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Writing a Winning Opening Paragraph. Three Top Tips.

Last week I was lucky enough to be teaching at the Writers’ Summer School at Swanwick in Derbyshire. Beautiful place if you haven’t been there. One of my courses was about winning writing competitions. Just for fun we had an … Continue reading


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Tips on Entering Writing Competitions – Wednesday Writing Spot

I recently judged the H E Bates Short Story Competition, organised by the Northampton Writers Group. Morgen Bailey is the chair and for today’s Wednesday Writing Spot I’m delighted to welcome Morgen to my blog to give us her tips … Continue reading


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H E Bates Short Story Competition. Winners and Presentation

I was honoured to be asked to judge the 2013 H E Bates Short Story Competition, and last Friday 17th January I presented the prizes to the winners, which was both humbling (I wish I’d written some of those stories) … Continue reading


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The Wednesday Writing Spot – Writing Competitions – an insider’s view

On this week’s Wednesday Writing Spot I am delighted to welcome the lovely Morgen Bailey, who has generously agreed to give us an insider’s view of what goes on behind the scenes in the judging of writing competitions. Based in … Continue reading


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The Wednesday Writing Spot. Tips on Winning Short Story Competitions

This is the first of four posts about various aspects of short story writing, which will go out over the next four Wednesdays, in my new Wednesday Writing Spot. I hope they are helpful. I have spent a fair bit … Continue reading


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How To Get An Original Idea

One of the things short story competition judges bemoan the most is that they hardly ever see an original story, or a really original idea.   Yet being original is one of the fastest ways to get into the shortlist.  Providing … Continue reading


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And the winner of the 250 word Flash Fiction Competition is…..

The New Year Resolution That Went Wrong by Karla Brecon You don’t look too clever, Trace? Don’t feel it, Marge. What happened to you? Last year’s New Year’s Resolution, that’s what! Which was? Just say no.  And I did.  To … Continue reading


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Flash Fiction Competition

Update on 250 word competition – The New Year Resolution that went wrong! Oh my gosh, that’ll teach me to organise a short story competition and only give myself a day to judge it! I was overwhelmed by the volume … Continue reading


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Win a signed copy of my new book! Moving On – Short Story to Novel

Want to win a signed copy of my new book? Just for fun – I am having a short story competition.  All you have to do – she says gleefully – is to write a 250 word short story on … Continue reading


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Prize winning story in Scribble

I have just heard that my short story, In Search of a Hero, which was published in the autumn edition of  Scribble magazine has been voted the best short story of the issue and hence I have won first prize … Continue reading


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