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Writing Competitions – Deadline December 2015

writing-1The weather is getting chillier and it’s the perfect time to curl up in front of the fire and submit your writing to one or more of the following competitions that have deadlines in December…

…and remember to let me know how it goes!


The Restless Books

http://www.restlessbooks.com/prize-for-new-immigrant-writing
December 31, 2015
Fiction submissions accepted September through December, 2015. Nonfiction submissions accepted fall, 2016.Winner receives $10,000 and publication by Restless Books

Tethered by Letters

http://tetheredbyletters.com/submissions/contest-submissions/
December 1, 2015
BL is pleased to announce our third annual Summer Literary Competition. There are three submission categories: 1) short stories of any genre ranging from 1,000 to 7,500 words, 2) flash fiction with a word limit of either 55, 250, or 500 words, and 3) poetry no longer than three pages. For these contests we are looking for engaging stories, vivid characters, and fresh perspectives and styles.

Ernest Hemingway Flash Fiction

December 1, 2015
Entries for the Ernest Hemingway Flash Fiction Prize should be approximately 1500 words or less. Submissions should be unpublished and in .rtf, .doc, or .pdf format. Feel free to submit multiple stories, but please DO NOT submit multiple Word documents as one submission or one text document containing multiple stories. Instead, please submit each story as a SEPARATE entry (so that you complete an individual submission process for each story).

Magic Oxygen

December 31, 2015
You must ensure you have read and comply with all the rules before you enter. By entering the competition and uploading or sending us your work, you agree that you are in full acceptance of them. Any failure to comply with them may result in your entry being disqualified.

Soundwork Short Story Competition

http://www.soundwork-uk.co.uk/competitions
December 31, 2015
To submit a short story to the Soundwork competition, send it as an attachment to info@soundwork-uk.co.uk and, on the cover page of the story, put your name and email address, but these should not appear anywhere else in the attachment. Your story should not be longer than two thousand words and may be on any theme. There is no fee to enter the competition and no acknowledgement of receipt will be sent. An entrant may submit any number of entries. The winner, and possibly others, will have the story recorded by Soundwork and posted on the website, along with a photo and details. Copyright will remain with the authors and Soundwork will retain rights to the recordings. Entries may have been broadcast/published elsewhere. Closing date 31st. December 2015. Keep an eye on this website for results – expected in January 2016.

The Henshaw Short Story Competition

http://www.henshawpress.co.uk/
December 31, 2015.
Entries must be a fictional short story of up to 2000 words on any theme.
Entries must be on A4, double spaced and page numbered with the title on each page.
The author’s name must not appear on any page either as a header or in the content.
All entries must be the original work of the Author, must not have been published before the date of submission and must be accompanied by a single page containing the author’s name, address and telephone number.

T S Eliot Writing Competition

http://www.poetrybooks.co.uk/projects/15/
December 11, 2015.
Read the 20 poems we’ve selected, 2 by each of the shortlisted poets for the T S Eliot Prize for Poetry. Pick your favourite poet. Then get writing!
The Enfield Poets International Poetry Competition 2015

December 1, 2015
The competition is open to anyone aged 17 or over at the time of entering. Entries from outside the U.K. are welcome, but must be written in English.

Earlyworks Press Web Poetry Competition 2015

http://www.earlyworkspress.co.uk/Competition_poetry_details.htm
December 1, 2015
The competition is open to anyone over 16. The best entries will be published, online initially, but with an option of publication in our next paperback anthology. The authors will receive one complimentary copy of the anthology. 10-20 will be included, depending on length and quality. All winners will be offered further copies at a reduced price if they request them.

Travel and Water Writing Competition

December 31, 2015
Our exciting Writing Competition is Free To Enter and offers a prize of £100 to the author of the best entry, as judged by the Editorial Staff of SeniorTravelExpert.com.

Brave New Ending Writing Challenge

http://theatrecloud.com/get-involved/creative-projects/writing-challenge-can-you-pen-a-brave-new-ending
December 31, 2015
Our Brave New Ending Writing Challenge is brought to you in partnership with the Touring Consortium Theatre Company ahead of their forthcoming major new adaptation of Aldous Huxley’s future-shock literary classic. This Creative Project is open to aspiring writers of all ages. And there’s a very starry prize for ten lucky winners… – See more at: http://theatrecloud.com/get-involved/creative-projects/writing-challenge-can-you-pen-a-brave-new-ending#sthash.2Ozdw1qH.dpuf

Flash Fiction Competition

http://www.multi-story.co.uk/competitionrules.html
December 1, 2015
Our competitions are open to writers of all ages and nationalities but entries must be in English.
Kingston Libraries Annual Poetry Competition
https://arena.yourlondonlibrary.net/web/kingston/poetry
December 3, 2015
The competition is open to anyone aged 18 and over.

Beaumont Park’s Beautiful Poetry

http://www.fobp.co.uk/index.php/beaumont-park-s-beautiful-poetry
December 25, 2015
The idea was to hold a poetry competition with various categories, open to all ages, but with the common theme being Beaumont Park. The winning 25 poems will then have their poem published in a book but more excitingly it will be part of a Poetry Trail with a permanent copy of the poem located at various points around the Park.

Sentinel Annual Poetry Competition 2015

http://www.sentinelpoetry.org.uk/sawc/poetry.html
December 31, 2015
Poets of all ages, gender, and nationality living in any part of the world are eligible to enter.

Cinnamon Press Mini-Competition

http://www.cinnamonpress.com/index.php/competitions/mini-competitions
December 31, 2015
Results will be sent individually to all winners and runners up, published on the Cinnamon website, and included in our newsletter, within 6–8 weeks of the mini-competition’s closing date.

Writing Your Book: Do You Have Trouble Puttings Words to Paper?

Do You Have Trouble Puttings Words to Paper

A writer will use a number of different techniques when using their words to grab a reader’s attention. They know that some people respond to some ways of writing better than others. There are also styles of writing that are more fitting when used in specific circumstances. When writing some form of communication it’s useful to be able to identify what these different techniques are, and to be able to use the most appropriate for the writing you are going to undertake. However it should be noted that in many forms of communication it is appropriate to use more than one technique in the same piece of writing.

Description — this is something you will do in such communications as letters — where you write about a series of events, or you tell of something that you have done. You may be writing about something you have bought, such as an item of clothing, or a place you have visited. In a piece of descriptive writing you will give details about your subject, usually using your senses as a guide to show the reader what you experienced. For example you can tell them what color the sweater is, how hot the weather was, whether the disco was too noisy, or the restaurant had an overpowering smell of garlic. Using your senses in this way the person who reads your writing will be able to get some kind of mental picture of the situation your writing about.

Good description will cover as many of the senses as possible, as well as just tell of the event. ‘We went to a disco’ isn’t going to give the reader much of a visual image other than a place to dance. “We went to a disco that was so crowded we hardly had room to dance. The air was smoky, and the music loud. It was great!” This gives a different image all together. It brings the experience to life for them.

Narration — this is where you tell a story. You don’t have to give as much description but you do write out the things that happened. For example, “We went to the disco. The place was so crowded that we couldn’t dance very well, so we ended up propping up a wall for most of the evening. I found it a bit stuffy because of the smoke machine that kept blowing smoke around the dance floor, plus smoking cigarettes was allowed at the bar and the smell drifted across the room and mingled with the different perfumes and aftershaves worn by the dancers.” This is more of a story than the pure description and your reader will be able to follow your experience to the full.

Persuasion — now this is a writing technique that many writers use to help businesses sell their products. They understand the target buyer and they write in such a way as to entice them to buy something. They use words to create a sense of need or want in the reader’s mind.

For example, “Do you want to look years younger? Do you know that within 7 days you can take 10 years off your face simply by applying a specially formulated cream?” Of course most women over the age of 25 are going to be interested in this product, and will want to read more about it and probably try it out. You can even use this kind of writing if you are trying to convince someone to go somewhere with you by writing about what’s in it for them, as in “You love dancing, and this is where all the top celebrities are hanging out. Even Britney’s been seen there!”

When starting to write something, think about this article and the different kinds of writing techniques you can use, and choose the one that best suits the kind of writing you’re about to do.

About the Author

Jane Saeman runs an In-Home Tutoring service called Aim High Tutors. Find out about how to help your student reach their full potential – at http://www.aimhightutors.com/blog