Wednesday, February 8, 2017

February Competition Monthly

Welcome to yet another competition monthly update from Francesca!

How's the year going so far? I hope you've made a start on this year's competitions.

I know I've mentioned themes before, but something to bear in mind is to make sure you are actually keeping to the theme.

It's tempting, if you have something you've already written that you want to use, to send out
something that has only a weak connection. Or maybe none at all. I have read entries when I've been judging short story competitions which seem to have no relevance to the theme whatsoever. It's as if the writer didn't notice there was a theme, or forgot about it.

And don't make it too subtle. At The Write Place Creative Writing School I once judged a national competition with the theme of 'Ten'. Now perhaps it's down to my lack of sporting interest, but I couldn't see the connection to the theme in a story that was essentially about a man having a bad day and being sent off the football pitch, thus decreasing the number in his team. Perhaps you've already got there. It wasn't until I mentioned it to my husband that he pointed out that eleven team members minus one is ten. Of course. It still didn't make it to the short list!

Good luck to everyone, and don't forget to let me know of any competition success you have.

**Closing Soon**
Brigend Writers' Circle Short Story Competition
Theme: Open, 1,500 – 1,800
Prize: £1200 / £350 / £30
Competition deadline: 1 March 2017
Entry: £5 / £7.50 for 2 Details 

Words for the Wounded Independent Author Book Award
Theme: Self published works of fiction and non-fiction
Prize: Review of book and article about author published in Frost online magazine
Competition deadline: 11 March 2017
Entry: £12.50 Details 

Limnisa Short Story Competition
Theme: Open, up to 3,000 words
Prize: Week's retreat in Greece / 2 x 50% off workshops
Competition deadline: 15 March 2017
Entry: Free, as long as FB page is liked or follow on Twitter Details

MsLexia Women's Short Story Fiction Competition
Theme: Open, 300 – 3,000 words
Prize: £2,000 / 2 x £100 For winner also week's writing retreat and day with Virago Editor.
Competition deadline: 20 March 2017
Entry: £10 Details

MsLexia Flash Fiction Competition
Theme: Open, up to 300 words
Prize: £500 / 3 x £50
Competition deadline: 20 March 2017
Entry: £5 Details 

Flash 500 Flash Fiction Competition
Theme: Open, 500 words
Prize: £300 / £200 / £100 Publication on website
Competition deadline: 31 March 2017
Entry: £5 / £8 for 2 Details

Exeter Short Story Prize & Trisha Ashley Award
Theme: Open, up to 10,000 words
Prize: £500 / £150 / £100
Competition deadline: 30 April 2017
Entry: £10 Details

Good luck to anyone who enters!

Francesca Capaldi Burgess has been placed or shortlisted in a number of competitions including Twyford Writers, Winchester Writers' Conference, Chorley and District Writers' Circle, Flash a Famous Phrase, Meridian Writing, Wells Festival and Writing Magazine. Her shortlisted entry for The People's Friend serial competition will be published in May. She's had stories published in magazines worldwide and in three anthologies, including Diamonds and Pearls and 100 Stories for Haiti. She is a member of the RNA New Writers' Scheme and the Society for Women Writers and Journalists.


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Jane Gordon-Cumming said...

Well I've entered the Readers Digest 100 word story competition you told us about, so keep your fingers crossed for me.

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