Markets For Writers

Writing Magazine usually have themed competitions, but the first one of 2018 sees an open competition. Apart from the lack of a theme, all the usual rules apply:

Word Count: Between 1500-1700 words

Prizes:

1st: £200 plus publication in the magazine

2nd: £50 plus publication online

Entry Fee: £5 (£3 for subscribers)

Closing date: 15th January 2018

For further information, the rules and to enter, visit the competition page.

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Funny Of The Week/They Don’t Make ’em Like They Used To Part Six

This series of Funny of the Week is one of nostalgia, taking a trip back in time to newspaper ads of old. Though, you wouldn’t see any ads like these now. It just shows how times have moved on and certainly for the better. If you missed part one, click here. Here are parts two , three, four and five. Now for part six:

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The A-Z Of Writing Ideas – A Is For…

Here’s part one of my new writing series. Each week, I’ll be bringing you an idea – whether it’s a magazine to write for, a theme for a short story, the opening line of a poem…

This week, my idea for you is in the form of the letter A, and in this case A is for ANIMALS.

Many of you have animals whether they’re cats, dogs, horses, or chickens. There are lots of animal magazines out there which welcome readers’ letters, articles about pets, information-based pieces about animals etc. Here are some which are worth a look as markets to write for:

Your Cat

Dogs Today

Horse and Rider

Country Smallholding

These are just a few; there are plenty of other animal and pet magazines out there.

For the fiction writers amongst you, why not write about a missing pet and how it reunites a couple who haven’t been getting on for months? Or a new addition to the family could make the difference to a very ill child.

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Guest Writer Spot

Thank you to everyone who has been sending in their wonderful work for my Guest Writer Spot. This week, my talented student, Danielle Dinally is featured, with some of her poems.

OX-TAIL

A river valley, no gaps in between, oxen, mindless.

They pay no mind. The tail cut then cleansed.

Hung. Bide the time…

Frozen in time, pacing is always good. Pace, before the tail is cut

into more than a dozen pieces. A unity bound together like a bouquet

of flowers, white stigmas, red petals.

An outside force is anxiously waiting, the burner heats. Fresh petals

drown in a pool of tap water. It looks like nothing, it’s natural to

start from nothing in order to serve the best. Never knowing what

will happen, boiling commences, heat graduates and condensation

clouds not only the see-through lid.

There is no shame, not the oxen’s shame, no shame from the flowers

shriveling into a bitter colour. It’s the outcome of a rich, juicy taste.

Put into a stew, curried up, with a remarkable, but thoughtful quality of vegetables.

Spreading butter delicately on the staples at the side delicately, but cautiously.

Careful, in some parts of the world the bit of yellow and white is meant to kill ya

The dish is an art that may be quick, but a process, like everything. It is passed

down from old to young.

Instruction, stance, and then cook.

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JKR (J.K Rowling)

Gazing out the window

A cool cup of coffee

Another page pushed aside-

Pitch, castle, gold, mandrake, half a giant—

A world created.

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Syrup Tapping

A wrinkled rugged bark

with its deceiving look.

Tap Tap tapping in my spigot

…Drip, drip, drip,

-A sweet sap brewed.

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A Teeny Tiny Dash Of Flash

As many of you know, one of my passions is flash fiction. But flash fiction comes in all sorts of sizes, whether it’s 500-words, or even 55-words…

DEAD

He was dead. Tears poured down her cheeks. How could he leave her like this? She stared at his handsome face, so full of life and love.

A hand reached out and took hers. She pushed it away. No one could comfort her now.

‘For goodness sake, Sue, it’s only a film,’ her friend said.

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Markets For Writers

The Atlantis Short Story Competition is an international one with short stories accepted from all around the world. Entries between 300 and 2500 words are accepted. There is a regular closing date of February 25th 2018. 10% discount for early bird entries (closing date December 18th 2017). See guidelines.

Prizes:

1st PRIZE: $300

2nd PRIZE: $100 

3rd PRIZE: $50

All three top prize winners also receive in-depth feedback on their stories.

TOP 15: In-depth feedback

TOP 40: Name and short story’s title posted on website

For details of how to enter and entry fees, see the website.

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Funny Of The Week/They Don’t Make ’em Like They Used To Part Five

This series of Funny of the Week is one of nostalgia, taking a trip back in time to newspaper ads of old. Though, you wouldn’t see any ads like these now. It just shows how times have moved on and certainly for the better. If you missed part one, click here. Here are parts two , three and four. Here’s part five…

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