New Stroud Writing Group

Are you writing a work of fiction, or maybe a novel or collection of short stories? Would you like to be part of a weekly online writing group - one that is task focused, using workshop activities and structured peer review? The intention is to use these short sessions as a way of ‘sketch-booking’ our writing and developing ideas in our own time.

The group uses topic based (e.g. character, POV, description etc) activities as a way of looking at our own writing. Each writing activity takes about 15 minutes, following which we share our writing/notes/thoughts and discuss what works, and ways that things could be done differently.

We currently meet on Thursdays for one hour, 6.30-7.30pm.

We would love to welcome new members to add wider perspectives/experience to the group. As we meet online, it doesn’t matter where you live. You need to have a video and microphone, and to be able to upload documents to the chat for others to read. Currently we meet on Skype but will be moving to Zoom so that we can do breakout rooms for feedback.

If you are interested in joining the group, please contact Cheryl on cheryl.npt@gmail.com for more information. We look forward to hearing from you.


Free Zoom Writing Workshops in September

Isolation restrictions are easing in many places, but not in others. So, isolated or not, The Roses Theatre Feel Good Festival are running a 2 free creative writing workshops in September.

The first will be on Monday 14th: click here for more information.
The second will be on Thursday 17th: click here for more information.


Competition Deadline Coming Up Fast

The Gloucestershire Writers' Network 2020 Competition deadline is fast approaching. Submit your prose or poetry by midnight, 12th July 2020 for your chance to take away first prize of £200 in either category, or a runner up book token prize.

All will be published in the competition anthology and invited to read at The Times Literature Festival. The theme is MY WORLD. Enter by post, or click here for more information and to enter online.

1 entry - £2.50

2 entries - £4.50

3 entries - £6.50

Poetry judge: Sarah James/Leavesley

Prose judge: Tyler Keevil


Cheryl Burman's Free Fantasy Trilogy

Cheryl is a Gloucestershire-based writer who has recently re-launched her fantasy trilogy, Guardians of the Forest.

It is free to download on kindle 22nd May - 23rd June.

Click here for more information.


Resilience Anthology for the Dean and Wye Valley community

Resilience, ‘the capacity to recover quickly from difficulties; toughness’.

Your chance to be published!

Deadline is 31st July 2020.

Dean Writers Circle is working with Dean Scribblers to publish an anthology on the theme of Resilience, with an introduction by Forest-based best-selling author Andrew Taylor. The Forest is renowned for its resilience in the face of crisis, with the current pandemic the latest in a list including the 2001 foot and mouth tragedy, the 2007 floods and events far back in history. Now we are looking for widely and imaginative interpreted short stories and poems from those who live in or have close connections with the Dean and Wye Valley community.

Submissions from adults, young people and - in recognition of our lockdown - collaborative family efforts, are all welcome.

Proceeds from sales will raise funds for local charities.

Click here for more details and for submission details.


Have your short fiction published

Based in Gloucestershire, Superlative, The Short Story Literary Journal, publishes quality work by aspiring short story writers, in order to promote new, developing authors and the art of the short story to readers worldwide. We work closely with developing writers so that, when we publish their work, it is well-crafted and polished. By providing free editing services, we hope to nurture emerging talent and newly-established writers, and to keep writing alive for future generations.

Take advantage of time spent indoors by getting your stories published!

Click here for more information.
Click here for journal submission guidelines.
Click here for competition submission guidelines.


Local author, Lois Kingscott, publishes children's picture book

Lois's recently published children's picture book, Dave and Darcy Go to the Beach, is based on her horse, Dave, who is one of the ponies at Cotswold Riding for the Disabled.

Lois will be donating a percentage of the profits from this first book to the charity, and has ideas for future books, with the hopes or raising even more money.

Click here for more information and to give your support!


Six Word Story Competition

'For sale. Baby shoes. Never worn.' - Ernest Hemingway

Six words that just say everything.

One from the last Evesham's Festival of Words' competition: 'He's home early. Quick the wardrobe!'

The Competition is open to anyone over the age of 12 - perfect for families in lockdown to bat around ideas, even if you're having to communicate electronically.

A few rules

Closing date: 5pm, Sunday 17th May 2020. Stories received after this date/time will not be considered.
Entries: The Competition is open to anyone over the age of 12.
Judges: Cheryl Burman, Noelle Chambers, Jan Dawson and Lynne Powell.

Each story must be no more than six words.
Entrants may submit a maximum of six stories. These should all be submitted at the same time.
Stories must be submitted by email to: info@eveshamfestivalofwords.org. Your name, address, contact telephone number, and your stories, must all be contained in the body of the email. Entries that do not comply with the Rules will be disqualified.
An acknowledgement will be sent by the Competition Coordinator on receipt of your entry.

Prizes: There will be prizes for the winning, 2nd and 3rd placed stories - £10 book token; £5 book token, and a box of chocolates.

Click here for more information.


Evesham Festival of Words Short Story Competition Winner Announced

Evesham's Festival of Words Short Story Competition adult winner has been announced (there will be no prizegiving event this year) and you can read the story, The Fan Club Man, by Glenda Young, here.

Glenda was over the moon to win and has decided to donate a chunk of her prize money to Sunderland Food Bank, and she will be a guest speaker at the Writers Toolkit day on Saturday 17th October 2020.


Stroud Short Stories - 10 Stories Selected

The 10 stories to be performed at the re-arranged Stroud Short Stories event on Sunday 8 November have been named.
119 submissions were received from Gloucestershire writers on the prescient theme of DISRUPTION.

Co-judges Ali Bacon and John Holland have chosen stories by Robin Booth, Stephen Connolly, Hannah Glickstein, Claire Harrison, Emma Kernahan, Geoff Mead, Simon Piney, Mark Rutterford, Sharon Webster and Steve Wheeler.

The event will be held at the Cotswold Playhouse and will be part of the 5th Stroud Book Festival. Tickets will go on sale later in the year.