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Friday, February 25

Sf/fantasy Competition closing in May 2011

for those of you that enjoy writing fiction of a more speculative genre..

The British Fantasy Society is running a short story competition that closes in May 2011.

Details can be found here or are as listed below.

Good Luck!

The BFS short story competition 2011 is now open to entries. Anyone can enter, regardless of how many times they have been previously published. The competition is open to entries from 1 January 2011 to 31 May 2011.
  • 1st prize: £100, a year's membership of the BFS, and publication in the BFS journal
  • 2nd prize: £50, a year's membership of the BFS, and publication in the BFS journal
  • 3rd prize: £20
  • Open to entries from 1 January 2011 to 31 May 2011
  • Our reading panel will then read the entries from June to August
  • The top-scoring stories will then be passed on to our judging panel
  • The winners will be announced at the British Fantasy Awards ceremony in September
  • Any kind of fantastical story is welcome. For example, fantasy, science fiction, horror, supernatural, fabulation, magic realism, slipstream, etc, or indeed any combination of those genres
  • The competition is open to both members and non-members of the society, but non-members must pay a £5 entry fee
  • Stories must not exceed 5,000 words
  • Multiple entries are welcome, but only one free entry per BFS member
  • Judging is anonymous, so stories should not have been previously published
  • The decision of the judging panel will be final

Get Writing Conference Success

Many thanks to Gemma, Tracey and Jane for updating us on the Get Writing Conference at our meeting on the 24th Feb. Those of us that didn't make it appreciate the time you took to organise your notes and summarise for us.

By all accounts the Conference was a worthwhile day of speakers, networking and pitching. It also looks likely there are some key note speakers from the conference we will be asking to come and talk to us.

Finally - congratulations to Kat for coming runner up in the Conference writing competition!!!

Thursday, February 17

Next Meeting 24th February

Hi All - because several members are attending the Get Writing Conference on saturday the 19th we are not holding a formal meeting on the 17th February. So don't turn up to the White Hart as we will not be there!

The next formal meeting is going to be at the Friends House on the 24 th February. Please see the the programme for more details or alternatively email us.

If you are going to the Wiriting Conference have a great time and hope you find it inspiring and informative.

See you on the 24th if not before..

Monday, February 7

next Meeting - 10th February 2011

Hi All -just a quick reminder that the next meeting will be in the White Hart Hotel as per normal.

We may well be downstairs as per last week, depending upon any team injuries...

In any case look for us first in the bar and then upstairs afterward in the normal room (below the skeleton).

The meeting is a normal manudscript review so bring along anything you are working on at the moment. Look forward to seeing you there from 7.30 p.m.

Wednesday, February 2

Next Meeting 3rd February 2011

All - just a quick note to say the next meeting is at 7.30 p.m at the White Hart Hotel.

It is a normal manuscript evening so as ususal bring along anything you are currently working on to read out.

Note that this week we will be downstairs rather than upstairs. So look for us in the quieter of the two bars or in the area near to reception.

Hope to see you there!

Tuesday, February 1

1st Page Competition

Saw this on the Words With Jam website...a short competition that you could enter with the first page of that novel you are writing or even just write the first page of the novel you may one day write.

You can find details on the comp via the homepage above or follow the link below:

1st Page Competition.

Closing date end April 2011.

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