As some of you will know, for several years I was a tutor for The Writers Bureau, the UK’s leading distance learning institution for writers. I also wrote their Complete Copywriter course, and some sections of their Comprehensive Creative Writing course.
I thought you might therefore like to know that they are running two writing competitions at the moment. One is inexpensive to enter, and the other is absolutely free!
The first is their annual Short Story Writing Competition. This is for an unpublished short story on any theme of 2000 words or under. The entry fee is £5 per story for up to three stories. There is a £1 discount for entrants who are also subscribers to the Writers Bureau’s Freelance Market News newsletter.
The prizes are as follows: 1st £300, 2nd £200, 3rd £100, and 4th £50. In addition, all winners will receive a Writers Bureau course of their choice. The contest is open world-wide, and the closing date is 30 November 2015. You can enter by mail or via the Writers Bureau website.
Incidentally, this competition is being judged by my old friend (and former Writers Bureau colleague) Iain Pattison. I strongly recommend reading this recent post from his blog in which he talks about what he looks for when judging writing contests!
The other contest the Writers Bureau is running right now is for a flash fiction romance aimed at men. It’s free to enter, and the winner will receive a Writers Bureau fiction writing course.
Your story must be no more than 500 words, and it must be submitted by email by 14 October 2015. For full details, including how to enter, visit this page of the Writers Bureau website.