Hello, can you help us? Wrekin Writers are desperate to receive short stories of up to 1200 words for the 2017 competition. It closes on 10th July so time is running out. At least half the proceeds are donated to the Severn Hospice so every entry will help. If you know anyone who may be tempted to enter please forward on this email to them and also please enter yourself. I have attached the competition rules and entry form. Submissions can be made digitally or by post. There is an open theme. Each entry costs £5 and the prize money for the top three stories will be: £200, £100 and £50 respectively. Winner are announced on the 2nd October.
Firstly, thank you to everyone who entered our competition this year. With over 140 entries submitted, you’ve enabled us to donate over £160 to the Severn Hospice this year. But to the nitty-gritty: the winners. Congratulations go to:
Sadly, former member, and past Secretary to the group, Bob Johnstone, passed away on 31st January 2016. Several members of the group were able to attend his funeral on 18th February 2016, at Telford Crematorium, and it was lovely to see former member George Evans raise a toast in the Red Lion afterwards to Bob, and all friends around The Wrekin.
Members of the group with published books are taking part in the 2015 Wellington Literary festival Meet The Author Day. Why not pop along to the library for a chat … and you can also buy a book too, if you like!
This year, as part of the Wellington Literary Festival, we had two fabulous workshop facilitators: Nick Fletcher and Catherine Cooper.
Nick gave us an insight into the world of freelance journalism and writing for magazines, sharing with us his tips and advice, drawing upon his many years experience working for the national newspapers and also selling to magazines across the UK.
By the end of the workshop, everyone was fired up with lots of ideas. Editors, I hope you’re inboxes are ready for our pitches!
Then, in the afternoon, Catherine Cooper arrived, with friends, to demystify the world of writing for children …
She had us busy creating characters, delving into treasure chests and picking out a mysterious object to inspire our character and take them on a magical journey. Writing for children means releasing your inner child!
Many thanks to both of our guest speakers for two fab workshops!
The National Association of Writers’ Groups have launched their 2014 Open Writing Competitions, which has two categories: short stories and poetry. To find out more click on the following link to download a pdf copy of the entry form and rules: NAWG 2014 Open Writing Competitions.
The vote for the new anthology front cover is now closed and the results are as follows:
Which image would you like to see on the cover of the Wrekin Writers’ Anthology 2013? Scroll down and view the possibilities below, then at the bottom of the screen you can vote for your choice. (Please note you may only be able to vote once from your computer.) JUST TO CLARIFY – the use of any image containing the passing resemblance to any member of Wrekin Writers will be subject to their final approval for use on the front cover, if it proves the most popular choice. Should approval not be gained then the next most voted for image will be used for the cover.
Congratulations go to Mike White, Julie Phillips and Bryan Vaughan who successfully achieved their 50,000 words written during the month of November. (For more information about NaNoWriMo visit the official NaNoWriMo website).