I know I wouldn't have improved without the generosity of experience of many current writers, and those who are no longer with us.
One of my roles at the writers' club is Prose Secretary; I find judges for our assorted competitions held throughout the year. The valuable comments each entry receives back helps the writers continue to develop their skills, and highlight where they may be going wrong- as well as what they are doing right.
So when I was tasked with finding a judge for the 2016 Nottingham Writers' Club, National Short Story Competition, I had a few potential people in mind.
I'm very glad to say that my first choice, a successful short story writer and novelist agreed to the job.
Admittedly, Patsy Collins sprung to mind due to her short story pedigree, plus the 2016 theme which is 'Fire'. Patsy just so happens to have released a new book- a few days ago- called 'Firestarter'. I have it ready to read on my Kindle.
I'm assured there's a hunky fireman involved... :D
You can find out more about Patsy's latest novel over on her blog Words about writing...
The club's national competition usually opens on the first day of the New Year, but for 2016 we're holding the submission period during February. And as next year is a leap year, there will be 29 days to submit entries, either online or by post.
PLEASE NOTE that only entries from writers residing in the UK can be accepted.
There are a few rules of course, so do read and follow them. Often newer and less experienced writers are put off entering competitions by the thought of competing against 'professionals'.
So the main criteria for anyone considering entry: if you've earned £300 or more from short story writing during 2015 please don't enter.
For more details about the 2016 competition, pop along to the page on the Nottingham Writers' Club website.
|Firestarter- the new novel |
from Patsy Collins