Ilkley Literature Festival, timely reminder

A reminder that the 2017 Ilkley Literature Festival writing competitions are open for entries.

The Poetry and Short Story competitions are open to anyone aged over 18 and entries can be on any subject. The judges for the competitions include author of The Watchmaker of Filligree Street, Natasha Pulley and previous winners have gone on to publish their work. Shortlisted writers will have the chance to read their work at Ilkley Literature Festival in October.

Competitions

The winners of each competition, plus runners up and commended writers will be invited to read at the Festival in October 2017.

In brief

  • Entries can be on any subject
  • Short stories should be up to 3,000 words
  • Poems should be not more than 30 lines
  • Closing date for receipt of entries: Tuesday 01 August 2017
  • Prize winners will be notified by Thursday 28 September 2017

Walter Swan Trust Poetry Prize

1st Prize         £200

2nd Prize         £100

3rd Prize          £75

Judge: Daljit Nagra

Click here to download the entry form and rules

 

Short Story Competition

Sponsored by Leeds Trinity University

1st Prize          £200

Judge: Natasha Pulley (The Watchmaker of Filligree Street)

Click here to download the entry form and rules

 

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Book Reviewers Wanted!

Reviews, good for the soul

Books: Publishing, Reading, Writing

I’m hoping that readers of this blog will take my request seriously and consider reading to write reviews for the more than 150 Authors I’ve promoted on my blog, Reading Recommendations. I posted to that blog today and addressed all the authors there, Reading Recommendations … Spring Cleaning, telling them I’ve cleaned up the lists a bit. I immediately received messages from several of those authors, offering me reciprocal promotion for my own writing, and one also requesting titles he could review.

So I thought I would open this up to everyone, readers included – those who don’t happen to also be authors themselves. I ask that you look through the lists on that blog and consider writing a review of books you may have already read, or let me know if you have written a favourable review of any that I may then repost on the reading…

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Day of workshops and connection

getwriting2017

THE ANNUAL CONFERENCE CREATED BY WRITERS, FOR WRITERS.

NINE FABULOUS YEARS

Now in its ninth year, Verulam Writers’ celebrated one-day conference will once again bring together some of the country’s finest writing and publishing professionals.

COME AND JOIN US FOR A DAY OF CREATIVE INSPIRATION

on Saturday 3rd June at Oaklands College, St Albans from 9am – 5.30pm

Already published or just starting out? It doesn’t matter. If you’re serious about writing, you’ll fit right in.

TICKET SALES

We are delighted to announce that the limited number of 80 tickets are now on sale here!

Don’t miss out on our EARLYBIRD DISCOUNT!

These special EARLYBIRD tickets will only be on offer for a short four week period.

EVENT SPEAKERS

Just a few of our wonderful 2017 Speakers:

ANDY MARTIN

EMMA DARWIN

LUCY V HAY

OLI MUNSON

STEPH BROADRIBB

A K BENEDICT

B K DUNCAN

LISA EVELEIGH

So, with a jam-packed programme of talks, panels and workshops from twenty-five dynamic guests, including authors:
ANDY MARTIN, AK BENEDICT, ERIN KELLY, LUCY V HAY,

And agents and editors:
OLI MUNSON, NORAH PERKINS AND LISA EVELEIGH, CLAIRE QUINLIVAN, STEVE BICKNALL

Plus …
FACETIMES
A fantastic opportunity to discuss your manuscript with a professional editor or agent.
And the chance to win the GET WRITING CUP!
Can you really afford to miss GET WRITING 2017?

This is YOUR unique opportunity to learn from the industry’s experts, strengthen your manuscript and, who knows, maybe even secure a book deal!

So, if you haven’t already done so, make sure you sign up to our mailing list now.

Then, put the date in your diary and get ready to book your EARLYBIRD TICKET.

But remember, spaces are strictly limited, so it’s first come, first served.

Don’t miss out! We look forward to seeing you there.

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Writespiration #116

It stared at me with unblinking eyes. I recognised the wheezy hiss that I had heard  many times in the warm barn. The chick’s parents were both hunting over the dark fields so I would not be caught in the act. Inserting my leather-gloved hand I grasped the downy body ready to attach the coloured ring.

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Walking under trees: facts and fantasies – Guest Post by, Felicity Sidnell Reid…

In the immortal words of Fox Mulder, “I want to believe.”

Chris The Story Reading Ape's Blog

After the torrential downpour we experienced yesterday, walking in the park with my dog, Danny, was a special pleasure today. The woods were full of puddles, some the size of small ponds. The trees drinking up the water shook off the rain and set their flowers and new leaves dancing.

Japanese scientists suggested a few years ago, that walking under the woodland canopy an activity they call “forest bathing” improves immune function, reduces stress levels and promotes creativity.

Cleaner air and less noise and distraction play a part, but some researchers also argue that the trees may give off a mist of “wood essential oils” which have a beneficial effect.

New research recently measured an improvement in cognition after subjects of the research took a 50 minute walk in a treed park. Not only the improved air quality and quiet affected the walkers but the colours and complex shapes in…

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Colleen’s Weekly Poetry Challenge #34 Power & Allure, haiku

 

Queen

Face of the Goddess

alluring without effort

seductive power

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2017 Flash Fiction Competition – Don’t miss your chance to submit

What more could one ask for , advice from an accomplished writer and judge. Excellently and eloquently explained.

ShortStops

The Casket of Fictional Delights

2017 Flash Fiction Competition

Closing Date 31st May 2017 

We are looking for entries with a maximum of 300 words (excluding title). The competition is open to anyone over 18.

Judge: Kit de Waal
Entry: £5 per flash fiction, £12.50 for 3 or £20 for 5

PRIZES

  • The winning flash fiction will receive £150.
  • The top three flash fictions will be published on The Casket of Fictional Delights.
  • The top 10 flash fictions will be professionally recorded and broadcast as a special audio podcast on iTunes, SoundCloud, TuneIn and Stitcher, and promoted by The Casket of Fictional Delights.

Full set of rules and writing tips available on the website The Casket of Fictional Delights 

Enter

Good Luck Everyone

Watch our interview with Kit de Waal talking about what she is looking for in a flash fiction

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Ronovan writes #149

Crowds excitedly

watch his self-immolation,

invoking Karma

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Reflecting

Upon reflection

well, may we wonder

at the thought within his head

perhaps reflecting

we disregard the hunger

and can see only beauty

 

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Time for a whimsy and not the Lord Peter kind

Somerset Maugham

probably enjoyed life in the dorm

saying a man would be merry who

would include my name in a clerihew

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