Sunday, 7 August 2022

Five freebies

Free entry writing competition news

There's still time to enter Anansi's summer competition. They're offering small cash prizes and publication for poetry, short stories and flash fiction. I'm sure I must have something I could send.

The Blackness on Sea poetry competition, which has a large cash prize. £1,000! Poetry is very much not my strong point, but I'm trying to come up with something.

The Perito prize. The writer of the best piece on accessibility and inclusion will get £500. I've already entered that one.

The Orna Ross Green Stories novel prize. This one has cash prizes of £1000 and £500, plus help with getting published. I've written a novel which I think might suit the theme, but as I've already published it, I can't send it in.

The L Ron Hubbard writers of the future competition offers $1,000 to the winner each quarter and accepts several different genres – none of which I write.

My news

This small collection of my short stories is available to download free from Amazon, and some other retailers, such as Smashwords. That might only be news to newer readers of this blog, but I'm too busy drooling over the illustration for my story in the My Weekly Special to think of anything else!


ados123 said...

Thanks for the competitions, Patsy and especially the timely reminder about the Perito Prize. Must think of something for that!

Fiona said...

Gosh what a brilliant mix of competitions Patsy - something for everyone. I just looked at the Blackness-on-Sea one and see that all entries are published on their website. Quite a mix of styles.
Will definitely have a go at a couple of the competitions now it’s almost time for me to get back to normal life after the Commonwealth Games - too much of a distraction and so many sports to choose from on iPlayer!

Sheelagh said...

Thanks Patsy, that illustration is just perfect for a cake lover & congratulations on getting your story into the special. Thanks for all the info re competitions too & I have just downloaded your book of short stories, look forward to reading it thanks

Lexi :-) said...

Thanks for the comp suggestions, Patsy, and I love the illustration :)

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

I've considered the Writers of the Future but I've not written many short stories. My books are short, but not that short!

Marian said...

Thank you very much for these, Patsy.

ChrisC said...

Thanks for these Patsy! I ve been a bit slow on comps lately, thesr should spur me on!

Marguerite said...

Thank you for this mix, Patsy. I have already done the long and shorter for Anansi and had a Globe Soup email today for the 500 word challenge. I'll save the cake until it's a bit cooler ;) Now I come to think of it, a bit hot for soup.

Marguerite said...

Just to let you know, Patsy, email shot (or however it's done?) - last one I had was "Cut-off period" 23/7? They might not be getting thrrough to people?

Patsy said...

@ Alyson – Good luck.

@ Fiona – Yes, very mixed styles. I'm pretty sure mine doesn't have the literary merit they're looking for, but was pleased with myself for coming up with something. I'm sure you can do better.

@ Sheelagh – Thank you. I hope you enjoy it.

@ Lexi – Great, isn't it?

@ Alex – It's an unusual length – but then I think they want unusual stories.

@ Marian – I'm glad they're of interest.

@ Chris – I've not entered many either. We must try harder!

@ Marguerite – Good luck with your entries.

Which comp has that cut off period?

Marguerite said...

No - it's your emails - email alerts for this blog- aren't getting through??? The last one I received from you was titled: Cut-off period. Sorry I wasn't clear. I just wondered if anyone else had that or if I need to re-subscribe???

Patsy said...

@ Marguerite – Oh! I don't know why that is. I've not changed any settings - not on purpose anyway. Technology isn't my strong point...

Anonymous said...

Hi Patsy, I’m also having a problem with emails about your updates not coming through

J Lenni Dorner said...

Cool contest news. I'm gonna check out that Orna Ross Green one. And grabbed a copy of your book. Thanks!
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Sheelagh said...

Funny I'm just reading above about notification emails for blog updates, I never actually received any of those. If you're updating your list Patsy you might add me to it thanks. & if you're not no worries as I have been doing it the manual way anyway with great success anyway.