Saturday, 22 September 2018

Strokestown International Poetry Prize 2019

Closing date 7th December 2018. 
 
Prizes awarded on the 5th May 2019 in Strokestown.

1st Prize € 2,000

Plus A week-long residency at Anam Cara Writer’s and Artist’s Retreat

2nd Prize € 700

3rd Prize € 500

Reading fees of €300 for 7 shortlisted poets

Judges: Jo Shapcott & Gerard Smyth

The 10 shortlisted poems will be printed in the Strokestown Anthology 2019

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Mark Twain's Set of Rules

    Mark Twain
  • A tale shall accomplish something and arrive somewhere.
  • The episodes of a tale shall be necessary parts of the tale, and shall help develop it.
  • The personages in a tale shall be alive, except in the case of corpses, and that always the reader shall be able to tell the corpses from the others.
  • The personages in a tale, both dead and alive, shall exhibit a sufficient excuse for being there.
  • When the personages of a tale deal in conversation, the talk shall sound like human talk, and be talk such as human beings would be likely to talk in the given circumstances, and have a discoverable meaning, also a discoverable purpose, and a show of relevancy, and remain in the neighborhood of the subject in hand, and be interesting to the reader, and help out the tale, and stop when the people cannot think of anything more to say.
  • When the author describes the character of a personage in his tale, the conduct and conversation of that personage shall justify said description.
  • When a personage talks like an illustrated, gilt-edged, tree-calf, hand-tooled, seven-dollar Friendship’s Offering in the beginning of aparagraph, he shall not talk like a Negro minstrel at the end of it.
  • Crass stupidities shall not be played upon the reader by either the author or the people in the tale.
  • Events shall be believable; the personages of a tale shall confine themselves to possibilities and let miracles alone; or, if they venture a miracle, the author must so plausably set it forth as to make it look possible and reasonable.
  • The author shall make the reader feel a deep interest in the personages of his tale and their fate; and that he shall make the reader love the good people in the tale and hate the bad ones.
  • The characters in tale be so clearly defined that the reader can tell beforehand what each will do in a given emergency.

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The Typo Goblin

I am the Typo Goblin, my heart is made of flint,
My role in life is simply this: to keep you out of print.
I sneak into your manuscript and do my fiendish work,
Adding errors guaranteed to make you look a berk.
And then I cast the ‘Careless’ spell: you say, ‘Ah, what the heck!’
And pop your script into the post without that final check.
At length some hapless editor receives your golden wit,
And after reading fifty words he writes it off as ... unpublishable.

(c) Michael Shenton

So You Want to Write a Novel

Bennett Cerf

"Coleridge was a drug addict. Poe was an alcoholic. Marlowe was killed by a man whom he was treacherously trying to stab. Pope took money to keep a woman's name out of a satire then wrote a piece so that she could still be recognized anyhow. Chatterton killed himself. Byron was accused of incest. Do you still want to a writer - and if so, why?"

Killing Eve

Binged Killing Eve yesterday!

Killing Eve
Jodie Comer (Villanelle), Sandra Oh (Eve Polastri)
Jodie Comer as Villanelle, is outstanding.
I could watch her forever.


"Men or women who are born, as you were, without a conscience or the ability to feel guilt ... without you, without predators—people who can think the unthinkable and act without fear or hesitation—the world stands still. You are an evolutionary necessity."

Villanelle's handler Konstantin

Codename Villanelle Chapter 1

Thursday, 20 September 2018

Man Booker Shortlist

The 2018 shortlist

Anna Burns Milkman

Esi Edugyan Washington Black 

Daisy Johnson Everything Under 

Rachel Kushner The Mars Room 

Richard Powers The Overstory 

Robin Robertson The Long Take 

Wednesday, 19 September 2018

Somerset Maugham Awards

Published work of fiction, non-fiction or poetry by an author under the age of 35
Prizes: £10,000 total, to be used for foreign travel
Free to Enter
Closes 30th November
Click HERE for full details

Ink Tears Short Story Competition

Between 1000-3500 words
Prizes: £1,000, £100, 6x£25
Entry fee is £7.50
Closes: 30th November
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Gregory O'Donoghue International Poetry Competition

Up to 40 lines
Prizes: €1,000, week's residency at the Tyrone Guthrie Centre, travel costs up to €600 and accommodation for 4 days during the Cork Spring Poetry Festival, €500, €250
Entry fee is €5, €20 for 5
Closes: 30th November
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Cinnamon Press Debut Poetry Collection Competition

For 10 poems up to 40 lines each
Prize: One year's free mentoring, publishing contract for debut collection
Entry fee is £12
Closing Date is 30th November
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Charles Causley Poetry Contest

Unpublished poems, any subject, up to 40 lines
Prizes: £2,000, £250, £100, 5x£30
Entry Fee is £7, £4 for each subsequent entry
Closes: 30th November
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