Saturday, 20 August 2011

While Womag's Away...

I'm off on holiday tomorrow for 10 days - to Northumberland and Durham, mostly camping but also staying at a friend's farm for a couple of days. The boys are hoping they'll be allowed to drive tractors...

Here are a few snippets of news to keep you busy for the rest of August:

1. Helen Hunt is running her second Writing for Women's Magazines workshop on 17th September. Full details on her blog - here. Cost is £30 which includes lunch and a critique of a story to be sent before the course. That is such amazing value for money - if you are anywhere within reach of Northampton it'd be criminal not to go!! Feedback from her last course: 'Very good value for money', 'The course is excellent and a must for anyone wishing to break into the woman's magazine market', 'Very supportive and constructive feedback', 'A fantastic day'.

2. Helen is also offering critiques by email, starting at £15 a story, which is again brilliant value for money. See her blog for details.

3. If you like writing historical pieces, fiction or non-fiction, take a look at this new magazine Vintage Script. They can't offer payment as yet but it would be a publishing credit. I'm considering subscribing to this as I love history (and am writing a historical novel).

4. Bedtime story competition with some nice prizes - £500 first prize - closing date 28th October, 1500-3000 words. This one's free to enter, so there's nothing to lose!

5. And another competition at the Boston Review, first prize $1500 and publication. They want online submissions so I assume the competition is open to anyone in the world. Closing date 1st October, fee $20 which can be paid by credit card. Max word count 4000 words.

6. But BEFORE you enter either of those two, take a look at The Write Place competition, which has a closing date of 31st August, so not much time left. Top prize £100, entry fee £4.50, and the judge is womag writer Linda Lewis aka Catherine Howard. Max word count 1500 words.


7. Finally if you're into Twitter but don't know how to get the best from it, or would like to try Twitter but don't know where to start, Nicola Morgan has written the perfect ebook for you - Tweet Right.

Enjoy what's left of the summer, everyone!


12 comments:

Caroline said...

Have a great holiday. Hope the rain keeps away - it's tipping it down here! Caroline x

HelenMHunt said...

Thanks for the mention Kath. Have a fabulous holiday.

Old Kitty said...

Have a great holiday!!! I hope you all get to drive tractors!

Thanks so much for these wonderful links - very helpful as always!

Take care
x

Sally Zigmond said...

Thank you for the greatlinks. As an historical writer, I've bookmarked Vintage Script and will take a close look.

Have a wonderful holiday. Northumberland/Durham are two of my favourite places--after Yorkshire, of course! Wonderful scenery and coastline and lots and lots of history.

I thoroughly recommend Barter Books in Alnwick. A 'must see' shop if ever there was one.

JO said...

Have a great holiday - you have earned it. Hope the sun shines and you all enjoy having time off

Now - time to do something about those competitions you've highlighted . . .

Amish Stories said...

Id like to invite you folks to come to Amish Stories for a recipe for "Famous Pennsylvania Dutch Sticky Cinnamon Buns" along with a book signing schedule for Amish fiction writer Wanda Brunstetter for Pennsylvania and Ohio as well as a contest to meet her. I hope everyone so far is having a great weekend. Thanks everyone. Richard from Amish Stories.

Amish Stories said...

Id like to invite you folks to come to Amish Stories for a recipe for "Famous Pennsylvania Dutch Sticky Cinnamon Buns" along with a book signing schedule for Amish fiction writer Wanda Brunstetter for Pennsylvania and Ohio as well as a contest to meet her. I hope everyone so far is having a great weekend. Thanks everyone. Richard from Amish Stories.

Elaine Everest said...

Have a great holiday and many thanks for mentioning The Write Place competition.

Kath said...

Have a great holiday, Womagwriter.

Over at www.goodtoknow.co.uk/family/471247/woman-s-weekly-fiction-guidelines, there are some interesting comments re length of stories required for Woman's Weekly fiction specials. I've always assumed because they specify 1000-8000, they'll take anything in between but it seems some lengths are "awkward" - worth knowing, I think.

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penandpaints said...

Thanks for the competition links, have a good holiday!

Suzanne Jones said...

Have a great and sunny holiday.

Our summer's well and truly over - the leaves are turning brown and the nights are drawing in. It seems much too soon.

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