Friday, 28 February 2014

A dizzying array of short stories

Short stories seem to be gradually becoming more popular again. Huzzah!

If you've had a collection of them published recently you may be interested in this award or even this one. I'm not sure my collection is suitable for either of them, but I'm in favour of anything that takes short stories seriously.

Perhaps you'd rather read short stories than write them, if so take a look at Alfie Dog fiction. There are over 12,000 to chose from! If that seems a mind boggling selection, maybe you'd like to start with a few freebies.

I was going to post a photo of someone with a boggled mind, but I can't be absolutely sure my brother doesn't read this blog, so instead here's an image of the exact spot where my beloved husband proposed.
Promenade Deck. MV Minerva

Wednesday, 26 February 2014

I'm flagging

A flag, as I'm sure you know, is a piece of cloth used as a symbol of a country or organisation. Such flags can also be used to send messages or signals. You can flag up something for attention, or flag down a taxi.

Flat stones used for paving are sometimes known as flags. To flag is to become tired or less enthusiastic. Flag is also a type of iris.

Is there anything you can think of that I should have flagged, but didn't? Ah yes, another free to enter writing contest.

How about this one? You have to email the oraniser for an entry for. Three cash prizes are on offer, with £50 for first place. Stories up to 3,000 words are accepted.



Monday, 24 February 2014

Making progress

If you've written, or are working on, a crime novel you might like to try this competition. You have until May to get your synopsis and first 15,000 words ready. The prize is £1,000, plus possible representation for the best entries.

One character does something illegal in Poppyfield Farm. Although the result has a big impact, I don't think I could convince anyone it's a crime novel, even if I was eligible to enter.

I've written lots of short stories recently but made very little progress on my novel. I don't know which is cause and which effect. Carol says putting her word count on her blog helped her get through her first draft so I'm going to try that myself. Will you nag me if it doesn't go up?

Being me, I'm working in a picture of the garden too. My aim is to double the figure by the time it's backed by colchicums and dahlias.

Friday, 21 February 2014

Couple of Quickies

There's not much time for these competitions - sorry about that. You'll need to be quick if you want to enter - though not quite as fast as these guys.

This one is ideal if there's a subject you really want to write about and your enthusiasm to get your thoughts published outweighs your desire to get paid for them.

Cash prizes are on offer for this flash fiction competition with photographic prompts.


Wednesday, 19 February 2014

Going straight


Straight means going in one direction only without deviation. Alternatively it's used for something level or symmetrical. To straighten is to put into proper order or condition.

Straight up, implies honest and direct, unless it's a drink in which case it would be undiluted. A straight-laced person is conventional and respectable.

I had my hair straightened today. What do you think? Does it make me look straight-laced? Should I change it straight away?

Here's a competition which doesn't require you to keep your characters on the straight and narrow. There's a £1,000 first prize so I'm going to get straight on it. And here's a Valentine's one which closes tomorrow. $100 prize.


Tuesday, 18 February 2014

Free read

Lucy Oliver's historical romance 'Risking it All' is free to download today - so you can try it at no risk to your wallet. UK link. US link I've not read it yet, but I enjoyed her 'Winter Storms'.

And a reminder, should there be a reader of this blog who's unaware of the fact, my short story collection is also free. UK link and US link.

Friday, 14 February 2014

Happy Valentine's

Just wanted to tell you I love you. Not like that you understand, but I really do appreciate people taking the time to read anything I've written, who follow me here, on twitter or Facebook or even buy my books and short stories.

Here's a Valentine's poetry competition with a prize of a £25 voucher.

These people are also looking for poems. From what I can tell they expect you to write just for the love of it. (please correct me if I'm wrong*)

*the organiser did - please see his comment below.


Wednesday, 12 February 2014

Apathy.

I'd post the definition of apathy, but frankly I just can't be bothered.

Not interested in finding a suitablepicture either, so here's something selected at random.

If you're not feeling apathetic and like to use suitable images, this competition to design a book cover and win a $100nAmazon gift card might appeal.

ps not really feeling apathetic, just busy writing!

Friday, 7 February 2014

A funny thing

If you can write humorous poetry, then do give the free Wergle Flomp competition a try (thanks to Julia for passing on the link) There's a $1,000 top prize plus ten honourable mentions worth $100 each. You can even send previously published poems.

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Climate change is no joke, but it could win you £50 at this poetry slam. You get a free drink for taking part. I'd need that to perform my poetry - and the audience would need several so I'll give this one a miss.

Wednesday, 5 February 2014

Insecure Writer's Support Group

It's the first Wednesday in the month and therefore time for an Insecure Writer's Support Group post.

Shhh don't tell anyone, but I'm not feeling particularly insecure as I'm keeping up with my writing goals. Once the weather gets nice and/or we're off in the van I won't spend so much time writing, so really I need to get ahead a bit. That's my next challenge.

This competition probably isn't ideal if you're feeling a bit insecure as they want stories with a broken, repressive, dreary or stark setting. But maybe writing grim stuff helps you feel better about your own concerns? Either way, winning the £100 would probably make you feel good about both your writing and life in general.


Monday, 3 February 2014

Poetic licence

If you write poetry and would like your work published in a book, then this competition should be of interest. According the the organisers, the prize is worth at least £1,000.

Get your poems in print
You won't make a mint
But'll feel brilliant.

As you can tell, I can't write poetry. I can however feel Brilliant - as that's the name of my bear.

Feel free to add odes, limericks or ditties featuring the name of your own furry childhood friend.

Saturday, 1 February 2014

Want your novel published?

If you have a novel you'd like published, this competition is definitely worth a look. The first prize is a $50,000 publishing contract. There are four further prizes of contracts worth $15,000.

Just in case you're thinking that winning a novel writing competition is impossible, I'd like to assure you it isn't. My first novel Escape to the Country was published as a result of a competion win.

The Createspace one will be even tougher, but somebody has to win those prizes.