For anyone interested, there are a few writing competitions ending soon that if you don’t know about them yet, I thought I’d share with you. I have entered the first two and am prepping my entry for the third.
Brighton COW Short Story Competition Summer 2011 – http://www.brightoncow.co.uk/comps/index.html
This is Brighton Community of Writers, however they encourage entries all across the UK, indeed the whole world. This is a short story comp, up to 3000 words, that can be emailed or posted to them. But hurry, closing date is noon on 31st August! Full rules are on the site and it’s only £4 per story entered. Please read the rules carefully before entering.
The Festival of Romance New Talent Award – http://festivalofromance.co.uk/#/awards/4549309129
Enter the opening chapter (up to 3,500 words) of a romance /romantic fiction novel, entry is free BUT the bad news is that … you have to be a delegate of the festival if you wish to enter. Good news … more incentive to come along to the Festival – the only festival specialising in romantic fiction in the UK (21st and 22nd October). You will be sent the full rules once you buy your festival ticket, but be aware that tickets are going fast and the deadline for this entry is 1st September!
The Harry Bowling Prize for New Writers – http://www.harrybowlingprize.co.uk/Harry_Bowling/Rules.html
This is a fantastic opportunity for new writers with some previous entrants having met with great publishing success. It used to be that manuscripts entered had to be set in London as the late Harry Bowling ‘King of Cockney Saga’ books were, however the rules have become more flexible in that a book can now have any urban setting. I have contacted MBA Literary agents who administer the prize and ‘urban’ means that it can be set in a city or a town. Also the MS can be a work in progress, it need not be finished. This is partially sponsored by Headline, Harry’s publishers. The entry must consist of a synopsis of no more than five hundred words and an opening chapter of no more than five thousand words. This one is especially close to my heart as the winner is announced at the Romantic Novelist Association awards ceremony in March and I know of RNA members who have benefitted enormously by entering this comp. Deadline is 30th September so there is a little time left but please note that entries need to be sent in by snail mail so that needs to be factored into timescales.
Why not have a go at one – or all – of these? If you do, good luck. Until then …
Happy writing, Nikki.