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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 2019: Winner Revealed!

Once again, the W&A Team have been inundated with entries for our annual short story competition, sifting through close to 1,000 in total. We hand over to Writers' & Artists' Yearbook Editor Alysoun Owen to announce this year's winner and two commended entries...

Each year, before I sit down to read the shortlist of entries to our annual Short Story Competition, I get a small thrill: excited to see what wide range of styles, themes and approaches I’ll have the pleasure to read. This year I’ve encountered tales set in present times and in the past; stories woven with magic realism and very real issues such as depression and alcoholism; poetic styles and a tale told in a first-person patois. Thanks to each of you for entering, and if you have not been successful this time do try again next year.

The three stories that made it to the final cut, are tales that are well-told, with a clear sense of structure, purpose and a narrative that drew me in from their opening lines.

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Merry Christmas from Writers & 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!

If you haven't yet got your Christmas reading lined up, then be sure to keep your eyes peeled from Monday 17th to Sunday 23rd December, as we'll be giving away some brilliant titles. 

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

Here's the line-up of books featured:

Saturday 15th December – The Corset by Laura Purcell

Sunday 16th December – Why Write? by Mark Edmundson

Monday 17th December – The Stormkeeper’s Island by Catherine Doyle

Tuesday 18th December – Monsieur X by Jamie Reid

Wednesday 19th December – Lateral Cooking by Niki Segnit

Thursday 20th December – Circe by Madeline Miller

Friday 20th December Writers' & Artists' Yearbook 2019

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Writing Children's Fiction Competition: Winner Revealed!

Writers' & Artists' Yearbook Team announce the winner and 9 commended entries for the Writing Children's Fiction Competition with Kickback Media...

A massive thank you to everyone who entered our children's fiction writing competition with Kickback Media. The esteemed panel of judges took great delight in reading through each entry and entering the different magical worlds conjured up within each submission.

Without further ado, let's announce the winner shall we?

We're pleased to reveal that the winning entry is...

The Touchstone Diary by Jennifer Watson

This is what our panel of judges had to say about the The Touchstone Diary and why it is a worthy winner:

"We were particularly impressed by the fresh and distinctive voice in The Touchstone Diary and its strong, intriguing sense of character. The energy and immediacy in Jennifer Watson's prose quickly pull the reader into her story world in just 2,000 words and her confident, vivid writing evokes a striking gothic …

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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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