All great things must come to an end…

With the closure of Oh, Henry‘s debut blog tour, organised by the fabulous Sarah at @BOTBSPub, the giveaway (created by the equally fabulous @CazVinBooks) has also, sadly, come to an end.

My gratitude goes to the amazing bloggers who shared their wonderful reviews for the first in my #dogdetective series, Oh, Henry. I’m delighted with how everyone enjoyed my tome, and how kind they were.

Many thanks also to everyone who entered the giveaway. It was lovely to see so many entries.

The two winners of the top prize,  a signed copy of Oh, Henry AND a unique story, especially written for them, and the other prizes (signed paperbacks / free eBooks) will be announced this coming week – so hold your breath for just a little longer…

We hope you enjoy your weekend!

Final day of Oh, Henry’s debut tour – more lovely reviews

The fifth and final day of the debut tour for my dog detective novel, has received three more kind reviews (click their names to read the full review):

Oh, Henry is an absolute treasure of a tale, or should that be tail? Being a huge dog lover, I’m a sucker for a shaggy dog story and this one was pure brilliance. Henry was everything I imagined a talking dog would be and more!” Neats @lilac_hippo

“Morgen Bailey is one of my favourite authors… her writer’s voice is so quirky… never loses that magic touch… this charming and witty novel… appeals on so many levels… a must for lovers of quirky cosy mysteries… I loved it!” Kerry @cats_herding

“love the premise… the author is so strong in her writing and can write so many different styles of books that you find something you love.” Sean @seantalbot1977

What a fabulous way to end an amazing week. 🙂

My thanks as always to Sarah of Book on the Bright Side for arranging. And to Caroline Vincent for arranging the givaway… do take part… there are fourteen prizes up for grabs (details below).

 

 

 

 

 

 

And the giveaway (which finishes midnight Friday / Saturday, has the following prizes:

And all you have to do is:

  • Follow me on Twitter (worth two entries)
  • Tweet about the giveaway (worth two entries)
  • Visit my page on Facebook (worth one entry)
  • Leave a blog post comment (worth three entries).

Click on the picture above or here to find out more.

Day four of Oh, Henry’s debut tour – two more lovely reviews

The fourth day of the debut tour for my dog detective novel, has received two more kind reviews (click their names to read the full review):

“…a very clever dog… creates some funny situations… love to meet Henry in his first of hopefully a lot of adventures” Els @BookreviewB

“any age will enjoy it… really loved the way Morgen made Henry more human like… if you love dogs you will love this book” Simon @SimonJLeonard

How very kind and generous. 🙂

My thanks as always to Sarah of Book on the Bright Side for arranging. And to Caroline Vincent for arranging the givaway… do take part… there are fourteen prizes up for grabs (details below).

 

 

 

 

 

 

And the giveaway (which finishes midnight Friday / Saturday, has the following prizes:

And all you have to do is:

  • Follow me on Twitter (worth two entries)
  • Tweet about the giveaway (worth two entries)
  • Visit my page on Facebook (worth one entry)
  • Leave a blog post comment (worth three entries).

Click on the picture above or here to find out more.

Day three of Oh, Henry’s debut tour – more lovely reviews

The third day of the debut tour for my dog detective novel, has received two more kind reviews (click their name to read the full review):

“This is an excellent book that will appeal to all age ranges.  A talking dog story may be thought of as a child’s book, but this book works well on all levels.”  Caroline @thedivinewrite1

“a good read… a brilliant idea… a fun read… I can’t wait to read the sequel… I enjoyed the characters and plot” Sarah @sbroadhurst

How very kind and generous. 🙂

My thanks as always to Sarah of Book on the Bright Side for arranging. And to Caroline Vincent for arranging the givaway… do take part… there are fourteen prizes up for grabs (details below).

 

 

 

 

 

 

And the giveaway (which finishes midnight Friday / Saturday, has the following prizes:

And all you have to do is:

  • Follow me on Twitter (worth two entries)
  • Tweet about the giveaway (worth two entries)
  • Visit my page on Facebook (worth one entry)
  • Leave a blog post comment (worth three entries).

Click on the picture above or here to find out more.

Day two of Oh, Henry’s debut tour garners two fabulous reviews

The second day of the debut tour for my dog detective novel, has received two more amazing reviews (click their names to read the full reviews):

“I knew this was the book for me… I was chuckling away… an adorable read… this delightful book… addictive and charming… enjoying the author’s writing style… will appeal to everybody… I just didn’t want the book to end… a very well deserved 5* out of 5*.” Amanda @Ginger_bookgeek on Twitter

“Absolutely charming… a clever mystery all make for an entertaining and enjoyable read… it’s a book that can be enjoyed by many as it’s just a lovely creation… a clear promise of more adventures to come… I’ll definitely be looking forward to joining Henry on those.” Alex @red_bristol

How lovely, kind and generous. 🙂

My thanks as always to Sarah of Book on the Bright Side for arranging. And to Caroline Vincent for arranging the givaway… do take part… there are fourteen prizes up for grabs (details below).

 

 

 

 

 

 

And the giveaway (which finishes midnight Friday / Saturday, has the following prizes:

And all you have to do is:

  • Follow me on Twitter (worth two entries)
  • Tweet about the giveaway (worth two entries)
  • Visit my page on Facebook (worth one entry)
  • Leave a blog post comment (worth three entries).

Click on the picture above or here to find out more.

A wonderful first day of Oh, Henry’s debut tour

It’s come around so quickly… The first day of the debut tour for my dog detective novel, has received some lovely reviews (click their names for the full reviews):

“This was one heck of an adventure. Henry was simply the cutest. I loved the way the author had characterized him, giving him intelligence and mannerisms of a human. His life away from the facility was filled with its own highs and lows.” courtesy of Shalini (@Shalini_G26 on Twitter)

“It certainly made me smile… the perfect read for grandparents… a larger than life character (think Scooby Do)… an enjoyable read.” Nicki (@nickijmurphy1 on Twitter)

“A really fun book!.. the author has nailed it perfectly and Henry was fab… ace!… really looking forward to the next book.” Donna (@dmmaguire391 on Twitter)

My thanks as always to Sarah of Book on the Bright Side for arranging. And to Caroline Vincent for arranging the givaway… do take part… there are fourteen prizes up for grabs (details below).

 

 

 

 

 

 

And the giveaway (which finishes midnight Friday / Saturday, has the following prizes:

And all you have to do is:

  • Follow me on Twitter (worth two entries)
  • Tweet about the giveaway (worth two entries)
  • Visit my page on Facebook (worth one entry)
  • Leave a blog post comment (worth three entries).

Click on the picture above or here to find out more.

A busy day – five ‘woo hoo’s and it’s only 3pm!

The day started off brilliantly with me finding out I’d been longlisted, with 121 others(!), for my 143-word story ‘Two Peas’, written especially for Ad Hoc Fiction for their theme of ‘door’. To read the story (and if you enjoy it please click on the ‘Vote’ button) please pop along to https://adhocfiction.com/read/#FlashEbook then keep clicking on the ‘xx more’ until it shows ’53 more’. (NB. there are only a few days to do so; the current theme is ‘Feed’ and then votes for that will open October 30th replacing this one.) Thank you!

Secondly, I’ve been interviewed over at TL Clark’s blog, and starts…

Author name: Hello. I’m Morgen Bailey.
Morgen with an E. Not to be confused with the handful of MorgAn Baileys (mostly American), including a rocket scientist, basketball player, Green politician, and transsexual porn star. I get some interesting Google Alerts!

Are you a traditionally published/indie/hybrid author?
I’m both. I self-published seven books between 2011 and early 2018, and my eighth, The Serial Dater’s Shopping List, was traditionally published, the first of a two-book deal, by Bombshell Books (part of Bloodhound Books) in July 2018. (Hello Betsy, Fred, team, and fellow Bombshells!)  Self-publishing means the author has total control but not the support of a publisher or agent. I’ve been very lucky with Bombshell in that I got to choose the (fabulous) cover, and had a blog tour and review promotions upon release. These days it’s generally up to the author anyway to do most of the marketing and I’m hiring two marketeers to help with this.

Thirdly, I’m the judge for the annual Flash 500 Short Story competition! You have until the end of February to submit your stories but it’s never too early to start planning. Lorraine says, “We are looking for stories ranging between 1,000 and 3,000 words, with strong characters, a well-crafted plot and realistic dialogue (where used). Make us laugh, make us cry, but most of all, make us feel!” That’s exactly how I judge too! Click on the link or photo above to find out more.

Fourthly, I’m going to be one of The National Association of Writers Groups’ (NAWG) regular contributors to their bi-monthly ‘Link’ magazine. You can look forward to writing and editing tips, competition advice and more. Click here for more details.

And fifthly (not finally as the day’s far from over…), an anthology I contributed a (very British, based in Cambridge and inspired by Trinity College’s Great Run) story to is available for pre-order from Amazon. See https://www.amazon.co.uk/Cool-Weather-Warm-Hearts-Anthology-ebook/dp/B07G4LK4XQ for details. Clicking on the picture below will also take you there.

 

Stage 32’s Screenwriting Contest Deadline Approaches

I’ve received the following email…
We’re proud of this fact:  8 of our past finalists have been signed, placed on writing staffs, optioned, or put into development! Do you have a stellar feature script? Maybe now it’s your turn!
FINAL DEADLINE IN LESS THAN 2 WEEKS!
ENDS September 20 –  enter your script now!

Use code MCKEE2017 to get $10 OFF your entry fee

Our winner this year will meet with a  Dream Team of executive mentors who can help you on your path with everything you need from script notes to development to production including:

  • Literary Manager (Spencer Robinson) – Art/Work Entertainment, clients writing credits include:  Arrival, Lights Out, Arrow, Eastbound and Down, The Mick, Will & Grace and more.
  • Development Executive (Rachel Crouch) – Cold Iron Pictures, credits include:  Swiss Army Man, Diary of a Teenage Girl.
  • Producer (David Harris) – credits include:  Security (Antonio Banderas, Ben Kingsley, Gabriella Wright),  Desolation (David Moscow)
  • Screenwriter (David Paterson) – Lionsgate’s  The Great Gilly Hopkins (Octavia Spencer, Glenn Close, Kathy Bates), Disney’s  Bridge to Terabithia (Josh Hutcherson, Zooey Deschanel, Bailee Madison)
  • Director (Tyler Gillet) – credits include: FOX’s  Devil’s DueV/H/S (Sundance)
  • Entertainment Attorney (Jordan Barel) – worked for AMC and New Line Cinema

This is a one-of-a-kind prize that can help you forge great relationships and change your career. You’ll meet face-to-face with your dream team and get started on the road to professional writing!

You have until  Wednesday Sept. 20 at midnight to enter for the final deadline. Our judges are looking forward to reading your work!

Use code MCKEE2017 to get $10 OFF your entry fee: https://www.stage32.com/happy-writers/contests/3rd-Annual-Feature-Screenplay-Contest

Wednesday’s Child placed second in the annual NWG members comp

A ‘Woo hoo!’… my story below has been placed second in the Northampton Writers Group annual short story competition. I originally wrote it (almost a year ago) as the first-placed story in my now defunct 500-word competition (where you provided the prompts and I wrote the stories – as close to 500 words as I could get – from my favourite prompts). If you go to https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/626510 you can read the runner-up, ‘Number 18’, as well as see what else I have on offer. So, here is the story with the prompts, supplied by Jane Dutton, below it.

Wednesday’s child

Peering over his John Lennon glasses, Byron Salisbury, of Salisbury, Peech and Talbot, studied the legal documents adorning his leather-topped mahogany desk, then re-read the birth certificate given to him by the young man sitting opposite. “Oh.”

George Foxbury edged forward on the Chesterfield visitors chair. “Oh, Mr Salisbury?”

“There is…” Salisbury scratched his right cheek. “There is a… er, bit of a hitch.”

“Hitch?”

“Just a small… very small…” Salisbury pinched together his right thumb and first finger then peeled them apart, leaving a miniscule gap. “Nothing that cannot be worked out, I am sure, Mr Foxbury. George.”

“Let me guess…” George sighed. “Grand pa pa Henry’s left all his money to a cat’s home?”

Salisbury shook his head.

“Most?”

Salisbury shook his head again.

“No, a dog’s home. It was Grand ma ma who loved cats.”

Salisbury coughed as he rubbed his hands.

George Foxbury looked from the solicitor, out through the window to the trees thrashing around thanks to Storm Katie, then back at the solicitor via the bland magnolia walls. “I don’t mind how much money he’s left to… whichever… but I’d really like the house.”

Salisbury frowned, pushing his glasses further down his nose. “I’m afraid it says here you inherit all his wealth–”

“Yes!” George clapped his hands and leapt up, grabbing Salisbury’s right hand, shaking it vigorously.

Salisbury cleared his throat then watched George sit as the words “I’m afraid” sank in.

“Afraid of what?” the younger man asked.

“As his… legally proven next of kin, you are to inherit the estate of Henry Foxbury III, late of Foxbury Hall, Bumbington, Oxfordshire.”

“Yes, yes,” George chivvied.

“Yes indeed. You are to inherit the said estate on your eighteenth birthday.”

“Right. The year after next.”

“I’m afraid not.”

“Why?”

“Because legally you are…”

George leaned further forward. “I am…”

“2000… 2016…”

“Sixteen, yes. I’ll be eighteen in two years.”

“No.”

“What do you mean ‘no’?”

“You were born at the end of February.”

“Yes.”

“The very end.”

“Yes.”

“The very very end.”

“Yes. So?”

“Have you ever looked at your birth certificate?”

“Not really. Grand ma ma kept it with all the other official paperwork after my parents died… with Grand pa pa Henry’s driving licence, shotgun licences, other guff, you know. She kept them all together, our three, in an envelope marked ‘Birth Certificates’. I just pulled out mine. Checked my name.”

“And you know what year it is this year?”

“Of course. 2016. What’s that go to do with–?”

“A leap year, George. What day do you think you were born on?”

“I’m not sure. I think Grand ma ma said it was a Wednesday. Far to go.”

“Wednesday is full of woe. Let me just check…”

George pursed his lips as the solicitor looked up something on his computer.

“It was a Tuesday, George. Full of grace, and I hope you will be as I explain how this is going to go.”

*

  • Character name/s: George Foxbury, Henry Foxbury, Mr Salisbury
  • Location: Solicitor’s office
  • Object: Henry’s will
  • Dilemma: George is expecting to inherit on the 18th anniversary of his birth. He was born on February 29th.
  • Character trait / emotion / quirk: Henry is dead. Mr Salisbury rubs his hands frequently and pronounces his words carefully.
  • Colour / shade of colour: Magnolia
  • Other comments: George is sole beneficiary.

October-deadline writing competitions

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’sThe 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 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: The SSCHQ Crime and Mystery Flash Fiction Competition is a writing competition hosted right here at Short Story Competition HQ. Members of SSCHQ are invited to submit crime and mystery stories for the chance to win publication and promotion. Join for free here. Short stories up to 800 words maximum. Closing Date: 7 October. Free entry. Prize = publication. Details on http://www.shortstorycompetitionhq.com/sschq-crime-and-mystery-flash-fiction-competition. Their Sci-Fi competitionFantasy competitionHorror competitionRomance competition, and Literary competition have the same rules.
  • 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 FictionWords with JAM‘s ‘Shorter Story’ and ‘Shortest Story‘ competitions have a deadline of end October. Details on http://jdsmith.moonfruit.com (directed from http://www.wordswithjam.co.uk/p/competitions.html)
  • 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: Bare Fiction Prize welcomes entries for their inaugural Poetry, Flash Fiction & Short Story Awards. You can find more details, enter or download a postal entry form here: http://www.barefictionmagazine.co.uk/competitions.
  • 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.
  • Graphic novelmyriadeditions.com.
  • Mixed: Christian magazine Pockets has a different theme per month, Caketrain and mkweb.co.uk (poetry & shorts).
  • MixedThe Prolitzer Prize for Prose writing 1st prize £130 + publication, max 2000 words fiction or non-fiction. Closing date usually 1st October. Thanks again to The New Writer magazine for the info.
  • Non-fiction: Vivid Scribe is about one thing – writing about popular culture in thoughtful and meaningful ways. And that’s what we want you to do. Write an essay in Vivid Scribe style and submit it to the Vivid Scribe Pop Culture Essay competition for your chance to win cash and publication. Closing date: October 1st. Essays 1200 – 3000 words on popular culture. Topics can be broad but must fit into one of the following categories: movies, TV, music, comics, books. Fee: $7.50 per essay. Prize: $50 plus publication. See http://www.vividscribe.com/vivid-scribe-pop-culture-essay-competition for details.
  • Novels: The Flash 500 Novel Opening Chapter & Synopsis Competition, established 2013, is an annual competition, opening for entries on 1st May and closing on 31st October.  The judges for this competition will be the senior editors at Crooked Cat Publishing. Entry fee: £10. Prizes: £500 first prize, plus a runner’s up prize of £200.
  • Novelshttp://www.creativewritingmatters.co.uk is the home of the Exeter Novel Prize, closing 31st October. The direct link is http://www.creativewritingmatters.co.uk/the-2014-exeter-novel-prize.html.
  • Novels: 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.
  • Novelssocietyofauthors.org/mckitterick.
  • 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. 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.
  • PoetryMilton Keynes Writers’ Group runs a Speakeasy poetry and short story competition with a 31st October deadline. Click here for the entry form (submissions via post only).
  • 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 New Writer Annual Prose & Poetry Prizes launches every April. £2,000 in prizes. Closing date 30th November. Short stories, flash fiction and poetry.
  • Poetry: Bare Fiction Prize welcomes entries for their inaugural Poetry, Flash Fiction & Short Story Awards. You can find more details, enter or download a postal entry form here: http://www.barefictionmagazine.co.uk/competitions.
  • Poetry: other October-deadline poetry competitions include Balsall WritersHastings InternationalSentinelTRYangleWriting Magazine (WM: subscriber-only theme: sunrise), National Poetry Competitionsocietyofauthors.org/eric-gregoryraggedraven.co.uk and NAWG (see below).
  • Screenwriting: Canada-based Wildsound run monthly screenwriting competitions.
  • ScriptwritingThe Channel 4/Òran Mór Comedy Drama Award carries a prize of £5000 and is open to all writers resident in the UK. Submit script in one act and no more than 50 minutes in length and using no more than 3 actors. The winning entry will be selected by a panel of judges drawn from Òran Mór and Channel 4 and will be given its stage premier in March at A Play A Pie and A Pint during the Glasgow International Comedy Festival. The winning entry will also be produced as a 2-minute viral video. Closing date usually 1st October. Thanks again to The New Writer magazine for the info.
  • Scriptwriting: Norwich Film Festival has a short script competition – up to 30 pages. Note that the submission fee is quite high (£25 pre June 30th, £35 pre August 31st, £45 pre October 31st) and the top prize is relatively low (£250) but high entry fee may mean less competition? http://www.norwichfilmfestival.co.uk/submit-your-film.
  • Short stories: Foyles runs a short story competition – full details here. Closing date usually early / mid October.
  • Short storiesSammythebookworm.com has a short story contest (<5,000 words) with a deadline of October 31st. Details on http://mikecoville.wordpress.com/2013/10/11/rewarding-reads-short-story-contest-2013. Entry fee is $5 with a guaranteed $200 cash prize for first place. Contest sponsor IndieReader.com.
  • 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: Bare Fiction Prize welcomes entries for their inaugural Poetry, Flash Fiction & Short Story Awards. You can find more details, enter or download a postal entry form here: http://www.barefictionmagazine.co.uk/competitions.
  • 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 storiesMilton Keynes Writers’ Group runs a Speakeasy poetry and short story competition with a 31st October deadline. Click here for the entry form (submissions via post only).
  • Short storiesRubery Book Award is the longest established book award based in the UK for independent and self published books and the details of their short story competition are here. The deadline is also 31st October.
  • Short stories: Launched in 2012, the London Magazine short story competition is now open for entries. Writers are offered the chance to win cash prizes as well as publication in the magazine and online. Short stories up to 4000 words. Flash Fiction is not allowed (so I’d say 1,000 words+). Multiple entries per author are welcome. Open to international authors. Competition opens 1st September and closes 1st October. The winning story will be published in an issue of The London Magazine, both in print and online. The 2 runners up will be featured on the website. Entry fee: £10 per story. See http://thelondonmagazine.org/tlm-competition/the-london-magazine-short-story-competition-2013 and http://www.shortstorycompetitionhq.com/the-london-magazine-short-story-competition for details.
  • Short stories: The SSCHQ Crime and Mystery Flash Fiction Competition is a writing competition hosted right here at Short Story Competition HQ. Members of SSCHQ are invited to submit crime and mystery stories for the chance to win publication and promotion. Join for free here. Short stories up to 800 words maximum. Closing Date: 7 October. Free entry. Prize = publication. Details on http://www.shortstorycompetitionhq.com/sschq-crime-and-mystery-flash-fiction-competition. Their Sci-Fi competitionFantasy competitionHorror competitionRomance competition, and Literary competition have the same rules.
  • Short storiesAvogelBalsall WritersChorleywood Literature FestivalSpilling InkTRYangleWriting Magazine (WM: open to all theme: adult fairy tale / subscriber-only theme: marriage / anniversary), RrofiheRaspberry & VineA Vogel DormeasanRuth RendellEarlyworksAphrodite’s Dreamfiction-garden.co.uksocietyofauthors.org/tom-gallon-trust-and-olive-cook-awardSunpenny Open Short StoryWords with JAM.
  • 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 H.E. Bates Short Story Competition (run by Northampton Writers Group opened in June and has a 30th November deadline and for 2015 has me as Head Judge. 🙂 Prizes: £500, £100, £50. Entry Fee: £6 for the first story, £10 for two and £5 per story thereafter. Full details on http://www.hebatescompetition.org.uk.
  • Short stories: Writing East Midlands / Lincolnshire Echo competition (only open to writers currently living in the East Midlands – Lincolnshire, Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire, Rutland, Leicestershire and Northamptonshire) with a ‘winner’ each month (submitted by 25th) with an October deadline and the overall winner wins £300. See here for more details.
  • Short storiesGlimmer Train (different category each month).
  • Short stories: The NAWG Open Writing Competitions have a closing date of 31st OctoberShort Stories can be any length from 500 to 2000 words. Poems can be any style, maximum 40 lines. Prizes for each category First: £250 Second: £100 Third: £50. Fourth and Fifth: A signed copy of The Writer’s Treasury of Ideas by Linda Lewis. Entry fee for each category £5 or three poems for £10. (Cheques to NAWG, or pay on the website by PayPal). But NO EMAIL entries please ALL manuscripts must be received by post. An optional critique from both Linda and James is available for a further £3. * Important Note* When requesting a critique, please enclose an s.a.e. with the correct postage. Competition rules, full details and a downloadable entry form can be found on the National Association of Writers’ Groups website: nawg.co.uk or request full details by email: pamfish@ntlworld.com or by post: NAWG Competition Administrator, Maria O’Sullivan, 14 Lagoon Lodge, Tallington Lakes Leisure Park, Barholm Road, Tallington, Stamford, Lincolnshire PE9 4RJ Copyright remains with the author. Closing Date: 31st October. Details from http://www.nawg.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/Open-Comp-entry-form20131.pdf.
  • Short stories: The Benjamin Franklin House Literary Prize for ages 18-25, interpret a Franklin quote in max 1500 words. 1st prize £750, closing date 31 October. See benjaminfranklinhouse.org/site/sections/news/literary_prize.html.
  • Short stories: Another 31st October deadline is the ‘Bloody Parchment Horror Short Story Competition. Free to enter, max 3,500 words. See http://www.shortstorycompetitionhq.com/bloody-parchment-horror-short-story-competition and http://bloodyparchment.blogspot.com.au/2013/06/2013-bloody-parchment-submission.html for details.
  • 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.
  • Short stories: The Bath Short Story Award opens in October for entries – see ‘March’.
  • 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: Two October deadline short story competitions: http://www.shortstorycompetitionhq.com/aura-estrada-short-story-contest-boston-review (1st Oct @ $20 per story!) and http://www.shortstorycompetitionhq.com/vwf-short-story-competition (27th Oct @ $15 per story)

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