Writing resources

Hi everyone!

I’ve just been perusing for writing competitions and came across this resource from Penguin Random House called The Writers’ Academy: http://www.thewritersacademy.co.uk

It’s mainly to promote their online creative writing courses, but if you go on the blog they have a pretty exhaustive list of good writing competitions, plus loads of other resources (tips from well-known authors, videos, a ‘writer’s toolbox’ section) and loads of other stuff related to creative writing. I thought it was quite useful, and the content is pretty high quality due to the profile of the publisher!

Anyway, hope that proves useful 🙂


Charlotte has just drawn our attentions to this competition for unpublished short stories:


Monthly competition for ultra short fiction!


This is a 53 word (!) short story competition from Prime Number Magazine, an online journal run by Press53, a small American publishing house. Each month, they have one of their authors judge the contest. In addition to being published on the website, the winner will receive a copy of that judge’s book.


  • It’s free to enter.
  • There’s a short prompt (April’s, for example, is: Write a 53-word story about a shower.)
  • Submissions close the last day of each month.
  • Titles are not included in the word count, and prose poems – without line breaks- are awesome as well.
  • Could be a bit of fun, and a chance to work on the art of brevity?


Ten rules for writing fiction.

Thanks Sophia.
I’d like to share this Guardian article, and I think Quacks is the right place? https://www.theguardian.com/books/2010/feb/20/ten-rules-for-writing-fiction-part-oneAnyway it’s very entertaining and very helpful.


Thanks Ginny.  Very entertaining indeed! Considering the effect Douglas Glover had on me in Module 4 of our course (I’ve now sketched out ideas for a short novella inspired by his rant about the use of verbs!) I think this collection will keep me going for the rest of my life.  Something about people’s bees in their bonnets gets my imagination buzzing…. Great fun!


Just spotted this:


in case of interest to any of you?

Here’s a link to Dominic’s novel, The Boy Who Walked Too Far! Expect rich, vibrantly detailed storytelling and great skeins of intrigue:





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