I came back from holiday on Monday to find this month's issue of Writing Magazine in our post box. On flicking through, I discovered I had been shortlisted in their Real Time Short Story Competition, which was a nice surprise.
I'm particularly pleased because the story I submitted was science-fiction, which they don't often reward, unless it's a specifically sci-fi themed competition.
My story, The Decision, has been printed in this quarter's Scribble Magazine! Each issue has ten stories on any theme, and the readers write in with their comments, including their top three picks for that issue. The comment letters get printed in the next issue, and the three stories with the most votes get a prize, so I shall be awaiting September's issue eagerly!Read more
I've been featured in the Subscriber Spotlight section of this month's Writing Magazine, which is a delightfully circular experience. My short story publications are largely due to opportunities listed in Writing Magazine, which now has a piece advertising this site, where I am advertising that piece within Writing Magazine!
I'm part of a collaborative writing project this year, called Narrathon. It's being organised by NAWG and involves 19 writers completing a chapter each to produce a children's novel for publication in the second half of the year. The project is now open for donations, and all the money will go towards the upkeep of NAWG itself.
Mine is chapter three - and it was tremendous fun writing it in January. I can't wait to see the book in print and get to read the whole thing!
Back in November, I entered a competition to have one of my stories recorded by a company called Soundwork. I forgort all about it until this week, when I was tracking my outstanding submissions. I spotted a note I'd left for myself, saying I would need to check their website for the results - and, lo and behold, my story was shortlisted!
So, it just goes to show, you should always keep track of where you've submitted stories, and make sure to follow up on the response.
The very day I pretty much decided to abandon my novel as a 'useful first experiment', I got an email telling me I've been long-listed in the UK Novel Writing Competition!
Out of 3,112, mine has been selected along with 249 others to go forwards to the next stage of the competition.
So, yay! I'll find out if it makes the short-list in March. In the meantime, perhaps I should put the novel back on my list of projects for later in the year...
This month's issue of Writing Magazine arrived in the post today, and I was shortlisted in the Tight Situation Short Story Competition!
I'm particularly pleased with this result, because the story I entered went through a development process I'm planning to cultivate more often in my writing this year. I worked on it in several stages, giving my subconscious crew plenty of time and space to come up with ideas. Then, I sent it to a couple of people for feedback, and revised the story further, based on their comments.
So, it's good to know the process works and makes my work more likely to succeed.
There's a regular column in Writing Magazine, called Under the Microscope, in which author James McCreet analyses the first few hundred words of a reader's novel.
He's notoriously unflinching in his critique and really gets into the nitty-gritty of what works - and mostly what doesn't - in those all-important opening paragraphs.
Aaaaand, in the November issue (out next weekend) - the reader's novel he will be ripping to shreds will be mine!Read more