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National Novel Writing Month 2020 is almost here!

Hello everyone, it's been a while! I am so exciting that NaNoWriMo 2020 is just around the corner! It is easy to get caught in the controversial and turbulent grip of 2020, with all its chaos - but don't let yourself be caught! Life is easier and better when we forget the craziness of 2020… Continue reading National Novel Writing Month 2020 is almost here!

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The Fast Track Writing Course

Holidays...or Horrible Days? Happy Holidays, everyone! I hope you all had an amazing Christmas, if you celebrate it, and that you're excited and revving up for 2017. Our topic today is a fantastic course that my friend heads up. But first, I want to just do some holidays talk. Personally, I feel excited about 2017.… Continue reading The Fast Track Writing Course

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2015 Bristol Short Story Prize Open for Entries

Writers Anon - Taunton's Writing Group

Another opportunity for writers, as the Bristol Short Story Prize opens its doors for 2015 entries.

The key facts:

  • It costs £8 for each story entered
  • Open to published and unpublished authors
  • First prize £1,000 plus a £150 Waterstones gift card, 2nd prize £700 plus £100 Waterstones gift card and 3rd prize £400, plus £100 Waterstones gift card.
  • No theme, but stories must not have been published or broadcast, previously
  • 20 stories shortlisted and published in the Bristol Short Story Prize Anthology Volume 8
  • Closing date 30 April 2015

Find out more about the competition, past winners and what the judges are looking for here.

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Editors’ Picks of the Year: Notable Reads on WordPress.com

The WordPress.com Blog

Our editors dove into the archives to resurface top posts published on WordPress.com this year, from personal essays to comics, and photography to fiction. Here’s a glimpse of what you published — and what the community especially loved — in 2014.

“Ever Wished That Calvin and Hobbes Creator Bill Watterson Would Return to the Comics Page? Well, He Just Did,” Stephan Pastis, Pearls Before Swine

“Bill Watterson is the Bigfoot of cartooning,” writes comic artist Stephan Pastis of the legendary Calvin and Hobbes creator. This summer, Pastis collaborated — in secret — with Watterson. Their awesome idea: Watterson would silently step in and draw Pastis’ comic strip, Pearls Before Swine, for a few days, pretending to be a second grader. Pastis recounts the experience, offering a rare glimpse of Bigfoot.

Pearls Before Swine; Stephan Pastis; June 4, 2014.Pearls Before Swine; Stephan Pastis; June 4, 2014.

“No Apology,” Mehreen Kasana

I will apologize for ISIS when every…

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Amazon.com – Publishing Revolution or Crash and Burn?

I would like to share an article relevant to all writers and authors - whether published many times, just a few, published traditionally or indie-style...I, for one, definitely feel tense when I read the goings-on with Amazon. Is this revolutionizing the publishing industry, or crash it down in gigantic flames? Tell me what you think… Continue reading Amazon.com – Publishing Revolution or Crash and Burn?