Short story competitions to fill the second half of your year

[Updated 16/10/18] ]It’s hard to keep track of all those deadlines, so here is an (updated) list of the main short story competitions coming up in the second half of the year. The management cannot take responsibility for any must-enter-them-all panic attacks, though I have no doubt you’re just one short edit away from victory.… Read More Short story competitions to fill the second half of your year

Advertisement

The unweekly herding: a list of short story competitions 2018

[UPDATED June 28] Keeping up with short story competition deadlines is a full-time occupation, and I don’t know how many things I’ve intended to enter only to forget about them until the day of/after. So I’ve decided to compile a calendar of everything I know so far that’s coming up this year. I will endeavour… Read More The unweekly herding: a list of short story competitions 2018

The weekly herding: the submission mission

The subject of this week’s herding is literary magazines – in particular, what to submit and how long to wait for a response before abandoning all hope. Making the grade Firewords literary journal has launched a podcast series which is very informative. Episode two deals with the submission process from an editor’s perspective, and the two speakers –… Read More The weekly herding: the submission mission

The weekly herding: Abraham Lincoln, the value of art and the importance of support

Eagle-eyed regular readers may have noticed something particular about my weekly news round-up – it isn’t exactly what you might call weekly. In my defence, The Utterly-Random-Whenever-I-Feel-Inclined Herding really doesn’t have the same ring to it. But as we’re here now, we might as well look at some interesting writing bits and bobs I’ve seen knocking about… Read More The weekly herding: Abraham Lincoln, the value of art and the importance of support

The weekly herding: it doesn’t pay to be a writer

It’s no secret that it is difficult to earn a living as a writer. But it is particularly disheartening to hear that even established writers struggle to make ends meet, despite their seeming success. The Independent website today featured an interview with Man Booker Prize longlisted author Donal Ryan, who revealed that he has had no choice but to… Read More The weekly herding: it doesn’t pay to be a writer

The weekly herding: we need to talk about Lionel

There was one massive news topic on the literary landscape this week, and that was the controversial keynote speech given by US author Lionel Shriver (We Need to Talk About Kevin) at the Brisbane Writers Festival on the subject of ‘fiction and identity politics’. Far from taking the stance of inclusion expected by the festival organisers, Shriver spoke… Read More The weekly herding: we need to talk about Lionel