Bath Short Story Award 2013 – Deadline March 30th

The Bath Short Story Award 2013 is open for entries until 30/03/13

  • 1st Prize £500 / 2nd Prize £100 / 3rd Prize £50 / Extra Local Prize £50
  • Opportunity to be published in an international e-anthology
  • Main Prize shortlist judges: Cornerstones Literary Consultancy http://cornerstones.co.uk
  • Longlisted stories will be announced here late April 2013, followed by the shortlist in mid May. The winners will be announced at a prize-giving on 8th June 2013 and published here shortly afterwards
  • For full details, please see our Rules and Entry pages

http://bathshortstoryaward.co.uk/?page_id=116

2013 Sewanee Writers’ Conference

Applications for the 2013 session will be accepted January 15 through April 15. We appreciate early applications.

Applicants will be selected on the strength and promise of the work submitted and on the committee’s judgment that the applicant is likely to benefit from the Conference. Publications are not required for general admission.

http://sewaneewriters.org/apply

Of Memory and Story

Writing a memoir: Intersecting memory and story

Writing a memoir is one of the most stimulating but difficult literary challenges an author can undertake. Nevertheless, it’s a hugely popular genre. Five of the top ten hardcover nonfiction books on the NY Times bestseller list this week are memoirs.

Aspiring memoir writers can find help in books and by searching online, but there’s nothing like a live workshop with a master teacher.

One highly recommended instructor is Tamim Ansary, the Afghan-American author of the critically acclaimed literary memoir West of Kabul, East of New York (Farrar, Straus & Giroux). This spring, Ansary will be conducting a six-week memoir workshop in the San Francisco Bay Area, so I jumped at the opportunity to ask him about his views on writing and teaching this subject.

What is a memoir and how is it different from a personal journal or novel based on your life?

Click here to read more: Of Memory and Story

Bridport Prize – Deadline May 31

The mission of the Bridport Prize is to encourage emerging writers and promote literary excellence through its competition structure.

The Bridport Prize was founded by Bridport Arts Centre in 1973 and has steadily grown in stature and prestige. Right from the start the competition attracted entries from all parts of the UK and from overseas.

All entries submitted can be on any subject, and written in any style or form.  However, we do not recommend poems or stories written for children.

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The Evolution of My Writing Voice

I’ve wanted to write this post since my partner in words, Hadlee Sobers, asked getWriters what writers most influenced their writing style. As usual, I have to start the story from when I was a wee tot, and can never just give a straight answer without the back-story.

Sweet Valley High

I have to fight off the wave of nostalgia just from looking at this book cover. I used to INHALE Jessica and Elizabeth stories. Charles Colton says that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery,and I certainly proved my adoration for the troublesome twins with my first story called Jealousy Can Kill, written when I was about nine or ten years old. My protagonists were Lily, a red-haired, green eyed cheerleader, and Zachary, her blonde, blue-eyed boyfriend. I’m looking at the story now, and it really isn’t bad. Maybe I will share an excerpt in another post. 🙂

Now, every time I think about Sweet Valley High, I think about Chimimanda Adichie’s Ted Talk on the dangers of a single story. At that time I wasn’t reading children’s  books with Caribbean characters, or stories that I could relate to. I don’t know if these books weren’t written or if they just weren’t available to me. I remember asking a friend what “a crumpet” was, and I desperately wanted to try treacle pie, thanks to Enid Blyton. That discussion is for another post though. Right now I want to thank Francine Pascal for sparking my interest in reading, and being my first inspiration for putting pen to paper.

PS. I  just found out that Charles Colton coined that famous phrase thanks to Google.

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