Reading & Writing With Our Hearts

I’ve just finished reading Helen Dunmore’s Exposure. She is among my favourite writers. I love her clear, deceptively simple prose – this was no exception. It lingers still, a poignant grown up Railway Children. Here is Dunmore on reading with our hearts

Firewords Competition with Bloomsbury and Writers and Artists –

The challenge is to write a short story (under 1000 words) that’s inspired by an  illustration by Maggie Clancy.

The deadline for entries is 31st October and the prizes include publication in Firewords ‘Escape’ themed Issue 8, back issue bundles, and copies of the brand new 2017 Writers’ & Artists’ Yearbook. It’s a completely free competition, so head over to the Writers & Artists website for more details and how to enter.

To read an extract from my book on Writing – From Writing With Love – (99p on Kindle) about how I learned to write from the heart

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Soho Press Open for Submissions…

Hope you like the new look – couldn’t resist as I wanted to squeeze in the trailer for Sometimes A River Song !- scroll down and you’ll find it lurking at the bottom of the posts…

I once had dealings with SOHO PRESS, New York in respect of a crime novel I’d written and I was impressed by them. They look good too and it seems they are currently open for submissions of Literary Fiction – so what are you waiting for?

‘Start by sending three chapters (or fifty pages) and a cover letter to Soho Press at 853 Broadway, New York, NY 10003, care of acquisitions editor. ‘ MORE HERE

Opportunities Not to be Missed…

To get the writing juices flowing on a Monday – here’s another selection of current opportunities for writers – happy writing week! And if these don’t suit and you want more than scroll down to my last post…

Retreat West –  have a host of competitions  inc one to win a place on their Self-Edit Your Novel  Retreat – Write a 500 word novel opener on the theme of a holiday at the beach. MORE HERE

Send in your first chapter for a chance to

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Thank You For Your Support

Although Sometimes a River Song, did not make it to the Not the Booker shortlist I want to say a big thank you for your support and for all those who voted and posted a review. And all those who tried but found it somewhat tricky! This kind of support takes time and effort. So thank you again, it was  a real gift for me to read what people had to say about the book and also to learn that it had, unkown to me, been nominated twice by different readers.

By way of thank you here is a round up of some of the writing opportunities for August/September – Its a long list so you need to click the continue reading arrow to see it ALL

I hope to offer this frequently, so do check in here from time to time  – happy writing – Avril x

United Agents Books (publish the likes of Sarah Waters and Phillip Pullman ) are looking for new voices

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Sometimes a River Song and The Not The Booker longlist

A reader, it may be one of you! has nominated Sometimes A River Song, for the Guardian’s Not The Booker Prize.

 I’m delighted to say it’s now on the long (very long) list, in the best possible company, and in the COMING WEEK ONLY readers can vote. So, if you have read and enjoyed Sometimes A River Song and would like to vote me onto the shortlist this is what you do.

 This link takes you to the page you need https://www.theguardian.com/books/booksblog/2016/aug/02/not-the-booker-prize-very-longlist-2016-votes-please

 When you get there scroll down (a fair way) to comments. Click on this and you will have to sign in with an email and with a passoword of your inntbchoosing.

You then have to comment just as you would on any blog – but you need to use the word VOTE eg I am voting for Sometimes A River Song… then follow this with  100 word minumum review. You then state a second choice from the list with NO review required.

So, its not a simple question of a click vote but if you’ve already reviewed Sometime A River Song then it would be easy to just copy and paste your review

And if you haven’t read it yet , but would like to, you can download for a quick read here https://www.amazon.co.uk/Sometimes-River-Song-Avril-Joy-ebook/dp/B01DTMU6QI

in the meantime here’s what others have said about it  –  http://www.avriljoy.com/sometimes-a-river-song/

Exciting times….

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