Wednesday 25 August 2021

Five free entry writing competitions – and some travel pics.

I've not been stuck in the mud at home over the last few weeks, as we've had a few trips away in the van and climbed two mountains! OK, maybe they weren't actual mountains, but they had the word mountain in the name and we climbed up them, which is good enough for me.

I'm 'chuffed*' to say we're going to be on more campervan adventures for the next few months. That will make keeping this blog updated more difficult, but I'll do my best. 

You can help out by passing on any womag info, free entry competition links, or other useful stuff you come across. Put them in comments, email me or message me on twitter with those.

Please ask any questions via comments on the blog. Doing that means others also see both question and answer meaning you may get help from other writers, and the response might help others too.

Here are five free to enter writing competitions to keep you busy while I pack the van and we plan our route.

This competition from Mills and Boon is for 'romance writers from underrepresented ethnic backgrounds'. The prize is a book contract wort £2,000 plus £,500 'to support your writing'.

For this competition from Inkitt, you're required to post a mystery or suspense story of up to 7,500 words. If you can then persuade enough people to like, share and review it you could win $500. I won't be giving this a go. I dislike both the popularity contest part and the strong possibility of publishing work without any reward.

If you're a 'beginning professional' in speculative fiction writing, you can enter this competition from Dream Foundry and be in with the chance of winning $1,000. 

The Foxes Retreat competition is for poetry, prose or scripts of up to 500 words on the theme of other worlds. The prizes are 1 to 1 coaching and workshop places.

The New Media Award offers various prizes up to £1,000.

* Sorry!


Marguerite said...

Thank you, as always for the comps :) That picture at the end - so atmospheric! I think maybe a story in there...

Anonymous said...

Thanks, Patsy - have a good time on your travelling adventure. good wishes. Kate Hogan

Liz said...

Enjoy your adventures, Patsy. Here in locked-down Melbourne, I envy anyone who can venture more than 5km from their home!

I really appreciate this blog and am grateful to you for all the work you do to keep us all informed about writing news and openings.

liz young said...

I envy you and Gary your campervan adventures, but if you're going to be out and about for 'the next few months' I hope your campervan has good heating!

Patsy said...

@ Marguerite – Several stories, I should think! Do let me know if you write one of them.

@ Kate – Thanks. I'm sure we will.

@ Liz – I've been hearing about your lockdowns. No fun at all. Just hope they work.

@ Liz Y – Yes it does! We've been out in snow and ice and haven't yet put it on full. That might happen during the trip after next.

ados123 said...

Thanks for the comps, Patsy.

Anonymous said...

Testing testing!

Elizabeth McGinty said...

Thanks for the comps Patsy, and for your photos, always inspirational. Enjoy the remainder of your campervan adventures.

Sheelagh said...

Thanks for all the info Patsy, much appreciated. Enjoy your trips.

J Lenni Dorner said...

I love the pictures! Rock stacking is such a zen activity.

I had a productive month reading for a read-a-thon, writing a few book reviews, checking in with hospitalized family members, and writing a WEP flash fiction.
Have you seen the notebook on the current (Aug 25) giveaway at Operation Awesome? That is some amazing custom art. Debut authors are always surprising me.
I'm ready for the summer heat to be over. 🥵

Sheelagh said...

Patsy this might be something of interest to you (perhaps you know them already) I have just had a gardening article accepted by GreenPrints (Weeders Digest) in U.S.

Patsy said...

@ Alyson – and thank you for the links you pass on.

@ Anonymous – You passed! A* definitely.

@ Elizabeth – You're getting the blame when I post a flood of photos! ;-)

@ J Lenni – You've been busy. No, not seen that yet.

@ Sheelagh – Oh, well done! No, I don't know GreenPrints. Great name.