Wednesday, 23 April 2008

Writing Competitions

I've been a little 'under the weather' and haven't been able to write a thing for over a week. I'm pleased to say I'm on the mend, and to help get me back in the swing I've been compiling a summary of all the future competitions I’m aware of – one, some or all may be of interest.

Closing in April

Mslexia Women’s Poetry Competition.
Closing: 28.4.08.
Prizes: £1,000, £500, £250.
Entry Fee: £5.
Details: Click Here.

Ware Poets Open Poetry Competition.
Closing: 30.4.08.
Prizes: £500, £200, £100. Redwing Sonnet Prize: £100.
Entry Fee: £3 each or four for £10.
Details: Click Here for a pdf download.

Ver Poets Open Poetry Competition 2008.
Closing: 30.4.08.
Prizes: £500, £300, £100. Young Writers (16 to 21) - £100.
Entry Fee: £3 each, four for £10, £2 thereafter.
Details: Click Here.

Templar Poetry Pamphlet & Collection Competition.
Closing: 30.4.08.
Prizes (3): £500 plus publication in pamphlet form.
Entry Fee: £18 per collection.
Details: Click Here.

Southport Writers Circle Open Poetry Competition. For poems of up to 40 lines.
Closing: 30.4.08.
Prizes: £200, £100, £50. Humour Prize - £50.
Entry Fee: £2.
Details (send sae): Southport Writers Circle Poetry Contest Details, 32 Dover Road, Birkdale, Southport, Merseyside, PR8 4TB.

Pulsar Poetry Competition.
Closing: 30.4.08.
Prizes: £125, £75, £50.
Entry Fee: £2.50 for the first, £1.50 thereafter.
Details: Click Here.

Earlyworks Press Sixty-Word Sagas.
Closing: 30.4.08.
Prizes: £60, £30, £10.
Entry Fee: £3. Details: Click Here.

Closing in May

Ledbury Festival Poetry Competition.
Closing: 1.5.08 (5pm).
Prizes: A writing course at Ty Newydd, the National Writers’ Centre for Wales. 2nd - £250. 3rd - £150.
Entry Fees: £3.50 for the first, £2.50 thereafter.
Details: Click Here .

Edwin Morgan International Poetry Competition.
Closing: 1.5.08.
Prizes : £5,000, £1,000, £500. Runners-up - 2 @ £50.
Entry Fee: £5.
Details: Click Here.

Countryside Tales Article Competition.
Closing: 1.5.08.
Prizes: £50, £25, £15. The winning entries will be published in the mag. Entry Fee: £3.
Details: Click Here .

Virginia Warbey Poetry Prize. For poems of up to 40 lines.
Closing: 19.5.08.
Prizes: £800, £350, £200.
Entry Fee: £3 each or £12 for five.
Details: Click Here for pdf download.

Segora Short Story Competition. For stories on any theme, of between 1,500 and 3,000 words.
Closing: 29.5.08.
Prize: £100.
Entry Fee: £5.
Details: Click Here .

Yeovil Literary Prize.
Closing: 31.5.08.
Prizes: Novel - £1,000, £250, £100. Short Story - £500, £200, £100. Poetry - £500, £200, £100.
Entry Fees: Novel - £10. Short Story & Poetry - £5.
Details: Click Here.

Leaf Books Micro-Fiction 2008 Competition. Up to 300 words.
Closing: 31.5.08.
Prizes: 1st - £200. Runner-up - Ten Leaf books. All selected entries will be published in an anthology.
Entry Fee: £3 each or £10 for four.
Details: Click Here.

Alexander Cordell Literature Competition . Write a children’s story set during the Industrial Revolution in the South Wales Valleys.
Closing: 31.5.08.
Prizes: £500, £300, £150.
Entry Fee : £3.
Details: Click Here.

Biscuit Publishing Poetry, Flash Fiction & Short Story Competition.
Closing: 31.5.08.
Prizes (in each category): 1st - £1,000 or your poetry/prose collection published with 75 free copies. 2nd - A one-week Writers’ Retreat holiday at Talbot House, Flanders, with £200 expenses. 3rd - £200. In addition, seven runners-up receive £25.
Entry Fees: Stories - £9 for the first, £3 for each additional. Poems - £9 each for the first three, £3 each after that.
Details: Click Here.

City of Derby Poetry Competition.
Closing: 31.5.08.
Prizes: £500, £250, £150.
Entry Fee : £4 for the first, £3 thereafter.
Details: Click Here.

City of Derby Short Story Competition.
Closing: 31.5.08.
Prizes: £500, £250, £150.
Entry Fee: £4 for the first, £3 thereafter.
Details: Click Here.

MiniWORDS 2008.
Closing: 31.5.08.
Prizes: £250 in each category.
Entry Fee: None - free to enter.
Details: Click Here.

Earlyworks Press Open Poetry Competition.
Closing: 31.5.08.
Prize: £100.
Entry Fee: £3.
Details: Click Here.

Frogmore Poetry Prize.
Closing: 31.5.08.
Prizes : 1st - 200 guineas, plus a two-year subscription to The Frogmore Papers. 2nd - 75 guineas. 3rd - 50 guineas.
Entry Fee: £2.
Details: Click Here.

Crabbe Memorial Poetry Competition.
Closing: 31.5.08.
Prizes: 1st - £250. 2nd - £100. 3rd - £50. Winning and commended poems published in an anthology.
Entry Fee : £3 for the first poem, £1 thereafter.
Details: Click Here.

Closing in June

Poetry London Poetry Competition.
Closing: 2.6.08.
Prizes: £1,000, £500, £200, and 4 x £75.
Entry Fee: £4.
Details: Click Here.

Dawntreader Poetry Awards.
Closing: 5.6.08.
Prizes: £75, £50, £25.
Entry Fee: £3 each or £10 for four.
Details: Click Here.

Bruntwood Playwriting Competition. For full-length plays over fifty pages in length and over an hour of stage time.
Closing: 13.6.08 (6pm).
Prize: £15,000. In addition, if the play is produced the writer will also receive a percentage of box office receipts.
Entry Fee: None - free to enter.
Details: Click Here.

Manchester Cathedral Interfaith Religious Poetry Competition.
Closing : 30.6.08.
Prizes: £300, £150, £75. First prize winner will earn the title ‘Manchester Cathedral Poet of the Year 2008’.
Entry Fee: £3 for the first, £2 thereafter.
Details: Click Here.

Poetry Writers’ Yearbook - Poetry Competition. For poems of up to 30 lines on the theme of Desire.
Closing: 30.6.08.
Prizes: 1st - £300 or £500 worth of A&C Black books. The winner will be published in the Poetry Writers’ Yearbook 2008.
Entry Fee : None - free to enter. Only one entry allowed per person.
Details: Click Here.

Writers’ Bureau Poetry & Short Story Competition .
Closing: 30.6.08.
Prizes: Stories - £1,000, £400, £200, £100 and 6 x £50. Poetry - £1,000, £400, £200, £100 and 6 x £50.
Entry Fee: £5 .
Details: Click Here.

The Bridport Prize. One of the most prestigious writing contests in the literary calendar.
Closing: 30.6.08.
Prizes (in each category): £5,000, £1,000, £500. There are also ten runners-up prizes of £50.
Entry Fee: £6.
Details: Click Here.

Cinnamon Press Short Story Award
Closing: 30.6.08.
Prizes: £100 plus publication.
Entry Fee: £16. This includes a copy of the winners’ anthology.
Details: Click Here.

Cinnamon Press Novel /Novella Writing Award.
Closing: 30.6.08.
Prizes: £400 and a publishing contract for the novel.
Entry Fee: £16.
Details: Click Here.

Cinnamon Press Poetry Collection Award.
Closing: 30.6.08.
Prizes: £100 plus a publishing contract for a collection of about 60 poems.
Entry Fee: £16. This includes a copy of the winners’ anthology which is usually prices at £8.99.
Details: Click Here.

Words Magazine Short Story Competition. For up to 2,000 words on the theme of Christmas.
Closing: 30.6.08.
Prize: £100. Winning entry and commended entries will be published in Words magazine.
Entry Fee: £2.
Details: Click Here .

Keats-Shelly Prize 2008.
Closing: 30.6.08.
Prizes: A total of £3,000 to be divided amongst the winners.
Entry Fee: £5.
Details: Click Here.

Closing in July

Hay on Wye Short Story Contest.
Closing: 19.7.08.
Prizes: £400, £200, £100.
Entry Fee: £6.
Details: Click Here.

Countryside Tales Autumn Poetry Competition.
Closing: 31.7.08.
Prizes: £50, £25, £15. The three winning entries will be published, and others may be considered.
Entry Fee: £3.
Details: Click Here.

Wells Festival International Short Story Competition.
Closing: 31.7.08.
Prizes : £500, £200, £200.
Entry Fee: £4.
Details: Click Here.

Wells Festival International Poetry Competition.
Closing: 31.7.08.
Prizes: £500, £200, £100.
Entry Fee: £4.
Details: Click Here.

Highlands & Islands Short Story Association Competition.
Closing: 31.7.08.
Prizes: £300, £50, £50.
Entry Fee: £4 each, £10 for three.
Details: Click Here .

Closing in August

Torbay Open Poetry Competition. For poems of up to 50 lines.
Closing: 15.8.08.
Prizes: Adults - £700, £300, £150.
Entry Fees: Adults - £4 each £10 for three, £20 for six.
Details (send sae): Poetry Contest Details, The Administrator, c/o The Mount, Brixham, South Devon, TQ5 8QY.

Essex Poetry Festival 8th Open Poetry Competition.
Closing: 30.8.08.
Prizes: £500, £200, £100. Runners-up - £10 in book tokens.
Entry Fee: £3 each or £10 for five.
Details: Click Here.

Closing in September

Earlyworks Press Short Story Competition.
Closing: 30.9.08.
Prize: £100 and first place in the anthology.
Entry Fee: £5 for up to 4,000 words; £10 for 4,000 to 8,000.
Details: Click Here.

Closing in October

Ragged Raven Poetry Competition.
Closing: 31.10.08.
Prizes: 1st - £300. Runners-up (4) - £50.
Entry Fee: £3 each, £10 for four.
Details: Click Here.

Closing in November

Scribble Annual Themed Short Story Competition. The theme is Brief Encounter, in up to 3,000 words.
Closing: 1.11.08.
Prizes: £100, £50, £25.
Entry Fee: £4.
Details: Click Here


GOOD LUCK!

Friday, 11 April 2008

Photographs


A picture's worth a thousand words. There's a few thousand more here.

Wednesday, 9 April 2008

A Partisan's Daughter by Louis de Bernieres

In A Partisan's Daughter, the latest offering from Louis de Bernieres, we are presented with two narrators. The first, Christian (Chris for short), seems to be writing now (i.e. in the early 21st century) about his relationship at the end of the Winter of Discontent (i.e. 1978-79) with the eponymous partisan's daughter, Roza. I am not the sort of man who goes to prostitutes he begins, and then admits that people would disbelieve it.

Chris describes the loneliness of his life at the time, married to the 'Great White Loaf', an insipid Englishwoman with skimmed milk in her veins. This is his excuse for stopping his car one day to pick up a prostitute standing on a street corner in Archway. There is a misunderstanding: Chris asks her if she has the time and she replies, in 'quite a strong accent' that her watch has stopped and Chris realises he has made 'a horrible mistake'. Roza asks him to give her a lift home, and on the way she tells him that once she used to be a bad girl, and her going rate was £500. She invites him to call back one day for a coffee.

And so begins the odd-couple relationship between a forty-something travelling salesman and a twenty-something 'fast-talking Scheherazade'. This beautifully written book works on several levels, and it had me entranced from the first page. Read my full review on The Bookbag website by clicking here.

Saturday, 5 April 2008

Dublin

A fine week we had of it away in Dublin. Lots of Guinness, lots of diddly-dee music, lots of craic generally. We spent a lot of time in the Temple Bar area of the city, the cultural hub according to the


guidebooks. Well, cultural it was, but also pretty ram-packed with


pubs and bars. Which was nice. Especially the Long Hall - the best bar in Dublin, bar none!