Photo by Pixabay on Pexels.com Writing competitions can provide wonderful opportunities for emerging writers. The prospect of raising your head above the sea of other unpublished writers with a prestigious win or shortlisting, and perhaps attracting the attention of an agent or publisher, is irresistible. Or the lure of a cash windfall. Some offer publication…… Continue reading What makes a writing competition worth the entry fee?
The shadowy path to the ocean at my local beach Life is punctuated by highs and lows, no doubt about that. But some weeks are more tumultuous than others. In the space of a week, I’ve experienced the extraordinary high of a rare writing win (making the longlist for the prestigious Richell Prize – woo…… Continue reading The superpower you need to become a published author
Photo by Immortal shots on Pexels.com The business of being a writer is inherently disappointing if your mark of success is achieving traditional publication or winning prizes. Although many of us harbour these desires, these glittering goals, the reality is that few writers, even successful ones, end up collecting a pile of accolades. Or sales.…… Continue reading Small acts of validation: the importance of connecting with readers
Photo by rawpixel.com on Pexels.com This has been a big rejection year for me. In fact, since December I’ve received nothing else. To be fair, I’ve been concentrating on a large project, so it hasn’t been a big submission year either. The odds haven’t been in my favour. Most of the time polite form rejections…… Continue reading Why all writing competitions should publish their longlists