Friday, 21 October 2016


Here's another competition for a hallowe'en story. The prize is $50, plus your choice of book.

The deadline is scarily close, so The Sphere has kindly dipped himself in orange paint and wrestled with green and black felt tip pens to help get you in the mood.

Thursday, 20 October 2016


The 3Elements literary review is open to submissions of fiction and poetry which include the elements 'Glaze', 'Thread' and 'Murmur'. They don't pay, but they do say you can tweet about your success, should your work be accepted.

These tiles, at Byland Abbey, are hundreds of years old. 'They have glaze on them,' she murmurs in attempt to weave a thread connecting them to the post.

Wednesday, 19 October 2016


hobbledehoy is a clumsy or awkward youth. I was one of them a loooong time ago, though I don't recall being referred to as such.

Is there a term for a similar adult? If so, that'll be me now.

Tuesday, 18 October 2016

A prize in store?

This free entry writing contest offers a £50 book voucher as a prize. They want hallowe'en stories  of between 350 and 3,000 words, which mention self storage in some way. UK residents only.

I do like a competition with a theme or a prompt and I'll have finished reading all the books I already have sometime in the next couple of decades, so I think I'll be giving this one a try.

Sunday, 16 October 2016

Will this do?

This free to enter competition is for haiku. There's a £100 prize and anyone may enter. I might enter, but I'm not good with poetry, so I'd better have a warm up ...

There once was a coo
Who had a wonderful moo
Is this a haiku?

Hmmm maybe I'll stick to limericks.

Saturday, 15 October 2016

Starting out

I have an article about getting started as a writer in the current (November) issue of Writing Magazine.

Is there anything you've learned about writing which you wish you'd known when you first started?

Friday, 14 October 2016

The journey

Here's a competition for a short story based on a journey. First prize is £300. Entrants may be of an nationality.

As you may be aware, I went on a journey recently. I took photos – want to see some? *Yes, thought you would.

*Ha! Like you have a choice!

Wednesday, 12 October 2016


Something which is the draggiest is even draggier than anything which is simply draggy. It's that which is the most draggy, in fact. Draggy means tedious or unpleasant.

Which is the draggiest - looking at all my photos, or reading the comments I type in an attempt to justify dragging them in?

Tuesday, 11 October 2016

Your first time?

If you're over 40 and your first novel has either not yet been published, or was first published in the UK this year, then I have just the competition for you. It's free to enter and offers a top prize of £4,000.

Rats! I've left it too late. Oh well.

The image is of the first novel I wrote (but not the first to be published). I was actually under 40 when I started it. Seems a long time ago now.