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WRITERS CONNECT! Issue 28

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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: Writing Competitions
  • Word of the Day. An unusual word to keep your writing fresh
  • Humorous Quote
  • Writing Inspiration

Write Here, Right Now: Writing Events

Following are writing competitions that close during August and October 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: Buzzwords Open Poetry Competition

Proceeds of this competition are used to fund ‘Buzzwords’, a long-running regular poetry gathering in Cheltenham.

About: A competition for poets with a poem of up to 70 lines long

Open to: International. Age limit not stated

Word count: Maximum 70 lines

Theme: Not stated

Closes: 22 August 2020

Entry fee: £4 per poem or 3 poems for £10 (postal entries only). Email entries have a surcharge for printing costs: One poem £4.35, two poems £8.70, three poems £11

Prize: 1st = £600, runner-up prize = £300., five commended = £50 each. The Gloucestershire Prize = £200 (for Gloucestershire residents only)

Details here:

https://buzzwordspoetry.blogspot.com/p/blog-page_14.html

 

Comp 2: The Masters Review Summer Short Story Award for New Writers

Apart from the prizes shown below, all winners and honourable mentions will receive agency review from the following: Sobel Weber, The Bent Agency, Writers House, Fletcher & Company, Compass Talent and Carnicelli Literary Management. Go for it, writers!

About: This competition is open to emerging writers only. Self-published writers and writers with story collections and novels with a low circulation are welcome to submit

Open to: International emerging writers, in English only

Word count: 6,000 words

Theme: Open genre, open theme

Closes: 30 August 2020

Entry fee: $20

Prizes: 1st = $3000 + publication online. 2nd =  $300 + publication, 3rd = $200 + publication

Details here:

https://mastersreview.com/short-story-award-for-new-writers/

 

Comp 3: Edinburgh International Flash Fiction Award

Aside from the prizes below, the top 20 shortlisted writers are invited to the Edinburgh annual Flash Bash and are offered publication in the organiser’s anthology. Main prizewinners also receive 1-year free membership to the Scottish Arts Club.

About: Flash fiction award for writers internationally on any theme up to 250 words

Open to: International 16+, published and unpublished

Length: Up to 250 words

Theme: Any theme

Closes: 31 August 2020

Entry fee: £6

Prizes: 1st = £600, 2nd = £300, 3rd = £150

Details here:

https://www.storyawards.org/enterflash-fiction-award

 

Comp 4: Not So Normal Narrators

This competition is for ‘diverse and unusual teen voices’. As the organisers say, ‘Think about the YA heroes you’ve not seen yet, and be the strange you wish to see in the world!’

About: An opportunity for teen writers of YA short story fiction for a competition that is ‘seeking short stories told through underrepresented and unusual teen voices. We’re hoping to see central characters of different ethnic, cultural and class backgrounds, characters who identify as LGBTQ, characters with disabilities or mental health issues, or just any young character with circumstances or a perspective outside of the mainstream

Open to: International teens 14+

Word Count: 2,000 – 5,000 words

Theme: YA fiction

Closes: 30 October 2020 (deadline extended from 31 August 2020)

Entry fee: £4

Prizes: 1st = £200, 2nd = £100, 3rd = £50

Details here:

http://contest.oddvoiceout.com/

 

Word of the Day

hygge (pronounced ‘hyoohguh’)

This is a Danish noun that appears to have entered the English language recently, around 2016, when it was shortlisted for the Oxford Dictionary’s Word of the Year. It means the ‘practice of creating an environment of cosiness, which, in turn, fosters feelings of contentment and wellbeing’ (Macquarie Dictionary). A very cosy word.

 

Humorous quote

Being a good writer is 3% talent, 97% not being distracted by the Internet—Anonymous.

 

Get Inspired

Start writing, no matter what. The water does not flow until the faucet is turned on—Louis L’Amour (19081988). American novelist and short story writer of mainly Western novels but also historical fiction, science fiction, non-fiction and poetry. Many of his stories were made into films.

Keep well, keep safe, keep writing 🙂

WRITERS CONNECT! Issue 17

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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: https://alpinefellowship.com/writing-prize

Apply here: https://alpinefellowship.submittable.com/submit/156072/alpine-fellowship-writing-prize-2020

 

 

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: https://winningwriters.submittable.com/submit/58279/wergle-flomp-humor-poetry-contest-no-fee

 

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: https://everythingchange.submittable.com/submit

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: https://sruk.org.uk/initiatives/public-engagement/science-me-a-story/

 

Word of the Day

nanocephalous

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?

THE LONELY WRITER

WRITERS CONNECT!

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: https://bwf.org.au/2019

The Furious Fiction Competition

…run on the first weekend of every month by the Australian Writers’ Centre, starts on 6 September. Details here: https://www.writerscentre.com.au/furious-fiction/

The Sydney Hammond Memorial Short Story Writing Competition

…closes on 2 September. You’ll find out all about it here: https://fawnsw.org.au/sydney-hammond-memorial-short-story-writing-competition/

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: https://www.servicescape.com/short-story-award

Word of the Day

eucatastrophe

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 editors4you.com