Today has been wonderful. Sunshine and a comfortable temperature has finally allowed the spring tidy-up in the garden to take place (too busy to stop and take photos).
Mind you not everything survived. Three frogs have had to be buried after expiring in the garden at some point. Not sure if they were victims of old age or all the snow and bad weather.
The hawthorn has suddenly opened it's leaves, though it is a month behind last year.
There's now a wheelie bin full of dead branches, and old wood from last year. The fruit bushes may actually produce their crops at the appropriate times this summer, rather than a month or two early. :-)
And just as the gardens are springing into life, lots of competitions are around.
I'm considering entering a short story for one of the Wells Festival of Literature competitions. One recognisable name from the judges is Della Galton.
There's a competition for poetry- judged by Sean Borodale. Short stories and a Crime Novel.
The Festival is the 11th to the 19th October this year; there's a great selection of speakers- have a look here.
If you're interested in entering any of the categories, have a look here.
You can enter online or by post. Deadline 31st July. You can find details of the reasonable fees here.
And yes there is prize money for those who get judged 1st, 2nd, 3rd. For the poetry and short story First Prize £500, Second Prize £200, Third Prize £100.
If you happen to have a crime novel ready then you may find the prize for the winner very attractive...
"The winning entry will be read by a major publisher and by a leading agent. In addition there will be a cash prize of £100. The judge may also arrange for an exceptional runner-up entry to be read by an agent or a publisher."
(The judge for this competition is Janet Laurence.)
But note for the crime novel competition: "Entrants should not have had a full-length work of fiction published before."
The prize-giving is on Sunday 13th October 2013.
I've been to Wells a couple of times over the years, but not to the literary festival.
If you enter, fingers crossed you do well.