Sunday, 27 May 2012

More short stories on Kindle

Short story anthologies are perfect for the Kindle. You can download them for very little, pop your Kindle into your handbag and then you're never without something good to read while on the bus, waiting at the dentist's, or any other spare moment. (And one of the best things about the Kindle is that it is brilliant in bright sunshine - so perfect for reading in the garden in this glorious weather we've been having in the UK!)

Mills and Boon and womag writer Kate Hewitt (aka Katharine Swartz) has also published a short story anthologys for Kindle - Love, Laughter and Lucky Marbles is all about the funny side of falling in love and costs all of 77p so is an absolute bargain!

Monday, 21 May 2012

Free anthology!

The supremely talented Della Galton, who turns 21 today and is very good at telling stories, is celebrating her birthday by making her first e-anthology of short stories completely free today!

Go here to download the first Daily Della anthology, Lessons in Love, for free. (If you don't have a Kindle, go here to download free Kindle software for your PC, Mac, tablet or Smartphone.) Hurry, it's free today but back to usual price tomorrow, I think.

I'd already bought this, and the second Daily Della, Waiting. I love Della's stories (apart from the one about her age!) and am hugely looking forward to reading them.

Oh, and she shares a birthday (give or take a day) with this blog, which is now 5 years old! Happy Birthday Della, and Happy Birthday my blog!

Monday, 14 May 2012

My Weekly Collectors' edition

There's a My Weekly Special out at the moment, dated May 8th-June7th, and is a commemorative issue for the Golden Jubilee. Inside is a facsimile of the Coronation edition from 1953.

As with the Woman's Weekly centenary edition a few months back, it's great to see how women's magazines have changed over the years. Well worth buying this magazine as one to keep!

Sunday, 13 May 2012

Writers' Abroad Anthology and two competitions

If you're British but live or have lived abroad, this could be one for you.
Writers' Abroad have put out a call for submissions for their next anthology.

Closing date: 31 July 2012.
Entrants: Only for expat and former expat writers.
Fiction: 1700 words max (flash fiction welcome).
Non-fiction: 1000 words max.
Poems: 30 lines max. Theme: ‘Relationships around the world’.
Free to enter, all profits from the anthology will be donated to the Book Bus charity, and a foreword will be written by the prize-winning novelist, Julia Gregson.
Full guidelines available at

If you're not an ex-pat, here's a couple of competitions for you instead.
First one is in aid of British Thyroid Foundation, the prize kindly supplied by Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival in Harrogate.
Closing date 30 June, short stories 2000 words max, theme "Go for the throat!" and the winner will receive two tickets to the VIP Festival Launch Party Crime Novel of the Year and accommodation at the sumptuous Cairn Hotel.
More details and full T and Cs here.

And the other one is run by
Short story 1,500-3,000 words, theme, as you can probably guess, is "Bingo".
First prize £300, second prize £100, and two runners up prizes of £50.
Closing date 28th Feb 2013. No entry fee.
More information here.

Hope one of these appeals to you. I've been head down writing my novel, hence the lack of recent posts. Sorry about that!

Wednesday, 2 May 2012

Stuck for story ideas?

Try buying a copy of The Writer's Treasury of Ideas, by Linda Lewis. My copy arrived the other day and it looks to be packed with great ideas to kick start a few stories. And I absolutely LOVE the cover. (Bit blurry here because I've had to blow up a tiny image. Looks much better on the actual book!) Link above is to Amazon. If you buy direct from Linda she'll throw in a mini-guide for free. Tell her I sent you.

Linda, aka Catherine Howard, is a regular contributor to the womags. Her stories are always vibrant and fun, and she's sold hundreds. This will be an excellent addition to your writer's bookshelf.

If you've got a Kindle, it's available as an ebook too (and cheaper that way). Also check out Linda's How to books for Kindle:
How to Make £10 in 10 Minutes
Why Short Stories Get Rejected
which cost next to nothing and are brilliant.