Saturday, 1 August 2015

I won one

videoJust to prove I do enter at least some of the competitions I blog about, I've won one.

Thinkerbeat have more competitions coming up. They all have a small cash prize, but the 'Spinners' one has an interesting extra. Winning lyrics or poems will be set to music! I don't often write poetry, but I'm tempted to give it a go.

It's best I don't sing, so here's a clip of a bagper instead. (My filiming although totally rubbish is considerable better than my singing)

Thursday, 30 July 2015

Just time for a quickie

There's hardly any time left to enter this competition and as far as I can see there's no prize other than kudos and the chance of publication, but they're open to a wide range of writing.

Poems, stories, articles, diary entries, letters and blog posts are all welcome, just as long as they're on the theme of 'passion'.

Wednesday, 29 July 2015

Carking cares

Cark is the harsh noise made by a carrion crow. They do sound as though they have a lot on their minds, maybe that's why cark also means burden.

Carking is an archaic term for something worrisome. I hope nothing happens today to carken you with carking doubts.

Sunday, 26 July 2015

Valerie Wood Competition

The top prize for this short story competition is publication and £100. You need to write between 500 and 1,000 words and mention  one of the listed 'iconic Hull connections'.

It's only for those who haven't yet been commercially published.

I've not yet been to Hull, so here's a picture of a wood.

Friday, 24 July 2015

Short story quotes

This competition closes on 1st August, but as you don't actually have to write anything yourself, just quote someone else, you should have time to try for the £50 prize.

Feel free to quote from one of mine! The short story collection is still free (get it here or here) and there are loads to buy here.

And if you're in the mood for competitions where you needn't write very much, do have a go at my 50 word one.

Wednesday, 22 July 2015


Parergon is work that's subsidiary to your main employment, or an ornamental accessory. Parerega is the plural in either case.

As a parergon to writing, I act as a photographic assistant (and I like to think I'm Gary's parergon, although I'm usually more wondswept than ornamental)

Tuesday, 21 July 2015

Betjeman poetry prize.

I think this poetry competition may be intended for youngsters, but the rules don't seem to give an age limit so maybe any students can take part?

I'm neither a youff nor a student. I'm not really a poet either, but I did have a go here.

This looks like a good place to write poetry, or anything else, doesn't it? It's 'The Shack' now in Mottistone Gardens on the Isle of Wight.

Monday, 20 July 2015

Raising the bar

If you're a script writer who'd like £6,000 and your play performed in Soho, take a look here.

For everyone else, here's a picture of a gate. (This stuff all makes sense inside my head you know)