And March’s winner is………………

wiinners cup

Congratulations to Jan Strickland who has won March’s mini writing competition with ‘First Love’.

As winner, Jan is now entitled to set the writing prompt for the next monthly competition and I will notify you all once I have more information on this.

However, I will be taking a break for April as it has become an incredibly busy month for me, so I will post the next writing prompt in May and hope that you will come back and join me then, as I always look forward to reading the entries.

Once again, thank you to all who took part this month.  :)

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Q: What Do Agents Like to See When They Google Writers?

elizfrat:

Do you ever Google yourself?…. :) Some interesting pointers here.

Originally posted on Carly Watters, Literary Agent:

20120130-093459.jpg Yes, if we’re interested in your work we’ll Google you. And yes, there are things we like to see:
  • Some sort of Website. You need a landing page. (WordPress and About.me help you do this for free. You don’t have to break the bank.)
  • A certain level of Social Media proficiency. (It doesn’t have to be everything, just showing interaction.)
  • Blog posts that aren’t discussing the submission process in too much detail. Many writers lay it all out there to share the (often lonely) experience with others, but it’s really best if you can keep this to yourself.
  • Positive demeanour and Professional approach in your online interactions. It’s a small world! (And editors can Google you too.) Agents choose who they work with carefully, and we like to work with nice people.
  • A Personality. You don’t have to talk about books or writing online, if you’re passionate about…

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Hope is out there!

elizfrat:

For any children’s / YA writers out there, this may be of interest. ….. Thanks to Lou for another helpful post.

Originally posted on Lou Treleaven, writer:

I’ve received a nice email from Cris at Pants on Fire Press which I’d like to share.  Pants on Fire are an American publisher but they are open to submissions from the UK, and have just signed their second UK author (hurrah!).

The book is The Vampire Cat by Antony Bowers Smith from Manchester.  Bernard is an ordinary house cat who, after an encounter with Max Von Strangfelt, is transformed into a vampire!

Cris says, “I hope this news will encourage your website readers and budding authors to not lose hope and to consider querying US publishers.”

So please be encouraged and keep submitting!

About Pants on Fire Press

Pants On Fire Press, located in Winter Garden, Florida, is an award-winning children’s book publisher of picture, middle-grade and young adult books. We publish big story ideas with high concepts, new worlds and meaty characters for children, teens and discerning…

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Voting for the March mini writing competition is now open!

Man voting

Once again I hope that you enjoyed this month’s entries.  There are only 4 to choose from so that might make things a bit easier than it has been over the last few months.  The voting poll is now attached for you to cast your vote for your favourite entry. This will remain open until the end of this month and the winner will then get to set the next writing prompt.  Good luck to all who entered and thank you for taking part :)

Who will you vote for?  Remember, voting is open to all whether you have contributed an entry or not, so make sure that your vote counts.

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Scottish Association of Writers Annual Conference

Angus Writers Board

This past weekend I attended my second SAW conference, held at the Westerwood Hotel Golf and Country Club just outside Glasgow, and once again returned home inspired and full of enthusiasm. Members of the Angus Writers’ Circle came away with one 3rd place finish and some commended and highly commended places in a number of the competitions and I was thrilled to receive a highly commended for my Under 7s Short Story – ‘The Burp Monster’. Here I am receiving my certificate after the gala dinner.

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It was amazing to be in a room full of such talented writers; I had a fantastic weekend and met some very interesting people. Roll on next year!! Now, where’s my pen to start on next year’s entries……. :)

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‘Family Colours’ by elizfrat

goalkeeper

As this is the last day to post entries for this month’s mini competition, I thought I would sneak in one of my own. For a lot of young boys in particular growing up, football (or soccer for my American blogging friends) is their first love, so I have taken quite a wide interpretation of this month’s writing prompt (and hope that you will indulge me on this score, if you excuse the pun ;) )

FAMILY COLOURS

I yearn to
run after them,
to call out,
to envelope him
in the safety of my arms.
But I hold back
and merely watch their progress,
as they become swallowed up in
the crowd.

I keep focussed
on the spot where
I could last make them out,
long after they
have disappeared from sight.
A lasting impression
of this landmark in their lives

He looked so small.
Dwarfed by the throng:
Vulnerable:
And yet far from alone.
Protected with pride
and engulfed by love.

This is their time.
A shared first moment,
long dreamed about.

And I must let go and
accept this coming of age,
as father and son
embark on the rite of passage
that is
their first football match together.

Together as one whole;
and their happiness
is absolute.

(c) Elizabeth Frattaroli

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‘Love At First Sight’ by lassfromlancashire

boy on bike

I’m happy to share an entry from a regular contributor to the mini monthly competitions, with a charming take on the theme of ‘love at first sight’. Thank you lassfromlancashire for taking part again this month and for the link to your entry. :)

lassfromlancashire says:

March 19, 2014

http://scortonwriter.wordpress.com/2014/03/18/love-at-first-sight

here’s my entry for the March mini competition

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‘First Love’ by Jan Strickland

rialto bridge

Next up I welcome back Jan with her poem prompted by the subject of ‘Love at first sight’. Thank you once again to Jan for her entry and for sharing her work with us.

Jan Strickland says:

FIRST LOVE

I met him on a coach trip, the year was 61

I was just turned 16 and out to have some fun

We travelled across Europe with a week in Italy

At the end of which, I just knew, he was going to marry me

As the holiday ended we went our separate way

He was off to uni and me to school each day

We wrote to one another, as people do, I’m sure

But in my heart I wasn’t convinced I’d see him any more

Six years of nursing in London to earn an honest bob

He asked me up to stay in Largs if I could get a job

He had finished university and was living on the coast

And I’d had luck; a hospital had offered me a post

It was only two months later that we became engaged

My family in England were really quite amazed

You, a Minister’s wife, you must be having a laugh

But 44 years later I still love my other half

(c) Jan Strickland

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‘Love at First Sight’ by ContactRida

woman

In the first of two (very different) entries in to this month’s mini writing competition, I am pleased to welcome a new contributor – ContactRida – with her interesting interpretation of the ‘Love at First Sight’ writing prompt. As somebody on her own blog says, I wonder what happens next…… :)

ContactRida says:

March 10, 2014 at 7:00 am

great blog! http://contactrida.com/2014/03/10/love-at-first-sight/

(c) ContactRida

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New Writing Prompt For March – Love At First Sight

penguins in love

Thank you to Vaibhav who, as winner of last month’s mini writing competition, has suggested the new writing prompt for March. (I think he’s a bit of a romantic :) )  Vaibhav has put forward the theme of ‘Love At First Sight’, whether that be fictional or stem from a personal experience.

Therefore once again I would invite you to submit either a piece of flash fiction (under 500 words) or a poem on this topic. This should be posted on the designated competition page, in the usual way.

The last entry date for this month is the 24th of March and then people have between then and the end of the month to vote for their favourite.  The next competition will start at the beginning of April and the winner will set the writing prompt for next month.

Good luck to everyone who would like to take part and I look forward to reading all the submissions.

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