Saturday, 31 May 2014

Friday Freebie Feature

I know it isn't Friday today, that's just the name of a new regular-ish post I hope to make.

If you're doing a free download of your book, or a give away raffle thing, or have free chocolate or other writerly essentials then please let me know and I'll try to give it a mention the Friday before.

This is today's non Friday Freebie. I used to love Regency romances at one time and I enjoy Kath's stories, so I'm looking forward to reading it.

I've mentioned Alfie Dog's free reads before, but here's the link in case you missed it. While you're there, take a look at the almost free writing competition.

Wednesday, 28 May 2014

I shall not abnegate

To abnegate is to give up or deny oneself something, particularly a pleasure. It can also mean to renounce or reject something, such as a right or belief. I'm no abnegator; I believe I shall enjoy eating the rest of this cake as much as I enjoyed the first slice. (I grated the zest of the lemon and the whole has smells of citrus freshness)

Cake goes well with birthdays, don't you think? That makes this poetry competition relevant. Don't deny yourself the pleasure that winning the $100 prize could bring.

My entry is here.

Friday, 23 May 2014

Northern Lights

Thanks to Beatrice Charles for telling me about this competition. The prize is £50 of book tokens and you've got plenty of time to write the required 500 words.

In case you were wondering, the picture in my last post was of Llanogwen, in North Wales. It's one of our favourite stops with the van. This picture is of another - Holyhead. The sheep you can see are pale in colour and not very heavy ... You know, light.

Wednesday, 21 May 2014

Let's fry

To fry is to cook in hot fat or oil. Americans refer to chips as a fries (and crisps as chips). Gettting fried can be a slang term for being cheated or sunburned.

Fry are also baby fish. I'm sure there are some in this resovoir. Anyone like to guess where it is?

Would you like your work read by Stephen Fry and a grant of £332? All you need do is write a proverb or short pithy saying. Not 'out of the frying pan into the fire' though as that's already been done.

Thanks to Beatrice Charles for passing on the link!

Friday, 16 May 2014

DIY sort of

This competition looks like it might be fun if I can find my way around the technical aspects. You have to upload 4-8 pieces of flash fiction (each under 1,000 words) and fiddle around until you've created a virtual booklet. The winner will get 50 printed copies of the result.

I nearly illustrated this with a picture of my husband doing DIY, but decided that was too mean. Instead I've gone for something he's good at. Er, I chose that particular image because he took it not because ... um ...

Anyway, are you good at practical stuff, or with technology, or do your skills lie in a completely different direction?

Do you know where Gary took the 'little planet' photo?

Tuesday, 13 May 2014

Poetic pairing

Neither Gary nor I are poetic, but poetry (and writers) featured at our wedding.

Thanks to Hilary for telling me about this poetry competition. There's not long left to enter for the first round, but it seems to be going on all summer. I have no idea what the prize is, but there is one.

This poetry competition offers a £25 Amazon voucher as its prize.

Hmmm, now which one should you go for?

Sunday, 11 May 2014

Watch your fingers!

Here's a competition with a collection of books as a prize. You can use up to 500 words and have until early June to write them.

Apparently Ernest Hemingway said, "There is nothing to writing. You just sit at a typewriter and bleed."

Do you ever feel in need of metaphoric leeches to get the words trickling out - or would a pressure bandage to staunch the flow be more useful?

Friday, 9 May 2014

That's jazzy

This short story compettion offers a $100 prize. The story doesn't actually have to be about jazz, but it should appeal to cultured, literate arty types.

Here's an old picture of me trying to pull off that look. Do you think it worked?

What if you look at it from a distance and squint a bit?

Wednesday, 7 May 2014

Time for a change?

I had a temporary change of image recently. Somehow that sensible look doesn't seem quite me, so I'm switching back to mad curly redness.

Writing in a different form or genre can sometimes feel as though what we're doing isn't quite us. I think it's good to try new styles, but not to stick with them if we're not entirely happy with the results. That would make us insecure.

Luckily the Insecure Writer's Support Group is on hand to help if that happens. Have you made any changes recently to your writing, reading or other aspects of your life? Were they changes for the better, or are you trying to grow them out?

Tuesday, 6 May 2014

Restrictions apply

Here's a competition that could win you £1,000, publication and a trip to be presented with your prize at a party. To enter you need to be female, from the UK and unpublished 'in a literary sense'. Apparently short stories, poetry and self published works aren't literary. Not sure if men are excluded for being too literary, or not literary enough.

(It's just been pointed out to me the closing date is 6th May. I was aware of that - I just hadn't realised we'd got to May already! I still hadn't got used to it being April.)

When I find a men only writing competition I'll post the details. Can't say I've ever seen one - have you?

Here's something else you don't see every day.

Thursday, 1 May 2014

An exception

Usually I only post details of writing competitions which are completely free to enter, but I'm making an exception for this one from Alfie Dog. They're looking for short stories in almost any genre.

Anyone can enter, but they first need to download 5 stories from the site. Most cost 39p, so entering will set you back nearly £2 (think that works out just over $3?) You can enter by email though, so that's it. (By the way, if you enter please consider including one of my stories in your 5 downloads)

The prize? £200 plus publication of your short story collection, from which you'll earn royalties, plus 5 printed copies.

If you're wondering what Alfie Dog collections are like, take a look at this example ;-)

Alfie Dog are the publishers of my FREE short story collection.