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Welcome to Writers Connect! Newsletter

Writing is a human experience. It’s about connection with everyone and everything around us. Writers Connect Issue 31 contains competition information, a word of the day and quotes to inspire your writing.

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
  • Writing Tip

Write Here, Right Now: Writing Events

Following are writing competitions that close during September 2020, and one that closes in August 2021 (see Comp 1 below).

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

Comp 1: Twist & Twain Short Story Contest 2020-21

We published the Twist & Twain contest in Issue 27 of the newsletter. Please note that the closing date is 15 August 2021, not 2020. So you have practically a year to prepare! Twist & Twain is an online literary magazine, and this is its second short story contest.

About: Story must be written originally in English

Open to: International 18+ both new and established writers

Length: Up to 4,000 words

Theme: Any theme, setting or genre

Closes: 15 August 2021

Entry fee: $9 (see details for residents of India vs non-residents of India)

Prizes: 1st = Rs. 25,000 (c. $300). 2nd = Rs. 15,000 (c. $180). 3rd = 10,000 (c. $120)

Details here:


Comp 2: Manchester Fiction Prize

This short story competition with a massive cash prize is open to both new and established writers from 16 years upwards.

About: Entrants may submit as many stories as they wish. Each story must be submitted as a separate entry, with a separate entry form and entry fee

Open to: International. 16+ (no upper age limit)

Word count: 2,500 maximum

Theme: Not stated, appears to be open

Closes: 18 September 2020

Entry fee: £18 (reduced price entry available – see website below)

Prize: £10,000

Details here: https://www.mmu.ac.uk/writingcompetition/fiction-prize/

Comp 3: Mslexia Women’s Short Story Competition

This short story competition is open to women from any country.

About: Mslexia magazine is published four times a year. It is aimed at writers to help develop their writing and progress in the world of publishing

Open to: Women of any nationality

Word Count: 300 to 3,000 (excluding title)

Theme: Fiction and memoir

Closes: 21 September 2020

Entry fee: £10

Prizes: 1st = £3,000 + publication in December 2020 issue of Mslexia + 1 week on an Arvon retreat including a mentoring session with an editor at Virago. Three finalists = £100 each + publication in December 2020 issue of Mslexia

Details here: https://mslexia.co.uk/competition/short-story/

Comp 4: The Bodley Head/Financial Times Essay Prize Competition 2020

In this essay competition, the judges are looking for ‘a dynamic, authoritative and lively essay’.

About: Now in its eighth year, the Financial Times and The Bodley Head, one of Britain’s leading publishers of non-fiction, team up to find the best young essay-writing talent from around the world.

Open to: Anyone internationally 18—35 writing in English

Word count: 3,500 maximum

Theme: Essay on any subject

Closes: 24 September 2020

Entry fee: Free

Prizes: 1st = £1,000 + e-publication with The Bodley Head + publication in the Financial Times + mentoring session with The Bodley Head. Two runners-up = £300 cash each + e-publication with The Bodley Head

Details here: https://survey.ft.com/jfe/form/SV_6u24tomtuVl85g1

Comp 5: Parkinson’s Art Poetry Competition

By entering this competition, you will be supporting the British charity Parkinson’s UK.

About: This poetry competition is open to anyone over 18, in any country, writing in English, and you may submit as many poems as you like

Open to: Anyone internationally 18+

Word count: 50 lines

Theme: ‘What Tomorrow Brings’

Closes: 25 September 2020

Entry fee: £2

Prizes: 1st = 50% of ticket sales (the remaining 50% goes to the Parkinson’s UK Charity). Runners-up = mystery prizes!

Details here: https://www.parkinsonsart.co.uk/poetry2020

Word of the Day


Mostly related to time and astronomy, this word means, ‘A particular period of time in history or a person’s life’, or ‘An arbitrarily fixed date relative to which planetary or stellar measurements are expressed’ (Oxford Dictionary).

Humorous quote

A synonym is a word you use when you can’t spell the other one―Baltasar Gracián (1601–1658), Spanish Jesuit philosopher and writer.

Get Inspired

What an astonishing thing a book is. It’s a flat object made from a tree with flexible parts on which are imprinted lots of funny dark squiggles. But one glance at it and you’re inside the mind of another person, maybe somebody dead for thousands of years. Across the millennia, an author is speaking clearly and silently inside your head, directly to you. Writing is perhaps the greatest of human inventions, binding together people who never knew each other, citizens of distant epochs. Books break the shackles of time. A book is proof that humans are capable of working magic―Carl Sagan (1934–1996), American astronomer, scientist and author.

Writing Tip

Open a book and flip to a random page. Notice a sentence that sticks out? Write a paragraph starting with that sentence and then put your own spin on what comes next.

Hope you enjoyed Writers Connect Issue 31.

Keep well, keep safe, keep writing 🙂

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