Calling all bloggers! Four years ago, the first Bloggers Bash meeting was held in London. And what a great event it was. This year, it’s taking place on May 19th and to celebrate its fourth year, there’s a special writing competition. Here are some details for you:
Word count: up to 300 words
1st prize: £100 Amazon gift card and a winner’s trophy
2nd prize: £30 Amazon gift card
3rd prize: £15 Amazon gift card
Entry fee: £5 per story or £8 for two
Closing date: Thursday 1st March 2018
Entries are accepted from all over the world and you don’t have to attend the Bloggers Bash to enter.
To find out more details and to enter, visit the competition page.
It’s time for the tenth instalment in my weekly writing series. Each week, I give you an idea – whether it’s a magazine to write for, a theme for a short story and/or poem, an idea for an article…Here are the first , second , third , fourth , fifth , sixth , seventh, eighth and ninth instalments in the series.
This week, it’s the letter J‘s turn. And J is for JOKES.
We all like a laugh and a joke, but did you know that some magazines pay for your jokes? Here are some magazines that do:
This week’s Guest Writer is Gopika N, a talented young poet who has appeared in this slot a number of times. Here is her latest stunning poem:
I am bidding a farewell,
Waving my palms and
Not letting the sluggish sting
Deluge from my mirrors.
Mirrors, that hold a
thousand reflections of my soul.
As I am spending my last
Few moments with you,
I am constantly hit by the
Songs of pain that
We sang in melancholy;
Prayers we made, for not
Parting, so fragile were those.
Your love were my words,
And you, the poetry.
Your love were my roads,
And you, my destination.
The pain that fills me,
My heart, it’s growing
To my veins and spine;
To my veins which bore
Glittery dreams, they are shattered,
They are burnt.
Oh! My tongue did taste
The bitterness of your departure,
The twinge has filled my
Gut and my intestines.
“Dear soul, you were mighty,
But now you are gone.”
And hence my soul did
Dissolve into the world
Of utter silence, it’s aphotic.
After a big break from my challenges, they’ve slowly started to creep in again.This week I challenge you to write a limerick. Here’s a silly one from me:
There was a pop star called Gail,
Who received lots of fan mail,
One day she was sent a snake
Wrapped up in a slice of cake,
Alas, it made her quite pale.
Last week’s challenge was to write a ghost story/poem. Here are a couple you sent in:
Steve Walsky posted his ghost story Freeeeky Night on Simplicity Lane: https://simplicitylane.wordpress.com/2018/02/08/a-freeeeky-night-flash-fiction/
Sue Vincent posted a chilling piece of flash fiction:
Martin Strike says he doesn’t usually write poetry but had a bash at it for the challenge. Well, I’m impressed!
It’s been the Fortescue family pile
For sixteen generations
A house of riches and great style
Now my ghostly incantations
This went on week after week
And with buckets full of water
I’d climb up high to have my peek
At things I shouldn’t ought’a
One day and I could wait no more
I climbed in to her room
I spilled my bucket on the floor
That was to spell my doom
He saw the wet patch by the bed
His wife all in a fluster
He threw a chair aimed at my head
With all strength he could muster
Seconds later I had fled
He really could not be madder
It wasn’t the chair that felled me dead
But the woodworm in the ladder
A year on from my fatal crisis
No tears the Lady sheds
And now my dead body fertilises
His Lordship’s best rose beds
Enjoy writing short fiction? Then why not give the Writing Magazine 750-word short story competition a go? Here are some details for you:
1st prize: £200 plus publication in the magazine
2nd prize: £50 plus publication on the website
Entry fee: £5, £3 for subscribers
Closing date: 15th April 2018
Word count: up to 750 words
To find out more, visit the competition page.