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Writers' & Artists' Short Story Competition 2015: the winners

Weathering by Lucy Wood

The time has come. Author Lucy Wood, guest judge for this year's spectacularly popular short story competition, has chosen her winner. So without further ado, here we go....

The first runner up, who will receive a copy of the Writers' & Artists' Yearbook 2015 is.... 'Joy' by Matthew Mundy.

Feedback from Lucy Wood:

Writing a ghost story on the theme of joy is an interesting idea and I really enjoyed this story’s foreboding atmosphere. Right from the beginning, we are aware of something uncanny – why can’t Ben reach his girlfriend’s house? I like the way the snow mirrors this tension: the world seems strange and menacing. The writer uses some nice details, like the paw-prints in the snow, to create a vivid scene. And the odd, shadowy figure of Weep, who lingers at the edge, adds another really interesting layer, showing us what could happen to Ben if he doesn’t let go of the past. The idea of letting go, and accepting the past, gave this ghost story a strong …

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Writers' & Artists' Short Story Competition 2015 Shortlist

Writing competition

As ever, we've had an absolutely fantastic response for this competition. With thousands of stories of an extremely high standard, our judge has had her work cut out trying to narrow down so many great entries. Thank you to everyone who submitted their work!

However, tough as they were, decisions have had to be made. 

The shortlist of writers whose stories are being considered for a cash prize of £500 and a place at an Arvon writing course are as follows:

Untitled by Simon Pearson 

Poppy Jones and the Ding Dong Song by John Clarke

The Joy of Confession by Daniel Packer

When Joysticks Become Control Columns by Mike Martin

My Name is Marcus Harvey by Frances Hurd

The Joy Chair by Michael J. Fleming

Ramblings by Klinte Mie Jepsen

Antelope by Fiona Mitchell

Ode to Joy by Richard Newton

Speeding by Dorit Kedar

Moss Coloured Memories by Jenny Harding-Rolls

What’s in a Name? by Rachel Vickery

Joy story by Matthew Mundy

Sing for Joy by Margaret Abbett

Other Shoes by Jonathan Skinner 

Joy by

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Merry Christmas from Writers & Artists

Christmas giveaway

It’s our favourite time of year at Writers & Artists, and we think it’s about time we started celebrating! With less than a month to go until the big day, we wanted to do something to say thank you for all your support over the past year.

We’ve been steadily building up our writing community, both on (not to mention on Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest), and we’ve loved hearing about your writing projects and helping you with any questions you might have had.

So, by way of encouraging you to keep sharing your writing, we're delighted to offer a 10% discount on all editorial services booked during the month of December and January, using discount code 'EDITORIAL10'. Whether you have a completed first draft you would like an experienced editor to take a look at, or you have the beginnings of an idea you would like to chat to an agent about, we can help.

We're not stopping there, though. From Friday 12th to Tuesday 23rd December, we're giving …

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Write With...Cesca Major

Cesca Major

Over the past four weeks, debut novelist Cesca Major has been asking the questions you, as a writer, need to know the answers to. Currently writing her second novel, her series of vlogs encourages you to write alongside her; tacking the questions and problems that arise together and thinking about your writing in a wider context - a kind of what, why and where of writing. 

You can now read her final vlog, on pinning down what your novel is really about, here. As her series comes to an end, we thought it was time to round up all four vlogs in one place. Listed below you can find each week's vlog and the questions (and answers) she discusses in each.

Week 1: Genre - why are you writing and who are you writing for?

Week 2: Research - What do you need to research and how much time should you spend researching?

Week 3: Where - where do you write and how can it help you as a writer?

Week 4: What - what's your writing really about and how can you find your logline?

Fortunately, Cesca has many …

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Calling All Writers!


We’re two months away from the start of NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) and we’re looking for four writers to blog about their experiences here, on the Writers & Artists website. 

NaNoWriMo is the month where, if you’re a writer and up for a challenge, you’ll be giving up your free time, shutting the world out and devoting yourself completely to your writing. From 1st to the 30th November, you’ll be joining hundreds of thousands of writers all over the world as you work to complete the first draft of a novel - you have to reach 50,000 words - in just one month.  

As a writer, you’ve probably spent days agonising over that paragraph you just couldn’t get right, so you’ll appreciate that 50,000 words in one month is a very big mountain to climb. We want to help you stay motivated during that month and, with that in mind, we’d like to document the NaNoWriMo journeys of four writers, in a series of blogs. 

We’ll feature six guest blog posts …

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