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Erewash Writers Comp – Winning Entries


Last month I discovered I’d managed to place not one but two stories in the 2016 Erewash Writers open short story competition (cue slightly smug grin!). I’ve made it as far as the shortlist in past Erewash competitions, but to find this year that Resolution had been placed 4th, and Never Far From the Tree highly commended, was a real boost.

One of the nice things about Erewash competitions (as well as the fact they post the judge’s comments), is that the winning stories are published on their site: http://erewashwriterscompetition.weebly.com/winners-2016-open-short-story-competition-with-patsy-collins.html

If you enjoy Resolution and would like to read some more of my stories, don’t forget Raspberry Ripple is available free here: https://fictivedream.com/2016/11/27/raspberry-ripple / and if you’d like to read some others I’ve written which have been successful in competitions, you can find my ebook Beyond Words on Amazon, here:



Hopefully the festive break will provide lots of reading (and writing!) time – and perhaps even a blog post or two. Until then, thanks for reading – and Merry Christmas! x

Erewash Writers – Competition Results


Results are out today for the annual Erewash Open Short Story competition, this year judged by Patsy Collins. It’s a particularly encouraging competition, as Erewash Writers have two classes of entry – for new writers and those who are more experienced (they give details of their definition of “new” in the blurb for the competition, but if you’re thinking of entering and are in any doubt, you can get in touch to check first). They also publish their longlist and shortlist, so you can chew your nails down to the quick before the results are announced! This year they had over 100 entries, of which 30 made the longlist. Twenty of these made the shortlist and went to judge, Patsy.

Congrats go to winner Tony Oswick, with his story Mackintosh Man’s Near Miss. Tony wins £100, which is a decent prize considering the very reasonable entry fees. I entered two stories, and was delighted to discover that one was placed fourth, and the other was highly commended. The winning stories will be published on the website in the near future.

For full details of the winners, and the judge’s comments, visit: http://erewashwriterscompetition.weebly.com/winners-2016-open-short-story-competition-with-patsy-collins.html

To find out more about Patsy Collins, visit her website here:  https://patsycollins.uk/

And to check for forthcoming competitions in 2017, go to:  http://erewashwriterscompetition.weebly.com/


In it to win it…writing compeititons


Congratulations to Victoria Slotover, winner of the Erewash Writers’ Full Stop Short Story Competition, with her story The Water’s Edge. Whilst not placed, I’m delighted to have made it to the short list, so a big thank you to Erewash writers for organising. Click the link for the judge’s report: http://erewashwriterscompetition.weebly.com/full-stop-comp—judges-report.html

Assuming they survive the weather, Exeter Writers are now taking entries for their annual Short Story Competition. Details as follows:

“The first prize is £500, second £250, third £100, plus there is an extra £100 prize for the best story sent in by a writer living in Devon. The word limit is up to 3,000 words and the closing date is March 31st 2014. Stories can be in any genre except children’s. The full rules and a downloadable entry form can be found on our website at www.exeterwriters.org.uk or you can obtain an entry form by writing to: Competition, 202 Manstone Avenue, Sidmouth, Devon, EX10 9TL (please enclose a stamped, self-addressed envelope). This year, for the first time, you can send your story by email, but you MUST go to the website for details of format and payment. Please read all the rules very carefully and stick to them. Every year a handful of entrants send faulty entries which are disqualified. This is heartbreaking and can easily be avoided by taking a little care.”

And rather more ambitiously, for those of you who’ve self-published a (paper) novel, you might want to take a look at The Quagga Prize for Literary Fiction. For details of conditions, how to enter and entry form visit www.quaggabooks.net

Good luck! 🙂