Dean Writer's Circle - New Website

Dean Writers Circle has recently launched its new website where you can find out about their meetings and various upcoming events.
On Wednesday 31st July they are hosting author and poet Belinda Rimmer and short story writer Chloe Turner at The Dog House micro-pub in Coleford, with open mic too.
The event will also launch the Circle's Forest Leaves Festival to be held on Saturday 31 August.
Check out the GWN Calendar and the DWC website for more details. http://deanwriterscircle.com/

Countdown... 4

Hello Writers

Here is your 4 week reminder!
Our Numbers themed competition closes on the 14th July – You have just 4 weeks to complete and submit your entry for 2019.

We haven't seen too many Clerihews come our way yet!

Still, never mind...  only 4 weeks to have a go at a new form to grab the judges attention - and here are a few more 4's to whet your appetite :)

  • Dodoitsu. 4-line Japanese form.
  • Bref Double. French quatorzain.
  • Byr a Thoddaid Poems. Welsh quatrain
  • Quatrain
  • Imayo. 4-line Japanese poem with a pause in the middle of each line.

Happy Writing!


Stroud Book Festival - Competition

Hello!

 

I’m thrilled to send on the details of the Stroud Book Festival writing competitions for 2019.

 

I attach the press releases, and also the competition entry form.

 

You can find full details on our website here https://stroudbookfestival.org.uk where you’ll also find the rules and entry guidelines, as well as an electronic version of the entry form.

 

Following on from the success of 2018, we are running three competitions this year: Poetry, Flash Fiction and Mainstream Fiction.

 

We are delighted to announce our three category judges:  Jo Bell (Poetry judge), Tania Hershman (Flash Fiction judge) and Alice Jolly (Mainstream Fiction judge).

 

The Poetry and Flash Fiction competitions are open to international applicants. The Mainstream Fiction Prize is only open to Gloucestershire writers.

 

Prizes will be awarded at a special event at the Stroud Book festival, which this year runs from 6-10 November. Headline events include Ian McEwan and Julia Donaldson.

 

We are also very grateful to Adam Horovitz, who agreed to announce the competitions here on Facebook and here on twitter

 

We would so grateful if you could help spread the word!

 

Many thanks, all best wishes and Good Luck !

 

Louise

Louise Brice

Stroud Book Festival 6-10 November 2019

@BookStroud

https://www.facebook.com/stroudbookfestival/

 


Don't miss the boat!

Entries have started to arrive for this year's Competition - have you started yet??

To mark the Cheltenham Literature Festival’s 70th anniversary, poems and prose pieces are invited on the theme of:

Numbers

  • How many entries will you submit?   1? 2? 3?
  • You have an extra 1 day weekend this Bank holiday to write a winning entry - give it your best shot
  • What can you pack into a poem of 50 lines (max)
  • Maybe you have a 14 line sonnet in mind.
  • Can you tell a story in 750 words?
  • We'll have 2 judges 1 venue and 8 winning entries to listen to
  • You have only have 52 days to go  - and counting  ;))

 

  • What are your chances? - you do the sums !

You may interpret the theme as imaginatively as you’d like. Look at our How to Get Started page for more inspiration. 

We look forward to receiving your entries

 

Happy Writing

Kathryn, Penny & Chris


Spotlight on... Glosink.

Every so often we feature a GWN member group:  To introduce them to a wider audience and hopefully attract new members.

If you would like to feature your writing group  please send email to Guy:  admin@gloswriters.org.uk

Glosink:

Following a creative writing course led by the writer, artist and musician Avril Staple at the Gloucester Guild Hall in 2012, Avril and her students decided to meet at Robert Raikes’ House, Southgate Street Gloucester, for workshop sessions and to critique each other’s work. The following year Avril coined the name ‘GlosInk’ for the cover of a printed collection of the group’s poems, stories and flash fiction. It was entitled ‘The Plan’, and the pamphlet was launched to coincide with the group’s first spoken word event, held at Peppers Café in Bull Lane.

Since that time, GlosInk has continued to meet at Robert Raikes’ House at 7.30 pm every Monday evening except on Bank Holidays.  It’s a friendly group who believe that sharing their work is important, because gaining feedback is the only way to make good writing even better. Those who have brought some prose or a poem distribute copies and read the piece, while the others listen and make notes. The group members take it in turns to make constructive comments, saying what they especially like and suggesting possible improvements. Each author has an opportunity to reply. Comments can be helpful in modifying their writing or be ignored – after all, it’s the writer’s own work!

The process sounds formal, but really it isn’t! Everyone has a lot of fun sharing what they’ve written, and having benefitted from the group’s feedback, some members have gone on to publish their work. But beginners needn’t be put off – newcomers are always welcome and no previous experience is necessary. Anyone interested in joining should contact Cedric Pickin, email: cedric_pickin@hotmail.com

 **Please check the GWN calendar for dates plus additional Glosink events through out the year **

SSS - news and updates

STROUD SHORT STORIES SOLD OUT
Stroud Short Stories has sold out its new venue, the 150-seater Cotswold Playhouse, for its 18th event Incendiary! on 19 May - even though their new venue has twice the capacity of their former one. This is the thirteenth SSS event in succession to sell out.
STROUD SHORT STORIES PODCASTS
Most of the six new SSS podcasts are now available - either via the SSS website (http://stroudshortstories.blogspot.com/p/podcasts.htmlor via your normal podcast provider (iTunes, Spotify etc) by searching for 'Stroud Short Stories'. The podcasts feature new recordings of stories from the last couple of years of SSS events read by their authors - Melanie Golding, Katie Witcombe, Emma Kernahan, Geoff Mead, Chloe Turner and Nastaya Parker.

GWN Competition - pass it on ;)

The Annual GWN competition, in association with The Times and The Sunday Times Cheltenham Literature Festival, is now open for submissions ...

In line with the Festival - the theme this year is

‘NUMBERS’

… This can be interpreted widely and creatively.

For some tips and ideas, judges’ thoughts and how to enter, head over to our Competition section.

 

Pass it on ... we have an enthusiastic team to help market and advertise the competition - and your help in getting the word out is always helpful ..;)

Please see our Competition Section for more details and ideas on how to get started..

 

We look forward to receiving your entries – will you be this year’s winner?

Keep Writing - and Good Luck

Kathryn, Penny & Chris


Writing for Peace


Congratulations to Gloucestershire Writers...

Congratulations to Gloucestershire Writers:

Jean Cooper Moran's play 'The Good Daughter' has been shortlisted for the 2018 Kenneth Branagh Drama Award.

http://www.windsorfringe.co.uk

Chris Hemingway's poem 'Newton' was published in April's - 'Eye Flash' magazine

https://eyeflashpoetry.co.uk

 

 

Congratulations all !

With best wishes

Penny, Kathryn and Chris

GWN Co-chairs


Call for Submissions...

We are about to open for submissions for our next Writers Unchained Story Sunday event in Bristol.
Our next Story Sunday has a theme of UNREAL, our first venture into fantasy, altered reality, speculative fiction or the surreal. Maximum 1500 words, complete stories only, no extracts.

As ever we’ll choose around ten of you – and us – to read on the night.  We love to be shocked, stunned, terrified, amused or just plain bowled over by your writing talent. Any interpretation or genre is acceptable as long as there’s a bit of unreality in there somewhere!

We’ll be open for your submissions from April 22nd until midnight May 26th     
Please only submit if you can read on Sunday June 9th 2019 between 7 and 9 pm at Southbank Club, Dean Lane, Bedminster, Bristol BS3 1DB.

the audience entry fee of only £5 cash on the door.
We look forward to reading your entries..
Sincerely

Ali Bacon
In the Blink of an Eye, Linen Press 2018
e-book/ paperback https://www.linen-press.com/shop/in-the-blink-of-an-eye/