Saturday, 20 February 2010

Brit Writers' Awards etc

The deadline for the Brit Writers' Awards is up on  Friday 26th Feb at 5pm.

So far, I have submitted two stories and have several more to add, plus a poetry collection, but their site seems to have crashed so maybe it's been overwhelmed with last-minute entries.

Lee Hughes very kindly told me about the Sword & Sorceress Anthology 25 so I have a fantasy piece all ready for that. Not allowed to submit until the 17th April though and they're very strict - don't want my knuckles rapped! Or worse, my story rejected because I was too keen and sent it too early.

Overall, I've been trying to get this year's competition calendar organised. I've got pieces ready to submit to some and ideas for others. I am determined to make 2010 the year I get paid for writing.
And then of course there's Bridport (quakes in shoes). I have no chance in hell, but you have to have a go, don't you. Good luck to everyone entering comps this year.


  1. Great post Lily. I'm looking at the BWA and Bridport. Thanks for the info.

    Regards, David.

  2. Hey, Lil. Cheers for bringing the BWA to my attention. Just browsed the site, but can't find anything to say you can't submit stuff that's been published online. Does the story have to be new, as I have a stack of stories I could send?

  3. Col, I emailed them and got the following respones - all good:

    1. May I enter a story that has already been published in a magazine, and which has already won a competition? I retain all the copyright.
    A. Yes you may enter these.

    2. May I enter stories and poems which have appeared on my blog or on a writers' blog where other writers comment on them?
    A. Yes you may.

    3. I write under my own name and under a pen name for different genres. Should I or can I use these with my entries?
    A. Its best to use your own name for when (hopefully) we need to get in touch with you for the awards etc.

    Hope this is useful - good luck!!!


  4. Lil... you're a diamond!!!


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