Children’s novel competition open now

Mslexia, the magazine for women writers, has launched its competition for children’s novels, with a closing date of 10 September 2012.

The competition is open to children’s novels in any genre by previously unpublished women novelists, but it must be for children who are able to read for themselves or for young adults. Crossover fiction (i.e. that aimed at children and adults) is eligible. Nonfiction, and fiction intended for adults is not eligible. To qualify as a novel, your book must total at least 30,000 words.

Read more here…

I’m entering – will you?

Oh, and PS – Mslexia ran a helpful article in a back issue on fixes for fiction – see Quick Fix Fiction in the Writers’ Resources page – click on the link at the top of this page.

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Costa short story prize inviting entries now


The Costa Book Awards has opened its doors to short story writers.

This award is for a single, previously unpublished short story of up to 4,000 words by an author of 18 years or over. The story must be written in English.

Entry opened on Monday 16 July 2012 and will close at 4pm on Friday 7 September 2012.

Have you got a story to enter? At least got an idea? Crack on…

Want to write a cookery book?

John Minton's dust jacket for David's first book
John Minton’s dust jacket for David’s first book (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Non-fiction books need good ideas just as much as fiction. Well, not quite, but you need to tell a story, nevertheless. Food lends itself to great storytelling – Elizabeth David revolutionised foodwriting in Britain, as Julia Child did in the USA. They wrote about far more than the recipes, as now all good food writers do.

Here’s an article in the Guardian, posted by Wendy Collinson on facebook, which will give you some clues about how to approach your food story.

Write, and win a bicycle

Paris Review report by Lorin Stein

My predecessor George Plimpton was known for cycling around New York on his Trek Y-foil before it was either cool or safe (before, some would say, it was sane). And nowadays, we at TPR are still devoted city bikers; our rides can be found chained up and down White Street. So in celebration of the Tour de France—and thanks to the generosity ofHudson Urban Bikes—we, along with Velojoy, are giving away one of Hudson Urban Bikes’Beater Bicycles Roadster. This classic city bike comes in a men’s and a women’s model, both of which may be seen in the diabolical and rather enigmatic illustration below.

To win the HUB Beater, tell us what you see in this picture:

Read The Paris Review interviews for inspiration—and be sure to send in your entries by July 22. Submit to contests@theparisreview.org. The winner will be chosen by the editors of the Review.

[Thanks to Wendy Collinson for sharing this]