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Writing competitions: April 2016 deadlines

Hello everyone. If you’re looking to enter a writing competition (or even if you weren’t), there are some listed below, taken from this blog’s Competitions page. There are also regular (weekly, monthly etc) competition on that page so do take a look at those.

And if you’d like some advice on entering competitions, take a look at my online creative writing courses page for my ‘Entering Writing Competitions’… just £1 (using a coupon code) until 3rd April!

Now, here are the competitions that finish next month. Most competitions roll over from year to year but if you find any aren’t running this year, please leave a comment in the box below. Thank you.

APRIL
  • Children’spuffindigitalprize.co.uk.
  • Children’sSmall but Mighty Writers runs free-to-enter writing competitions for authors aged 7-11 and 12-15, as well as being a ‘creative writing community for young writers’. Competitions currently close 1st January, 1st April, 1st July, and 1st October. The results will be released on the 14th of each of those months. 1st prize: A bundle of writing goodies and their entry published on their website. Two runners up: £5 book vouchers.
  • Flash Fiction: I now run a free monthly 100-word competition (different theme each month – month-end deadline – you could win my up to three of my Online Courses each month) and 500-word challenge (where you challenge me to write a story, giving me the prompts – you could win up to 5,000-word free editing – deadline 15th of the month).
  • Flash FictionIndies 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: 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 Fiction / Short StoriesThe Writer’s Notebook is a monthly, free to enter short story competition. Each month has a set theme, and each writer can submit up to 2 stories per month. A new theme opens on the 1st of each month, and the deadline for entries is the 28th of each month. Future themes are available to view on our webpage. The prize is publication of the short story in our Anthology at the end of the year, and an equal share of sale profits of said Anthology. It is an experimental idea for a free to enter writing competition, relying on social media to drive sales of the Anthology and increase the prize. Stories should be 400-1500 words. A short list of three stories will be published on our blog for our readers to vote for a winner. For more information please see http://thewritersnotebookgroup.blogspot.com.
  • Flash fiction: An ongoing competition is the NAWG’s ‘100’ competition. The task is to write a 100-word story exactly (usually excluding the title) and when they have 100 stories in, the judge picks his / her favourite and awards £75 to the winner and £25 to the runner-up. Entry is £3 for the first story, £5.50 for two or £8 for three. Details on http://www.nawg.co.uk/3805.
  • Mixed: The Pen Cove Award (see ‘January’).
  • Mixed: Winchester Writers’ Conference has opened their mixed writing competitions (deadline late May). Details in their competitions brochure. £7 per entry if attending, £9 if not.
  • Mixed: Christian magazine Pockets has a different theme per month.
  • 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.
  • Non-fictionWriter’s Drawer is running a travel-writing competition ending mid April.
  • NovelsNovel Rocket runs an annual Launch Pad Contest: Boosting You Out of the Slush Pile. Entries will be accepted in all genres beginning mid-January. The deadline for submission is different for genre categories according to the following schedule. In each case, entries must be received by 11:59 PM EST on the 10th day of the month (April to September) listed on novelrocket.com/p/launch-pad-contest.html. They also post a new writing-related article seven days a week, from author interviews to marketing discussions to articles about the craft of writing. NB. The entry fee is $45 so give this very careful consideration.
  • Novels / Non-FictionRubery Book Award First Prize is £1,000 (approx US$1,590 / €1,277) and the winning book is guaranteed to be read by a top London literary agent, plus a minimum of the three category winners each winning £100 (approx $159 / €127). Entry fee details and entry form all on the website: www.ruberybookaward.com. Deadline 30th April.
  • Playwriting: The King’s Cross Award For New Writing. Up to two full-length plays may be entered per writer, unpublished and unperformed scripts only. £5,000 prize. Closing date 30 Aprilthecourtyard.org.uk/content/25/writers-group.
  • Poetry: Poetry-Next-The-Sea Open Competition. Judge Heidi Williamson, max 40 lines, £100 first prize, closing date 6 Aprilpoetry-next-the-sea.com/index.html.
  • Poetry: UK’S First Bug Poetry Competition marking Buglife’s tenth year as the only conservation charity in Europe devoted to the conservation of all invertebrates, closing date 8 April.
  • Poetry: Buxton Poetry Competition History and Heritage theme, all ages, judge Philip Wells, 40 lines max, closing date 8 Aprilderby.ac.uk/buxtonpoetrycompetition.
  • 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.
  • Poetry: other poetry competitions include Nonsense Poetry & Flash FictionVerWriting Magazine (WM: open to all theme: horror), poetrypf.co.ukswconline.co.uk.
  • Poetry & Short stories: Deddington Writers’ Group Open Writing Competition Short Story or Poem. Competition information and entry forms available from website end January or send SAE to: 7, The Daedings, Deddington, OX15 ORT. 1st prize: £100, 2nd: £50,  3rd: £25, awarded in both categories. Closing date 13 April. See deddington.org.uk/community/arts/writing or deddingtonfestival.org.uk.
  • Poetry: The Royal Berkshire Poetry Competition open to all, 40 lines max, 1st prize £200, closing date 14 Aprilglowmagazine.me/poetry-competition.
  • Poetry: Poetry on the Lake International Poetry Competition has a theme of ‘metal’. Top prizes of €200, judges include Anne-Marie Fyfe, closing date 22 April. See poetryonthelake.org.
  • Poetry: Ver Poets Open Competition. 1st prize £600. 30 lines max, closing date 30 April. See verpoets.org.uk/news/competitions.
  • Poetry: Ware Poets Open Poetry Competition. Prizes: £600, £250, £100. £100: The Ware Sonnet Prize. Anthology publication for winners and shortlisted poets (£3.50 pre-ordered). Closing date 30 April. Informal prize-giving ceremony at Ware Arts Centre in July. Fee: £4;  4 poems for £12, then £3 per poem (in the same submission). Length:  up to 50 lines. Sole judge: Susan Utting. Include contact sheet with usual details. Download flyer from website, or send SAE: The Competition Secretary, Ware Poets Competition, 21 Trinity Road, Ware, Herts. SG12 7DB or email: warepoets_competition@hotmail.co.uk and see poetrypf.co.uk/images/compware13.pdf.
  • Poetry: Southport Writers’ Circle International Poetry Competition. First Prize £150, Second Prize £75, Third Prize £25 A maximum of 40 lines per poem is allowed. Closing date 30 April. See swconline.co.uk/n1/?cat=5.
  • 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.
  • Screenwriting: Canada-based Wildsound run monthly screenwriting competitions.
  • Screenwritingoscars.org/awards/nicholl/apply.html is a screenwriting competition with a late Aprildeadline.
  • Script: The Ticket to Write Beatles-themed Festival playwriting contest is now open for entries for the fourth year. “We are currently exploring several venues and slots in Liverpool to perform the selected plays.
    As usual the plays can be about the people, stories inspired by songs and song-titles or any genuine connection with The Beatles. The script should be 40 – 45 minutes long and able to be performed by a maximum of four actors. More characters are allowed if it is practical to multi-role. The winner gets a tasty £150 and it costs only £10 to enter. Entries must be in by early April. All plays will be assessed anonymously by a theatre professional and three will go forward to be performed. Professional judges and the audience vote will count towards the final result. All entries will receive a considered written critique from the assessor who will receive all of the £10 entry fee. A windfall has enabled us to fund the prize money.
    Full details are under ‘How To Enter’ on our website acedrama.co.uk.”
  • Scriptwriting: The Nick Darke Award is open to all writers – stage play screenplay or radio play – prize fund £6,000. Closing date 29 Aprilfalmouth.ac.uk/nickdarkeaward.
  • Short stories: William Trevor / Elizabeth Bowen International Short Story Competition 1st prize €3,000, closing date 5 Aprilmitchelstownlit.com/index.html.
  • Short stories & Poetry: Deddington Writers’ Group Open Writing Competition, Short Story or Poem. Competition information and entry forms available from website end January or send SAE to: 7, The Daedings, Deddington, OX15 ORT. 1st prize: £100, 2nd: £50,  3rd: £25, awarded in both categories. Closing date 13 April. See deddington.org.uk/community/arts/writing or deddingtonfestival.org.uk.
  • Short stories: The Limnisa Short Story Competition 2016 is an international contest open worldwide and is for short stories on any subject up to 3,000 words. Closing: April 15, 2016. 1st Prize: One week Writers’ Retreat or Workshop in 2016 or 2017 at Limnisa, our seaside location near Agios Georgios, Methana, Greece: http://www.limnisa.com. All inclusive: Full board, 7 nights accommodation in single room, optional daily yoga sessions, literary evening, use of all Limnisa facilities: beach, bikes, international library etc. OR five online sessions of personal tutoring. 2nd and 3rd Prize: 50 % discount on the Writers’ Retreat or Workshop (see above). OR a free online session of personal tutoring or feedback on written work. 2 Runners up: 25% discount on the Writers’ Retreat or Workshop (see above). Questions regarding entries should be directed to: entries@limnisa.com. Entry Fee: FREE. Please like and share our Facebook page. Competition Page: http://www.limnisa.com/#!competitions/mw0t7.
  • 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 Fowey Festival of Words and Music (formerly the Daphne du Maurier Festival) has announced the launch of the Short Story Competition. First Prize is £100 and Runner-up £75. Entry is £6.00 and entry form and full details at foweyfestival.com/the-du-maurier-festival-society-short-story-competition. The closing date is 19th April.
  • Short storiesGlimmer Train (different category each month), The Moth-Altun Short Story PrizeNonsense Poetry & Flash FictionNottingham Writing Magazine (WM: open to all theme: horror / subscriber-only theme: food), francobritishcouncil.org.ukwest-linton.org.uk/content/pentlands-writers-group. Also see Deddington in ‘Poetry…’ above.
  • 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: Young Writers’ Competition. The annual Young Writers’ Competition at Jane Austen’s House Museum is entering its fourth year and is now open for entries. Annalie Talent, Education Officer said ‘Next year is the 200th anniversary of publication of Pride and Prejudice and so we have made the theme of the competition First Impressions which was the original title of Jane’s best-loved novel.’ Entries should be short stories of 300-400 words and entrants can interpret the theme in any way they want. Entry is open to all UK school pupils in school years 7-11. There are two categories: years 7 and 8 and years 9, 10 & 11. The competition will be judged by Professor Kathryn Sutherland of St Anne’s College Oxford and the Museum’s previous Writer-in-Residence, Rebecca Smith. Closing date 26 April. See jane-austens-house-museum.org.uk for details.
  • Short stories: first Annual Sara Park Memorial Short Story Competition. Theme Journeying, max 2000 words, closing date 30 Aprilredsquirrelpress.com/SquirrelCOMP.html.
  • Short stories: The James Plunkett Short Story Award for new and emerging writing talent, open to all writing in English who have not had a short story collection published. 1st prize €2,000, max 3000 words. Next closing date 30 April. See ireland-writers.com/index.htm.
  • Short stories: The Bristol Short Story Prize is open to all writers internationally over 16 years of age. Stories can be on any theme or subject and entry can be made online via the website or by post. Entries must be previously unpublished with a maximum length of 4,000 words (There is no minimum). Entry fee £8 per story. Closing date 30 April. 1st prize £1,000. Second placed £700. Third £400. The next 17 runners up will receive £100 each. All 20 shortlisted will have their stories published in the next Bristol Short Story Prize Anthology and be invited to the prize-giving (in Bristol, South West England) in October. See bristolprize.co.uk.
  • Short storiesMassacre Magazine runs a quarterly horror 250-word max short story competition. Deadlines end April, July, October, January. “We will pick one winner who will receive a £15/$20 Amazon voucher and have their story published in the summer issue of Massacre Magazine. Our decision is final, any moaners will be mangled.” :)
  • 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.
  • NB. Don’t forget to check out the ongoing competition websites listed at the end of the Competitions page.

 

 

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Writing competitions: March 2016 deadlines

competitions 677265Hello everyone. If you’re looking to enter a writing competition (or even if you weren’t), there are some listed below, taken from this blog’s Competitions page. There are also regular (weekly, monthly etc) competition on that page so do take a look at those. For now, here are the ones that finish next month…

MARCH
  • Children’sAcademy of Children’s WritersCrystal Magazine.
  • Flash Fiction: I now run a free monthly 100-word competition (different theme each month – month-end deadline – you could win my up to three of my Online Courses each month) and 500-word challenge (where you challenge me to write a story, giving me the prompts – you could win up to 5,000-word free editing – deadline 15th of the month).
  • Flash FictionIndies 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: 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: Flashbang is now open to entries: flashbangcontest.wordpress.comSponsored by CrimeFest. £2 entry fee. 150 words maximum. Deadline 1st March. First prize is two passes to CrimeFest. Shortlisted and winning stories published online. Full details are here.
  • Flash Fiction: Erewash has a free flash fiction competition. Deadline noon (UK time) 21st March. Full details here.
  • Flash Fiction: The Berkhampstead Writing Competition has a 31st March deadline.
  • Flash Fiction: The Flash 500 Fiction Competition, established 2009, is a quarterly open-themed competition for fiction up to 500 words has closing dates of 31st March, 30th June, 30th September and 31st December. Entry fee: £5 for one story, £8 for two stories. Prizes: £300 plus publication in Words with JAM, £100 and £50.
  • Flash Fiction / Short StoriesThe Writer’s Notebook is a monthly, free to enter short story competition. Each month has a set theme, and each writer can submit up to 2 stories per month. A new theme opens on the 1st of each month, and the deadline for entries is the 28th of each month. Future themes are available to view on our webpage. The prize is publication of the short story in our Anthology at the end of the year, and an equal share of sale profits of said Anthology. It is an experimental idea for a free to enter writing competition, relying on social media to drive sales of the Anthology and increase the prize. Stories should be 400-1500 words. A short list of three stories will be published on our blog for our readers to vote for a winner. For more information please see http://thewritersnotebookgroup.blogspot.com.
  • Flash fiction: An ongoing competition is the NAWG’s ‘100’ competition. The task is to write a 100-word story exactly (usually excluding the title) and when they have 100 stories in, the judge picks his / her favourite and awards £75 to the winner and £25 to the runner-up. Entry is £3 for the first story, £5.50 for two or £8 for three. Details on http://www.nawg.co.uk/3805.
  • Mixed: Winchester Writers’ Conference has opened their 17(!) mixed writing competitions (deadline 24th May). Details in their competitions brochure. £7 per entry if attending, £9 if not.
  • Mixed: Words for the Wounded (W4W) is a new charity that raises money via writing prizes and donations for the rehabilitation of wounded servicemen and women. All proceeds will be passed to projects such as Battle Back, funded by Help for Heroes, which uses sports rehabilitation to help wounded service personnel gain independence and confidence. W4W launches its writing prizes on Armistice Day, November 11, and is calling for all non-writers, aspiring, and experienced writers to enter. Entries can be up to 400 words, written in poetry or prose, fiction or life story tale. Winners will receive a small cash prize and their entries will be published in the monthly writers’ magazine Writers’ Forum (writers-forum/com). Entry costs £4.50 and the deadline is March 11, winners will be announced on 6 June (D Day). They are also running an Independent Author Book Award for fiction or memoir over 45,000 words. For more information on these awards, see wordsforthewounded.co.uk or follow them on Twitter @Words_4_Wounded.
  • Mixed: Christian magazine Pockets has a different theme per month.
  • Mixedhelenwhittaker.net/phpBB2 (shorts & poetry).
  • 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.
  • NovelsNovel Rocket runs an annual Launch Pad Contest: Boosting You Out of the Slush Pile. Entries will be accepted in all genres beginning mid-January. The deadline for submission is different for genre categories according to the following schedule. In each case, entries must be received by 11:59 PM EST on the 10th day of the month (April to September) listed on novelrocket.com/p/launch-pad-contest.html. They also post a new writing-related article seven days a week, from author interviews to marketing discussions to articles about the craft of writing. NB. The entry fee is $45 so give this very careful consideration.
  • Novels: other March-deadline competitions include Dundee International Book Prize and The Next Big Author.
  • PlaywritingWindsor Fringe Kenneth Branagh Award for New Drama. and sohotheatre.com (Verity Bargate Award).
  • Playwriting: Cambridge Theatre Challenge: Would you like to write a one act play for the stage and enter it in a competition where short listed plays are given full performance, judged by the audience, considered for publication and given a written assessment by a publishing company? The winning playwright will also receive a cash prize of £200. Every play will be read in its entirety by a minimum of two judges and entrants will receive two lots of feedback on request, at no extra charge! A shortlist of up to ten plays will be drawn up and posted on the Sky Blue website.  Local actors and a production team will be assembled by professional directors to rehearse the plays for performance at the Junction Theatre in Cambridge early July where the audience will vote for the winner. Closing date for submissions is 30th March. Plays must be submitted on line and full details can be found on our website skybluetheatre.com/newplaywriting.php.
  • 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.
  • Poetry: The Flash 500 Humour Verse Competition, established in 2010, welcomes any form of humour verse will be accepted, from a limerick to a poem of 32 lines. This is also a quarterly competition with closing dates of 31st March, 30th June, 30th September and 31st December. Entry fee: £3 for the first poem, £2.50 for each poem thereafter. Prizes: £150 plus publication in Words with JAM, £100 and £50.
  • Poetry: The Neil Gunn Writing Competition is open for entries until early March. There are two sections open to writers worldwide – short story and poetry. This year there is a choice of three themes, all of which are quotes from Neil Gunn’s writing: · “For love is the creator and cruelty is that which destroys” · “The secret loveliness and laughter in things” · “The extra magic of distance” Full details of the competition including the entry rules and forms can be found at www.highlifehighland.com/neilgunn.
  • Poetry: other poetry competitions include Cardiff InternationalFish Prize for PoetryLiterature WalesMAGMichael Marks (pamphlets), Northern Writers’ AwardsWriting Magazine (WM: open to all theme: creative acrostic mini), davidburlandpoetryprize.comtreehousepress.co.uk (Three-in-One), towerpoetry.org.ukfirebirdpoetry.comscottishbooktrust.com/familylegends.
  • Screenwriting: Canada-based Wildsound run monthly screenwriting competitions.
  • Scriptseuroscript.co.uk.
  • Short stories: The Neil Gunn Writing Competition ends early March. There are two sections open to writers worldwide – short story and poetry. This year there is a choice of three themes, all of which are quotes from Neil Gunn’s writing: · “For love is the creator and cruelty is that which destroys” · “The secret loveliness and laughter in things” · “The extra magic of distance” Full details of the competition including the entry rules and forms can be found at www.highlifehighland.com/neilgunn.
  • 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: Mslexia Women’s Short Story Competition. 1st prize £2,000. Closing date 18th Marchmslexia.co.uk/whatson/msbusiness/scomp_active.php.
  • Short stories: Graffiti Magazine Short Story Competition has a closing date 30 March 2016.  Entries must be in English and be the writer’s own unpublished work. They must not be on offer for publication or entered in any other current competition

    . Maximum length 1,500 words. Each piece of work, with its title, must be in clear type on one side of A4 sheet(s). The name and address of the writer and the titles of all entries should be typed on a separate sheet of A4 paper. The prize-winner will be notified by post, if SAE provided, or by email if email address is provided. Entries are only accepted by post. Please keep a copy of your work, as entries will not be returned.  The fee is £3 per story. Cheques/Postal Orders in sterling only, should be made payable to:  Catchword Writing Group.  All entries that arrive on time will be considered by the adjudicator, whose decision is final. No correspondence will be entered into concerning the result. Competitors wishing to be informed of the results should enclose an SAE marked ‘Results’ or provide an email address. Graffiti Magazine Writing Competition, c/o 33 Sandford Leaze, Avening, Gloucestershire GL8 8PB. Prize: £50. The winning entry and short listed stories will be published in Graffiti.

    For more information / to subscribe to the magazine, email: graffiti.magazine@yahoo.co.uk.

  • 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 storiesThresholds International Short Story Forum Feature Writing Competition. Free to enter, international, max 1500 words, 1st prize £500, closing date 27 March.
  • Short stories: The Bath Short Story Award opened for entries in October. This new international competition welcomes stories of up to 2,200 words on any theme or subject from published or unpublished writers. Prizes are as follows: 1st £500, 2nd £100, 3rd £50, and a local prize of £50. The competition closes March 30th. For further details see bathshortstoryaward.co.uk.
  • Short storiesWriters’ Village runs a quarterly short story competition which attracts entrants worldwide. Click here for the rules… and every entrant receives invaluable critique! Their spring deadline is 31st March.
  • Short stories: The Yellow Room Spring Short Story Competition has a max 1,000 words, any theme, first prize £100, closing date 31 March.
  • Short stories: Stringybark Erotic Short Fiction Award. International, max 1800 words. Closing date 31 March. Find out more about the award here.
  • Short storiesLightship One-page Short Story Competition. Max 300 words. Closing date 31 March.
  • Short stories: Exeter Writers Short Story Competition. The first prize is £500, 2nd and 3rd are £250 and £100. There is also an additional prize of £100 for a writer living in Devon. Stories can be in any genre except for children, they can be up to 3,000 words and the entry fee is £5 per story. The closing date is 31st March.  Rules/entry form: exeterwriters.org.uk or you can send a stamped self-addressed envelope (SAE) to Competition, 4 Albion Place, Exeter EX4 6LH.
  • Short stories: Short Fiction, The Visual Literary Journal. Annual Short Story Competition 1st prize £500 plus publication, max 5,000 words. Closing date 31 March.
  • Short storiesThe Moth Magazine Short Story Prize. Judge Martina Evans, 1st prize €1,000 + publication, closing date 31 March.
  • Short stories: One of the UK’s largest and oldest writing groups, West Sussex Writers, is running its second national short story competition. With an open theme, generous word count and final judge, Pam Weaver. West Sussex Writers hopes to attract the cream of the UK’s short story writers. Max 3000 words. Closing date 31 March. 1st prize £200; 2nd prize £75; 3rd prize £50.
  • Short stories: Five Stop Story runs a quarterly short story competition (end March / June / September / December). Membership to the site is £25 but you get to enter up to five stories in each competition. Further details at fivestopstory.com/write.
  • Short stories: Other March short story competitions include CalderdaleChapter One RomanticDark TalesExeter WritersFish Prize for Flash FictionGlimmer Train (different category each month), Meridian WritingMslexiaNorthern Writers’ AwardsRider HaggardWriting Magazine (WM: open to all open: 750-words max / subscriber-only theme: last line ‘Out she walked with a spring in her step.’), and Wyvern.
  • NB. Don’t forget to check out the ongoing competition websites listed at the end of this page.

Do take a look at the blog’s Competitions page for more details.

 

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Guest post: How to desire the superlative Writing Dissertation Topic by Karen R Robinson

Today’s guest blog post, on the topic of academia, is brought to you by Karen R Robinson.

How to Desire the Superlative Writing Dissertation Topic?

Finding a superlative dissertation-writing topic is as tough as writing a good dissertation paper. It is obvious that students are required to write dissertation papers during their higher studies. Writing a good dissertation is very important for the students since it can influence their final grades considerably. There are indeed a lot of things that students must to consider before writing their dissertation. One of the most important things that students should focus on while writing their dissertation is choosing a superlative topic. Let it be any kind of assignment writing, selecting a good topic plays a huge role.

Deciding your dissertation topic is one of the first steps of your dissertation writing procedure. Most people find choosing a suitable and relevant dissertation topic as one of the most challenging things when getting started. They will have to spend a considerable amount of time and will even be required to work late into the night in order to find a superlative dissertation topic. The topic that you pick should assist you to remain engaged and provide a good working mood since the dissertation writing process is a lengthy one.

How to find a good dissertation title?

The majority of people are uncertain and lack knowledge about how to choose a good dissertation topic. They may be under pressure to find an apt dissertation topic, or not certain if the research they want to carry out will fit into a dissertation. Without a doubt, there are many remarkable topics out there but this is most likely the first time they are researching finding a superlative dissertation topic. There are indeed certain things that should be considered carefully, such as:

Don’t Stretch Yourself

When you are in need of writing a dissertation, you should concentrate on finding a topic that helps you get your writing done. A lot of people make a mistake by choosing a topic that is beyond their capacity. They end up tired of writing their dissertation and stop. Hence, don’t go selecting a hard topic, and research a lot to come across a dissertation topic that goes well with your writing knowledge and skills.

Find Topics That Are Engaging and Fruitful                  

Choose a topic that will prove engaging and fruitful. Your writing should be free from boredom and tiredness. The topic you select has therefore got to be engaging and fruitful. Keep in mind that dissertation writing is a long process. Thus, be wise and choose an engaging topic.

Don’t Go For an Overly Ambitious Topic

The best dissertation is generally written by means of simple topic. When you choose a topic with too many variables, there is always a probability to make it hard to research, complicated to write, and not easy to find any conclusions. Therefore, it is always healthier to pick a topic that you can complete in plenty of time and at ease.

Pick a Topic that Fascinates You

It is vital to pick a topic that fascinates you the most because it assists you to reach effectively and write with more enthusiasm. If your dissertation topic fascinates you, then you will come up with a professionally graceful piece of work, and as I have mentioned above, within a limited amount of time and with a limited sum of difficulty or hard work.

Decide On Something You Really Love

One of the most imperative features in finding a doable dissertation topic is to work on something you really love. If the topic is in your comfortable zone or what you love the most, then you can mull over staying with it over a quite lengthened phase of time. However, make sure to find a topic that is compelling as well. All in all, be certain that you have a plausibly clear research technique or track determined before confirming your dissertation topic.

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Karen used to compose academic and non-academic expositions as an outcome of his boundless contribution in the writing business. His experiences with this top thesis writing services have allowed him to concentrate on both academic and non-educational topics. He recognizes that to be an effective writer, one needs to consider the business side of the business, and focus to succeed.

Very interesting. Thank you, Karen.

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Book review – Three marketing / publishing books by John Monyjok Maluth

Today’s book review of an author’s three self-publishing guides is brought to you by yours truly, Morgen Bailey. If you’d like your book reviewed or to send me a book review of another author’s book, see book-reviews for the guidelines. Other options listed on opportunities-on-this-blog.

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John Monyjok Maluth’s three self-publishing guides

The Marketing GuideThe Marketing Guide: The negative concept about the traditional book marketing is that, a certain company must publish your book. This concept is now past. It is not modern even though some authors are relying on this concept even today. Getting into public is the main issue. The quality of your book matters the most.

The Publisher’s Guide: With the help of today’s technology, you can do the impossible things yourself. You can write, edit, proofread, design, format, convert, publish and market your books online. Would you believe this to be true? Whether you believe it or not, it is happening daily. People are writing and publishing their own book daily. The book publishing concept is already changing from time to time.

The Author’s Guide: In the Author’s Guide, I have discussed about the writing concepts, types, history, and finally, the independent publishing in the modern world. Today, you cannot only write books, you can also publish your own online. It’s time to get started!

Review (of the eBooks)

I came across Kenyan John Monyjok Maluth’s three self-publishing guides while recommending Smashwords to an editing client.

I started with the marketing guide where the first half talked about where to self publish and the associated outlets available so not really marketing as such. Section 5 entitled social network book marketing was the most useful although talked about the mainstream sites of Facebook, Twitter, Google+ etc.

It was at 88% that we get marketing tips so up to then it felt more like the where to get books available guide.

There was a fair amount of repetition throughout the book and the message was to use social media, tell friends et cetera so, for me, sadly nothing new but a good refresher, especially when it came to utilising email contacts. I have never set up a newsletter and had started the process on mail chimp – which isn’t mentioned in John’s books – and must see that through.

John’s publishing guide is similar but – as you would expect – shows you how to self publish and skims over marketing.

I then went on to the author’s experience which does what it says on the tin; how John came to writing and self-publishing then talks again about how to market.

In all three books, he reiterates that we should write because we love it, not for the money, although both is ideal. I concur.

I did spot a couple of typing errors in the marketing guide: ‘tranditionally’ and ‘its’ marketing success’ (where they shouldn’t be an apostrophe after its – an easy mistake to make). And another easy mistake to make – in the publisher’s guide – is ‘both you and me will be paid $25’. Drop the ‘both you and’ and the rest doesn’t make sense so the best way to remember when you’re trying to decide whether to use ‘you and me’ or ‘you and I’.

For beginners they are excellent guide, especially as they are all given away free on Smashwords, and a useful reminder for more seasoned writers.

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Writing competitions: February 2016 deadlines

Hello everyone. If you’re looking to enter a writing competition (or even if you weren’t), there are some listed below, taken from this blog’s Competitions page. There are also regular (weekly, monthly etc) competition on that page so do take a look at those. For now, here are the ones that finish next month…

February-deadline competitions

  • Children’sKelpies Prize.
  • Flash Fiction: I now run a free monthly 100-word competition – details here.
  • Flash FictionIndies 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: 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 / Short StoriesInkitt.com is a website where aspiring authors release their most brilliant stories to watch their first steps and first words and first huge gusts of flame pouring from their gullets. Starting from 2nd February 2015, they run free competitions with all the entries being posted on their site.
  • Flash Fiction / Short StoriesThe Writer’s Notebook is a monthly, free to enter short story competition. Each month has a set theme, and each writer can submit up to 2 stories per month. A new theme opens on the 1st of each month, and the deadline for entries is the 28th of each month. Future themes are available to view on our webpage. The prize is publication of the short story in our Anthology at the end of the year, and an equal share of sale profits of said Anthology. It is an experimental idea for a free to enter writing competition, relying on social media to drive sales of the Anthology and increase the prize. Stories should be 400-1500 words. A short list of three stories will be published on our blog for our readers to vote for a winner. For more information please see http://thewritersnotebookgroup.blogspot.com.
  • Flash fiction: An ongoing competition is the NAWG’s ‘100’ competition. The task is to write a 100-word story exactly (usually excluding the title) and when they have 100 stories in, the judge picks his / her favourite and awards £75 to the winner and £25 to the runner-up. Entry is £3 for the first story, £5.50 for two or £8 for three. Details on http://www.nawg.co.uk/3805.
  • Mixed: Christian magazine Pockets has a different theme per month.
  • Mixedsumlitsem.orgscpsw.co.ukgracedieuwriterscircle.co.uk.
  • 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.
  • Novels: Started in 2014, the Bath Novel Award has a closing date of 28 February and a top prize of £1,000. They’re also on Twitter.
  • NovelsNovel Rocket runs an annual Launch Pad Contest: Boosting You Out of the Slush Pile. Entries will be accepted in all genres beginning mid-January. The deadline for submission is different for genre categories according to the following schedule. In each case, entries must be received by 11:59 PM EST on the 10th day of the month (April to September) listed on novelrocket.com/p/launch-pad-contest.html. They also post a new writing-related article seven days a week, from author interviews to marketing discussions to articles about the craft of writing. NB. The entry fee is $45 so give this very careful consideration. NB. The entry fee is $45 so give this very careful consideration.
  • Novels: other competitions include Acorn Independent Press Crime NovelCrime Writers Association Debut Dagger.
  • Poetry: Edge Hill University runs an online literary magazine, The Crooked Quill. “We have free to enter short story and poetry competitions that are currently open, but at the moment we really need more submissions. If possible, could you please add us to your list of competitions? There are Amazon vouchers for the top three winners in each category and all winners (as well as the shortlisted stories/poems) will be published online. The link to the competition page is: http://crookedquill.wix.com/magazine#!competition/j47wf and it closes 15th February. We would be very grateful for any help you could provide in spreading word of our competition. Thank you for reading! Heather Redhead.”
  • 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.
  • Poetry: Other poetry competitions include Hungry Hill WritersNorwich Writers’ Circle Annual OpenStraid Collection AwardWriting / Writers’ News magazinestemplarpoetry.co.uk/awardswardwoodpublishing.co.uk (Lumen/Camden Poetry Comp).
  • Screenwriting: Canada-based Wildsound run monthly screenwriting competitions.
  • ScriptThe Imison Award and comedy.co.uk/sitcom_mission.
  • Short stories: Edge Hill University runs an online literary magazine, The Crooked Quill. “We have free to enter short story and poetry competitions that are currently open, but at the moment we really need more submissions. If possible, could you please add us to your list of competitions? There are Amazon vouchers for the top three winners in each category and all winners (as well as the shortlisted stories/poems) will be published online. The link to the competition page is: http://crookedquill.wix.com/magazine#!competition/j47wf and it closes 15th February. We would be very grateful for any help you could provide in spreading word of our competition. Thank you for reading! Heather Redhead.”
  • 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 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 storiesBBCCremonaEmerald Flash FictionGlimmer Train (different category each month), and Writing Magazine.
  • NB. Don’t forget to check out the ongoing competition websites listed at the end of this page.
Do take a look at the blog’s Competitions page for more details.
 

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Book review – for readers and writers – no.131: Morgen Bailey reviews StoryWorks by Jane Bailey Bain

Today’s book review of a writing guide is brought to you by yours truly, Morgen Bailey. If you’d like your book reviewed (please note I’m usually booked up months in advance) and / or to send me a book review of another author’s book, see book-reviews for the guidelines. Other options listed on opportunities-on-this-blog.

Being a writer and editor, I read and review books with both hats. If you’re a writer reading this review and found it useful, do let me know.

StoryWorks by Jane Bailey Bain

StoryWorks coverSynopsis: Inspirational leaders know the power of story. Top coaches use words as a tool for personal transformation. Great speakers and writers realize the importance of narrative. Do you have a new idea? A good proposal? A great product? The best way to sell it is by telling a story. This book shows you how to do that effectively. It is a practical handbook on how to tell stories, and ranges from classic tools like the ‘Rule of Threes’ to the new mnemonic ‘Five Finger Technique’. There are stories and creative exercises to expand your narrative repertoire. If you’re a leader who wants to communicate well, a professional keen to improve your speaking skills, a manager with a team to motivate or a writer looking for more ideas – you’ll find resources here to inspire, to inform and to entertain. Whether you have one minute to impress at an interview or the keynote speech at a conference, this book will help you tell better stories.

This guide is available via http://www.amazon.co.uk/StoryWorks-Handbook-Leaders-Writers-Speakers-ebook/dp/B00W8FCM7Y and http://www.amazon.com/StoryWorks-Handbook-Leaders-Writers-Speakers-ebook/dp/B00W8FCM7Y.

Review

This guide starts with a really interesting background to storytelling over the centuries and how it has influenced us ever since. Jane then goes on to show how fiction can have much more impact than nonfiction and analyses examples showing this.

It was very interesting to learn different techniques for not only writing but some that can be used in other areas of our lives. The five senses section was unusual, and although we all know that chopping things into segments work well (I tell my students that 300 words a day equates to over 100,000 words a year – you could write a novel in just 20 minutes a day), it was a useful reminder.

Jane shares her extensive knowledge with us, and this book is so rich that, like a calorific cake, it is best devoured in small chunks in order to savour each portion.

For me, though, there were too many fables, and I wondered the relevance of having so many seemingly illustrating the same type of character, but it leads by example, and lovers of fables and fairytales would relish this style of teaching and the content within. I would have preferred more of a balance of contemporary to historical.

I spotted a cliché: ‘until you are blue in the face’ but it didn’t feel so bad in non-fiction narration.

Apart from the five finger technique (which in itself would be worth purchasing the book for), the most interesting pieces for me where right near the end: tips for storytelling, story worksheet, creating characters and business application and stories.

The final ‘about the author’ lists Jane’s background. Apart from being an executive coach, she has worked for several years as an advisor on development projects in Asia and Africa and these clearly have an influence on the stories chosen for this handbook.

Conclusion

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