Monthly Archives: March 2016

HARD TIMES ESSAY CONTEST — Creative Writing Contests

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The Writers’ Workshop of Asheville is sponsoring its 26th Annual Hard Times Essay Contest, open to any writer regardless of residence. The deadline is: postmarked or emailed by May 30, 2016. Awards: 1st Place: Your choice of a 2 night stay at our Mountain Muse B&B; or 2 free workshops (in person or on-line); or 10 […]

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The Fractured Nuance seeks submissions for issue four – PLACE

A very interesting concept and opportunity to develop and promote your work in a new, innovative and exciting interactive form

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***Call for submissions!***

Issue #4 of The Fractured Nuance lit zine is seeking photography and writing based on the theme of ‘PLACE’.

Send in writing of any form (to fit a side of a4) together with an adjoining photograph- they’ll be printed b&w side by side in the zine. Send to: editorfn@gmail.com

Visit the website for guidelines TFN submissions

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10 Classic Spring Poems Everyone Should Read

A fine selection of a favourite poesy subject,though I admire Rossetti, she is eclipsed by, to my mind, William Blake in this selection and A E Housman enjoyable as always, which would you vote for?

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The best poems about spring

Spring is a fine season – perhaps the most popular of the four seasons, when it comes to poets and their seasonal choice of subject. Winter has its devotees, but there’s something to be said for spring with its new life, warmer weather, and flowers and trees coming into leaf. Here are ten of our favourite poems about spring, which we reckon are among the finest spring poems in the English language.

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How to write an Excellent, Well Written Book Review and Why

Wise words, which can only be of benefit to those who read and those who write

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Can I talk to you the reader for a minute?  I and every other author you know needs your help. I’m serious. If you know an author who has books listed on Amazon, then they need your help. No, I’m not asking you to buy more books, though that would help us as well. I’m talking about leaving excellent reviews.

I bet as a reader you don’t know how important it is to leave a review for that book you just finished. Let me give you some interesting information you might not know. Lot’s of readers choose the book they read next by the reviews they see at places like Amazon.com or Goodreads.com. If they don’t see any reviews or if the reviews they see aren’t well written, they may pass on the book.

Not only does leaving a review help readers pick a good book but here are a…

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Bath Short Story Award 2016 closes next month

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Just  five weekends left to write, revise and submit your entries to the 2016
International Bath Short Story award. 

  • The award closes at midnight BST, Monday 25th April, 2016

To remind you – 1st prize, £1000, 2nd £200, 3rd £100. Local prize £50, Acorn award for unpublished writers, £50. Our short list judge is BBC Radio 4 producer Mair Bosworth. Entry fee £8 via paypal or any card online. Postal entries also accepted.

  • For  competition writing tips and advice on making those last minute tweaks, check out our  author interviews. The latest, up on the site now, is by Paul McVeigh.

All winning, shortlisted and a selection of the longlisted stories will be published in a print and digital anthology available at our anthology launch at  Mr B’s Emporium of Books, Bath  in  October or November 2016.

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The Curious History and Meaning of the Word ‘Blatant’

Patently obvious, one would have thought

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An interesting definition of a blatantly curious word

The meaning of the word ‘blatant’ is, one suspects, blatantly obvious. But how it arrived at its modern meaning is not. The word has a curious history within the world of English poetry, and ‘blatant’ took its time to arrive at its modern definition.

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The Art of the Short Story at Oxford Literary Festival

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At the Oxford Literary Festival on Saturday 9th April 2016 at 2pm, three distinguished panellists will discuss the Art of the Short Story, chaired by Claire Armitstead, Literary Editor of the Guardian. The participants are Helen Simpson, whose latest collection is ‘Cockfosters’, Frances Leviston, whose short story ‘Broderie Anglaise’ was shortlisted for the BBC’s National Short Story Award last September, and Kirsty Gunn, author of ‘My Katherine Mansfield Project’. The venue is Jesus College’s Ship Street Centre, and tickets can be booked here: http://oxfordliteraryfestival.org/literature-events/2016/april-09/the-art-of-the-short-story.
The event is part of the annual St Hilda’s Writers’ Day at the literary festival. All four participants and programme director Nicolette Jones are alumnae of the College.

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21 Mar 2016| Write Poetry? Love Coffee? You Might Be In Luck on World Poetry Day

Find a venue near you, share a coffee and a chat with like-minded people.

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According to The Guardian, through the efforts of coffee-roasting company Julius Meinl, as many a 1,100 cafes in 23 countries (locations Europe, US, UK, and Australia) will be running a promotion for UNESCO’s World Poetry Day, to be celebrated this Saturday, March 21st. What’s the offer? A cup of coffee (or your choice of caffeine dosage) in exchange for one of your poems.  This effort is aptly called “Pay With a Poem.” So, get your poems ready. Click on The Guardian link above to read the article or watch the video below to learn more.

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Books Etc.

In the course of our research for the articles on this blog, we encounter many great reference works and other informative and engaging non-fiction titles. We’ve included our pick of these be…

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10 Rivals of Sherlock Holmes Everyone Should Read

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The best fictional detectives who were contemporaries of Sherlock Holmes

If you’re a fan of Conan Doyle‘s Sherlock Holmes stories, or the BBC TV series Sherlock, you may well be looking for other great detectives from the golden era of the detective short story to discover and enjoy. Here’s our list of ten of the greatest fictional detectives who solved mysteries and brought criminals to justice in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century, the same time as Conan Doyle’s sleuth was lodging at 221B Baker Street. We are indebted to David Stuart Davies’ excellent introduction to Shadows of Sherlock Holmes (Wordsworth Classics) for some of the following information about these authors and detectives, many of whose names have long since fallen into obscurity. We’ve also added a few suggestions of our own. Davies’ collection is a great compendium of these forgotten gems, including some of the best stories…

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