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The biggest prize in the world for a short story

This writing competition has it all. It is free. It is international. Entries can have already been published. Entries can be up to 6000 words long. First prize is £30,000 … Continue reading

June 29, 2016 · 2 Comments

Writing theory? It’s not for writers, said William Faulkner QUOTES FOR WRITERS (and people who like quotes)

Let the writer take up surgery or bricklaying if he is interested in technique. There is no mechanical way to get the writing done, no shortcut. The young writer would … Continue reading

June 12, 2016 · 9 Comments

Search for a Bestseller – a £50,000 opportunity for a new novelist

Richard and Judy – that’s husband and wife Richard Madeley and Judy Finnigan – are searching for a new bestselling writer. The competition is open to unpublished novelists resident in … Continue reading

April 16, 2016 · 8 Comments

Is this the worst sentence of the year?

It was a dark and stormy night; the rain fell in torrents—except at occasional intervals, when it was checked by a violent gust of wind which swept up the streets … Continue reading

November 25, 2015 · 4 Comments

Self-published Writers Encouraged to Enter Prestigious Competition

 The Young Writer of the Year Award has been out of action for six years, but it now being revived under the sponsorship of The Sunday Times and agents Peters Fraser … Continue reading

June 18, 2015 · 7 Comments

Free International Travel Writing Competition

Writers anywhere can submit a travel essay to the Germany-based blog I Must Be Off! in its third annual travel writing competition. “If it’s about travel, we want to read … Continue reading

June 8, 2015 · 4 Comments

Publisher looking for new crime thriller writers launches short story competition

To celebrate Oldcastle Books 30th birthday the publisher has set up a new short story competition for its crime fiction imprint, No Exit Press. It is open to any unpublished … Continue reading

May 25, 2015 · 6 Comments

A free writing competition with a BIG difference – they want you to show off your marketing skills as well

Neil Raphel, acquisitions editor of Brigantine Media, says: “… publishing success or failure depends on our authors’ commitment to marketing.” Brigantine Media, based in Vermont,  started life 30 something years … Continue reading

May 22, 2015 · 3 Comments

International Humour Writing competition in honour of Mark Twain

Against the assault of Laughter nothing can stand  — Mark Twain This is the second annual competition organised to raise funds for the Mark Twain House and Museum in Connecticut USA … Continue reading

May 13, 2015 · 6 Comments

Can you write a nice cup of tea? Brighton flash fiction competition

Crossing The Teas is a Brighton based Oral History and Photographic Exhibition exploring different cultural practices around the shared custom of drinking tea. The project is a chance for local … Continue reading

April 25, 2015 · Leave a comment

Want to be a travel writer?

Rough Guides are on the lookout for talented new authors for their online features section and have teamed up with Journeys are made @ gapyear.com to run a writing competition as … Continue reading

April 14, 2015 · 11 Comments

Music and narrative in Flash Fiction – TANIA HERSHMAN Quotes for writers (and people who like quotes)

(Flash fiction) is a form that balances on the flimsy boundary between short story and poem. For me, a flash story must feel like it is on the side of … Continue reading

January 25, 2015 · 1 Comment

Would you fail this writing exercise?

What do you think of these opening lines…do they entice you to read on and find out more? Councillor Brown was on time for the meeting to talk about installing … Continue reading

January 9, 2015 · 2 Comments

Write for BBC Radio

Once a year a window opens for new writers with no experience of radio to submit a short story  to Opening Lines – BBC Radio 4’s showcase for short stories. … Continue reading

January 5, 2015 · 11 Comments