Friday, 21 November 2014

Are you a techie type?

This competition might appeal to those less technologically challenged than me, as they want stories, poems, documentaries etc which can be interacted with on computers and devices. I expect the £1000 prize will appeal to everyone.

For those who are as technologically challenged as I am, here's a pretty picture.

Wednesday, 19 November 2014


A mull is a promontory. Mull can also mean to ponder or consider. Mulling wine, beer or cider is heating it with sugar and spices. Eg I went to the Mull of Kintyre and mulled over whether or not to have a glass of mulled wine.

Mull apparently can also be a form of non acidic compost or a particular type of muslim, so I suppose I could have sat on a pile of mull at a mull* in the company of a mull. We may have mulled things over together, but we'd not have drunk any mulled wine.

*Not Kintyre though as the soils is acidic there.

Now I could have mulled some wine and photographed that as I do like the stuff, but then I remembered how much you like my pictures of Scotland (or at least are too polite to beg me to stop, which is just as good) so here's one of the foghorn at the Mull of Galloway. (I don't actually know the  man in the picture, but he stayed there so long I took the shot anyway, then walked down to see what he was looking at. It was a HUGE seal. He (the man, not the seal) then pointed out various different birds and explained about the tides and other interesting stuff.)

Tuesday, 18 November 2014


Winning this novel writing competition will get you a publishing contract and a place on a writing retreat. It's for unpublished writers only.

I couldn't think of a suitable picture to illustrate this, which was a bit of an emergency, so I called in the police. One of the policemen had an accent, so it all worked out in the end.

Perhaps I need to go on some kind of retreat?

Sunday, 16 November 2014

Swanning about

Paper Swans are looking for submissions of poetry. The only payment is two complimentary copies of their anthology, which is actually better than is offered by many publishers of poetry.

Friday, 14 November 2014

What makes you happy?

The theme of this competition is joy. The prize is £500 plus a residential course at one of Arvon's historic houses.

Visiting historic houses is one of the things which make me happy.  The (quite long) list also includes writing, winning things and getting cash, so I'd be very joyful to win.

What does, or would, make you happy?

Wednesday, 12 November 2014


Uxorial means of, or relating to, a wife. I'm not sure how useful the word is in everyday conversation, but it must be more useful than uxorious which means to be excessively fond of one's wife. Speaking as a married woman I can't see how such fondness could possibly be excessive.

btw, I've just become aware some people's comments had just vanished. If that happened to you I'm sorry - they never reaced me so I didn't know you'd tried.

I've now made a setup change which I believe has solved the problem.

Monday, 10 November 2014

True Travel Tales

Here's a non-fiction travel writing competition. There's a £200 prize on offer - every week! I'm good at the travel part and here's a picture to prove* it. I'm less good at the non-fiction part. A lot less good.

*It was taken about 6 miles from my home so proves nothing, except my point about non-fiction.

Saturday, 8 November 2014

This Morning!

Here's a novel writing competition. The winner will get a free place on a Curtis Brown novel writing course and representation by Curtis Brown. Naturally, as I'm mentioning it, it's free. You only have a short time to get an entry in though, so you'd better start soon. This morning would be a good time.

OK, so this wasn't the view from my window this morning, but this is a fiction competition.

Friday, 7 November 2014

Feeding frenzy

For this competition you need to write a story (true or otherwise) involving food or drink. The prize is £7,500. Even if you go for the really good stuff, that would buy you a lot of healthy vegetables.

Obviously I wouldn't spend it on healthy vegetables but you might be more sensible than me.