Monthly Archives: September 2015
If you’re interested in competitions, here is a well-chosen selection to keep the writing hand exercised whilst meeting deadlines
The following are October-deadline writing competitions taken from this blog’s Competitions page. Do let me know if you find any are incorrect or out of date, and do let me know how you get on if you enter any of them.
- Children’s: The Times/Chicken House.
- Children’s: The charity the National y Trust has launched with Bloomsbury Books, The New Children’s Author Prize, set to unearth brilliant new talent in writing for children. The deadline is 31st October and the details are on http://www.literacytrust.org.uk/authorprize.
- Flash Fiction: I now run a free monthly 100-word competition with the chance to win my online writing courses – details here.
- Flash Fiction: Indies Unlimited hosts a weekly 250-word max. prompt competition – see Indies Unlimited. Also see ‘Short stories’ below.
- Flash Fiction: Weekly challenge on theironwriter.com.
- Flash fiction: The SSCHQ Crime and Mystery Flash Fiction Competition is a writing competition hosted right…
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Although it’s been around for a little while now, there’s still a slight wariness from writers considering the crowdfunding route as a way of getting their next set of short stories published. This is the route that allows writers to generate financial support from their personal and professional networks in exchange for physical rewards, and is emerging as an invaluable marketing tool for self-publishing authors as well as insightfully gauging the interest of a book early on, directly from potential readers.
‘It’s too much work’, ‘It’s not as prestigious’, ‘I might not get as much return for my book’ are all responses you might hear cautious authors giving as they assess their options. And for some books this might be true, but for others, crowdfunding is the route they wish was available years ago.
The great thing about crowdfunding is that it’s the only form of publishing where readers can…
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Great opportunity to be noticed
TubeFlash is an exciting writing project looking for Writers to Submit. TubeFlash is part of BBC Arts Creative Writing initiative and is working with partners Spread the Word and the CityLit to bring Flash Fiction to as wide an audience as possible. The project is also supported by Transport for London.
12 London Underground Stations have been paired with 12 brooches. Flash Fiction stories of 300 words or less inspired by either the station, station area or brooch are sought. Knowledge of London or the Tube is not essential. A new Resources section has been added, providing advice and guidance. Successful writers will have their work published online and recorded by professional actors/voiceover artists as podcasts for iTunes. This is a great opportunity to be part of a unique anthology of flash fiction. To date 78…
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