I was sent a press release today (you know your blog's really arrived, when people send you press releases to post up!) about Short Story Radio. The winner of their first romantic short story competition is now available to listen to online. And their second romance competition is now open for entries (£5 to enter, £50 prize plus your story featured on the website, deadline November 2010).
Winner of the first romance competition is a name we should all be familiar with if we've been researching our market properly - Linda Mitchelmore. Well done Linda!
Anyway, here's the full text of the press release. It certainly looks worth investigating. Note the competition judge is Pat Richardson who used to be fiction editor at best, back in the good old days when they accepted fiction.
The sunny South of France, good food and wine, and a romantic Frenchman...
New award winning romantic fiction story available to listen to free of charge from PCs and MP3 players.
Romantic fiction enthusiasts can listen to a new two-part romance story online. The winning story of the Short Story Radio Romance Award 2010 is now being broadcast from www.shortstoryradio.com
Short Story Radio producer Ian Skillicorn says: "Millions of readers around the world enjoy reading romance stories and now they can listen to an enchanting romance on their pc or MP3 player, free of charge."
The winning story, All Good Things by Linda Mitchelmore, is broadcast on Short Story Radio's website and podcast. It tells the story of Crissy, a fortysomething divorcee who meets a Frenchman on the plane to a holiday in Antibes. Linda explains that the inspiration for the story came during a stay with friends who live in the south of France: "I was overwhelmed by all the colours, scents and sights, and the general ambience of the place. I thought what a wonderful place it would be to re-think one's life and one's love.....and this story came from that."
The Award's shortlist judge, Pat Richardson of Perfectly Worded Writing and Editing Consultancy, and former Fiction Editor at best magazine, describes All Good Things as "a truly romantic tale which warms and lifts the heart." Pat continues: "I was delighted to be asked to judge the shortlisted entries for this new award, and greatly enjoyed reading the final five. I was impressed by the originality and creativity shown by all five finalists but the winning story stood out from the start."
Submissions for the Short Story Radio Romance Award 2011 are now being accepted and details are available on the website.
Listen to All Good Things by clicking here.
You might also like to check out the writing and editing consultancy Pat Richardson now runs - here.