Saturday 4 September 2021

A couple of things...

Free entry writing competition news

Thanks to Alyson Hilbourne for reminding me about the Writer's and Artist's Yearbook competition. They're looking for stories, for adults, of up to 2,000 words. The prize is publication on their website and an Arvon course.

The Commonwealth short story prize is open to submissions. To enter you must be a citizen of a commonwealth country, and send in a piece of unpublished work between 2,000 and 5,000 words. There' are several cash prizes of £2,500 and one of £5,000.

My news

The ebook of my latest short story collection is now available to 'pre order' for the absolute bargain price of 77p (99c). It will be released on 5th October and shortly afterwards go up to the normal price of £1.99 ($2.99) so if you fancy a copy, get it now! There will also be a paperback version, which you can buy from Amazon, or order through your local bookshop or library.

Anything you can do to help let people know about this book, or my romantic murder mystery which will be released 28th November, will be very much appreciated. Eg sharing my tweets and Facebook posts.


There are a huge variety of crimes, committed for many different reasons. Those which seem justified or are at least understandable. Others for which there can be no possible excuse. Some crimes are calculated and deliberate, others unplanned or even accidental. More still are planned but don't happen.

There are also multiple ways for the criminal to be caught out or made to pay for what they've done. The police, an amateur detective or even their victim might bring them to justice. And sometimes what at first appears to be a crime is revealed to be nothing of the sort.

Criminals, victims and those wrongly suspected all have a story to tell. This book contains 24 of them.


ados123 said...

Thanks Patsy. Never had any luck with either competition sadly...
I have just pre ordered criminal intent!

Enjoy your trip away.

Elizabeth McGinty said...

Thanks Patsy for comp details. Criminal Intent pre ordered, looking forward to reading it, and post retweeted.
Thanks for all you do to help your fellow writers, very much appreciated.

Sheelagh said...

Thanks Patsy, I am going to put in an order for it at the local library here on Monday (if someone hasn't beaten me to it) as I think its a great way to open up the books to a wider audience and hopefully get even more readers on board.

Alan Barker said...

Thanks Patsy. Have pre-ordered Criminal Intent and look forward to reading it next month. Much appreciated!

Marguerite said...

Thank you for the comp news, as always, Patsy :) Criminal intent pre-ordered - looking forward to some of the 'darker'... ;)

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Will share on my October 6 post!

Patsy said...

@ Alyson – you've had no luck YET!

@ Elizabeth – I get a lot of help from my fellow writers, so it works both ways.

@ Sheelagh – Thank you! I love libraries and the fact that some of my books are available to read in a few of them.

@ Alan – I hope you enjoy it.

@ Marguerite – I confess that much as I enjoy writing cheery stories, it's nice to do the odd one which is a little different from most of my magazine stuff.

@ Alex – Thanks very much!

ChrisC said...

Thanks for the info on comps Patsy. Always worth a try! Criminal intent pre ordered. I shall look forward to reading it!

Patsy said...

@ Chris – thank you.