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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 in late August 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: Raconteur Literary Magazine 12-Word Story Contest

This seemed like the shortest story contest I’d ever seen but back in June, Raconteur held a six-word story contest!

About: A short, short story competition!

Open to: International. Age limit not stated

Word count: 12 words

Theme: Not stated

Closes: 26 August 2020

Entry fee: $3

Prize: 1st = $100. 2nd = 1-year e-mag subscription. 3rd = 1-year e-mag subscription

Details here: http://raconteurmag.com/12-word-story-open-aug-1/


Comp 2: Gulf Stream Summer Contest

A cross-genre competition catering to fiction and nonfiction writers, and poets, offering emerging writers the opportunity to have their work read by published poets and authors.

About: This competition offers categories in fiction, creative nonfiction and poetry. Submitted work must be original and previously unpublished

Open to: International emerging writers, age not stated

Word count: 5,000 words fiction and creative nonfiction; poetry up to 5 poems

Theme: Not stated

Closes: 30 August 2020

Entry fee: $7

Prizes: 1st = $100 + plus publication in Issue #26 of Gulf Stream Literary Magazine. Two finalists from each category = published in Issue #26 and reimbursed their entry fee

Details here: https://gulfstreamlitmag.com/contests/


Comp 3: Ex Ophidia Press Poetry Competition

Ex Ophidia Press is a fine literary press, specialising in the publication of contemporary poetry and fiction by distinguished writers.

About: A prestigious prize for winning poets

Open to: Open to all English-language authors worldwide (any age, ethnicity, gender, or sexual orientation) for a book of poetry

Length: Full manuscript (see link for length guidelines)

Theme: Not stated

Closes: 31 August 2020

Entry fee: $25

Prizes: 1st = $1,000 US cash prize + book publication by Ex Ophidia Press + 15 author copies. There will also be nine finalists (prizes for these not stated)

Details here: http://exophidiapress.org/Ex_Ophidia_Press/Ex_Ophidia_Poetry_Prize.html


Comp 4: Michael Terence Publishing Summer Short Story Competition

A short story competition open to a diversity of genres in both fiction and nonfiction.

About: Most genres accepted including fiction​, science fiction, non-fiction (e.g. biography, memoir, true story)

Open to: 16+ writers of any nationality writing in English

Word Count: 3,000 maximum (no minimum)

Theme: Appears to be open

Closes: 31 August 2020

Entry fee: £5 per story entered

Prizes: 1st = £ 500 (GBP) + Annual All-Access Masterclass Pass + Publication in MTP Summer Anthology (print book & ebook) + Anthology title based on title of winning entry. 2nd = £300 + Publication in MTP Summer Anthology (print book & ebook). 3rd = £200 + Publication in MTP Summer Anthology (print book & ebook)

Details here: https://www.mtp.agency/copy-of-competition


Word of the Day


This word has two meanings: 1. To overflow with excitement or fervour; 2. Boiling, bubbling. ebullient is a derivative of the Latin word ebullire, which means to boil or bubble up. It is thought to have first been used in the 1590s.

Humorous quote

Why I write: Because kidnapping people and forcing them to act out your interesting make-believe worlds is technically illegal—Unknown 

Get Inspired

On my website, I mention this quote by the great Russian playwright and short storyteller in relation to the writing technique of ‘show, don’t tell’. It’s so beautiful it’s worth repeating:

Don’t tell me the moon is shining; show me the glint of light on broken glass― Anton Chekhov (1860–1904).

Writing tip

Following Chekhov’s advice, find a favourite old photo. Imagine you’re in it and write about what’s happening in a way that shows, not tells. Send me the result, along with a JPEG of the photo, and I’ll publish the best entry in the next newsletter!

Keep well, keep safe, keep writing 🙂

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