Saturday, 27 February 2016

That's funny

Here's a competition for a funny poem. Some of my poems are a bit funny, but not I suspect in the way which will win me the $1,000 prize.

Friday, 26 February 2016

Promptly does it.

This short story competition is monthly, so although there's not much time left to get in an entry for the current one, you have advance warning for the rest.

Thursday, 25 February 2016

Hurry, hurry, hurry

There's not much time left to enter this 500 word flash fiction competition, or this poetry one, or this short story competition nor even for this poetry sci-fi one - but they're all free to enter and three have cash prizes of varying amounts.

Wednesday, 24 February 2016


Imprescriptible is a law of rights which cannot be taken away by prescription or lapse of time.

For example, The Sphere has the imprescriptible right to be round.

Sunday, 21 February 2016

Italian job?

The prize for this competition is £3,000 as an advance and the opportunity to spend three months in Italy working on your book. To enter, submit a proposal for an essay which will be at least 25,000 words.

"The judges will be looking for proposals for essays that explore and expand the possibilities of the essay form, with no restrictions on theme or subject matter."

I on the other hand am looking for a photo I've taken in Italy ... ah, here you go.

Friday, 19 February 2016

Just playing

If you write plays, this competition should appeal. As well as having the play produced, the winner will get £6,000.

It's been said that all the world's a stage - would you like to guess in which part of the world I took this photo?

Tuesday, 16 February 2016

Brag warning.

I've been long listed in the Online Writing Tips short story competition! The results will be announced next week, so fingers are metaphorically crossed. Can't do it for real - I have stories to write.

Unconnected with that, one of my stories has been selected as an Editor's Choice with Alfie Dog Fiction. As well as goving me a warm fuzzy feeling, that also means it's available for thediscounted price of 25p for the next few days.

Saturday, 13 February 2016

Keeping forward

The Forward Arts Foundation offers several poety competitions. Prizes range from £1,000 for a single poem to £15,000 for a collection.

The website says these are the most coveted poetry awards. I expect they're right.

Tuesday, 9 February 2016


If you're interested in writing for women's magazines, hop on over to the womagwriter blog. Updated guidelines for various magazines are now available - and more will be added over the next week or so.

Sunday, 7 February 2016

Health warning.

I think I've mentioned this short story competition before, but it's free, there's £700 in prize money and it gives me an excuse to post another picture from our Scotalnd trip*, so you're getting it again.

*Brace yourself for more. We're going back later this year.

Tuesday, 2 February 2016

On fire!

The Nottingham Writers' Club national competition (which I'm judging) is now open. The competition aims to encourage less experienced writers, so the rules state 'please don't enter if you've earned £300 or more from short story writing during 2015'. The theme is fire. Handily I have a book cover I can use to illustrate that ...

This one isn't free, but you will get a few lines of feedback from the first readers on every entry, which I think is easily worth £5. Winners also get feedback from me. Plus there are cash prizes and publication of the top three.

Talking of winning ... you may remember I was one of two winners in the Soundworks competition. My story has now been recorded. Click on Uncle Mick to listen to it (if you like - there won't be a test or anything).

Soundworks are running another free competition. You have until the end of April to send in your entries.

Monday, 1 February 2016

Bookmark this

Thanks to Gail Aldwin for passing on the details of this 50 word story competition. It's free to enter and the prize is to have your story illustrated and turned into a bookmark. I rather like that idea.

I like bookmarks and have quite a few, including some I had done to promote my books. (Even so,
I'm quite likely to mark my place with an old receipt or other odd bit of paper.

Do you use bookmarks?