Now the dust has settled over that Woman's Own competition furore, time to update you on a few pieces of news.
A while back I advertised a free-to-enter competition with a theme of Moving Home, run by estate agent Peter Barry. The results have now been announced, and I'm delighted to see that one of this blog's readers, Tess Kimber, came second. Well done Tess! All 12 of the shortlisted entries have been posted on the Peter Barry blog so you can take a look and see if you agree with the judge's decisions.
The organiser, Justin Burns, also did some wonderful analysis of the competition entries, which he posted here. These make fascinating reading - they had submissions from 29 different countries, and some were written by pets and ghosts!
For those of you interested in non-fiction writing, take a look at Laura Marcus's website, here. She lists some great links related to journalism, and has a useful FAQs page for anyone considering branching out into journalism.
Ages ago I heard of an interesting online weekly writing competition - Write Invite. I blogged about at the time, and it's still going strong. I know several people who swear by the inspiration they get from taking part in this (including Tess Kimber!) The competition runs at 5.30pm sharp every Saturday evening. You pay your entrance fee ahead of time, then at 5.30pm some prompts appear and you write for half an hour, allowing time to upload your story before the time is up. The best stories are published on the site and voted on by members, and the winner gets a decent prize.
You won't write a whole womag story in half an hour, but you should end up with something which can be worked on. Those of you who've read Della Galton's book, Moving On, might remember her giraffe-poacher short story which she used as an example of a story which could be expanded into a novel. Well, that one started life as a 400-word Write-Invite competition entry, before being worked up to a womag story. And I wonder if she will write the novel as well...? So if you're free on a Saturday early evening, why not give it a go?
Right, well I've got the next two days off work, for no better reason than it's half term and I had a couple of days holiday from last year to use up. So I'll be getting on with some serious writing, as well as going out to enjoy the winter sunshine. A four-day weekend - I could get used to that!