Stylist’s Short Story Competition

There’s still time to enter your gothic short story for Stylist’s Short Story Competition – deadline 14th September

‘In October, Virago Modern Classics will release four of Daphne du Maurier’s chilling collections: The Birds, The Breaking Point, The Doll and The Rendezvous. To celebrate this iconic writer, Stylist (magazine) has teamed up with Virago to launch our very own short fiction competition. In tribute to the ‘Queen of the short story’, entries must be gothic in theme – it will be the season for the dark and macabre after all.’


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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