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The next issue will be sent out on Sunday January 1st and it contains more news, opportunities and writing exercises than ever before. I only send it out three or … Continue reading

December 30, 2016 · Leave a comment

FREE 100 word short story competition for adults and children

Reader’s Digest are  running a free  100 Word Story Competition on any subject. However, it has to be EXACTLY 100 words long (not including the title). The story must be … Continue reading

November 14, 2016 · 11 Comments

Let’s write a scary chain story together

I’m in Mexico for the Day of the Dead right now – I’m posting about it on my other blog At A Gentle Pace – so I’m very tuned into* … Continue reading

October 31, 2016 · 1 Comment

Wanted: a topical Jewish play from UK writer

Matthew Frener (Co-Founder and Artistic Director of Free Rayne Artists) and Michaela Stern (Co-Founder of Collaborative Artists) are looking for new full length plays that tackle topical issues and which … Continue reading

October 26, 2016 · 1 Comment

International Spine-chilling short story competition

The Creative Competitor – an author service organisation – have been running writing competitions for over five years. This month they want something scary in 1000 words or less (and … Continue reading

October 1, 2016 · 4 Comments

Feeling jaded? Take a 15 minute Samuel Beckett break

If you are wondering why you bother, why you even try to choose words that maybe someone else might want to read or hear someday; or pick up a paintbrush … Continue reading

September 21, 2016 · 1 Comment

Brilliant residency opportunity for writers with a head for heights

Maison de L’Ecriture, Montricher. Photo © Claudine Garcia This is a writing opportunity that is the epitome of cool… A Swiss Foundation is offering writers the chance to live and … Continue reading

September 17, 2016 · 6 Comments

Children only: write a scene for Horrible Histories

CBBC is running a writing competition for 6-14 year-olds across the UK. They want a short sketch for Horrible Histories. The winning script will be turned into an actual sketch … Continue reading

September 6, 2016 · 3 Comments

What was on Facebook’s Creative Writing page last week…

Have you really got a story? 10% off Under Their Skin: character masterclass with a bestselling thriller writer and a senior NHS psychologist A cartoon about all the things you … Continue reading

August 29, 2016 · Leave a comment

International Poetry competition – one of the biggest and best

One of the world’s biggest and most prestigious poetry contests, the National Poetry Competition is now open for previously unpublished poems of up to 40 lines on any subject. (Publication … Continue reading

July 16, 2016 · 9 Comments

How to Write a Covering Letter to an Agent or Publisher

Writing a decent covering letter – or query letter as they are known in America – is one of the hardest things a new writer has to tackle. Here’s good … Continue reading

July 13, 2016 · 3 Comments

An international Poetry Competition for young people

The Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award is free to enter and open to poets aged 11-17 from across the world. Poems can be on any theme or length. … Continue reading

July 9, 2016 · 1 Comment

What comes next? Join in this group story writing challange

WE had two stories running at the same time. I ended this one yesterday (see how it all worked out) but the other is still live. And you can join … Continue reading

July 6, 2016 · 8 Comments

Join this GROUP WRITING PROMPT – an example of exercise 101

This is one of my favourite exercises. It always works. All you have to do is go to page 101 of a novel selected at random and find the first … Continue reading

July 6, 2016 · 12 Comments