Time to enter


There are a whole host of competitions out there, just beckoning to be entered.  So I thought it was time to share one that interested me.  There are only 8 more days left to enter this great competition.

There are a few categories – poetry, short stories, flash fiction and first novel.  Lots of good prizes too so maybe if you have something ready and you don’t know where to send it, try this one.  It is scary, of course, putting work out there and the trouble is that creative work never feels finished.  There is always another sentence to add, a comma to change, a complete reworking.

But if your latest masterpiece is out there, then there is a chance that someone, somewhere is reading it.

Be brave!  And good luck with your entry.

More details https://www.bridportprize.org.uk/

Words on refugees or peace-seekers?

Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment


It’s been a while since I’ve blogged but I haven’t been resting on my laurels.    I have been holed up in my writing space, perfecting poems, trying flash fiction (a new venture for me as I never thought that I could write something so short!), getting my children’s story out there!  So busy, busy, busy.

I have entered the poem, the one called My Song for You into a competition and now it’s out there, I can move on and concentrate on the next ‘present moment’.

Reading Writing Magazine last week, I was inspired by a competition I found there: The Patrician Press Short Story and Poetry Prize.  The competition is for short stories (up to 2500 words) or poems on the theme of refugees or peace-seekers.

The ideas are coming, the poem is in the workshop; it is a difficult journey at the moment as the subject is a distressing one.  Not only that, but there are so many people I have spoken to, read about, seen on TV who have opinions which are both positive and negative.  I don’t know what it is like to be a refugee but I know what it is like to be part of a world where we have the chance to make a difference.

For more details about the competition:


Competition closes on 31 March 2016 so you have a while!  Good luck if you decide to enter!

Happy writing