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Or anyway, that's the plan.

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Monday, March 11, 2013

Competition time...

It's almost spring, although if you're in the UK today you wouldn't think so, because an Arctic wind is roiling round my house and I have the central heating on full blast. All the same - March means competition time, especially for writers of short stories.

Exeter Writers is a long-established group which has been running an increasingly successful short story competition for several years now.  This year, the prize for the winner is £500, with further cash prizes for the runners-up.  The entry fee is a fiver, which is quite cheap these days.

The closing date is 31 March 2013 and we'll be getting cracking on the judging in April.  If you have an unpublished short story in any genre, why not enter it?  Let Exeter Writers pay for your summer holiday!

That's if we get a summer.  Let's live in hope.

Here's the link you'll need: http://www.exeterwriters.org.uk/p/competition.html.

Good luck!

Friday, March 1, 2013

The Creative Writing Student's Handbook - Chapter 2

Chapter 2 of the interactive guide to creative writing by Cathie Hartigan and me is free on www.creativewritingmatters.co.uk today and for the rest of March. 

To read, please click on the link in this post, or click the book cover to the right of the post. 

We would love to know what you think, so any comments would be much appreciated. You can leave them here or on the Creative Writing Matters website.