28 February, 2011

After death

If you write thrillers the state of a body may be crucial to solving the crime -- and writing convincing fiction. This website may be of immense benefit.

The Staffordshire Hoard – A Day for Creative Writers

Author Nick Corder will lead a workshop using the Staffordshire Hoard as a springboard for imaginative writing at City Central Library, Hanley, Stoke-on-Trent, on Saturday 19 March 2011, 10.00-3.00.

“In Saxon times, the Lord would thank his warriors when they had been victorious in battle with a huge feast in his Great Hall. Part of the entertainment would be story-telling.  Probably the most famous of these stories is Beowulf.  The bravest warriors would be rewarded with spoils from the battle-field. We’d like to create some imaginative writing around the theme of the hoard.”

Email central.library@stoke.gov.uk or phone 01782 238455 to book a place.

19 February, 2011

The Short Story Website

"Welcome to Story, the campaign to celebrate the short story. We believe that the short story is one of the most exciting and important literary forms, that can and should reach the widest possible readership. We believe that the short story matters."

To find out more visit their website.

18 February, 2011

Renegade Writers' Group

This picture is historical -- we now meet at the Red Lion, Stoke Old Road.

Jolly Potters is back in business!

The Jolly Potters pub is to re-open this weekend after a month's renovation. Therefore next Wednesday's meeting -- the 23rd February -- will once again take place here. the usual venue.

If you are a writer and you would like to meet like-minded folk over a drink, have a chat, then do come along. We are a friendly and supportive bunch.

06 February, 2011

Bristol Short Story Competition

3000 words  /  entry fee £7  /  prizes up to £1000  /  closing date 31 March

Details:  Bristol Prize website

Fish One-Page Story Competition

300 words  /  entry fee 14 Euros  /  prize  1000 Euros  /  closing date 20 March

Details: Fish Publishing

Rider Haggard Story Competition

3000 words  /  stories inspired by Rider Haggard  /  £10 entry fee  /  prize £200  /  closing date 20 March

Friends of Morley Competition

Friends of Morley Literature Festival Story Competition

3000 words  / free entry  / prizes up to £50  /  closing date 1 July

Email fmlitfest@yahoo.com for entry form

The Cinnamon Press Awards

The first 10,000 words of your novel or novella  /  short story 2000-4000 words  /  ten poems (40 lines max)  /  £16 entry fee  /  prizes up to £400  /  closing date 30 June

Biscuit Publishing Story Competition

1000-5000 words  /  £10 entry fee  /  prizes up to £1500 / closing date 9 May

Details: Biscuit Publishing Ltd