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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.

Firewords Competition: And The Winner Is...


We're delighted to reveal the team over at Firewords Quarterly have chosen their winners for our recent short story competition. Over 550 entries directly inspired by Maggie Chiang's wonderful illustration came in, each story providing its own unique take and prompting plenty of debate amongst the editorial team over at Firewords HQ.

It was such a tough job to choose a winner, in fact, that the work of two writers couldn't be separated... meaning two stories will be published in an upcoming edition of Firewords Quarterly!

The first runner up, who will receive back-list copies of Firewords Quarterly Magazine is...


Jeanne Panfely with 'A Mother Whale Lifts Her Head.'

Feedback from Firewords Quarterly: 

Jeanne pulled off something really challenging in this story: she took the reader by the hand and let them experience a child’s imagination without patronising them. Writing from the perspective of a young protagonist and making it feel authentic but also engaging to a reader of any age …

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Firewords Competition: Shortlist Announced!











After weeks of deliberation, we can reveal the shortlist for our Firewords Writing Competition. A massive congratulations to our top ten!

The Visit by Toni Allen

Last Man Standing by Jen Falkner

After The Dark by James Hatton

Stars by Liam Hogan

Homeland by Katherine Mezzacappa

A Mother Whale Lifts Her Head by Jeanne Panfley

A Good Thing by Megan Parker

Mountain Ash by Nicole Pearson

The Man With No Shadow by Stephanie Percival

The Seventh Sense by Dee Takemoto

The winner and two runner-ups will be announced at the end of the month, so keep your eyes peeled!

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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 Friday 9th to Tuesday 20th 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:


9th December: The Wicked Boy, by Kate Summerscale

10th December: Jonathan Unleashed, by Meg Rosoff

11th December: A Guinea Pig Oliver Twist

12th December: Sweet Caress, by William Boyd

13th December: The Silk Roads, by Peter Frankopan

14th December: The Camper Van Bible, by Martin Dorey

15th December: Golden Kicks, by Jason Coles

16th December: Commonwealth, by Ann Patchett

17th December: We Chose To Speak Of War & Strife, by John Simpson

18th December: The Saffron Tales, by Yasmin Khan

19th December: Out On The Land, by Ray …

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Bloomsbury Publishing Christmas Sale!


If you're a writer, you should be an avid reader, too! Stock up on some winter reading material and take advantage of this special sale on Bloomsbury.com, with discounts of up to 45% available across the site.

Bloomsbury.com are offering up to 45% off thousands of books in their Christmas sale*, including new and bestselling titles within fiction, non-fiction, children's (including Harry Potter), academic and education categories.

Click here to start your Christmas shopping


The sale, of course, includes both 2017 editions of the Writers' & Artists' Yearbook, and our fantastic series of Companion Guides offering more genre-specific writing advice.

Browse Writers & Artists sale highlights



*The Bloomsbury Christmas Sale runs from Monday 21st November to midnight (GMT) on Sunday 11th December.

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On Having to Choose Only Three Out of a Whole Rainbow of Wonderful Sonnets

The time has come. Ruth Padel, prize-winning poet and guest judge of our Sonnet Writing Competition, has chosen her two runners-up and overall winner. Without further ado, over to Ruth to talk us through her decision...

On having to choose only three out of a whole rainbow of wonderful sonnets.This was a very hard decision. 

 There was so much rich work, with really accomplished cadence, original thought and powerfully concentrated feeling and intelligence packed into the poems. I read that it was really hard to leave any of them behind. There was lovely imagery, shadows ‘pleated’ against a couple sleeping together in the dark, TV screens flashing in an electrical shop against ‘a gauze of rain’, and lively double entendres: walnut-halves ‘gift-wrapped in membrane’, laid out before a ‘surgeon’s knife’, spring as the ‘shy blond visitor who stopped by one weekend in April but refused to sit on our knees.’ There were also poignant new angles and approaches to …

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