Daily Archives: January 16, 2013


Another great writing opportunity c/o Little Rockets, thanks for sharing Kyra

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Everyone loves being in a club. And clubs don’t get much cooler than writing clubs. The Telegraph’sShort Story Club is in its second year and is run by writer Louise Doughty.

By becoming a member of the club you can chat with other writers through the forum and check out Louise’s blog posts for short story tips. Whether you’re a member or not, you can still enter the Short Story Club’s monthly competition and go into the running for a pretty cool prize.

Every month you get to put your story skills to good use and submit something 2000 words or less, and if you get selected, well your work goes online and everyone gets to marvel at your genius.

At the end of the year? The twelve monthly winners go to London to meet Louise, The Telegraph’s Literary Editor, plus (now this is truly awesome) a top literary agent…

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Little Rockets is a great blog, Kyra Bandte posts all sorts of writing opportunities. I’m enjoying exploring her blog.

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Writing from images can sometimes be a help or a hindrance. But when it’s a piece of art, we’re a little more free to stretch out on our imaginitive beaches, drink of the poetic coconut, and lose our minds to the volleyballs of verse. I’m talking about the Castaways Poetry Prize.

The City of Rockingham runs this competition, where poets from all over the world are invited to plonk themselves on an island of interpretation and write some poems based on the artistic prompts of 2012’s Castaway sculpture gallery.

Each poem should be 24 lines or less (you can enter 3 of them) and must be previously unpublished. Entry is free and by email (yay!) and closes on the 22 March 2013. For more formatting and entry details, clicky here.

First prize is $200 and 2 copies of the Castaways 2013 publication, and commended works get…

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The Early Bird – has bleary eyes!


It is just after 5a.m, I had a dream about followers of this blog, I woke up to something better… Technical support. I can now (finally after 12 days of looking) add categories! Thanks Hastywords! My new discovery was Quick post, it seems I can smartblog! Although scrolling is difficult! Should have bought a BlackBerry!

I have been working on my next submission a short fictional scene, this one is half way there… Or it was. I twisted the characters on my last rewrite.

I’ve also found some great blogs – will link when I’m on the laptop & some more writing opportunities.

I’m no further on with my manuscript and owe it to date about 9000 words from my 1000 words a day toll!

I’ve only managed 1 take-out-reusable – coffee- cup coffee because I have since bought an instant espresso … I will risk a normal size mug but my reusable coffee cup is worlds too big!

Happened to read several articles on caffeine yesterday…. Should I worry!?

This blog is about my writing life and not my whole life but I need to spill some of the jar sometimes! The pebbles are cutting into me, after a particularly bad day at work yesterday, I’m not looking forward to making room in my jar for the pebbles today! (If the jar analogy is not making sense go read the first couple of posts use the calendar to navigate… I promise to learn hyperlink. I can do it in docs and WebPages!)