for writers and readers….

Writing Award for the Over 50s

Working on a novel? Over 50 and never been published? This free to enter writing competition has your name all over it.

May 5, 2023 · 2 Comments

Love Books Competition 2023

Share your love for a favourite book, poem, or play and win the 2023 Marlborough LitFest competition

April 3, 2023 · Leave a comment

A Prize Better than Money for Short Story Writers

An extraordinary writing apprenticeship is available for short story writers who write with a political ethos

March 12, 2023 · Leave a comment

Opportunities for Aspiring Authors from Around the World with London Literary Agency

Madeleine Milburn Literary Agency is running a six-month Mentorship Programme for writers from underrepresented backgrounds. This includes – but is not limited to – writers from an ethnic minority background, … Continue reading

June 23, 2022 · Leave a comment

International Flash Fiction Competition – big cash prize

The Edinburgh Flash Fiction Award is open to writers over the age of 16 worldwide, published and unpublished. Word Count: 250 not including the titleDeadline is midnight 31 August 2022Entry … Continue reading

June 20, 2022 · Leave a comment

Family History: research it, write it, share it.

“Genealogy: Where you confuse the dead and irritate the living” Anon TWO WORKSHOPS in June are going to deal with both those issues…and much more. Clive Reedman became a professional … Continue reading

May 23, 2022 · 4 Comments

Writing Opportunity — Residency for Non-fiction Writers

FIVE very fortunate non-fiction writers will be awarded a week-long residency in Scotland – to be precise they will live in off-grid Bothys on the Isle of Eigg or in … Continue reading

March 19, 2022 · Leave a comment

A Quick Note to Regular Readers Who MAY have Noticed…

…that I have broken the habit of a decade (yes! that long) and published THREE insightful quotes about writing and being a writer this Sunday instead of the usual mean-minded, … Continue reading

March 6, 2022 · 7 Comments

The Extraordinary Lesson of a Satire about Power

Fifty years ago a young Brazilian playwright wanted to say something important about the nature of power: not how it was won, but how it operates and makes ordinary people … Continue reading

October 11, 2021 · 2 Comments

Something you may not have thought about before – what happens when a self-published writer dies

This is an interesting article by Derek Haines, a Cambridge CELTA English teacher and author who has been blogging for years about writing and related issues. Here he digs into … Continue reading

July 26, 2021 · 6 Comments

Calling Writers on the Island of Ireland – mentoring programme

YOU HAVE TO BE QUICK for this one as the deadline is Thursday 22 July 2021. Yes, this Thursday – and the cut off point isn’t 5pm or the more … Continue reading

July 19, 2021 · Leave a comment

Can you write about excitement and jubilation? Submissions open for the e-zine published by Epoque Press

Epoque Press is a small, but perfectly formed independent publishing company that promotes new literary and creative talent through their main publishing imprint and an online ezine. For their next … Continue reading

May 24, 2021 · Leave a comment

What’s Your Story Competition – sing it, rap it, sign it or write it

The Evening Standard and Netflix have just launched What’s Your Story? competition.It’s very different to anything I’ve come across before because entries can be sung, signed, rapped, or tapped out on your phone. … Continue reading

May 22, 2021 · 2 Comments

International writing competition on Sex and Gender

For the past eleven years Stringybark Stories has run international short story competitions from their base in Australia.David Vernon, Editor and Judge, wrote to tell me that this year they … Continue reading

May 20, 2021 · Leave a comment