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Welcome to the Writers Connect! Newsletter

Welcome to Writers Connect! Issue 21

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

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

In this issue, we explore writing competitions that close during July 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: Nowhere Magazine Spring 2020 Travel Writing Prize

Here’s something for travel writers

About: For novice or veteran writers. Entries may be fiction, nonfiction, poetry or essay, in English. Previously published work is eligible

Open to: All writers, internationally

Word Count: 800–5,000 words

Theme: Fiction, nonfiction, poetry or essay

Closes: 15 July 2020

Entry fee: $20 (US). Multiple entries allowed

Prize: Winner receives $1,000 + publication in Nowhere. Up to ten finalists will also be published

Enter here: https://nowherepublishing.submittable.com/submit/161855/spring-2020-travel-writing-prize



Comp 2: The Saturday Evening Post Great American Fiction Contest

This is an American themed contest so it may have a narrower audience than other competitions we usually feature in the newsletter. But if you’re American, or live in America, then have a go!

About: This contest features the most renowned American fiction writers. Stories must be previously unpublished (excluding personal website/ blogs)

Open to: American authors

Word Count: 1,500–5,000 words

Theme: Character- or plot-driven pieces in any fiction genre

Closes: Not stated. Check with organiser

Entry fee: $10 (US)

Prizes: $1,000 + publication in Jan/Feb 2021 edition of  The Saturday Evening Post. Five runners-up = $200 each + stories featured online

Guidelines and entry link: https://www.saturdayeveningpost.com/fiction-contest/


Comp 3: HG Wells Short Story Competition

From America, to the UK, there’s something here for everyone

About: The story can be set anywhere, feature any characters and be written in any style. Story may not have been previously published

Open to: Not stated, check with organisers

Word Count: 1,500–5,000

Theme: ‘Vision’

Closes: 6 July 2020

Entry fee: No fee if 21 years or younger. £10 otherwise. £5 with student ID

Prize: Two competitions: The Margaret and Reg Turnill Competition for young writers 21 years and under. Winner receives £1,000. Competition for over 21s winner receives £500

Rules & entry form here: https://hgwellscompetition.com/how-to-enter/?v=79cba1185463


Comp 4: The Rattle Poetry Prize

We always try to feature a competition for poets, so here you go

About: Poems on any subject, in any style, of any length, in English

Open to: International poets

Word Count: Any length

Theme: Appears to be open

Closes: 15 July 2020

Entry fee: $25 (this is a 1-year subscription to Rattle, or a 1-year extension for subscribers)

Prize: Winner = $15,000, ten finalists = $500 each + publication in Rattle Winter 2020 issue. One $5,000 Readers’ Choice Award chosen from finalists

Guidelines & entry here: https://www.rattle.com/prize/guidelines/


We’ll leave it at four competitions for this time, and feature more with a July deadline in the next issue of Writers Connect!


Word of the Day


This is a rather beautiful Welsh noun that means homesickness or nostalgia, an earnest longing or desire, or a sense of regret. How could you use it in your writing?


Interesting Fact

Probably the whole world knows that J.K. Rowling, who wrote her first manuscript of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone while sitting in cafes in Edinburgh, had her manuscript rejected 12 times. It’s a reminder to persevere even when your manuscript is rejected. Commissioning editors and publishers are human, they’re subjective.


Get Inspired

Choose a genre you don’t normally write in. Let’s say, mystery. Here’s the writing prompt for your mystery: You open a book and a note falls out. It says: ‘If you are reading this, you have been chosen’. Write the first 500 words of a novel or a 500-word short story around this.

Keep well, keep safe, keep writing 🙂

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