I was very saddened to learn that Strange Chemistry/Open Door were not taking my submission forward to the next stage for their YA fantasy novel competition. Rejection is never easy, but worse when it comes at lunchtime on a Saturday. But, never one to rest on my laurels, I entered another three competitions (two yesterday and one today but with two poems). I thought I would post the details of the competitions on here in case anyone else wishes to give them a go:
1) DEADLINE 29 OCTOBER 2012 The Mail on Sunday Novel competition. The opening 50-150 words of a novel (which has to introduce the word 'train'). The prize is £400 in book tokens and an Arvon Writing Course place. There are five runners-up prizes of between £150-300. Send your typed entry with name, address, telephone numbers and email address all on the same page to: The Mail on Sunday Novel Competition, 84 Drayton Gardens, London, SW10 9SB. Results announced next Summer.
2) DEADLINE 31 OCTOBER 2012 The Belper New Play competition. Plays of 5-30 min length featuring no more than four characters. Type 12pt script and classify genre then send to: The Belper Short Play Festival, 31A Field Lane, Belper, Derbyshire, DE56 1DD. Winner notified by 31 January 2013.
3) DEADLINE 2 NOVEMBER 2012 Original Writing UK Competition. 'Time capsule - a message to future self' contact firstname.lastname@example.org for entry form and rules, then send up to two poems by 5pm on the 2nd. Winners announced by 19th November.