After my final assignment for Writing Skills, my tutor suggested I look into entering The Bridport Prize. I was petrified. All the doubts and uncertainty,the fear of putting something out there…….but I’m so glad she pushed me to do it! I didn’t win, didn’t place, didn’t get a special mention, but I learnt that it is ok to have a go.
My aim for this year is to enter at least three competitions each month. I will be focussed on poetry, to reflect the area I’m studying in, but I hope to manage a few short stories too.
Opportunities for January and February are:
I try to choose competitions that excite me, and inspire me to create something I’m proud of. It’s very new to me, and I still get that flash of nerves before I press send. I’m incredibly glad to be trying though .
March/ April Competitions and submissions
Under the Radar magazine published by Nine Arches Press
Writers and Artists writersandartists.co.uk/competitions
Shooter literary magazine shooterlitmag.com
Yeovil literary festival yeovilliteraryfestival.co.uk
Evesham Festival of Words eveshamfestivalofwords.org
I’ve focused on short stories, despite it being the area I find challenging, I don’t want to lose the skills I gained during my first course. I find the discipline of having a competition to write for really motivates me. All those years of squirreling work away in notebooks have take their toll; I want people to read what I write, and to do that, I have to make it good enough to show them.