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!