Sunday, 19 February 2017

Two Competitions and Theakston Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival Focus

Having just entered the following two competitions, with deadlines today and tomorrow respectively, I thought I would share the information with my followers in case the wished to enter too:

Litro Magazine: short stories on the theme of Wants and Needs (deadline today)

There seems to be a constant battle between what we have, what we need and what we think we want.

Deadline: February 19, 2017

Max. word length: 4,000 words as a rough guideline. We do make exceptions.

If you're submitting artwork: 12 pieces maximum.

In a consumer society finding that healthy balance between our needs and wants remains one of the biggest challenges. While simple in theory, the calculation is much more complex in practice.

One of the most discouraging parts of modern life seems to be this never-ending sense that we should want more. We all tell ourselves to be content but it does seem like it’s become more difficult to be content with what we have.

For Litro 161, we want you to give us your tales of Wants & Needs!

We accept short fiction, flash/micro fiction, and nonfiction. We do not accept poetry.
Due to the volume of submissions we receive, please submit only one piece per theme. Additional submissions will unfortunately not be considered.

Please also note that if we have published your work in the magazine, we won't consider publishing your work again until a year has passed

Readers Digest 100 word story competition

Our incredibly successful 100-word-story competition is back for its seventh year. This is your chance to win £2,000 and see your work published in the magazine—all you have to do is write a brilliant work of fiction in just 100 words!

There are three categories—one for adults and two categories for schools: one for children aged 12–18 and one for children under 12.

Your stories should be original, unpublished and exactly 100 words long—not even a single word shorter or longer!

Entries must be in by February 20.

The editorial team will then pick a shortlist of three in each category and post them online on February 27.

You can vote for your favourite, and the one with the most votes will scoop the top prize. Voting will close at 8pm on March 20 and winning entries will be published in our June issue.

Entry is open only to residents of the UK, Channel Islands, Isle of Man and Republic of Ireland.

What you could win

In the adult category:

The winner will receive £2,000, and two runners-up will each receive £200.

In the 12–18s category:

The winner will receive a Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 (9.7" tablet, 32GB) and a Samsung Gear S2 watch (choice of colour), plus £150 for their school. Two runners-up will each receive £100.

In the under-12s category:

The winner will receive a Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 (9.7" tablet, 32GB), plus £100 for their school. Two runners-up will each receive £75.

To keep updated on the 100-Word-Story competition follow Reader's Digest UK on Twitter.

The latest Theakston Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival newsletter features a special guest announcement, focus on an author dinner and more:
Theakston Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival

Today we have a brand new Special Guest announcement for you!
This Special Guest first planned to become a spy. Or maybe a professor of Russian history. (Keeping options open!) Instead he became a bestselling thriller writer, and winner of the Strand Critics Award for Best Novel for BURIED SECRETS (2011), winner of the International Thriller Writers Award for Best Novel for KILLER INSTINCT (2006) and winner of the Barry and Gumshoe Awards for Best Thriller for COMPANY MAN (2005).

This week we are pleased to announce 2017 Special Guest...
Joseph Finder!

After taking a high school seminar on the literature and history of Russia, Joe was hooked. After completing his master’s degree at the Harvard Russian Research Center, he was later recruited to the Central Intelligence Agency...
Eventually he decided he preferred writing fiction.

GUILTY MINDS is Joe’s latest novel and the third book in the Nick Heller series. The “private spy” returns in an exhilarating and timely thriller exploring how even the most powerful among us can be brought down by a carefully crafted lie and how the secrets we keep can never truly stay buried.

"Private spy Nick Heller is the best lie detector you'll ever meet. Trained in the special forces; tough, smart and stubborn, he'll do what needs to be done to uncover the truth.
He's been hired to disprove a story about a Supreme Court judge and a high-class call girl who's just been found dead. Nick has forty-eight hours before a Washington gossip website runs an exposé that could destroy the justice system as we know it.

Forty-eight hours to figure out who is lying. Forty-eight hours to solve the murder of an innocent woman. Forty-eight hours to force the power-brokers of Washington to give up their secrets...
The truth, when it comes, will shock them all."



Saturday 22 July | 6.15pm | £32

The Old Swan Hotel | Harrogate

A dead body on the marshes, an ancient curse and a buried secret. Elly Griffiths, author of the Ruth Galloway books, scripts an archaeological mystery, with a little help from Francis Pryor of Time Team.
Includes 2 course murder mystery dinner and a glass of wine.
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