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It's competition time! Browse and enter our latest competitions, find out who the winners were and read some of the brilliant entries we’ve received in the past.

Short Story Competition 2018: Winner Revealed!

Writers' & Artists' Yearbook 2018

Writers' & Artists' Yearbook Editor Alysoun Owen takes over the W&A blog to announce the winner and commended entries for this year's competition...

Once again, the W&A team have been inundated with entries for our annual short story competition, sifting through close to 1000 in total.

In terms of trends, although there was no title or theme set this year, the subjects of death and loss featured widely, as was reflected in our initial shortlist and also the winning entry.

What am I looking for in a short story? It is highly subjective of course, but there are certain key aspects that I think the most readable stories share, whatever their genre. A ‘good’ short story for me is one that grabs the reader’s attention from the first line and paragraph, and continues to hold it right to its conclusion. It might do that in various ways – stylistically, through its subject matter and by condensing a narrative into a well-structured whole in a very short amount of space. That …

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Event Opportunity for Low-Income Writers

Event Opportunity for Low-Income Writers

Literary agent Thérèse Coen to select the best pitch for a winning place at the conference...

We’re thrilled to be working with Arts University Bournemouth to bring a day of brilliant writing advice and tips on how to get published. The day will feature a writing workshop of your choice led by an incredible line up of authors; Natasha Pulley on fiction, Nell Andrews on non-fiction, and Kayo Chingonyi on poetry. The afternoon sessions will be packed full of brilliant advice from publishing industry experts such as Publishing Director Mark Richards and literary agents Emma Paterson and Thérèse Coen.

We’d love to offer a free place to a low-income writer, and have teamed up with Thérèse Coen, literary agent at Hardman Swainson to run a competition based on perfecting your pitch!

To be in with a chance of winning all you need to do is:

Email with the subject line 

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Merry Christmas from Writers and Artists!

It's our favourite time of year at Writers & Artists, (let the Christmas book shopping commence!) and what better way to bring in the festive spirit than to run a book giveaway!

From Monday 11th to Thursday 21st December, we're giving away one of our favourite books from 2016 every single day.

To enter, it's simple: watch out for our Christmas #giveaway tweet every morning and just RT and follow to be in with a chance of winning.

Here's the line-up of books featured:

Monday 11th December: Forest Dark by Nicole Krauss

Tuesday 12th December: Moonrise by Sarah Crossan

Wednesday 13th December: Swell: A Waterbiography by Jenny Landreth

Thursday 14th December: All We Saw by Anne Michaels

Friday 15th December: Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward 

Saturday 16th December:  Odd And The Frost Giants by Neil Gaiman (Signed by illustrator Chris Riddell) 

Sunday 17th December: Alias Grace by Margaret Atwood

Monday 18th December: Sour Heart by Jenny Zhang 

Tuesday 19th December: Lisboeta …

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Exclusive Event Offer - An Evening with Deborah Cadbury

Interested in historical writing? Don't miss out on this brilliant event with an exclusive saving for Writers & Artists members...

On Wednesday 15th November, The Bloomsbury Institute will be hosting popular historian Deborah Cadbury and the fascinating, untold story of Queen Victoria's vain attempt to thwart true love, forge political unions, and bind the royal families of Europe together.

Attend this event for just £5 using the code SAVE50 when you book your place via Eventbrite. Full details below.

Event Details

Deborah Cadbury and Queen Victoria's (ruthless) Matchmaking…

Bloomsbury Publishing, 50 Bedford Square, London

Wednesday, November 15th 

From 6:30pm to 8pm with drinks served from 6pm 

In an exclusive presentation, Emmy award-winning writer and former BBC producer, Deborah Cadbury shares the inspiration and research that led her to writing Queen Victoria's Matchmaking: The Royal Marriages that Shaped Europe. The fascinating, untold story of Queen Victoria’s …

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Retreat West Short Story Competition: And The Winner Is...

We're delighted to reveal the winner and two runner-up entries for our short story competition with Retreat West!

Jane Elmor – author of My Vintage Summer and Pictures Of You, and Creative Writing tutor for the Open University – has very kindly judged the competition, and selected the winning entries.

The overall winner receiving an exclusive free place on Retreat West's November retreat in West Bay, Dorset, benefitting from essential workshops led by Richard Skinner and Amanda Saint.

Both runners up will also be the lucky recipients of the Writers' & Artists' Yearbook 2018, a Writers & Artists Writing Companion Guide of their choice, and a Retreat West Anthology of stories from the annual Retreat West Short Story Prize and Flash Fiction Prize.


Winning entry: Louise Taylor with Of Cabbages And Wreckers

Feedback from Jane Elmor: 

I’ve chosen this for its unusual and intriguing premise – a modern/futuristic wrecking …

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