing sprints for the past week or so but I’m hoping to correct that this week. It’s hard to fit everything in, isn’t it? Life moves fast!

  2. Karelann WRIGHT says:

    A dark and stormy night indeed. Autumn is shouting ‘let me in!’
    Thanks for the info on compettions and Storm on here. Good luck with your WIP.

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