Sunday, 26 May 2013

Something different

Although I have absolutely nothing against receiving a big fat cheque I do like competitions which offer unusual prizes. Perhaps that's partly because I've done OK in a couple of those (My first ever writing success netted me tea with the mayor along with a book token)

Is there anything you'd particularly like to win, or is cash more appealing? Please do let me know if you come across any competitions with weird prizes (or more normal ones)

This poetry competition has great prizes - an Arvon course for the winner and book tokens for 2nd and 3rd.

Talking of different, Cafelit are actively looking for submissions and they accept a wide range of stories. If you have something quirky that you're not sure what to do with you might want to give them a try.

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    1. You seem quite sure about that, Wendy.

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  2. Is that parcel a silencer box for a car exhaust?

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  3. I keep thinking about submitting to Cafelit. I'll have to look into it more.
    Thanks or the link, Patsy! :)

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  4. I'd like to win a travel bursary so I can fulfill my dream of visiting 100 countries! An enormous cash prize could do the job too.

    I'm afraid tea with one of the past mayors in my London Borough would be the prize for the worst piece of writing ever. The book token would be good though.

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    1. The travel bursary does sound good, Lindsay. I promise to post details if I find a comp offering that!

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  5. I'm very intrigued to know what is in that parcel?! Money is always welcome but I think trips to writing retreats and/ or meetings with publishers/agents would be very helpful prizes!

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    1. I was slightly mystified when I saw the package too, Vikki - and I was expecting the delivery.

      Yes, they'd be good prizes.

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    1. Good try, JJ. Completely wrong, but a good try.

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  7. Thanks, Patsy! I haven't taken part in a contest for a long time, but you are tempting me now. I should start promoting similar opportunities on my blog. You sparked the idea! Nice job. Thanks.

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    1. Not telling you, Vikki! (Oh OK, I will tomorrow)

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  9. Hi Patsy,

    For those who like money, how about this one?

    www.manchesterwritingcompetition.co.uk
    http://

    Personally, I'd love to win a residential writing course. But the 10k price on offer above would buy me a few.
    :-)

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    1. That is a good prize, Maria! (Hefty entrance fee too)

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  10. I'd prefer money now. What's in the parcel, Patsy - or should we be guessing? Thanks for the reminder about cafelit.

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    1. I didn't intend to make people guess, Rosemary. The parcel just happened to arrive as I was wondering how to illustrate this post and it seemed appropriate. As people are curious, I'll reveal the truth tomorrow.

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  11. Hi Patsy .. yes what is in the parcel?!

    Actually now you raise the point .. I think a few different prizes would be interesting .. the tea with the Mayor could I'd have thought offered food for thought and ideas for the future ..

    If it was a big prize - I'd go for cash!!

    Good luck .. cheers Hilary

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    1. Hilary, I like the prizes that are things I couldn't buy - and cash to buy the things that I can!

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  12. Money, recognition, fame and fortune will do me nicely - I'm not greedy. And that parcel must be a Tommy-gun to get rid of the opposition?

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  13. Hi, Patsy,

    Nice to meet you..

    At first I thought that parcel was a Nimbus 2000 broomstick. LOL.

    I think cool, interesting prizes would tempt me for sure, but I do love the cash to do what with I'd like ... Mainly and extended trip to your country. I haven't been to England in decades and when I do come I went really be able to appreciate all its charms. As well as the charms of Ireland, Scotland, and Wales. Why not take in the WHOLE British Isles... right?

    Thanks for the links ... are Americans allowed to enter?

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    1. Michael, my broomstick is a completely different shape!

      Sorry that contest is for UK residents only. I do post about others you could enter though and I'm pretty sure Cafelit accept submissions from writers of all nationalities.

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  14. Tea with the mayor sounds good! Lucky you!

    All the best!

    Nas

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Thanks so much for commenting!