Here’s a selection of the correspondence we have had into our mailbox this month. Please note this information has not been verified; we are just passing it on for you to investigate if you’re interested.

Competitions

Mslexia annual writing prizes

  • Close: 30 September 2019            
  • Prizes: £5000 (novel), £3000 (short story), £500 (flash)          
  • Renowned competition for novel writing, short stories and flash fiction, with big-name judges
  • Publication as a prize as well as money
  • Word limit: various
  • £25 (novel), £10 (short story), £5 (flash)                 
  • More information at www.mslexia.co.uk

Crowvus Christmas ghost story competition

  • Close: 30 September 2019      
  • Category for both adult and children’s storytelling  
  • Prizes: percentage of the entry fees for adults; £50 gift card for children’s
  • An anthology of the shortlisted stories in both categories will also be published
  • Limit: 4000 words
  • £3 for one, £5 for two
  • Short story, poem and flash fiction
  • More information at www.crowvus.com/competition

Southam Book Festival flash fiction competition

  • Close: 21 September 2019     
  • Winning entry will be published in the Southam Advertiser and announced at the book festival
  • Limit 100 words
  • £2 entry
  • More information at www.southambookfest.co.uk/100-words

Henshaw short story competition

  • Close: 21 September 2019     
  • 1st prize is £200; 2nd prize is £75; 3rd prize is £25
  • Limit 2000 words
  • Open theme
  • £6 entry to competition; £12 if you’d like a critique included
  • More information at www.henshawpress.co.uk/

Writing Magazine Picture Book prize

  • Close: 31 October 2019
  • Prizes include a lunch consultation with a top agent, magazine subscriptions, critiques and prize money
  • Judges are looking for an original, entertaining story with a strong and captivating author voice
  • Story must be aimed at 0-6 year-olds and no more than 800 words
  • Can be rhyming or non-rhyming
  • Only one story per author
  • Entry: £5
  • More information at www.sparkey.org.uk/Books/picture-book-prize/

Writing resources

The Novelry

They do offer courses, they do have competitions, but they also have some interesting stuff, especially in their blog section. For example, did you know A Clockwork Orange was written in three weeks?

More at www.thenovelry.com

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