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February 2018

Residential Reading Retreat - Suffolk

Suffolk Cottage Thorpness

Fri 2 February 2018 - Mon 5 February 2018, 5pm

Do you dream of immersing yourself in reading without distraction? We are not talking about those snatched moments of holiday reading. Imagine not having to stop to prepare meals or answer emails. No interruptions, no phones, no access to those must-do jobs around the home? Most importantly, absolutely NO guilt about just sitting and reading.

Welcome to our Reading Retreats - We...

Do you dream of immersing yourself in reading without distraction? We are not talking about those snatched moments of holiday reading. Imagine not having to stop to prepare meals or answer emails. No interruptions, no phones, no access to those must-do jobs around the home? Most importantly, absolutely NO guilt about just sitting and reading.

Welcome to our Reading Retreats - We offer you a fully pampered getaway in the country or by the sea. Our small group retreats take place in lovely houses around the country. Our single priority is to give you space and time to read. All your meals are prepared, speciality teas, freshly brewed coffee and soft drinks are on tap and you can choose solitude or shared time with other readers.

Reading Prescription - You may already have your stack of books selected but, if you are looking for inspiration, we offer you a 'Reading Prescription'. Following a discussion with you, we will prepare a personally tailored reading list.


Come and join us in this stunning beach facing house in Thorpeness, Suffolk. With breathtaking sea views from most rooms and a 30 metre walk to the beach, this retreat is idyllic. With cosy rooms and wood-burning stoves, this house offers the perfect Winter Reading Retreat.

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Writers' & Artists' Short Story Competition 2018

Sun 1 October 2017 - Tue 13 February 2018

For published and aspiring writers alike - enter our free annual short story competition and be in with a chance of winning a place on one of Arvon's four- or six-day Clockhouse writing retreats, as well as seeing your story published on www.writersandartists.co.uk.

To enter, all you have to do is submit a short story (for adults) of no more than 2,000 words. And that's it. Unlike...

For published and aspiring writers alike - enter our free annual short story competition and be in with a chance of winning a place on one of Arvon's four- or six-day Clockhouse writing retreats, as well as seeing your story published on www.writersandartists.co.uk.

To enter, all you have to do is submit a short story (for adults) of no more than 2,000 words. And that's it. Unlike previous years, there's no theme for you to base your story on; all you have to do is make sure you're registered with the website, the subject line of your email reads 'W&A Short Story Competition 2018' and you send it to competition@bloomsbury.com.

The closing date for entries is midnight on Tuesday 13th February, 2018. The winner of the competition - along with two runners-up - will be announced on the blog pages of this site in March 2018.

Remember you MUST be registered with www.writersandartists.co.uk in order for your entry to be eligible. For full terms and conditions, please visit www.writersandartists.co.uk/competitions

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Stratford Literary Festival / Salariya Book Company Children's Picture Book Prize 2018

Tue 21 November 2017 - Mon 5 March 2018, Competition ends 5.30pm on Monday 5th March 2018

The Stratford-upon-Avon Literary Festival and the Salariya Book Company have opened their 2018 Children’s Picture Book Prize for submissions.

The Prize, which launched last year, is open to UK-based debut writers and illustrators over 16, and the winning book will be published in 2019 by Salariya imprint, Scribblers. The winner will receive a £5000 advance against royalties and...

The Stratford-upon-Avon Literary Festival and the Salariya Book Company have opened their 2018 Children’s Picture Book Prize for submissions.

The Prize, which launched last year, is open to UK-based debut writers and illustrators over 16, and the winning book will be published in 2019 by Salariya imprint, Scribblers. The winner will receive a £5000 advance against royalties and career advice from a leading children's book agent. The final date for entries is 5th March 2018 with the winner announced in April 2018.

For terms and conditions and details on how to apply go to www.stratlitfest.co.uk/bookcompetition

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CWA Dagger Review Competition

Mon 4 December 2017 - Wed 28 February 2018

Write a review of any of the 2017 CWA Dagger shortlisted titles, including the winners, and post it free to the CWA’s DaggerReads website.

The CWA will select the review they consider to be the best as the winner

The prize is a full weekend pass for CrimeFest 2018 (event only) and a copy of both the new CrimeFest and CWA anthologies.

Reviews will be...

Write a review of any of the 2017 CWA Dagger shortlisted titles, including the winners, and post it free to the CWA’s DaggerReads website.

The CWA will select the review they consider to be the best as the winner

The prize is a full weekend pass for CrimeFest 2018 (event only) and a copy of both the new CrimeFest and CWA anthologies.

Reviews will be moderated and posted providing they are literate, non-abusive and contain no spoilers!

Entrants can post reviews for as many titles as they like, but only one per title.

The Dagger Review competition closes at midnight on 28 February 2018.

The competition winner will be informed during March.



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CWA Debut Dagger Competition

Mon 4 December 2017 - Wed 28 February 2018

The Debut Dagger, in 2018 celebrating its 20th anniversary, is open for entries.
Please submit the first 3,000 words of a crime novel, plus synopsis (max 1,000 words).
The writer must never have had a traditional publishing contract for a full-length novel. Self-published novelists and their work are eligible.
Prize: £500
Shortlisted authors have their work shown to...

The Debut Dagger, in 2018 celebrating its 20th anniversary, is open for entries.
Please submit the first 3,000 words of a crime novel, plus synopsis (max 1,000 words).
The writer must never have had a traditional publishing contract for a full-length novel. Self-published novelists and their work are eligible.
Prize: £500
Shortlisted authors have their work shown to literary agents and publishers

Full details, rules and entry portal are via the CWA website: www.thecwa.co.uk.
Closing date: 28 Feb 2018

Longlist announced: CrimeFest in May 2018; shortlist: summer 2018; winner: October 2018

Mini Critiques from the CWA Criminal Critiques service can help - see under Criminal Critiques https://thecwa.co.uk/debuts/criminal-critiques/
Winners and shortlisted writers of the Debut Dagger often go on to secure publishing contracts.

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CWA Margery Allingham Short Story Competition

Mon 4 December 2017 - Wed 28 February 2018

For an unpublished short story that keeps in mind Margery Allingham’s mystery definition, as outlined on the CWA website.

Max word count: 3,500
Open to published and unpublished authors
The story must not have been previously published on any platform
Prize: £500 and two passes to CrimeFest 2019

Full details and entry online.
Winner...

For an unpublished short story that keeps in mind Margery Allingham’s mystery definition, as outlined on the CWA website.

Max word count: 3,500
Open to published and unpublished authors
The story must not have been previously published on any platform
Prize: £500 and two passes to CrimeFest 2019

Full details and entry online.
Winner announced at CrimeFest May 2018

Mini Critique from the CWA accepts short story submissions. See Criminal Critiques under The Debuts on www.thecwa.co.uk

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Ten Winchester Writers' Festival Writing Competitions

Mon 1 January 2018 - Wed 11 April 2018

Enter one or more of the ten writing competitions offered by the Winchester Writers' Festival:

Poetry
Flash Fiction
Writing Can Be Murder
Picture Book
Children's Funny Fiction
Short Stories
First Three Pages of a Novel
Skylark Soaring Stories for middle grade and YA readers
Memoir
Young Writers' Competitions for writers...

Enter one or more of the ten writing competitions offered by the Winchester Writers' Festival:

Poetry
Flash Fiction
Writing Can Be Murder
Picture Book
Children's Funny Fiction
Short Stories
First Three Pages of a Novel
Skylark Soaring Stories for middle grade and YA readers
Memoir
Young Writers' Competitions for writers in school years 1 - 11

Details on all competitions: www.writersfestival.co.uk/competitions

Some competitions offer constructive feedback for an additional fee.

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March 2018

Stratford Literary Festival / Salariya Book Company Children's Picture Book Prize 2018

Tue 21 November 2017 - Mon 5 March 2018, Competition ends 5.30pm on Monday 5th March 2018

The Stratford-upon-Avon Literary Festival and the Salariya Book Company have opened their 2018 Children’s Picture Book Prize for submissions.

The Prize, which launched last year, is open to UK-based debut writers and illustrators over 16, and the winning book will be published in 2019 by Salariya imprint, Scribblers. The winner will receive a £5000 advance against royalties and...

The Stratford-upon-Avon Literary Festival and the Salariya Book Company have opened their 2018 Children’s Picture Book Prize for submissions.

The Prize, which launched last year, is open to UK-based debut writers and illustrators over 16, and the winning book will be published in 2019 by Salariya imprint, Scribblers. The winner will receive a £5000 advance against royalties and career advice from a leading children's book agent. The final date for entries is 5th March 2018 with the winner announced in April 2018.

For terms and conditions and details on how to apply go to www.stratlitfest.co.uk/bookcompetition

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Ten Winchester Writers' Festival Writing Competitions

Mon 1 January 2018 - Wed 11 April 2018

Enter one or more of the ten writing competitions offered by the Winchester Writers' Festival:

Poetry
Flash Fiction
Writing Can Be Murder
Picture Book
Children's Funny Fiction
Short Stories
First Three Pages of a Novel
Skylark Soaring Stories for middle grade and YA readers
Memoir
Young Writers' Competitions for writers...

Enter one or more of the ten writing competitions offered by the Winchester Writers' Festival:

Poetry
Flash Fiction
Writing Can Be Murder
Picture Book
Children's Funny Fiction
Short Stories
First Three Pages of a Novel
Skylark Soaring Stories for middle grade and YA readers
Memoir
Young Writers' Competitions for writers in school years 1 - 11

Details on all competitions: www.writersfestival.co.uk/competitions

Some competitions offer constructive feedback for an additional fee.

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