Sunday, 3 May 2015

Romantic (writing) life

Actually I do have quite a romantic writing life, travelling about as I do in the van with my lovely husband and making up stories in between exploring castles, admiring the scenery and drinking wine.

But this post isn't about that, it's about this. Sounds like an excellent opportunity to get your romantic novel published.

Friday, 1 May 2015


Thinkerbeat are running four fiction competitions this year. There's a $25 prize for the current one.

Note - they like US, not UK spellings. I got told off for putting an s where they wanted a z.

ER, I couldn't THINK of a suitable illustration. Rather than BEAT myself up about it, I've picked one at random. Can you guess where I took it? Or who designed the bridge?

Wednesday, 29 April 2015


Umbriferous means providing shade.

The depth of Lydford Gorge would make it a pleasantly shady place to walk in summer, even without the umbriferous canopy of vegetation.

Monday, 27 April 2015

Tie a red ribbon - quickly

Another short notice post - sorry! For this one there's $100 on offer for a shortish (3-5,000 word) story with a 'romantic, psychological or erotic twist' which uncovers taboos. The advice is to 'Make it weird', oh and you need to get the end of the world in there somewhere too.

My photographic collection doesn't include anything truly appropriate, but one name for this weird, red plant is 'love-lies-bleeding'. Close enough?

Sunday, 26 April 2015

Playing to the crowd.

Sorry, not much notice for this playwriting competition, but I thought it was worth a mention in case anyone had anything suitable already written. Prizes include performance of your play as well as cash (£250) and one of the judges is a script reader for the BBC so it's a fantastic opportunity for the winner.

Don't be a Wally and waste time swanning around - give your pay a final polish and send it in!

Saturday, 25 April 2015

Tudor poetry

Write a Tudor themed poem, enter this competition, win £50.

Well don't just sit there looking at the scenery - get on with it!

Friday, 24 April 2015

Writing Ink

Creative Writing Ink run a monthly competition for short stories and poetry. There's a small prize which varies from month to month.

This is my special writing pen - bought with part of the payment from my first ever sale.

Wednesday, 22 April 2015


I hope to keep this post compendious, that is comprehensive yet fairly brief. To write so compendiously would demonstrate my compendiousness, which would be nice.

Cakes are also nice (and round here they're comprehensively dealt with in a very brief time)

Tuesday, 21 April 2015

The small print.

Please - never enter a competition without first reading the terms and conditions and please don't sign any kind of publishing contract without first being sure you understand what it is you're being asked to agree to.