Markets For Writers

Fancy writing a drama script? Then take a look at the BBC Writersroom website. They are opening up a window for TV, stage, film, radio and film scripts.

The window opens on Monday 9th December 2019 and will close on Monday 6th January 2020.

Here’s a little bit of information about what they’re looking for:

We are especially looking for distinctive voices – and scripts that express those voices. We do not look for more of the same – we look for the writer’s ability to pull an audience into a world and hold them in it. It’s not necessarily about finding precincts or situations that have ‘never been done before’ but having an original take on stories that have the potential to have wide breadth of appeal. 

We want to see characters who are well rounded, consistent and who drive the action rather than are carried by it.  Also, a sense of storytelling ability – handling of pace, climax, mood for example.’

You’ll need to send in at least 30 pages. To find out more details and how to send your script, click here.

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Funny Of The Week

It’s always helpful to have some practical advice…

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Bite Size Writing Tips

Changing Columns

Being a columnist in a national newspaper or well-known magazine and dazzling readers with your knowledge and wit is many writers’ dream. However, take a look through the papers and magazines and you’ll see that many of them are written by experts in a particular field, celebrities or established writers, with a long queue waiting to take their place.

This isn’t to say you can’t be a columnist, but starting out small can lead to bigger things in the future. Why not try a local paper? If you have lived in a particular area or have specialist knowledge, which is relevant to that area, they may welcome a regular column from you.

Many local churches and charities have newsletters, which need input. They won’t pay, but it’s a start and if you have a regular column, it’s something to add to your writing CV and you’ll also have some examples to send to an editor when you approach a paying publication.

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Book Review: The Last Chance Hotel by Nicki Thornton

Being an editor, I work on all sorts of writing – non-fiction, different fiction genres, as well as writing for different age groups. As a reader, I enjoy all sorts of books; I just love words. The Last Chance Hotel, written by Nicki Thornton, has been created for children aged 9-12, but I think you’ll enjoy it whether you’re young or old!

The blurb says:

Harry Potter meets Agatha Christie in this bestselling magical murder mystery!

Seth is the oppressed kitchen boy at the remote Last Chance Hotel, owned by the nasty Bunn family. His only friend is his black cat, Nightshade. But when a strange gathering of magicians arrives for dinner, kindly Dr Thallomius is poisoned by Seth’s special dessert. A locked-room murder investigation ensues – and Seth is the main suspect. The funny thing is, he’s innocent… can he solve the mystery and clear his name, especially when magic’s afoot?

This really is a delightful tale, bursting with colourful characters and delightfully descriptive writing. The story is fun, gripping and thoroughly enjoyable. I’ve just seen that there’s a second book in the series out. I think I’ll add it to my Christmas list…


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Can You Tell A Story In…

Here’s your weekly five-word challenge! For this week’s challenge, I’m keeping a Christmas theme. Can you tell a story in five words, using the word MISTLETOE in it somewhere?

Last week, your story needed to contain the word SANTA. You sent in some great stories. Here they are:

Peter Wells:

Santa left the wrong present!

Kim Smyth:

I love my Santa Baby.

Ritu:

Behave! You know Santa’s watching!

More sherry? Merry Santa everyone!

Do YOU believe in Santa?

Santa. The best behaviour device.

Chimney blocked again? Probably Santa…

Ruth Scribbles:

SANTA baby, you’re flying away.

SANTA is coming to town! (Couldn’t resist)

Mommy loves SANTA’s red outfit.

I’m naughty. SANTA doesn’t care!

Paul Mastaglio:

Santa’s stuck in the chimney!

“Mince pie, Santa? Go on!”

“Present for me? Thanks, Santa.”

Simon Farnell:

Santa – stuck in the chimney.

Why is Santa kissing mummy?

Santana played really well tonight!

Tessa:

Santa almost missed my house.

Santa crash-landed on my roof.

Santa’s reindeer finished their snacks.

Sharon Harvey:

It’s Christmas! Santa is coming!

Santa is coming to town.

Santa says ‘naughty or nice?’

Santa’s coming down the chimney.

A mince pie for Santa.

Santa brings all the presents.

Me and Mum’s Santa Christmas. 

Bharul Chhatbar:

Santa, Santa shower thy blessings.

Santa gift world, end hatred.

Santa gift us all – prosperity.

Val Fish:

I saw Daddy kssing Santa!

He is my Secret Santa…

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Markets For Writers

You’ve got plenty of time for this week’s market – the closing date for The Writers’ and Artists’ Short Story Competition is 13th February 2020. Stories are invited on any theme, up to 2000 words.

The competition is free to enter. A winner and two runners-up will be chosen. Prizes include a place on one of Arvon’s residential writing courses (worth £1000), as well as publication of your story.

More information will be released soon. To keep up with the latest on this competition, and others they’re holding, click here.

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Funny Of The Week

You didn’t know dogs could read, did you?

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