I've only just come across these competitions. Although there's only nine days left in which to write a poem or essay I thought it was still worth giving them a mention. They're free to enter and the prize fund is £5,000 – doesn't that make it worth giving up a few lunch breaks or TV programmes to make time to have a go?
My book Firestarter isn't based on me though – honest!
Do you have any plans to travel or write this year? Or will you set the world alight in some other way?