for writers and readers….

Be Paid to Write about Your Own Experiences of Food Poverty in Britain

Jack Monroe, the award winning food writer and anti-poverty campaigner is  putting together a book on austerity and hunger in Britain, focusing on the last ten years. She and the … Continue reading

September 4, 2020 · 3 Comments

Too late for this year but perhaps next…? A competition for self-published authors

August 31st is the deadline for the Kindle Storyteller Award which Amazon celebrates the best self-published story in the UK with a £20,000 cash prize. I know that is still … Continue reading

August 8, 2020 · 3 Comments

International Poetry Competition with Two Language Categories

The Oxford Brookes 2020 International Poetry Competition for new and established poets has two categories: Open category (open to all poets aged 18 years and over) English as an Additional Language … Continue reading

August 7, 2020 · 3 Comments

Publisher Open days for New Picture Book Writers and Illustrators: Scotland and North of England

Hachette Children’s Group will host two virtual open days to discover new picture book writers and illustrators from the North of England and Scotland. The first virtual open day will … Continue reading

August 3, 2020 · 3 Comments

Finish Your Book – a new guide to help you do just that

There are an awful lot of half-finished novels collecting dust in desk drawers or taking up space on hard drives. Perhaps a lot of them are truly awful and deserve … Continue reading

July 31, 2020 · Leave a comment

Edinburgh International Flash Fiction Competition

You can write about anything you like, but make sure your story it is 250 words or fewer. If it is just one word over the limit it will be … Continue reading

July 27, 2020 · Leave a comment

Historical Short Story Competition – worldwide entries invited

This competition is close to my heart as I volunteer at The Regency Town House in Brighton & Hove (and write as the 1830s housekeeper Mrs Finnegan) so over the … Continue reading

July 25, 2020 · 2 Comments

Write a story in 10 words or a poem in 10 lines…writing competition

Poets have got off lightly* in this special competition to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Shoreham Wordfest in West Sussex. I mean 10 lines is quite a respectable length for a … Continue reading

July 24, 2020 · Leave a comment

Happy Bloomsday – listen to the definitive recording of Ulysses

Ulysses – James Joyce’s 700-page masterpiece – is 100 years old today. June 16th is known throughout the world as Bloomsday, after protagonist Leopold Bloom. This Bloomsday to celebrate the centenary of … Continue reading

June 16, 2020 · 2 Comments

These Are The Hands…if ever there was a book that spoke to our time this is it

These Are the Hands is a collection of poetry about the NHS written by NHS staff: doctors and nurses at all stages of their careers and the other vital – … Continue reading

May 16, 2020 · 1 Comment

Working Class Writers – win with your work in progress

Writers & Artists are running the Working-Class Writers’ Prize again this year, with award-winning author Lisa McInerney as the judge. To Enter Submit the beginning of an unpublished work-in-progress. This … Continue reading

April 25, 2020 · Leave a comment

Until we can party again – I’ve slashed the price of my creative writing guide

Back To Creative Writing School is now just £4 which is the lowest price it has ever been. And it’s going to stay that low until I can: Browse in … Continue reading

March 31, 2020 · Leave a comment

Two opportunities in 2020 for artists, scientists and teachers to sail the Arctic Circle

CRAVING ADVENTURE as you look towards the new year and a new decade? Sailing the Arctic Circle in a traditional rigged sailing ship in the company of fellow artists (all … Continue reading

December 27, 2019 · Leave a comment

Is there a writer in your life? Treat them to an experience at a bargain price that will last long after Christmas Day

You’re busy so I won’t waffle… Bestselling novelist Sarah Rayner and I have been running Saturday workshops in her lovely Brighton home since the summer. We love doing it and … Continue reading

December 20, 2019 · 2 Comments