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Welcome to Writers Connect Issue 20, the newsletter that keeps you up to date and inspired with writing goings-on.

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 Writers Connect Issue 20:

  • 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

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

In this issue, we explore writing competitions that close during June 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: Queen Mary Wasafiri New Writing Prize 2020

Here’s an opportunity for previously unpublished, or self-published, poets, fiction writers and life writing writers, to gain recognition and have their work published

About: New writing in fiction, poetry or life writing

Open to: New writers, with no limits on age, gender, nationality or background

Word Count: Maximum 3,000 words

Theme: Appears to be open

Closes: 1 June 2020

Entry fee: Per category, £10 single entry, £16 double entry. Limited number of subsidised entries at £6 per entry

Prize: Winners of each category = £1,000 cash prize. Publication in Wasafiri in print and online. Also offered the Chapter and Verse or Free Reads mentoring scheme in partnership with The Literary Consultancy (dependent on eligibility). Shortlisted writers will be published online with Wasafiri and may also be eligible for Free Reads mentoring.

Enter here: https://www.wasafiri.org/enter-the-queen-mary-wasafiri-prize/

Comp 2: Literary Taxidermy Short Story Competition

The name of this comp makes the mind pop! It’s no holds barred, although it comes with a catch: the opening and closing lines from a classic work of literature are provided; you write the rest 

About: Two competitions, any genre. For the first, the opening and closing lines are from Brave New World by Aldous Huxley. For the second, they are from Beloved by Toni Morrison

Open to: All writers, professional and amateur, internationally

Word Count: Up to 2,500 words

Theme: No theme or genre restrictions. Simply start with the opening and end with the closing lines provided

Closes: 4 June 2020

Entry fee: $10 (US) per entry. Unlimited number of entries

Prizes: winning story in each contest will receive a USD $500 cash prize and a complimentary copy of the forthcoming 2020 Literary Taxidermy Anthology; runners-up will receive a USD $50 cash prize; and both the winner and runners-up will be published in the forthcoming 2020 Literary Taxidermy Anthology. Honourable mention authors will have their name included on a special page in the anthology

About the competition & entry guidelines here: https://literarytaxidermy.com/contest2020.html

Comp 3: Bath Flash Fiction Award

An opportunity for submitting a piece of writing up to 300 words on any theme or subject

About: Must be original, previously unpublished, written in English and be for adult or young adult readers

Open to: International, 16 years+

Word Count: 300 words excluding title

Theme: Any theme or subject

Closes: 7 June 2020

Entry fee: One entry £9. Two entries £15. Three entries £18

Prize: First = £1000. Second = £300. Third = £100. Commended (two entries) £30. 50 authors offered anthology print publication. All published authors shipped free print copy

Details here: https://bathflashfictionaward.com/enter/

Comp 4: Canterbury Festival Poet of the Year Competition 2020

For all the poets among you, here’s your chance to be recognised in the land of Chaucer!

About: Poems on any subject, in any style, not exceeding 60 lines

Open to: International writers 18+

Word Count: Maximum 60 lines

Theme: Any subject, any style

Closes: 15 June 2020

Entry fee: £5 per poem

Prize: First prize = £200. Second = £100. Third = £50. People’s Choice prize = £25. Best-Read Poem receives a bottle of bubbly

Details & entry form here:


Comp 5: Dreame: The Multi-professional Billionaire Writing Contest

Here’s an intriguing name for a writing comp. Let your imagination go wild and create a character and a plot related to a particular profession

About: Original works of fiction, in English, with characters who have a clear profession

Open to: International writers

Word Count: 3,000 words uploaded initially to confirm eligibility

Theme: Recommended to include elements of romance, and/or sci-fi, horror-thriller, suspense, fantasy

Closes: 30 June 2020

Entry fee: Free

Prize: 1st = $1500. 2nd = $800. 3rd = $500. 4th–10th = $300 (all US). Plus more…

Details here: https://www.dreame.com/act/customactivity/20200330Multi-Professional?theme=20200330Multi-Professional

Word of the Day

Dickin Medal

Celebrating our animal friends, the Dickin Medal (appearing in the Oxford English Dictionary), is awarded to an animal for an act of bravery or loyalty, often during times of military conflict by an animal attached to the armed forces. The word originates from the surname of an English animal welfare pioneer, Maria Elisabeth Dickin (1870–1951), who founded the People’s Dispensary for Sick Animals. The Dickin Medal was first awarded in 1943.

Interesting Fact

Washington Irving (1783–1859), author of Rip Van Winkle – a short story about a villager in colonial America  who fell asleep for 20 years and missed the American Revolution – was an insomniac. Sure sounds like wishful thinking, poor man!

Get Inspired

Spark your creativity this week by choosing an image that inspires you – it could be a scene in nature, a painting, the photo of a family member or loved one – and write 500 words about the image.

I hope you’ve enjoyed reading Writers Connect Issue 20.

Keep well, keep safe, keep writing 🙂

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