This is the last time I'll litter one of my posts with pictures from our trip to Ireland. If you see more they'll be there for a good reason, not randomly strewn about the place, just because I can.
Of course this rule doesn't apply to photos of our next trip, or the garden, interesting things I spot on a walk, cakes...
Free entry writing competition news
This competition from Exisle Academy is for "any genre, fiction or fact - that helped or would have helped you at a pivotal moment in your life" the prize is "up to $2000 worth of training and coaching with Exisle Academy", including the opportunity to discuss developing a book with our editors" plus optional publication on their website. You have up to 1,500 words and the closing date is 28th August.
I do sometimes base fiction on real life events, so might have a go at this.
The Morley prize is for 'unpublished writers of colour'. This can be a novel or creative non-fiction book. The prize is £500, plus a consultation with a literary agent.
I'm not eligible to enter this one. If I was, and had a suitable book to submit, then I definitely would.
The Daily Mail are running a novel writing competition with a £20,000 prize and agent representation. "The contest is for first-time authors who have not had any work of fiction published before."
That's another I can't enter, but if I could I would.
Globe Soup run free writing challenges with £500 prizes. All those registered will be sent a genre and a secret challenge, and given a week to come up with a story of up to 2,000 words. That sounds as though it could be fun, so I've registered.
There are some writing tips on The People's Friend website. They're written with that magazine in mind, but are also good general advice.
Would you be interested in more specific tips and advice about writing for this market?