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SEPTEMBER 2017

This month I’m looking forward to reading three new novels written by some friends of mine.

Elizabeth Ducie’s third novel Deception! is the second in the series of Suzanne Jones thrillers, set in the sometimes murky world of pharmaceuticals. It is the follow-up to the prize-winning Counterfeit! The official launch is 19th September.

Charles Becker is making his debut with a crime thriller, Murder at the Royal William Yard, set in the winter of 2015 in Plymouth − the Ocean City.

 

 

 

LM D’Mello’s first novel, Mary Darling,  is aimed at 12 to 16 years olds, but is proving popular with older readers, including adults. In it the author explores animal welfare, a subject close to the author’s heart.

I’d like to add a request, eloquently expressed by Elizabeth in her newsletter, slightly changed to incorporate all writers.

‘In the spirit of “if you don’t ask, you won’t get…” this is an appeal for any support you can give us as we continue our writing journeys.

If you have read any of our books, please consider posting a review on Amazon, Goodreads or your preferred platform. Reviews are so important to all writers, but especially those of us who are self-published.’

On the blog this month… anecdotes can earn you money!

Lastly, in the spirit of the late Bruce Forsyth, as we support each other, let’s

Keeeeeeeeeeeeeep writing!

Veronica Bright is represented by Kiran Kataria of the Keane Kataria Literary Agency.

 

AUGUST 2017

There’s a lot to inspire new writers into action on my blog this month. Plenty of name-dropping, too – Della Galton, Vanda Inman, Linda Lewis, the Swanwick Writers’ Summer School, and more.

Photo left: Hard at work beside the lake at Swanwick.

 

 

Plus, added excitement in the air, for me at least. Not only because am I heading to Swanwick, but also I’m launching a brand new collection of prize-winning short stories.

RAINBOW LAUGHTER

Wrong place? Wrong time? Or both? You’ve only got one life, haven’t you? Rainbow Laughter is a collection of insightful and powerful short stories about ordinary people, growing and changing, searching for hope when all seems lost. The long-forgotten actress sitting in the park, feeding the birds. The boy, eighteen today, carrying a bundle of broken dreams beside a city river. The woman lying on her back, gazing up at the starry Exmoor sky. Memorable and thought-provoking (I hope), Rainbow Laughter is my third collection of prize-winning stories.

Rainbow Laughter is available from the Amazon book store.

Veronica Bright is represented by Kiran Kataria of the Keane Kataria Literary Agency.

JULY 2017

I first met Tracy Fells in 2012, when we’d both won places at the Swanwick Writers Summer School in 2012. Since then Tracy has achieved an MA with distinction in creative writing at the University of Chichester. Her novel is currently seeking representation. This month I want to celebrate her latest success – she’s one of only five regional  winners in the auspicious Commonwealth Short Story Prize. www.commonwealthwriters.org/cssp-2017/

I am pleased to welcome Tracy to my BLOG this month, where she answers an important question about short story writing.

Veronica Bright is represented by Kiran Kataria of the Keane Kataria Literary Agency.

JUNE 2017

Summer – the ideal time to take a few minutes to sit and watch the world and his dog go by. Far from being a time-waster, it’s a valuable opportunity for a writer to learn more about people, to store away small details which might give our own characters an individuality that will make them more believable to our readers. Carry a notebook if your memory is anything like mine!

Click on BLOG in the header to find out more.

Veronica Bright is represented by Kiran Kataria of the Keane Kataria Literary Agency.

MAY 2017

New to writing?

Looking for inspiration?

This is a website especially for new and fledgling writers.

 

 

 

The scent of apple blossom, a cluster of marguerites, a blackbird’s song. May is a beautiful month, full of inspirational scents, sights, and sounds.

But don’t become too distracted. There are stories and poems to write. If you need a helping hand, please click on BLOG in the header to find out more.

Veronica Bright is represented by Kiran Kataria of the Keane Kataria Literary Agency.

APRIL 2017

 

The magnolia is quietly spectacular, and the pittosporum fills the evening air with a delicious fragrance. We have a white camellia in our garden which always bears one pink flower – in a different place each spring.

 

 

As writers, we look for the unusual, or maybe a way of making the ordinary into something extraordinary. A friend recently directed me to the following website, where well-known writers describe their writing day.

https://www.theguardian.com/books/series/my-writing-day

This is so interesting, because even very successful, competent, and gifted writers fight procrastination, they struggle with plot and character, they wonder whether the book will ever be finished. They have moments when they doubt their own ability.

So I’ve turned my thoughts this month to WRITERS’ BLOCK. Please click on BLOG at the top of this page to find out more.

Veronica Bright is represented by Kiran Kataria of the Keane Kataria Literary Agency.

MARCH 2017

The Avalon Marshes, Somerset. A great place to be on a dreary February evening. We felt privileged to witness the murmuration as hundreds and hundreds of starlings swirled in huge flocks around the sky, and eventually headed to distant trees to roost.

 

 

It’s been a good month in more ways than one. I heard I’ve come third in Retreat West’s 2016 short story competition, judged by writer and creative writing tutor Vanessa Gebbie. I’d swirl around the sky too, if only I had wings!

Naming characters – easy, or a challenge? Does a Geraldine look like a Geraldine? What about a Cyril, or a Frannie? Click on BLOG at the top of this page to find out more.

The 2016 RW Short Story Prize & RW Flash Fiction Prize Winners

 

Veronica Bright is represented by Kiran Kataria of the Keane Kataria Literary Agency

FEBRUARY 2017

Lee Abbey is home to an international Christian community gathered from more than twenty nations. Its 280 acre estate is part of the stunning and dramatic Exmoor National Park. It is peaceful and beautiful. The community hosts courses, retreats, and holidays throughout the year, and when I heard that there was to be a course for writers in January, I signed up straight away.

What was fantastic for me was learning from the talented Ali Hull, commissioning editor for Lion Hudson, and gifted storyteller Bob Hartman; exchanging views with other keen writers; and recharging my batteries in some of England’s most beautiful countryside.

In my February blog I’m determined to keep the enthusiasm for writing going. Please click on BLOG at the top of this page to find out more.

 

Veronica Bright is represented by Kiran Kataria of the Keane Kataria Literary Agency

 

JANUARY 2017

A happy new year to everyone who calls in at my website.

My aim is to celebrate creative writing, and to encourage new or not-very-confident writers.

Whatever adjectives you care to describe, or hurl at, 2016, however you feel about those national or personal successes, disappointments, excitements, or tragedies, those fifty two weeks are over.

 

Ring out wild bells, to the wild sky,

The flying cloud, the frosty light;

The year is dying in the night;

Ring out wild bells, and let him die.

Alfred, Lord Tennyson (1809-1892)

 

It’s time to start gathering new ideas, to revive old ones, to take courage and submit that piece of work. Want to know more about how to focus on the way forward? Go ahead and click on BLOG at the top of the page.

 

Veronica Bright is represented by Kiran Kataria of the Keane Kataria Literary Agency

 

DECEMBER 2016

Today I welcome the talented and gifted writer Della Parker to my blog.

dellaA prolific short story writer, novelist, and creative writing teacher, Della is a source of inspiration to writers wherever they are on the success ladder.

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Want to find out more about Della Parker’s new novellas, and read some of her top tips? Please click on BLOG at the top of the page.

My own story continues with a runner-up prize (£5) in the annual diary2017Arkbound writing competition, and a story and a poem in the 2017 desk diary sold in aid of Iain Rennie Hospice Care. The novel tumbles along – the plot falls over and then picks itself up, reluctant to continue!

I had the exciting experience of being one of the judges for the Devon round of Debating Matters, a national competition of debate for sixth formers. The event, hosted by Plymouth University on 28th November, brought together pupils from four different schools or colleges, and designed by the Institute of Ideas, to develop the skill of presenting a given point of view, and also of listening to and challenging the ideas of other people in a non-aggressive way. It’s worth having a look at the website www.debatingmatters.com

Veronica Bright is represented by Kiran Kataria of the Keane Kataria Literary Agency

NOVEMBER 2016

THE BLENDS CAFÉ EXPERIENCE

As part of the Plymouth Literature Festival I was invited along to Blend’s Café on Wednesday 26th October to take part in an indie book fair. Blends is run by Maggie Parker, who makes and sells her own hand-made books for children. Maggie always extends a warm welcome to local writers and artists. Her walls are full of paintings, and there are displays of books by local writers.

cvtmexlwcaeysng1What made this particular day special was meeting other writers, and what I came away with, was a feeling that they all have a quiet passion for what they write.

Sally Newton’s books were displayed next to mine. Sally has ‘a life-long love of all things ancient.’ She studied archaeology at university, and later she set off on a month’s camping trip around Ireland. It rained. Hard. And often. In fact she had to go to the launderette every four days to dry out all her stuff!

THE CARADOC SERIES

So far Sally has written two books, published by Pendown Publishing. She says the first book, The Defiant Prince, was kicking about in her head for a long time before she started writing it. It’s set in AD 25, and tells of Caradoc, the youngest son of the strongest king of Britain, and reluctantly training to be a Druid…….51upnnjao3l-_ac_us160_1 51ynhf1qrpl-_ac_us160_1

The Druid Heir, the second book in the series, moves us on to AD 34. Caradoc is now a warrior, as he always wanted to be. However he has many enemies…….

Sally is now working on the third book in the series, The Rebel King. Her passion for ‘all things ancient’ has inspired her to write the stories of Caradoc.

Let’s take a leaf out of Sally’s book, and write about the things we really care about, the things we really want to say.

Interested in writing memoir? Or simply sneaking bits of your own life into your work? Please click on BLOG at the top of the page.

Veronica Bright is represented by Kiran Kataria of the Keane Kataria Literary Agency.

OCTOBER 2016

This month I’m helping to organise two events as part of the Plymouth Literature Festival, which runs from 22nd October until 2nd November. The first is this:

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When:   Friday, 28th October 10.30am –12noon

Where:  Plymouth Methodist Central Hall

               Meet at the reception desk

Cost:    £1 at the door

 

Fun. Relaxing. Ideal for anyone interested in writing memoir.

I’ll be introducing members of the Plymouth Christian Writers group, and they’re polishing up stories poems, and memories to read aloud. The session is guaranteed to get people thinking about their own unique experiences.

If you live in or near Plymouth, do come along and be inspired to pass on your own memories to your children and grandchildren.

The second event is:

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When: Saturday 29th October 10 am –1 pm

Where: Central Library, Plymouth (167 – 171 Armada Way, opposite the Armada Centre)

This event is free

Members of the Plymouth Writers’ Group invite you to drop in and hear  selection of their poetry and stories. Stay as long as you like, be it five minutes, half an hour, or all the morning.

Some of today’s creative writing will be from the group’s new anthology,

16 AND ALL THAT

https://plymouthwritersgroup.co.uk

Authors’ books on sale at both events.

To Boldly Go… Want to know more? Please click on BLOG at the top of the page.

Veronica Bright is represented by Kiran Kataria of the Keane Kataria Literary Agency.

SEPTEMBER 2016

P1220004Yorkshire is amazing. It carries a lingering sense of the past, majestic landscape, and a great pride in all things local.

After a fortnight here I was very sad to leave, but I had the Swanwick Writers’ Summer School to look forward to. A week of meeting old friends and making new ones, taking part in challenging and interesting courses, being inspired by speakers, and entertained by the many talented Swanwickers at the poetry open mic, at the buskers’ night, in the Page to Stage plays, and the gloriously funny pantomime.

Now it’s September. Summer is easing itself away. P1210962Time to take up a new challenge perhaps.

 

I’m throwing down the gauntlet. To find out more, please click on BLOG at the top of the page.

Veronica Bright is represented by Kiran Kataria of the Keane Kataria Literary Agency.

 

JULY/AUGUST 2016

STORIES FOR A SUMMER AFTERNOON

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CLOUD PAINTINGS

A celebration of perseverance in the face of adversity

Douglas sees the world from a wheelchair, and he hates it. Thomas has always resented being an unwanted child. Fiona walks a tightrope in her new life. And what about the woman who takes her children to visit their father in prison?

Short stories…..     People battling with life

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And now, may I introduce

A GIFT FROM THE HORSE CHESTNUT TREE.

Sometimes love hurts

Children. They don’t always have an easy life. Susan is caught up in her mother’s grief. Jessica has been very ill, and now she has another problem. A fourteen-year-old inner-city boy goes on holiday for the first time.

Short stories to challenge your perception of childhood

 

Available now on Amazon, in paperback or for Kindle

Please have a look, and do visit my author page as well.

On the blog in August:

Elizabeth Ducie talks about her new book Counterfeit!

Please click on BLOG at the top of the page.

Veronica Bright is represented by Kiran Kataria of the Keane Kataria Literary Agency.

 

JULY 2016

SUMMER READINGS AND A SWANWICK PRIZE

PhotoFunia-1465813540Flying high this month!

I was privileged to be one of four members of the Plymouth Writers’ Group to be invited to read a short story at a reception following a course for lecturers/facilitators in creative writing at Plymouth University. Greatly enjoyed by the readers, and the listeners too, I hope!

Next week I’m scheduled to read a flash story at an open mic session at the Chudleigh Literary Festival https://chudleighwriterscircle.wordpress.com/chudleigh-literary-festival/

This promises to be an exciting event with opportunities to meet other writers, and to hear successful novelists Veronica Henry, Fanny Blake, and Damien Boyd talk about their work.

I’m looking forward to going to the Swanwick Writers’ Summer School again next month, and am delighted to have been placed third in this year’s short story competition, and well as being shortlisted in the writing for children comp. I achieved another shortlisting in the Greenacre Writers comp in June, too. They say good things come in threes!

And last but not least, my excitement mounts as publication of two short story collections nearsA Gift From The Horse Chestnut Tree - small Cloud Paintings - small completion.

Coming soon, to an Amazon site near you.

 

On the blog today:

Not dreaming, but planning.

Last in the series about Flash Fiction, and some comps for you to enter.

Please click on BLOG at the top of the page.

Veronica Bright is represented by Kiran Kataria of the Keane Kataria Literary Agency.

 

JUNE 2016

THE SEVEN DAY NATURE PHOTO CHALLENGE

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That’s what caught my imagination in May. Tracy Fells, a friend and fellow writer, was nominated by her friend and fellow-writer, Wendy Clarke, to post one nature photo (past or present) on Facebook every day for a week. Tracy began with a shot of an amazing rock she found on Charmouth beach. It contains the cross section of an  ammonite fossil. Tracy, having a degree in zoology, included interesting information about ammonites.

On Day Two of Tracy’s challenge she posted a beautiful photo of a dragonfly. I couldn’t resist posting a dragonfly of my own, and hey presto, Tracy invited me to join the challenge.

I’m writing this on Day Seven of my own challenge. P1170697I’ve enjoyed trawling through my photos, choosing small moments which I’d almost forgotten. I invite you to join the challenge. Seven days. Nature photos. Past or present. Seven examples from our wonderful world.

 

On the blog today: Fifteen minute flash dash; a way to practise your skill.

Please click on BLOG at the top of the page.

Veronica Bright is represented by Kiran Kataria of the Keane Kataria Literary Agency.

MAY 2016

STORIES FOR A SPRING EVENING

I was lucky enough to be asked to read some of my stories to the Torpoint Wives Group at the end of April. P1210278I was delighted to find that a few of the ladies had written poetry and stories themselves.

I am of the generation that grew up …. years ago, and like me, the ladies in the Torpoint Wives Group  have seen an amazing number of changes in their lifetimes. Stories, spoken or written,  are such a good way of passing on to the next generations a taste of life as you found it as a child. Growing up listening to the wireless. Going out on your bike and your mum didn’t know exactly where you were until you puffed in for the next meal.  I lived in a small village and my mum had to chop wood to light the range. She probably did it the day before, but it still meant a considerable time between her getting up and drinking her first cup of tea. No central heating, and Bedfordshire could be very cold, believe me.

You don’t need to write reams. A page will be fine. A bit like flash fiction really.

On the blog today, I’m encouraging YOU to enter a flash fiction competition. Take courage. You have to be in it to win it!

Please click on BLOG at the top of the page.

Veronica Bright is represented by Kiran Kataria of the Keane Kataria Literary Agency.

 

APRIL 2016

FISHING FOR STORIES

Part of my mind is still in Kerala, South India, where I spent a fortnight at the beginning of February.
In Kochi we watched the fishermen at work. They climb up huge bamboo and teak  structures to lower their nets into the sea. When they have a catch, they walk down again, almost nonchalantly.

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Another part of my mind is back home, in south west England, where spring has arrived in Dunsford Wood. Fields of wild daffodils bloom alongside the River Teign. There is something nonchalant about  them, too. P1200922

Beautiful places. Inspirational ideas. All I need is the patience and perseverance to capture some of them one by one, and turn them into stories people want to read.

My short series on flash fiction continues, so please click on BLOG  at the top of the page.

Veronica Bright is represented by Kiran Kataria of the Keane Kataria Literary Agency.

 

MARCH 2016

A VISIT TO INDIA

I spent two weeks in Kerala in South West India at the beginning of February, walking where Vasco de Gama, the Portuguese explorer, trod at the end of the fifteenth century. It’s a country to fall in love with – full of a myriad of colours, sights, sounds and tastes. Full of stories waiting to be told.
P1200113How beautifully peaceful the tea plantations looked as the coach took us higher into the hills. Then we stopped to watch the women sorting their leaves, great bundles of them, carried on the their heads from the fields. They work, we were told, from 8 in the morning until 5 in the afternoon. Nowadays they are lucky – there are medical centres if they fall ill, créches to care for their children. P1200177They no longer have to pluck the tea leaves by hand – they have special tools which are a bit like semi-closed-in dustpans attached to shears. I understand that the pay is enough to live on.
P1200096Fairtrade Fortnight began yesterday. Every time I drink a cup of tea I shall think of the tea workers toiling away for 9 hours a day, 6 days a week. Every time I shop for tea, I shall continue to seek out the Fairtrade section. This is one way I can make a difference.

This month my short series on flash fiction continues, so please click on BLOG  at the top of the page.

 

Veronica Bright is represented by Kiran Kataria of the Keane Kataria Literary Agency.

 

 

FEBRUARY 2016

SHORT AND AS SWEET AS YOU LIKE

Wikipedia is one of a writer’s favourite tools.
I love the way Wiki can sum up ideas in a few words.
For example:

‘Flash fiction is a style of literature of extreme brevity.’

This month I’m starting a short series on flash fiction.
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Click on BLOG at the top of the page, and find out more.

Veronica Bright is represented by Kiran Kataria of the Keane Kataria Literary Agency.

JANUARY 2016

HAPPY NEW YEAR TO BLOGGERS AND THEIR READERS EVERYWHERE

I’m starting the new year with Oscar Wilde. He is endlessly entertaining, and his words of wisdom are second to none.
‘I always pass on good advice,’ he wrote, in his play An Ideal Husband. ‘It is the only thing to do with it. It is never any use to oneself.’
Well, Oscar, it’s useful to me, and possibly to my blog readers.
Click on BLOG at the top of the page, and find out more.

Veronica Bright is represented by Kiran Kataria of the Keane Kataria Literary Agency.

DECEMBER 2015

P11901532015 is drawing to a close. The rejection slips may keep coming in. The targets we set ourselves may not have been met. The goals we aimed for may be on hold. BUT…
It’s time to celebrate the progress we’ve made, the steps we’ve taken towards fulfilling our ambitions.
Time to start thinking about that list of goals for next year.

Happy Christmas everyone, and may an amazingly successful 2016 be in store for us all.

Veronica Bright is represented by Kiran Kataria of the Keane Kataria Literary Agency.

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Can you write a story with a happy ending?

The challenge is on.

Click on Blog in the heading at the top of the page to find out more.

Veronica Bright is represented by Kiran Kataria of the Keane Kataria Literary Agency.

NOVEMBER 2015

New writers beware. It’s November, and to determined writers, who are willing to take up the gauntlet of producing 50,000 words in 30 days, it’s NaNoWriMo. (National Novel Writing Month to those innocents you thought my spellchecker had gone berserk!) Indomitable and focussed writers love it. Their fingers dance/bleed over their keyboards. They encourage each other via the internet. There may well be screaming involved. Certainly there’s a resolve to get the whole thing down. Good luck to everyone taking part.

ON THE BLOG THIS MONTH

Ile de BatzShow not tell. What is this all about?

 

Click on Blog in the heading at the top of the page to find out.

 

Veronica Bright is represented by Kiran Kataria of the Keane Kataria Literary Agency.

OCTOBER 2015

ON THE BLOG THIS MONTH

Inner conflict. Outer conflict. Go for it.

Bring on the challenges!

Click on Blog in the heading at the top of the page.

WORK IN PROGRESS

I belong to two writers’ groups, and both have been super-busy during September.
Veronica Heley, author of 76 books, led the September meeting of the Plymouth Christian Writers’ Group, advising them on how to approach an agent, and giving them the opportunity of one-to-one sessions, where she commented on work already submitted to her.
P1180633Veronica Heley’s books include two series of what is affectionately known as ‘cosy crime’ – namely the Ellie Quicke series and the Abbot Agency series. Veronica has a considerable following both in the UK and the US. More info at www.veronicaheley.com

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The Plymouth Writers’ Group is all set to publish its 2nd anthology TIDE AND TIME. This has given all the members the opportunity to be published. The group’s second short story competition is to be launched on 19th October, at the Plymouth International Book Festival.

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Veronica Bright is represented by Kiran Kataria of the Keane Kataria Literary Agency.

SEPTEMBER 2015

Late summer colours the garden. The azalea leaves have a definite tinge of burnt orange. The crab apple tree is laden with scarlet fruit. On a less idealistic note, the eating apples were tugged by a strong wind, and all dropped off, bruised, to be nibbled by slugs before we noticed!

The memory of the Swanwick Writers’ Summer School lingers. The sound of laughter, voices chatting over tea, discussions over dinner (and even breakfast, to the amazement of the owls among us!). The soaking up of new ideas, the ripples in the lake.

P1180435A year’s worth of inspiration.

 

Tide and Time, the second anthology of the Plymouth Writers’ Group, is making its way towards daylight. It’s a good time to be an emerging writer. Speaking of which……..

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Want a tip on how to make an impressive start?

Click on Blog in the heading at the top of the page.

Veronica Bright is represented by Kiran Kataria of the Keane Kataria Literary Agency.

AUGUST 2015

This month has been a busy one for the Plymouth Writers’ Group. We’ve been preparing pieces for our second anthology, Tide and Time. Elaine and I have been busy editing the submissions, and by the beginning of September the production team will take over. It’s been exciting and interesting to read such a variety of poems and stories. Without a doubt all the writers who submitted last year have improved their writing over the past twelve months, and our new writers are so enthusiastic, it is a pleasure to work with them.

P1150132The Swanwick Writers’ Summer School begins on Saturday, 8th August. This will be my 4th Swanwick, and it feels really special to be going as winner of the short story competition.

I know there will be plenty of challenges, learning experiences, wonderful speakers, amazing entertainment, brilliant food, and plenty of time, too, for moments of quiet, of reflection. If you want to know more, see http://www.swanwickwritersschool.org.uk/

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This month I’m looking at Five things writers do on the bus. You can probably add a lot more, but please take a look. Click on Blog in the heading at the top of the page.

JULY 2015:

Feeling excited today. I’ve won the Swanwick Summer School short story competition. The prize is a whole week at the DSC_0023Swanwick Writers’ Summer School in August. Soon this lawn will be dotted with groups of writers catching up with old friends or chatting to new ones. Lots of interesting courses to choose from, delicious meals, entertaining speakers, walks round the lake, and more.

Also came joint second in the Felixstowe Book Festival short story competition, with a less glamorous but equally welcome prize of £10.

Now, back to work……….

There’s tension on the blog today. Why not have a quick look?

JUNE 2015:

Back from a twinning visit to Bénodet with memories to make me smile.P1170845

However, this month on the

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we’re trying to affect our readers in a different kind of way. In other words…

make ’em cry.

Follow the heading Blog above, and when you’ve planned your own story, consider the following competitions. One may be just right for you.

DORIS GOODERSON SHORT STORY

1200 words, any theme

1st prize £150; 2nd £70; 3rd £40

Entry fee £3

Full details on the Wrekin Writers website

Closing date: 13.7.15

ST MARTIN’S SHORT STORY

1700 words, church or St Martin related setting or theme

Prizes £100 plus web publication (Web publ for 3 shortlisted)

Entry fee £5

Full details http://www.duntonbucks.org/competition/

Closing date: 30.6.15

NATIONAL POETRY ANTHOLOGY

No more than 25 lines and 160 words each poem. Send up to 3

Prize: Overall winner £1000. 250 poems published. Writers of those included receive free book

Entry free

Full details http://www.unitedpress.co.uk/free-poetry-competitions/

Closing date: 30.6.15

 

MAY 2015:

My CV extended itself a little in April (hooray),  when I won third prize in the Chudleigh Phoenix short story competition. Winning stories may be read atP1120247_edited-1 www.chudleighphoenix.co.uk/2015comp.html

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I had a super morning on Thursday 30th April, reading some of my stories to a group of 20 or so members of a Co-op Bereavement Group in Plymstock, Plymouth. Such a lovely group — very cheerful and supportive of each other. They laughed in all the right places, too!

BLOG FOR NEW WRITERS

Northwood (33)Writing humour is more than a joke. Want to make ’em laugh? Fran Hill, author of Being Miss, knows how.

Follow the heading BLOG above for a few concise tips.

 

 

 

 

 

HERE ARE SOME COMPETITIONS TO CHALLENGE YOU IN MAY

NAWG 100 WORD MINI TALE

1st prize £75; 2nd £25

Entry fee £3 for one. £5.50 for two; £8 for three

Full details on the NAWG website http://www.nawg.co.uk/3805/

No specified closing date. Runs till 100 entries received.

FROME FESTIVAL SHORT STORY

1000-2200 words, any theme

Prizes £300; £150; £75

Winning entries may be sent to Woman’s Weekly for consideration

Closing date: 31.5.15

http://www.fromeshortstorycompetition.co.uk/

FLASH 500

500 words Prizes £300; £100; £50 (Entry £5; £8 for two)

Also Humorous verse from limerick to 32 lines Prizes £150; £100; £50 (Entry £3; £2.50 each for more)

Closing date: 30 June; 30 Sept; 31 Dec

www.flash500.com

 

APRIL 2015:

On the blog from 1st April: Making a list of ‘what is really important’ APRIL 2015 HOMEcan help you to write better stories and poems.

Why not try your hand at these two free-to-enter competitions?

Anecdote Competition with Maggie Cobbett
Closes: Thursday 16th April 2015
Words: 250 maximum Your brief is to come up with an anecdote suitable for a mainstream magazine and told in a maximum of 250 words. Maggie will award her book to the one she finds the most entertaining and believable, i.e. it doesn’t have to be absolutely true but must sound convincing. Prizes: One copy of Maggie’s book Easy Money for Writers and Wannabes, one free entry to Open Short Story Competition, online publication Judged by Maggie Cobbett www.maggiecobbett.co.uk
For more details and how to enter, go to http://erewashwriterscompetition.weebly.com/2015-anecdote-comp-with-maggie-cobbett.html
Divine Chocolate Poetry Comp
Closes: 1st May 2015
For poems on the theme ‘When I grow up I want to be a cocoa farmer’
3 age groups: 7-11; 12-16; 17+
Prizes: Divine chocolate, goodies, book tokens
For more details and how to enter, go to
www.divinechocolate.com/uk/poetry

MARCH 2015:

P1100392A query from Christine. About entering writing competitions. A tiny click on my blog will reveal all.

 

 

FEBRUARY 2015:

This month on the blog we’re thinking about our readers. P1130203After all, they’re the important ones.

 

And meanwhile here are some competitions to give you a challenge.
Exeter Writers’ Short Story Competition

Prizes  £500 £250 £100 £100 for a Devon writer

Entry fee £6 Closing date 28 Feb

www.exeterwriters.org.uk

Windsor Fringe Kenneth Branagh Award for New Drama Writing

30 mins or less, no more than 6 actors

Prize £500. Three winning scripts to be performed at the Windsor Fringe Festival Oct 2015

Entry fee £5 Closing date 5 March

www.windsorfringe.co.uk

Words for The Wounded Prize

Fiction, memoir, and poetry (up to 400 words)

Prizes: £250 £100 £50

Entry fee £4.50 Closing date 11 March

www.wordsforthewounded.co.uk

2015 NEW WRITER COMPETITION

Only New Writers can enter. First prize £40 First and second prize winners each receive online publication, free entry to EWG’s annual Open comp with free critique Entry fee: £3.00 entry although if you have previously entered our Open Comp as a New Writer, entry fee is £2.00.  A free critique is included in the entry fee Closes: Thursday 26th March 2015 http://erewashwriterscompetition.weebly.com/2015-new-writer-comp.html Entry form for 2015 NEW WRITER COMPETITION http://erewashwriterscompetition.weebly.com/2015-entry-form-new-writer-competition.html

Good luck!
 

JANUARY 2015:

New Year’s Day in Cornwall, and it’s2015-01-01 13.02.48 a cold breezy start to 2015. This kitesurfer was out in Looe Bay, facing the challenges of wind and sea. What has this to do with writing?

Read my blog to find out more.

 

DECEMBER 2014:

‘HOW TO BE A CORNISH GENIUS’ 10 OCT Polruan walk 31.10.08
a story which won second prize in the Alfie Dog International competition for unpublished stories, is now available for online purchase at http://www.alfiedog.com
At 39p this has got to be bargain of the season. Why not take a look? (Please)
NOVEMBER 2014:

What’s new on the writing front?

War and other piecesI’m a member of the Plymouth Writers’ Group, and this Autumn I’ve been busy co-editing the first anthology of their work. Called War and Other Pieces, it’s available now from Amazon.

 

 

The group is also running a short story competition, for stories up to 2000 words.

Details as follows:

1st prize: £250

2nd prize: £50

The top five entries will be published in the 2015 Plymouth Writers’ Group Anthology.

Entries should be formatted as Word documents, double-spaced, in 12pt Times New Roman. The writer’s name must not appear on the manuscript. All stories must have a title.

Entries must be submitted by email. In the body of the email, include entry title, wordcount, your name, address, and email address. The entry fee is £5 per story, which may be paid by Paypal.

Closing date: 1st February 2015

Email: plymouthwritersgroup.co.uk

Website: http://plymouthwritersgroup.co.uk/

This month my blog is about why writers need a writing buddy. Please follow the link above to find out more.


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APRIL 2015: ‘MR WACKER’S BRIDGE’ WINS THIRD PRIZE IN THE CHUDLEIGH PHOENIX SHORT STORY COMPETITION. www.chudleighphoenix.co.uk

JULY 2014: ‘HOW TO BE A CORNISH GENIUS’ WINS FIRST PRIZE IN THE GORSEDH KERNOW (Cornish Gorsedh) COMPETITION for a short story set in Cornwall. The Ruth Moss trophy034 was presented to Veronica  on 6th September at the Gorsedh Kernow celebration in Torpoint, Cornwall. The prize does not include publication of the story. To find out more about the Gorsedh, follow the link www.gorsedhkernow.org.uk  

JUNE 2014: ‘LORNA’ WINS FIRST PRIZE IN THE RHYME AND REASON PROSE COMPETITION. The story published in the Rhyme and Reason 2015 Diary, sold in aid of the Iain Rennie Hospice at Home care service. www.renniegrove.org
JUNE 2014: ‘A TYPICAL DAY’ WINS SECOND PRIZE IN THE SWANWICK SUMMER SCHOOL SHORT STORY COMPETITION. I almost achieved a double whammy, because my short story for children was shortlisted in the Swanwick writing for children comp. To find out more about the superb annual week at Swanwick, follow the link www.swanwickwritersschool.org.uk
MAY 2014: ‘THE GARDENER’ WINS SECOND PRIZE IN THE ODDBALL COMPETITION RUN BY WRITING MAGAZINE. The story is published online at www.writers-online.co.uk
MARCH 2014: ‘MISS SWANSON’S DOG’ SCOOPS FIRST PRIZE IN SPOOKY TALES COMPETITION RUN BY WHAT THE DICKENS MAGAZINE AND MIRACLE E-ZINE.