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Short Story Competition 2016: Winner Revealed!

Natasha Pulley

The time has come. Natasha Pulley, author The Watchmaker of Filigree Street and this year's guest judge of our annual Short Story Competition, has chosen two runners up and her overall winner. So without further ado, here we go....

The first runner up, who will receive a copy of the Writers' & Artists' Yearbook 2016 is... 'What They Did With The Hairspray' by Chris Edwards-Pritchard

Feedback from Nastasha Pulley: This is an immensely detailed and understated piece. The way the characters speak is quirky and peppery, and never expositional; they talk about what people really talk about (music and traffic) and they’re always doing something else or thinking of other things while they speak. The use of language is marvellous, especially verbs —‘caterpillaring’ is lovely.  The sense of much bigger things swimming below the surface is effective too; Jack, family problems, the nature of the mother’s work. With a topic like ageing, it’s very easy to become …

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Writers' & Artists' Short Story Competition 2016 Shortlist

Writers' & Artists' Yearbook 2016

What a year we've had already! Writing courses, events galore and articles all across the site from authors offering advice on the writing process. And now this - one of our favourite dates in the W&A Calendar.

Once again, our annual Short Story Competition has proven as popular as ever. We've had thousands of entries (2,208, to be precise!) and it's been an absolute joy to get a glimpse of your writing. A shortlist, however, had to be settled on, with this year's judge - Natasha Pulley - whittling things down until just ten entries remained. And here they are.

The stories on this year's shortlist, and being considered for a prize of £500 and place on an Arvon writing course, are as follows:

  • Home Ageing by Robert Montgomery
  • What they Did with the Hairspray by Chris Edwards-Pritchard
  • Hugs for the Railway Man by Sarah Baxter
  • Transport by Mark Brandi
  • Your Pension Guarantee by Simon Van der Velde
  • Where Are We Now by Frances Gapper
  • Farewell, Heidelberg by Armeen Kapadia …

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Celebrate World Book Day 2016!

World Book Day

Who was your favourite character from a book when you were a child?

Lots of lovely people are currently sharing their answer to this particular question over on in order to help raise awareness of World Book Day, which is being celebrated across the globe tomorrow! (You know about the World Book Day Dress-Up, right?!)

Find out more about what you can do to celebrate World Book Day, and how you can support Book Aid International in general.

But back to those favourite fictional characters! Here’s a quick post on the  subject from children’s author Emma Cox:

"I love Lyra Belacqua. I love her because she runs through the pages of her books as an unstoppable force. I love that she is such a great liar and she delights in using this skill. When she sees it's possible, Lyra is ready to leave the world she was born in and she's not afraid to do so. Lyra falls in love with Will and she’s not afraid of that, either.

"I love that the universe has chosen her - I am very fond of …

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Writing is Re-Writing & Upcoming Events

Let's be honest - writing is no easy feat. It's a labour of love, taking your ideas and transforming them into perfectly crafted stories. There are hardships along the way - every writer knows that! But then comes the hard work once your manuscript is as good as it can be. How do you approach the editing process? What's a literary agent? And how do you go about submitting your manuscript to them?

Here's where we come into play. Writers & Artists want to help make this part of your writing journey as smooth as possible, offering advice to help you sidestep bumps in the road.

This year, we have a whole host of events lined up to inform, inspire and stoke your creative fires; present networking opportunities with other authors and industry professionals; and provide the sort of practical advice you'll need to take your manuscript to the next level.

Take a look at some of the events we have coming up over the next few months: 

How NOT to Submit Your Manuscript
When: 12th March 12:00 - …

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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.

And, as it's Christmas, we're also going to help you out with your Christmas present …

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