Friday, 5 March 2021

Free to enter writing competitions

I didn't have room for the free competitions in my post earlier this week, so here are a couple now ...

This competition is for UK writers of poetry and fiction who are from under represented backgrounds. The list of people who qualify is long and includes things such as being from a working class background or having sensory impairment, as well as categories you'd expect to see. There's a great prize package including cash, mentorship, manuscript assessment and a writing course.

Thanks to Alyson Hillborne for passing me a link to this competition. You're asked to submit '3,000- to 5,000-word stories that envision the next 180 years of climate progress'. Twelve cash prizes are on offer, with £3,000 going to the winner down to $300 for other finalist.

Wednesday, 3 March 2021

Promotion, preferences and photography

It's spring! I know many people don't think it starts until the equinox, but it's my favourite season so I prefer to start it as early as possible. The garden is looking great and I've been taking lots of photos. Partly to share on social media, but also because I'm learning more about photography and need to practise the techniques.

A bonus from my photography training is that as it's Gary's job, and I'm acting as his assistant, we're allowed to leave the house occasionally, despite lockdown restrictions. Keeping socially distanced is easier at night ... Right, I think that's enough clues for you to guess which one wasn't taken in the garden!

If you'd like to see more of my photos, you can find them on Instagram. That's something else I'm having to learn! I'm sure it'll be easier once I have a smart phone...

Talking of early starts, it's the first Wednesday of the month, so time for an Insecure Writer's Support Group post.

This month's optional question is – Everyone has a favourite genre or genres to write. But what about your reading preferences? Do you read widely or only within the genre(s) you create stories for? What motivates your reading choice?

My default reading choices are cosy crime, historical fiction and gardening books.

This year I'm taking part in a Goodreads challenge to read 52 different books, at least half of them in other genres, or on different subjects. My plan is to get through some of the books I have downloaded on my kindle – many of them by online writing friends.

How about you? What do you like to read?

Another thing I'm trying to learn more about is promotion for my writing.  There are several things I'm trying, and which I'll report on once I know if they work, but I'm very much in the early stages of the process. Helpfully tonight's #WritingChat topic is promotional tools. If you'd like to join in you'll be very welcome. Just tweet 8-9 UK time, using the hashtag.

This is already quite a long post, so I'll save the free to enter writing competitions for a few days time. Will you be back for them? 

Wednesday, 24 February 2021

Walking quickly!

Hi! How are you? 

I'm well. I think it helps that I've been on a walk of at least four miles every day this year – the photos are all things I've seen whilst doing that.

Aren't I lucky to have all this within walking distance of home?

My usual pace is slow, but I'm trying to speed up to leave time for all the other things I have going on.

There's the latest novel of course and I'm preparing for a 'generating and developing ideas' writing workshop I'll be delivering via Zoom in May, I've been asked to submit some cheerful short stories for a sort of new publication, and write a guest blog post for Pent to Print.

Work is progressing on turning two of my novels into audio books, and a lovely new cover is being created for one of those.

Others are doing the work, but there are questions to be answered and decisions to make. Once the audio books are complete, I'll have some codes for free review copies which I'll offer my newsletter subscribers.

I've been well rewarded for my efforts this week – six short story sales and some nice book reviews. The latest is for my short story collection, Coffee & Cake.

Free entry writing competitions

Pen to Print run a variety of free entry competitions, with nice prizes. If you write audio plays you might win a kindle fire as well as the chance to have yours produced. Poets and short story writers could win a tablet pc. Would be novelists can win mentorship from a professional to help get their book ready for publication. There's even a competition for photographers!

Do, as always, check the terms and conditions to check you're eligible. The Pen to Print competitions aren't aimed at established writers.

If you do have a prior record of publication you could try the BBC short story award instead. That offers a £15,000 first prize and four runner up prizes of £600.

And finally ...

Tonight's #WritingChat topic is reading and writing crime. Do join us if you can – just tweet 8-9 UK time, using the hashtag.

Wednesday, 17 February 2021

Over To You

Here's the latest news from The People's Friend about COVID stories, how to submit fiction of all kinds and answers to other frequently asked questions.

Do you have any womag news?

Are you researching, writing, subbing? Had any acceptances or rejections? Any other news?

Feel free to use the as a picture prompt. If you'd like other writing prompts, short exercises and story/scene suggestions then you might find this book useful.

Thanks to Lindsay Bamfield for passing on the link to this free entry writing competition. There's a £725 / $1000 prize on offer.

I'd love to hear your competition news.

Have you entered any writing comps? Had any luck? Heard about interesting contests? Got any tips to pass on? (Although I only feature free to enter competitions in my posts it's fine to share news about other competitions too.)

Do you have writing tips to share, questions to ask, or suggestions for this blog?

Sunday, 14 February 2021

February freebies from my friends!

Happy Valentine's Day!

As I love all my blog readers (especially those who leave comments!) I'm sharing some pretty flowers and little gifts with you today.

Free writing course

Anne Rainbow is presenting a free ten week course for those who want to start writing – although knowing her there will be lots of useful stuff for those who've already made a start but got stuck and need a little help to keep going in the right direction. (Anne isn't getting paid for this and very much hopes that attendees will consider making a donation to the church, which is hosting this event.)

Free books

Fay Knowles has a collection of romantic short stories which is currently free to download.

My own collection of short stories, Not A Drop To Drink, is also free.

Mary Grand also has a free short story collection available.

If you'd like more free books to read you can find some here.

Free to enter writing competitions

I feel very friendly towards all those keyworkers who are doing their best to keep us safe, supplied with food and other essentials, and who treat those in medical need. This free entry poetry competition is intended to celebrate all such people in the UK. There's a £300 prize.

Those nice people at the Erewash Writing Group are running a free romance writing competition with a small cash prize.

Wednesday, 10 February 2021

Freezy February

Gosh, it's cold! We've even had snow, which is unusual here. Sadly it's not in photogenic drifts or carpets, just a few dusty looking bits blown into corners.

The garden, which seemed so springlike just a few days ago, now looks very sorry for itself. I'm trying to think of it as a first draft. Once the sun shines again it will reveal the true beauty – just as a good edit does to our writing. And just as I wouldn't distress you with a jumble of my ideas and typos, I'm sharing pictures from last year which show how the garden will look after it's warmed up a little.

Free entry writing competition news

Here's a competition for a single author short story collection. Self published books aren't eligible and authors must live in the UK or Ireland. There's a £10,000 prize.

If you know any writers under 18 who live in the British Isles, they might be interested in this competition. (Having written that I realise I'm assuming that nobody under 18 reads this blog – please put me right if I'm in error!)

Pin Drop have a short story award. It's free to enter, but you have to sign up to their mailing list to get the details of how to do that.

The Scottish Book Trust have another wee competition with nice little prizes. 

Womag news

My story, If The Shoe Fits, is in The People's Special issue number 204 which is on sale today. 
My News

As promised/threatened here's an update on what I'm doing towards being more businesslike about my writing...

I'm gradually publishing all my books through Ingram Spark. There are two reasons for this – one is so that I'm not solely reliant on Amazon for book sales. The other is that it will make it much easier for libraries and bookshops to stock copies. They're unlikely to do that automatically, but will do so if anyone orders a book.

So far only A Year Of Ideas: 365 sets of writing prompts and exercises is available this way, but several others are part way through the process.

In order to publish with Ingram Spark I've bought my own ISBNs (this is essential) joined ALLi, the Alliance of Independent Authors, (recommended both for all the advice and news, and for the very worthwhile discounts on lots of things, including publishing with Ingram Spark). A blog post about the benefits of joining ALLI is coming soon. I could do one about ISBNs – why you might want them and how to get them, or about publishing through Ingram Spark, if anyone is interested.

I'm also having all my novels made into audio books. That's going to be a long and slow process. So far I've found a narrator and publisher for one, and am auditioning for another.

As this is a fresh start, I'm taking the opportunity to have all my novel covers updated too. This is how the audio cover of Paint Me A Picture will look.

Wednesday, 3 February 2021

February is for friendships

It's time for another Insecure Writers Support Group post! This month I'm one of the co-hosts, along with Louise - Fundy Blue, Jennifer Lane, Mary Aalgaard, and Nancy Gideon.

If you're a writer who is ever insecure in any way, you might like to join the IWSG. There's the monthly blog hop, Facebook group, help, support, resources, website... All kinds of stuff. You can get involved with it all, or just the elements which most appeal.

This month's optional blog hop question is – Blogging is often more than just sharing stories. It’s often the start of special friendships and relationships. Have you made any friends through the blogosphere? 

My answer is – YES! 

I've been fortunate enough to meet some of them in person (cake has usually been involved!). I hope to meet more once travelling and meeting people becomes safe again, but there are those I consider friends despite the fact we may never meet face to face.

It's not just through blogging I've made friends, but through other writing related activities such as forums, workshops, conferences, groups and social media. On the whole writers are interesting, friendly and very generous. We tend to help and support each other. We take time out from our writing to encourage others with theirs. 

Do you have blogging friends, or writing friends you've met in other ways?

One writing friend I first met virtually is Rosemary J. Kind. We get on so well that we've written a book together. From Story Idea to Reader is an accessible guide to writing fiction, available in ebook, paperback and audio versions. The ebook is currently reduced to  £1.99 / $1.99

Free entry writing competition news

Here's a romance writing competition with a small cash prize.

This competition is for 'book-length essays of at least 25,000 words by writers resident in the UK and Ireland who have not yet secured a publishing deal'. The prize is publication and a £3,000 advance.

For this competition there's a £10,000 prize for 'the best piece of writing on the theme of the Alpine Fellowship 2021 - Untamed: On Wilderness and Civilization'.

Womag news

The People's Friend will be doing a Facebook live event about their pocket novels at 11am this Friday. This is for readers and writers. 

Thanks to Jackie Sayle for letting me know that Woman's Weekly have introduced a new monthly fiction magazine. Don't get too excited as it seems to be entirely made up of reprints!

If one of your stories is used in the magazine you can still claim for ALCS payments for stories sold under the old 'first rights with extensions' contracts. If you've given up all rights, you may still be able to do that, but will need the permission of the rights holder.

Other news

I've set up a new  Womagwriter Twitter account. You can follow it here. I'll be using it to share writing related news and help to promote other writers, so will follow back and retweet those who engage with me. (My personal account is here.)

Wednesday, 27 January 2021

BRRR - perfect weather for the three Rs

Gosh, it's cold out. Perfect weather for staying indoors, except for an occasional brisk walk, which is exactly what I've been doing. My time has been put to good use with my version of the three Rs – writing, researching and reading!

Free to enter writing competitions news

Creative Writing Ink run regular writing competitions for work in any genre and any length. Your piece must be inspired by one of their prompts and posted online somewhere. You enter by providing a link. There's a prize of a £10 Amazon voucher (you could buy one of my books!)

Here's an ongoing short story competition. You can submit a new piece of 1,000 to 3,000 words each month. The prize is $30.

For this novel writing competition you're asked to begin writing a novel in a genre you've not tried before. There's a $500 prize.

Thanks to Alyson Hilbourne for sending me the link to this flash fiction competition. Anyone over 18 may enter and there's a £200 prize.

Alyson also told me about this call for submissions. There's no payment, but you might earn royalties.

I mentioned this competition previously, but wanted to remind those of you who have written a novel and are looking for representation, as it seems like an excellent opportunity to get noticed by agents.

Womag news

YOU magazine in South Africa is now open for submissions again. Apparently there were initially a few problems with the email system, but that seems to be OK now and authors are receiving acknowledgements (not auto instant ones) advising them to allow up to six weeks for feedback,

I'm attempting to get up to date guidelines. In the meantime, here's a link to previous posts about YOU.

My news

In the words of my husband, I'm moving the business side of my writing up a gear. I've joined ALLi, –the Alliance of Independent Authors, have arranged for someone to produce an audio version of one of my novels (if that's successful I'll do the same with the others), have commissioned new cover artwork, bought a big batch of ISBNs ready to make my books more widely available instead of relying on Amazon and am trying to learn something about marketing.

Everything is in the early stages and it's all a little daunting at the moment, but I'm doing it in small stages and it feels as though I'm making progress. If you're interested in any of those things, please say so in the comments and I'll make sure I let you know how it all goes and share any top tips, useful links and pitfalls to avoid.

Tuesday, 19 January 2021

Over to you!

 Do you have any womag news?

Are you researching, writing, subbing? Had any acceptances or rejections? Any other news?

Feel free to use the as a picture prompt. If you'd like other writing prompts, short exercises and story/scene suggestions then you might find this book useful.

I'd love to hear your competition news.

Have you entered any writing comps? Had any luck? Heard about interesting contests? Got any tips to pass on? (Although I only feature free to enter competitions in my posts it's fine to share news about other competitions too.)

Do you have writing tips to share, questions to ask, or suggestions for this blog?

Thursday, 14 January 2021

All quiet?

This seems to be a very quiet time in terms of responses from magazine editors and other writing news. Probably it always is, but it feels even more so this year. It's a quiet time in the garden too, but I do have some colour to cheer me up. I'm sharing it in the hope it does the same for you.

Womag News

I've had a couple of acceptances from The People's Friend. The stories were submitted in October, but I have others which have been out quite a look longer. I'm guessing they just fitted a particular issue either in terms of length or subject, so jumped the queue a little. That often happens with longer length stories, as fewer of these get submitted and they're always in demand.

Free entry writing competition news

Thanks to Alyson Hilbourne for passing on the link to this competition.  You're asked for up to 500 words on the theme of magic, the best of which will be included in an anthology. Authors of selected work will receive a print copy of the book. 

Another one from Alyson is this short story competition offering £500 in prize money (or the equivalent in your own currency). Anyone over 16 may enter a story of up to 1,000 words describing an imaginary book banquet.

Alyson also gave me the link to this competition from Harper's Bazaar. They're offering a two night stay in a hotel for the best story of up to 2,200 words on the theme of threads. That sound OK until you read the small print. As Alyson points out, you give up worldwide rights in all formats, just by entering. I think it's rather unfair to take rights from the winner, but to do so with all rights is simply appalling.

I received this email from a competition organiser –The Writing Contest, which you posted about on your site, has just wrapped up. It was a huge success, with a total of 3,847 submissions!

We were really impressed by the fantastic work carried out by all the authors and we hope you'll share the post with your audience. We think there's a lot to learn from these expertly crafted blurbs. We've announced the winner and runners up and posted the top 10 blurbs here.

Knowing how many entries there were makes me feel a lot better about not reaching the top ten with my hastily cobbled together attempt. Do you read the winning entries from past competitions? And if so, do you find it useful?

Here's a poetry competition with a $3,500 prize. And here's another – the prize is lower, but I'm pretty certain your odds of winning are far higher.

My News

Some of my short story collections have been reduced to 99p / 99c, and others will be going on sale during the next few weeks. You can find the offers, and all my other books here.

Monday, 11 January 2021

Improving characterisation in short stories

Today's guest is womagwriter and novelist Nicola Martin. 

5 ways to improve characterisation in your short stories

When it comes to creating compelling characters, short stories can be the most difficult medium. How do you make sure your protagonist zings off the page in as little as 1,000 words?

Looking back on my womag-writing career, I think improving characterisation was the number one change that clinched my success. When I first started, I received a lot of rejections. However, when I began focusing on characters as the heart of my stories, that’s when the acceptances started appearing in my inbox. It also helped me secure a publication deal for my psychological thriller, Dead Ringer.

Here are five tips on characterisation that have worked for me:

1. Establish key character facts early

At the start of a story, it’s a good idea to anchor your reader as quickly as possible. Who is the narrator/POV character? Are they a man or a woman? Age? Appearance? Job?

Of course, beginning a story with “Anna was a 35-year-old nurse with long blonde hair” is rather uninspiring. So you need to give clues, rather than spell it out for the reader.

Picking the right name can be a useful shorthand. Hollie is likely to be younger than Mabel. Mohammed is likely to look different to Rhys.

Otherwise, it’s a case of dropping breadcrumbs. A nurse might be pulling on her uniform as she heads out the door. A keen artist might have paint-flecked hair. A 50-year-old might be driving the flash car he bought to celebrate his big birthday.

2. Subvert the expected

In women’s magazines, the same themes and situations tend to crop up again and again. This is part of what’s lovely about the womag world, but editors do tend to look for fresh takes on familiar situations.

Using unexpected characterisation can keep things fresh. Instead of a new mum suffering the baby blues, why not a new dad? Instead of a cosy mystery starring a prim-and-proper white lady from suburbia, why not a Black woman who won’t take things lying down?

Don’t just stick with the first character idea that pops into your head. That first idea might be exactly what the reader is expecting. Instead, work on subverting those expectations.

3. Use contradictions

It’s easy to fall into cliché with characterisation. The cerebral surgeon plays chess in his spare time, or the rosy-cheeked primary school teacher bakes cakes in the evenings. My recipe for more interesting characters? Throw in a contradiction or two!

Maybe your serious vicar character also loves Zumba, or your gloomy teenage boy learns to knit.

Contradictory characters are unusually more interesting, and they make for interesting stories, too.

4. Get inside the character’s head

Because a character only appears on three pages, it’s easy to assume you only need to know three pages worth of information about them. In my opinion, characters are like icebergs. You may only see 10% of their characterisation in the story, but as the writer, you still need to discover the other 90%.

I do this through first-person free-writing. I spend an hour writing as if I am the main character. I write about ‘my’ childhood; ‘my’ job; ‘my’ relationships; ‘my’ hopes and dreams and fears and worries.

There’s no pressure for this stream-of-consciousness stuff to be any good. In fact, I won’t use most of it. But it allows me to get to know the character. Bits and pieces from this free-writing will always crop up in the finished story, creating a more fleshed-out and believable character.

5. Think about their emotional journey

Short stories can often suffer from the ‘so what?’ problem. You might have wrapped up the plot, but have you given the reader a reason to remember the story?

Taking the protagonist on an emotional journey (as well as a narrative one) can be the secret to making a story memorable. How are they changed by the events of the story? What are they going to do differently from now on?

You’ll find the answers to these questions by poking at the character’s emotional wounds. A recent divorcee might need to learn to trust again. An old-fashioned gent who’s always carried his family on his back might need to learn to accept help.

Weaving an emotional arc into your story, based on specific character details, can help to create something that resonates with the reader.

Think about your favourite books, movies or TV shows. You might not remember every detail of what happened, but you remember how heartbroken or joyful you felt when something big happened to your favourite character. When people tell me they’ve read my novel, Dead Ringer, they always talk about the characters and never about the plot or prose.

This is the reason it’s so important to take the time to create characters that connect with audiences. Characters are what people remember. And characters sell stories.

About the author: Nicola Martin is a writer from Bristol. Her short stories have appeared in The People’s Friend and placed in national competitions. Her debut psychological thriller, Dead Ringer, is about meeting your doppelganger (with disastrous consequences). The Daily Mail called it “tense and compelling”.

She blogs about books and writing at You can find her on Twitter and Instagram.

Wednesday, 6 January 2021

Here we go again – IWSG, free entry writing comps, and market news.


Welcome to the first Insecure Writer's Support Group post of 2021! 

How are you feeling about the writing year ahead? A bit daunted by all those days to fill with words and not knowing what their fate will be, deadlines to meet, work to polish and markets to find? Or optimistic about the possibilities and opportunities which may come your way?

For me it's a mix of both, but at the moment optimism is winning. Last year was not a good one for my writing (and in so many other ways for so many people) but this year WILL be different and there's a good chance it will be better. Let's face it, there's plenty of room for improvement!

To help you meet your writing potential, this blog will continue to feature a mix of free to enter writing competitions, news about woman's magazine fiction and other markets, advice and inspiring guest posts about once a week. Each month there will also be an IWSG post like this one on the first Wednesday, and a 'Your Go' post around the middle of the month which is a chance to share news and information, ask questions, help with answers and celebrate your success. 

Free entry writing competition news

You still have time to enter Erewash Writers' Festive Fright short story competition. There's £25 plus publication on offer for the winner. (There are other competitions listed on the website.)

There are a few more days to go for the Nine Dots competition – and there's a MUCH larger prize. You'll ned to do more for it too, but if you have any thoughts on being young in an ageing world, then it might be worth having a try at earning that $100,000. 

If you're over 90, you might like to take a look at this short story competition. Growing Old Disgracefully are offering £200 plus publication for the best 500 word piece about childhood memories. The organisers will also plant a tree near where the winner lives, which I think is a lovely idea.

Those of you who have a crime novel they'd like read by literary agents, might like to have a look at this unusual competition. You're asked to submit the novel opening and 'elevator pitch'. The best will be published in a chapbook and sent to agents who've agreed to request at least one full manuscript from those included.

Crime writers from the North East of England might be interested in this novel writing competition.

Womag news

During the People's Friend Writing Hour on Twitter yesterday, the idea of stories mentioning COVID and lockdown was discussed. The Friend team said,  "If any writer wants to submit one they can, but the lockdown situation should be the backdrop, nothing more."

I'm pleased to have a story, set in my local area and very loosely based on reality, in the 2021 Yours Yearbook. Thanks to Bea Charles for the photo.

Other publication opportunities

Paragraph Planet are looking for 75 word submissions. These can be complete stories, novel extracts or scenes. There's no pay, but you might enjoy the challenge, or the ego boost should your piece be accepted.

Something else entirely

Both Gary and I are finalists in this photography competition. His is of a seal, and mine shows some puffins. If you like either of our pictures, we'd really appreciate if you could 'vote' for them by clicking on the thumbs up symbol. You can only vote once, but can select more than one image.


Are you going to try any of the competitions I've mentioned? Will you be submitting to women's magazines or elsewhere? Are you daunted by the idea of writing throughout 2021, or looking forward to it? Don't you just love puffins?

Friday, 1 January 2021

Happy New Year!

How are you? Ready to move on from 2020 and make this a really good year?

I expect some of you made New Year's resolutions. Good luck with them if you did. Mine is to drink more water – I know it's good for me and in theory it's very easy to do, but somehow I haven't got into the habit. Do you have any suggestions to help?

Of course I plan to write in 2021, but I've not set myself goals, targets, a schedule, challenge or aspiration. I tried all that last year and the stuff which happened stopped me achieving most of them. This year I'm going to write what I want, when I want, and hope for the best. I'll probably draw inspiration from the little purple book. Oh, OK, I do have one aspiration – to get my murder mystery published. I'll let you know how all that goes.

The photo is of Hev Ock. My childhood friend sent her to me for luck when I was made redundant and considering becoming a full time writer. I think she's a good symbol of fresh starts, and reminder that things can work out well, if we apply time, imagination and effort. She's got her eye on you!

I'll be back soon with womag information, other market news and lots of free entry competitions. In the meantime, thanks to Carol Bevitt for passing on the details of this Christmas love story competition. You have until Valentine's day to come up with the pitch and opening. The winner will have their novel published by Penguin in time for next Christmas.

Best wishes for your writing, health happiness and everything else in 2021!

Monday, 21 December 2020

Happy Winter Solstice – and Christmas!

Today is the winter solstice. From now on the days lengthen and spring draws ever nearer. For me, tomorrow is the start of a new year – and it will be very welcome. 

I recently went to Avebury for a bit of stone hugging, just in case that helps make 2021 a better year than this one.

Womag news

Thanks to Sharon H for the update about Love Sunday magazine. Submissions are now to be sent to This is a non paying market, but they will often include a mention of the authors book. If submitting to them and you want this, I suggest making that clear and reminding them on acceptance as this sometimes gets forgotten.

Thanks to Jill Crawford for passing on the information that following the closure of Woman's Weekly Fiction Special, Woman's Weekly are now only publishing stories of 800 or 1,800 words. Fiction is currently scheduled until October 2021!

Jill also informs me that stories of 1,800 words are wanted for both Woman and Woman's Own.

I understand that Woman's Weekly now has a new fiction editor. I'm currently trying to find out more about that, and the requirements and submission procedure for all three publications, and will update you with any information I get.

Free to enter writing competitions

Thanks to Sheila Crosby for telling me about this crime novella competition. The prize is publication and $1,000 (Sorry if I mentioned this one before. I thought I had but can't now find it, and decided twice was better than not at all.)

This competition is for 50 words featuring a candle. There are prizes in different age groups. You can write in English or Gaelic.

There's $250 on offer for the winner of this short story competition. You have 1,000 to 5,000 words to write about an attempt to repair something.

Here's a competition for plays which work in an audio form. The prize is £2,000.

A cheeky hint

If anyone is wondering what to get me for Christmas, a review of one of my books (even one of the free ones, and even if you don't feel gushing praise is warranted) would be lovely.

Most importantly

Thank you very much to everyone who has commented on this blog, provided information and shared links on social media. Your support means a great deal and is the reason I continue. I'm signing off now until January (or until something amazing that I can't keep quiet about happens.)

Wishing everyone an uplifting solstice, peaceful and happy Christmas, joy for any other festival or event you celebrate, and many good things for 2021.

Monday, 14 December 2020

Over To You

Do you have any womag news?

Are you researching, writing, subbing? Had any acceptances or rejections? Any other news?

Feel free to use the as a picture prompt. If you'd like other writing prompts, short exercises and story/scene suggestions then you might find this book useful.

I'd love to hear your competition news.

Have you entered any writing comps? Had any luck? Heard about interesting contests? Got any tips to pass on? (Although I only feature free to enter competitions in my posts it's fine to share news about other competitions too.)

Do you have writing tips to share, questions to ask, or suggestions for this blog?