Please vote for my story (if you like it!)

I have a little (138-word) ditty called ‘Just Like Enid Blyton’ (see below) which has been longlisted (sixth week in a row!) on It’s quite near the beginning (fifth story): click until you get to ’77 more’. Clicking on the picture below will also take you there.

If you like it – I hope you do – please click on ‘Vote’. Voting closes midnight 11th/12th December. Thank you!


Annual Essay Competition

Hello everyone… I’ve received the following:

Dear Morgen,

Castle Craig Hospital would like to include our essay competition freely open to students. Would you be as so kind as to place our information on this post?

Castle Craig Hospital would like to invite all interested undergraduate and postgraduate students to enter its International Addiction Research Essay Competition 2018.

This annual competition has been instituted to mark Castle Craig Hospital’s 30th anniversary. We hope it will serve to foster connections between academic institutions and treatment services, and that this will eventually support best practice in the field of addiction treatment.

The top award of £1,000, and runner-up awards of £250 will be a welcome financial assistant to the successful candidates. The competition will be judged by a panel including Professor Jonathan Chick, and Dr. Glynis Read of Castle Craig Hospital.

Please could you take time to share this initiative with students at your university. Full details about the competition are available on this page of our website Further news and updates will appear regularly on this page, and this link will continue to be updated for competitions in successive years.

We suggest that you link to our competition on social media and any other page you think would be appropriate.

The deadline for submissions is December 31, 2018 with the winners announced on the 30th of April 2019. The winning submissions will be published online by May 1, 2019 on the Castle Craig Hospital website.

As we become increasingly integrated as an international community the exchange of global ideas and dialogue in this field is paramount to addressing the increasing demand for addiction treatment throughout the world. Castle Craig Hospital would be honoured to have you join us in this mission this year and in the future,


Castle Craig Hospital

Writing Competitions and you… success? near miss? the judge? Let me know!

Hello everyone. I’m Writers’ Forum magazine’s Competitive Edge columnist and I’d love to know whether you have entered any writing competitions (of any type), and have been successful, a runner-up perhaps, or been unsuccessful but have learned from the experience, have advice for other entrants, or maybe you’re a competition judge and have some tips on entering (and funny stories to tell!).

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BeaconFlash round 2 now open and round 1 results announced!

BeaconFlash is BeaconLit’s new 500-word competition (with month-end deadlines/themes July to May). Just £2 per entry (no limit on entries) with £325’s worth of prizes! You can also receive feedback on your story / stories at £5 per story with the optional critique service. See for full details. The results for July have been announced.

BeaconLit is a non-profit festival where all proceeds go to local libraries.

The competition opened in July (round 1) and therefore August is round 2 etc. There will be 11 rounds until the final winners / runners up are announced at the 2018 festival on Saturday 15th July 2018.

August’s free 100-word competition now open

*** PLEASE check your word count (100 words EXcluding title) and submit more than one story to give yourself a better chance of being placed. ***


Hello everyone. Yes, July’s competition – with the theme of ‘strangers on a train’ is now closed. The theme for August is ‘ticking’ which you can now submit and any time during until Thursday 31st August (midnight UK time).

And remember, you can send up to three stories per month (individually or at the same time). It’s worth doing because some people have missed out because of errors (usually not 100 words exactly) in the only entry they send so they are immediately disqualified. This happened again last month. <sigh>

September’s theme is ‘afraid, very afraid’ to use however you wish. You can write them whenever you like but don’t send them to me until Friday 1st September.

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