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Welcome to the Writers Connect! newsletter

Writing is a human experience. It’s about connection with everyone and everything around us.

We understand you’re busy. So the newsletter usually has just four or five main items of content. A brief but satisfying read.

In this issue:

  • Write Here, Right Now: What’s Happening in Writing
  • Word of the Day. An unusual word to keep your writing fresh
  • Interesting Fact
  • Writing Inspiration Quote

Write Here, Right Now: What’s Happening in Writing

In this issue, we explore a selection of upcoming writing competitions with international reach and free entry that close during April 2020.

For competition closing dates, bear in mind these relate to the time zone where the competition originates, so check the relevant site.

Comp 1: The Alpine Fellowship Writing Prize 2020

About: Awarded for the best piece of writing on the theme of the 2020 Alpine Fellowship Annual Symposium: Forgiveness and Retribution.

Open to: All nationalities, aged 18+. All genres. Text must not have been published, self-published or accepted for publication in print or online, or have won or been placed in another competition at any time

Word Count: Maximum 2,500 per entry, one entry only per person

Theme: Forgiveness and retribution.

Closes: 1 April 2020

Entry fee: Free

Prize: Cash Prizes – 1st £10,000, 2nd £3,000, 3rd £2,000

Details here:

Apply here:



Comp 2: Wergle Flomp Humor Poetry Contest

About: Humorous poetry

Open to: No age limit (authors from all countries eligible except – due to US government restrictions – Syria, Iran, North Korea, Crimea), published or unpublished works, one entry per person only

Word Count: 250 lines maximum

Theme: Humorous poem

Closes: 1 April 2020

Entry fee: Free

Prizes: 1st: $1,000 + two-year gift certificate $100 value, 2nd: $250, Honourable Mentions: 10 awards of $100 each (US dollars).

Entry link here:


Comp 3: Everything Change Climate Fiction Contest 2020

About: One work of short fiction, mainly in English, original and previously unpublished

Open to: All writers 18+

Word Count: Under 5,000 words

Theme: Around climate change, any genre

Closes: 15 April 2020

Entry fee: Appears to be free

Prize: Winner: $1,000. Nine finalists: $100 (US dollars)

Submission link here:

Comp 4: Science-me a Story

About: Short scientific stories for children, promoting short stories as a tool to communicate science to children in a fun and engaging way.

Open to: All writers 18+

Word Count: Not stated, check website

Theme: Relating to the scientific method and the everyday life of a scientist, amongst other topics, to achieve engaging scientific communication. The competition has both English and Spanish categories. Must be original and unpublished

Closes: 20 April 2020

Entry fee: Free

Prizes: £150, £100 and £50

Details here:


Word of the Day


A medical term meaning ‘having an abnormally small head’.


Interesting Fact

William Shakespeare, who died three days short of his fifty-second birthday, coined the terms dead as a doornail, in a pickle, wear your heart on your sleeve, star-crossed lovers and off with his head, along with many others. Amazing to think these terms continue in use five centuries later!


Get Inspired

‘Read, read, read. Read everything – trash, classics, good and bad, and see how they do it. Just like a carpenter who works as an apprentice and studies the master. Read! You’ll absorb it. Then write. If it’s good, you’ll find out. If it’s not, throw it out of the window’—William Faulkner.


What is your writing target for this weekend?



Welcome to the very first newsletter for The Lonely Writer.

Writing is a lonely job. Or pastime. The Lonely Writer aims to connect with you, the lonely writer among other lonely writers, in this monthly newsletter. We understand you’re busy. So the newsletter generally has just four or five main items of content. A brief but satisfying read.

  • Write Here, Right Now: What’s Happening in Writing? Includes trends, festivals and competitions
  • Word of the Day. An unusual word to keep your writing fresh
  • Fun Fact
  • Writing Inspiration Quote

Write Here, Write Now: What’s Happening in Writing?

Psychological Thrillers

…are on the rise this year, from films to novels. Two that are making their way up the lists of bestsellers for 2019 are The Turn of the Key by Ruth Ware and One Fatal Mistake by Tom Hunt.

Festivals and Competitions

The Brisbane Writers Festival

…is drawing ever closer, running from 5 to 8 September. Connecting writers, readers and anyone in between through debate, exploration and imagination as well as celebrating the greatest achievements in the writing world for the year, this festival will be well worth your effort. Check it out here:

The Furious Fiction Competition

…run on the first weekend of every month by the Australian Writers’ Centre, starts on 6 September. Details here:

The Sydney Hammond Memorial Short Story Writing Competition

…closes on 2 September. You’ll find out all about it here:

With the ServiceScape Short Story Award

…closing on 30 November, you could be in to win $1,000, so get cracking on that writing. Details here:

Word of the Day


Pronounced yoo·kuh·ta·struh·fee

Defined as ‘a sudden and favourable resolution of events in a story; a happy ending’.

Most of us would automatically attach negative connotations to this word, however its meaning is opposite! Could you find a way to use this in your writing, or even casual conversation? It will raise more than a few eyebrows.

Fun Fact

The very first manuscript for Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck was eaten by his dog. Perhaps this is where the old phrase ‘the dog ate my homework’ came from?

Get Inspired

‘You flourish one hushed breath at a time. Imagine all you can build word by single word’―Laurie Seidler, 22 Shelters: Lessons From Letters.

This first issue of THE LONELY WRITER is a collaboration between Brienna Cottam and Gail Tagarro. Brienna is a student at the University of the Sunshine Coast where she’s studying the course Bachelor of Creative Writing. She is currently undertaking an internship with Gail Tagarro at