Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Let's get writing!

I know many of you wouldn't call yourselves official "writers" but I also know that amongst my regular readers there are some hugely talented "unofficial" writers. So I just wanted to let you know about a few writing competitions that may inspire you to put pen to paper!

The first is my own little competition over at the The View From Here. I hope you read my review of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Seth Grahame Smith ( see my link bar) in which I discussed the latest phenomenon of Monster Mash. Now it's your opportunity to write some mash too! So why not pop over to The View and see the details. The Closing date is the 23rd September and I'm looking for a really silly piece of writing (about 500 words) to take the prizes. Nothing would please me more than one of my blogging friends to win so please, please have a look!

Secondly, if you find the idea of writing comedy too hard Gary Davison has a flash fiction competition (250 words) coming up shortly on his site. There's a host of far more glamorous prizes to be won so keep a look out for it! (Again, links for Gary's blog are on my side bar.) 250 words isn't a lot to write but nevertheless it's tough trying to write a interesting but concise story; it really gets the brain cells ticking over ! I've only tried it once (see my dismal attempt at [D]isconnected [C]onsortium ) but practice makes perfect so I'll probably be giving it my best shot too!

Thirdly, there's a short story (7 -10,000 words) at Legend Press on the theme of a "Journey". This competition is part of the Legend Press Short Story Reinvented Series and the best of the entries will be published as a collection in the next issue of the series. How good is that? Too good an opportunity to miss. So get writing now!

See you all soon!


  1. Oohhh! Very interesting!

    Perhaps after my next short story (almost done!), I shall check this out. I've always wanted to join a writing competition. :)

    Thank you for the head's up! Hope you're doing well, Mrs. T!

  2. Surely you're not inviting me to write. Or is that right? Or Wright? I'll be the laughing stalk. :) Hope your summer is going well.

  3. Hi, Jane
    I decided to explore some new blogs and found yours, coincidentally a writer's blog which was a nice perk.

    Also checked out Gary Davison's blog which was verry interesting today...

    The contests look like just the thing for stimulating creativity in limited time frame.

  4. count me is Mrs T, I will be popping over to the VFH for a butchers! hope you had a nice holidays. so near yet so far, we will meet one day!!

  5. Go for it Mewie! I know you can write good stuff so you might as well give at least one of them a shot!

    Ps ...I'm open to blackmail:))

    Mr I,

    Now that would be interesting. I've read some of your little forays into fiction and they were pretty good; the one about the disillusioned father in particular and, of course, Mr Bond:)

    I challenge you to do one of the competitions - And I know how you like a challenge! I'm prepared to offer free proof reading services as an added incentive. What more could a man ask for?!

  6. Hello Marley - welcome to My Witty Ways.

    Yep, I quite like having timeframes for writing myself - it concentrates the mind. In fact, I've been doing some writing challenges with Gary Davison and we give ourselves 24 hours to come up with a story using words we've given each other. I love the challenge of it - and somehow someones elses choice of words always sets my mind thinking in a completely new direction.

    I hope you'll give one of those comptitions a bash!

    And yes, I suppose you could call Gary's blog interesting - although I could think of a few other words to describe it too!!!!


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