Festive Scribbles

A quick Merry Christmas post, and some ideas for the new year!

imageI realise this blog has been sadly neglected over the past month or two. I blame #NaNoWriMo (albeit a rather watered down version), which consumed my life for November. And then, when the longest month in the history of the universe finally ended, having got 40k words into a proto-novel (and the children still alive, if grubby) I decided to plough on. Now, a few words short of 60k on Draft Zero, it’s fair to say that my creativity reserves are running low. I’d love to finish by the end of the year, but with school out, I dare say my children will have other ideas…

Although my blog and short story writing (and reading/housework/personal grooming) have ground to a halt for now, it’s been an eventful couple of months.

My story in Kindred 10 (The Wetshod Child, that I wrote about here) and the gorgeous little pocket book from InShortStories (more here) have both been published – it’s been such a pleasure to see both in print. imageLong-gone Mary is one of eighteen individual stories on sale at http://www.inshortpublishing.com/shop – they are such lovely little volumes. Buy the lot!

I also had a bit of fun being interviewed by a great website called http://www.OnlineWritingTips.comhere, if you’d like a read!

And so to 2016. There are so many opportunities coming up in the new year, I feel a bit daunted and unsure where to start. A handful of the best I’ve spotted recently are listed below – I hope to enter at least a couple of them; all, if Father Christmas brings a few more hours to add to the day:

1. Word Factory Apprencticeship – an awesome mentoring opportunity for serious trainee short story writers, deadline 16th Jan.

2. Lots of magazine subs: eg Bare Fiction (closing 9th Jan); Firewords Quarterly (closing 14th Jan); The Forge (opening 4th Jan); Litro magazine (theme: Britishness, closing 25th Jan)

3. http://www.OnlineWritingTips.com have a great short fiction prize closing on 1st Feb, 2-5,000 words, all the details here.

4. Exeter Writers: <3,000 words, closing 28th February

4. Mslexia Short Story Competition: <2,200 words, closing 14th March

Good luck if you plan to enter any of them (except the Word Factory one – I want this one so badly, I’ll happily mud wrestle/fight you to the death gladiator-style for it!).

And very best wishes for a happy, healthy 2016,



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