Wednesday, 29 April 2020

Win a book token, publication and cash

Thanks to Fiona for passing on details of this haiku competition. Like all the competitions I feature, it's free to enter. The prize is publication and a £20 book token (or prize of similar value if the winner is not from the UK).

The site contains some useful guidelines for writing haiku, which suggest this image might make a good prompt for writing one.

If you're looking for something to occupy children aged nine and up, take a look here. Entries of poetry, art, speeches or song are invited – but it closes very soon.

This competition is for adult writers who are trans or non binary. Again there's not much time to get in an entry, but as there's a £150 prize plus publication, you may feel it's worth writing in a hurry. UK residents only.

Finally, here's a scriptwriting competition with a £6,000 prize. Your play needs to run for at least 45 minutes.

Thursday, 23 April 2020

Last chance

Today is your last chance to get my REALLY well researched romantic, photographic and eco-friendly campervan adventure Leave Nothing But Footprints for 99p (or 99c)

Thanks to Alyson Hilborne for reminding me of the On The Premises competitions. The current one is for a limerick. It's free to enter and there will be tem prizes of $40.

I'm tempted...


There was a woman called Patsy
Who couldn't do poetry
But had a go
'cos, you know
She could do with the money!

What do you think?

Friday, 17 April 2020

Wednesday already?





Actually I do know what day of the week it is, on account of #WritingChat (old programme of topics, but chats are ongoing) on Wednesdays and the virtual writing group for the From Story Idea to Reader Facebook group. Both are free and you'll be very welcome if you'd like to join either.







Somehow, although I can't go anywhere, I seem to have less time than usual. Anyone else finding that?










If you do have time, you may like to try these free writing competitions and challanges –












Thanks to Alyson Hilborne for telling me about these free to enter writing competitions. There are categories for poetry, short stories and flash fiction.












And thank you to S. Bee for alerting me to  these cat and dog related competitions, with prizes to match. As well as a short story contest for adults, there are children's categories for both competitions.







Thanks to J Lenni Dorner for alerting me to this from WriteClub and the WEP challenge.








The photos are of my garden, the illustration for my story in the current The People's Friend Special, and the cover of my novel Leave Nothing But Footprints, which is on sale for the reduced price of 99p (99c) until the 23rd.

Wednesday, 8 April 2020

Competition news


I'd love to hear your competition news. Have you entered any comps? Had any luck? Heard about interesting contests? Got any tips to pass on? (Although I only feature free to enter competitions in my posts it's fine to share news about other competitions too.)

For those who are unsure, this post explains how to leave a comment. (If you've subscribed to the blog by email and wish to respond, you'll need to click on the link and add a comment – it's not possible to do this by replying to the email.)



Thanks to Alyson Hilborne for passing on details of this free to enter travel writing competition. They want no more than 500 words about a 'stand out travel experience'. The prize is publication in National Geographic and a two week trip to Vietnam (including flights). Alyson shares loads of interesting writing news on her twitter account, including competitions, giveaways and calls for submission.





If anyone sends me a link to a free to enter writing competition and would like a link back to their blog, website, social media account etc, please include that link when you email/message me.

Here's a monthly travel writing competition with a £250 prize and the chance of £1,000 for the best one of the year. This one also has a 500 word requirement and is free to enter.


If you've been reading the blog for a while you'll know that any mention of travel is my cue to spam you with photos. These are of R'ten – our mobile writing retreat, photographic base and means of transport. She's taken me to present workshops and meet writing friends around the British Isles.

The locations featured here are Eilan Doonan castle Scotland, the ferry to Raasay, a nature reserve near Bamburgh and Callum's Road, Raasay (worth looking up if you have a minute to spare or want inspiration for an interestig character).





Wednesday, 1 April 2020

No fooling



It's April the first, which means that as well as it being Insecure Writer's Support Group day, it's also April Fool's.










In England, and some other countries, this is traditionally a time for spoofs and practical jokes. It's common to see photos of invisible stealth planes and ships which are really photos of nothing, or silly news stories by people with names made from the letters of April fool(s). This isn't a good day to trust anyone called Olaf or Flo!



One very important part is to get your fooling in, and reveal you've done so, by noon. If you wait until after twelve it's you, not your victim, who is the fool.










Although tempted to make up a spurious word for Wednesday Word of the Week today, I've resisted. Instead I'm sharing some fun pictures. Have you ever played an amusing April Fool's prank? Or been on the recieving end of a funny one?













You don't need to have been fooled in order to benefit from joining the Insecure Writer's Support Group, although I'm sure you'd find advice and sympathy if that were the case.

Members will help you through anything from constant self doubt about your writing abilities to momentary anxiety or where to place a comma.


Thanks to Alyson Hilbourne for this link to another free travel writing competition. There's a $100 

Thanks to Alyson Faye for passing on details of this free short story competition. The prize is a Google Home Mini and a seesion with the plot doctor!


Something else which is currently free – My garden themed short story collection Through The Garden Gate.