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Hello and welcome. I’m Morgen Bailey, ‘Morgen With An E’, and I started this blog on 31st March 2011 with the intention of posting the occasional item about writing (pretty much my sole interest since 2005 which became my career March 2012) but it soon built to what it is today… 800+ interviews, 300+ author spotlights, 300+ guest blogs, 100+ Flash Fiction Fridays and batches of 6-word FFFs (which are later podcasted), and 100+ post-weekend poems… 2,600+ posts generating 200+ views a day, to-date 220,000+ hits. If you’d like to take part, click here.

I’m now running local (Northampton, UK) writing / I.T. courses and plan to have the equivalents online early 2015, so watch this space.

If it’s information you’re after, then you’ve come to the right place (or one of them anyway), there are competitionsreviews/reviewerssubmission info.writing 101 (tips), writing groups, how to create free book trailer videos and eBooks, as well as feedback, courses (which will be in person and online), you can take part in my online writing groups, go and buy books: other people’s and there’s an Ask Me facility if there’s anything you want to know about writing (I’ll try my best to help you). I also have Other stuff including Quotes and eNewspapers. If you’d like to know more about me, there’s my writingbooks: mine and Morgen With An ‘E’. If you’re looking for an editor, I offer that service (various levels) along with other facilities.

This blog’s usual schedule is (it can vary depending on content received)… Monday – poetry; Tuesday – guest blog or spotlight; Wednesday – book review (either by myself or a guest); Thursday – guest blog or spotlight; Friday – batch of 6-worders or <500-word short story; Saturday – an interview or spotlight; every fourth Sunday – short story podcast (the FFFs). On weekdays I also post writing exercises on/from the Online Writing Groups.

And now for the latest item (below)…

 
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Posted by on April 4, 2014 in writing

 

Free eBook 31 Oct & 1 Nov: INTRUSION: A boyhood rivalry in World War Two

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Rosalind’s ebook is free today / tomorrow. Grab it while you can… book two in the works. :)

Originally posted on MorgEn Bailey's Writing Blog:

imagesRosalind Minett‘s first book in the ‘Relative Invasion’ series is free today on Amazon. The book’s description is…

In 1937, as the adults worry about the onset of war, Billy’s has just begun. He so wanted a play-mate but it came in the form of a manipulative cousin, the frail and artistic Kenneth. The adults only see the porcelain looks of Kenneth and not his darker soul. Emotionally neglected or misunderstood by parents and aunt, and bullied by uncle and cousin, Billy imagines he owns the precious Cossack sabre of his father’s work colleague. This sabre becomes an icon that sustains Billy through Kenneth’s psychological invasions, through disruption and evacuation and then the shock of war, but might this icon damage as well as protect?

It’s available from http://www.amazon.co.uk/INTRUSION-boyhood-rivalry-Relative-Invasion-ebook/dp/B00NW97US6 and http://www.amazon.com/INTRUSION-boyhood-rivalry-Relative-Invasion-ebook/dp/B00NW97US6.

I shall be reviewing it on 12th November – see Book & Story Reviews for the other books and stories…

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Today’s online writing groups’ poetry and story exercises: 31 October 2014

Every weekday I post a set of poetry prompts on poetrywritinggroup.wordpress.com and a set of story prompts on the scriptnovel and short story blogs (and poems, script / novel extracts, stories at the weekends, when I get them). As you’ll see by the headings, you’ve missed a few but they’re listed on the relevant group’s Exercises page so you can always find them there…

Poetry Writing Exercises 471: Friday 31st October

Here are your four poetry exercises for today. Time yourself for 15 minutes per exercise, having a break in between each one or move on to the next.  When you’ve finished, do pop over to this blog’s Facebook Group and let everyone know how you got on.

471 psychic sign 923827Below are the four – you can do them in any order.

  1. Keywords: four, police, lane, open, queue
  2. Random: long delay
  3. Picture: what does this inspire?
  4. One-word prompt: heavy

Have fun, and if you would like to, do paste your writing in the comment boxes below so we can see how you got on! Remember though that it counts as being published so don’t post anything that you would want to submit elsewhere (where they require unpublished material).

See below for explanations of the prompts, they do vary…

  • Sentence starts = what it says on the tin. You can use it at the beginning of the poem or include it later, and being poetry it doesn’t have to be exact – just be inspired by it.
  • Keywords = the words have to appear in the poem but can be in any order and can be lengthened (e.g. clap to clapping).
  • Single-word prompt = sometimes all it takes is one word to spawn an idea. Sometimes it easy, sometimes hard but invariably fun.
  • Mixed bag = an object, a location, a colour.
  • Picture prompts = nothing other than a picture. What does it conjure up?
  • Title = The title for your piece.
  • Haiku poem= 5 syllables, 7 syllables, 5 syllables
  • Random = whatever takes my fancy!

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Story Writing Exercises 475: Friday 31st October

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Today’s online writing groups’ poetry and story exercises: 30 October 2014

Every weekday I post a set of poetry prompts on poetrywritinggroup.wordpress.com and a set of story prompts on the scriptnovel and short story blogs (and poems, script / novel extracts, stories at the weekends, when I get them). As you’ll see by the headings, you’ve missed a few but they’re listed on the relevant group’s Exercises page so you can always find them there…

Poetry Writing Exercises 470: Thursday 30th October

Here are your four poetry exercises for today. Time yourself for 15 minutes per exercise, having a break in between each one or move on to the next.  When you’ve finished, do pop over to this blog’s Facebook Group and let everyone know how you got on.

470 bridge 920126Below are the four – you can do them in any order.

  1. Keywords: head, potato, René, café, changed
  2. Random: putting on a brave face
  3. Picture: what does this inspire?
  4. Thursday Title: Into Manchester

Have fun, and if you would like to, do paste your writing in the comment boxes below so we can see how you got on! Remember though that it counts as being published so don’t post anything that you would want to submit elsewhere (where they require unpublished material).

See below for explanations of the prompts, they do vary…

  • Sentence starts = what it says on the tin. You can use it at the beginning of the poem or include it later, and being poetry it doesn’t have to be exact – just be inspired by it.
  • Keywords = the words have to appear in the poem but can be in any order and can be lengthened (e.g. clap to clapping).
  • Single-word prompt = sometimes all it takes is one word to spawn an idea. Sometimes it easy, sometimes hard but invariably fun.
  • Mixed bag = an object, a location, a colour.
  • Picture prompts = nothing other than a picture. What does it conjure up?
  • Title = The title for your piece.
  • Haiku poem= 5 syllables, 7 syllables, 5 syllables
  • Random = whatever takes my fancy!

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Story Writing Exercises 474: Thursday 30th October

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November-deadline writing competitions

Below is a list of some writing competitions with November closing dates. The full list can be found on . If you would like your competition listed please email me the details as per the format below (one line per competition) ensuring that it starts with the type of competition it is and highlighting the month it closes. Thank you.

NOVEMBER
  • Auto/biography: The New England Book Festival Competition – see below.
  • Children’s: The New England Book Festival Competition – see below.
  • Flash Fiction: Weekly challenge on theironwriter.com.
  • Flash Fiction: Each month the Scottish Book Trust provides a prompt to get you started, but where the <50-word story goes from there is entirely up to you. Their favourite story will be published on their page and the writer will receive a lovely Novel Poster from The Literary Gift Company. You can submit your story in the body of an email or as an attachment and remember to include your full name with your entry. They also welcome entries in Gaelic or Scots.
  • Flash Fiction: The New Writer Annual Prose & Poetry Prizes launches every April. £2,000 in prizes. Closing date 30th November. Short stories, flash fiction and poetry.
  • Flash FictionIndies Unlimited hosts a weekly 250-word max. prompt competition – see Indies Unlimited. Also see ‘Short stories’ below.
  • Flash FictionEmpirical Magazine started a monthly flash fiction (<1000-word) competition.
  • Flash Fiction: The Writing Competition is a short story competition hosted by Jeni Durlston-Powell. This writing contest offers writers the chance to win cash and publication, and is currently run quarterly (late Feb, late May, late Aug, late Nov). Short Stories up to 500 words. Titles to be limited to 10 words. Open theme and genre. Entry fee: £4. Prizes: £100, £75, £50. See http://www.writingcompetition.org.uk and http://www.shortstorycompetitionhq.com/the-writing-competition-writing-competition for details.
  • Mixed (novels & short story collections): iWriteReadRate and Cornerstones Literary Consultancy (voteformyebook.com) are offering a monthly social competition to members of the community – see ‘Monthly’ towards the end of this page.
  • Mixed: Words for the Wounded (W4W) launching its first writing prize on Armistice Day, November 11, with a March deadline – see below.
  • Mixed: The New England Book Festival Competition – see below.
  • Mixed: Christian magazine Pockets has a different theme per month.
  • Mixedhud.ac.uk/mh/english/grist/competitions/index.htm (shorts & poetry).
  • Mixed: The annual The New Writer Prose & Poetry Prizes: Short Story / MicroFiction / Non-Fiction / Single Poem / Poetry Collection. Closing date 30th November.  You can enter at: thenewwriter.com/entryform.htm.
  • Non-fictionNew Welsh Writing Awards 2015 People, Place & Planet: WWF Cymru Prize for Writing on Nature and the Environment. Presented by New Welsh Review in association with WWF Cymru and the CADCentre, we are looking for a brand new works of non-fiction between 8,000 and 30,000 words on the theme of nature and the environment. The closing date is 1 November 2014 and the judges are New Welsh Review Editor Gwen Davies and the environmental activist and award-winning author Mark Cocker. First Prize: £1,000 cash; e-publication of the work; a critique of the work by leading literary agent at WME, Cathryn Summerhayes, as well as lunch with her in London and a weekend stay at Gladstone’s Library, Flintshire. Second Prize: A week-long residential course at Tŷ Newydd Writers’ Centre in Gwynedd. Both winners with also receive a year’s subscription to New Welsh Review. Entry is open to those over 18 years of age, and residents of the UK & Ireland, and also those residing worldwide who have been educated wholly or partially in Wales for a minimum of six months. All work must be the sole, original, unpublished work of the entrant. For more information regarding the competition, and full terms and conditions, visit www.newwelshwritingawards.com or contact admin@newwelshreview.com. You can also find out more by using the Twitter hashtags #newwelshawards and #welshwish. For information for this listing, please contact sales@newwelshreview.com.
  • Non-fiction: The New England Book Festival Competition – see below.
  • Novelssocietyofauthors.org/betty-trask.
  • Novels: Woman magazine is running a competition for 2014, details here.
  • Novels: The New England Book Festival has issued a call for entries to its annual program honoring the best books of the holiday season. The competition is currently accepting entries in the following categories: non-fiction, fiction, biography / autobiography, children’s books, young adult, how-to, cookbooks, science fiction, photography / art, poetry, spiritual works, compilations / anthologies, gay, unpublished stories and wild card (for books that don’t neatly fit elsewhere). All entries must be in English. Books published on or after January 1, 2010 are eligible. Deadline submissions in each category must be received by 25th November.
  • Playwritinglivetheatre.com.au/html/cms/35/one-act-playwriting-competition-noosa has an AS$6,000 prize pot and a mid-November deadline.
  • PlaywritingAlmost Random Theatre is running two competitions – 1. Wellbeing Playwriting Competition: We are seeking one outstanding 20 minute play to be put on in Oxford, England in January 2014. The play must be no more than 20 minutes long and require no more than three actors. Closing date: 10th October . 2. Retreats Playwriting Competition: We are seeking one outstanding 10 minute play to be put on in Oxford, England in January. The play must be no more than 10 minutes long and require no more than three actors. Closing date: 10th November. See http://www.almostrandomtheatre.co.uk/competitions. My thanks go to Margaret Taylor for the info.
  • Poetry: The Writers’ Forum Poetry Competition is a monthly contest for poems of up to 40 lines. Closing: Monthly. Entries arriving too late (after the 15th) for one month go forward to the next. Prizes: 1st – £100. Runners-up – A Brewer’s Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. Entry Fee: £5 each, £3 each thereafter. Includes a critique (sae required if entering by post). Comp Page: writers-forum.com/poetrycomp.html.
  • PoetryThe Magic Oxygen Literary short story and poetry competition closes 30th November. Prizes are £1,000, £300, £100 and £50 with an entry fee of just £5. In addition “we will be planting a tree in Kenya for each entry, so every entrant is a winner!”
  • Poetry: The New Writer Annual Prose & Poetry Prizes launches every April. £2,000 in prizes. Closing date 30th November. Short stories, flash fiction and poetry.
  • Poetry: other November deadline poetry competitions include Cafe WritersCountryside TalesCinnamon Press Writing AwardsThe New WriterWriting Magazine (WM: open to all theme: nostalgia), theploughprize.co.uk.
  • Science-fictionAeon Award (quarterly), Writing Magazine.
  • Screenwriting: Canada-based Wildsound run monthly screenwriting competitions.
  • Short stories: The Erewash Writers’ Group competition website is running two free entry competitions and these close early November. Enquiries to erewashwriterscomps@hotmail.co.uk.
  • Short stories: The Writers’ Forum Short Story Competition is a monthly no-theme contest for stories between 1,000 and 3,000 words. Closing: Monthly. Entries arriving too late (after the 15th) for one month go forward to the next. Prizes: £350, £150, £100 and publication in Writers’ Forum magazine (and possible anthology). Entry Fee: £3 per story for subscribers, £6 each non-subscribers. £5 extra for a critique (sae required if entering by post). Comp Page: http://writers-forum.com/storycomp.html.
  • Short stories: The Green Lady Award for Fiction, an annual competition. Short story up to 3,000 words on the theme of ‘Resistance’ for 2014. Looking for innovative interpretations. (“We prefer shorter, highly compact stories.) All genres. The work must be your own, and previously unpublished in print or online. First prize £50. Second prize £25. Selected entries will be published in an anthology. The entry fee is £5 – maximum of 3 stories may be submitted – and the deadline is 30th November. Details from http://www.greenladypress.com/#!competition/c18g4.
  • Short storiesThe Magic Oxygen Literary short story and poetry competition closes 30th November. Prizes are £1,000, £300, £100 and £50 with an entry fee of just £5. In addition “we will be planting a tree in Kenya for each entry, so every entrant is a winner!”
  • Short stories: The New Writer Annual Prose & Poetry Prizes launches every April. £2,000 in prizes. Closing date 30th November. Short stories, flash fiction and poetry.
  • Short stories: Short Sentences is a free-to-enter 1,000-word max competition run by Bloomsbury and has a different theme every two months (deadlines 30th September then 30th November) . See http://www.shortstorycompetitionhq.com/short-sentences-crime-fiction-short-story-competition and  http://shortsentencecompetition.wordpress.com/rules-and-submissions for details.
  • Short storiesHayley Sherman runs a monthly short story competition for submissions on any subject up to 2,000 words. The winners are published on the website, promoted online and receive a £10 First Writer voucher. All entrants are also considered for publication in The New Short Story Annual at the end of the year. Deadline 25th of the month. Heather Marie Schuldt runs a similar contest, although 500-750 words max., but with the same deadline.
  • Short stories: The Roy B Giv competition seeks 2,000-4,000 words on a colour. :)
  • Short stories: The FREE Commonwealth Short Story Prize is being run by Commonwealth Writers, a cultural initiative from the Commonwealth Foundation. Cash prizes are on offer for the winning writers, and prizes for translation are also available. Short stories 2,000-5,000 words. Genre, theme and setting is open. Writers must be citizens of a Commonwealth country. Writers do not need to currently reside in that country. Entries must be original and unpublished with the exception of personal blogs and personal websites. English entires only. Translations of short stories written in languages other than English are eligible if submitted by the writer (not the translator) and provided the translator is a citizen of a Commonwealth country. One entry per writer. Opens 1 October, closes 30 November. Free entry. One winner is chosen from each regional category – 1. Africa, 2. Asia, 3. Canada and Europe, 4. Caribbean and 5. Pacific. One regional winner will be selected as the overall winner with four runners up from remaining regions. Overall winner will receive £5,000. Remaining four regional winners £2,500. If the winning short story is a translation into English, the translator will receive additional prize money: £2,000 for the overall winning story and £1,000 for a regional winning story. Details on: http://www.commonwealthwriters.org/prizes/commonwealth-short-story-prize/entry-rules.
  • Short stories: other competitions include Ashby Writers Club (Mary Gornell Memorial), Bridgehouse PublishingEmerald Flash FictionGlimmer Train (different category each month), The New WriterPark PublicationsWriting Magazine (WM: open to all theme: flash fiction <500 words / subscribers only).

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Today’s online writing groups’ poetry and story exercises: 29 October 2014

Every weekday I post a set of poetry prompts on poetrywritinggroup.wordpress.com and a set of story prompts on the scriptnovel and short story blogs (and poems, script / novel extracts, stories at the weekends, when I get them). As you’ll see by the headings, you’ve missed a few but they’re listed on the relevant group’s Exercises page so you can always find them there…

Poetry Writing Exercises 469: Wednesday 29th October

Here are your four poetry exercises for today. Time yourself for 15 minutes per exercise, having a break in between each one or move on to the next.  When you’ve finished, do pop over to this blog’s Facebook Group and let everyone know how you got on.

469 office 921417Below are the four – you can do them in any order.

  1. Keywords: set, rain, watch, burn, face
  2. Random: crying over spilt milk (NB. don’t use any clichés in your writing!)
  3. Picture: what does this inspire?
  4. Sentence start: There’s a sign…

Have fun, and if you would like to, do paste your writing in the comment boxes below so we can see how you got on! Remember though that it counts as being published so don’t post anything that you would want to submit elsewhere (where they require unpublished material).

See below for explanations of the prompts, they do vary…

  • Sentence starts = what it says on the tin. You can use it at the beginning of the poem or include it later, and being poetry it doesn’t have to be exact – just be inspired by it.
  • Keywords = the words have to appear in the poem but can be in any order and can be lengthened (e.g. clap to clapping).
  • Single-word prompt = sometimes all it takes is one word to spawn an idea. Sometimes it easy, sometimes hard but invariably fun.
  • Mixed bag = an object, a location, a colour.
  • Picture prompts = nothing other than a picture. What does it conjure up?
  • Title = The title for your piece.
  • Haiku poem= 5 syllables, 7 syllables, 5 syllables
  • Random = whatever takes my fancy!

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Story Writing Exercises 473: Wednesday 29th October

Here are your four story exercises for today.

Read the rest of this entry »

 
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