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Friday, September 23, 2005

Online Jotters:
Post Note No 3


Post Note No 3

Posted : 23rd September 2005

News :
We are well into our second month and membership is rising slowly. Welcome Caz, Jack, Jo, Mark and Morag.

Is there someone you think might be interested to join Online Jotters? – Tell them to contact me at the above e-mail address with their full name, a contact e-mail address and their location.

Yours truly writes: I have my first guinea pig! I am presently compiling a short questionnaire. Who wants to be next to be ‘interviewed’ by me (via e mail) so I can use the piece as their writer’s profile in the future online magazine?

Your feedback is required - how do you want to see the Online Jotters website develop? Would you like others to critique your work? Do you want to share useful writing links? What could you contribute to the joint Scribblers/Online Jotters Anthology?

Here is your chance to have your say.

Two Poetry Competitions : http://www.unitedpress.co.uk/index.htm
A poem about your hometown or area could win you £1,000 in a new poetry competition.
It's free to enter and it's open to all UK residents, young and old. All you have to do is send a poem about life in your own home town or area to:
Local Poem,

United Press Ltd,
Admail 3735,
The best poem will win £1,000 cash and you can send up to three entries, which must be no more than 20 lines and 160 words each.
Closing date December 31st 2005. You cannot enter by email or fax.


has launched a new poetry competition with a difference. Aimed at promoting the work of new and lesser-known writers -
the competition is open to anyone over the age of 16.

Entry is now FREE for submissions of up to three poems.

There is no closing date as the competition is now on-going. Three times a year they will consider the best entries and ask the winning authors for their permission to publish.
How to Enter:-

Poems should be in English and must be your own work.

They may be on any subject and in any form or style but should not exceed 40 lines.

Please state if a poem has been published elsewhere so that due acknowledgement may be given.

Copyright is retained by the author at all times.

The adjudicators' decision is final and no further correspondence will be entered into.

Entries may be sent electronically to:

(Please paste into main body of email as unsolicited attachments will not be opened)

Alternatively send to: Authors4Authors 1, Alanbrooke, Broadway, Knaphill, Surrey GU21 2RU

(Important: Please enclose a large stamped SAE with your entry)

Worthy of mention and with their permission:

A personal thank you to Ken for helping me decide which poems to send to a recent poetry competition. On Wednesday I had a phone call from Beverley library to say that my poem "Break Free" has been Highly commended and will be included in the East Riding Library anthology and displayed in local libraries.

Think on :

Writer’s Tennis - strictly a 50-word limit.

Part One

I want to be me. Free to do as I want. I hate the humdrum of every day life, sharing a house with those others. I don’t want to repeat the mistakes they made. What’s wrong with me choosing to study, spending time in my room, working on my computer?

Yours Truly

Part Two

I’m doing them no harm. Let them sink lagers and puff on joints. If that’s what does it for them, then fine. I’d rather use my brain than fuse it. This computer is the door of opportunity for me. When I log on I never know where I’ll end up.

Mike W.

Part Three

Or who I'll meet on the way. There are so many voices on the internet, their faces made up only by the words they type. That's how I met the most important person in my life right now. A person that would give me the opportunity I so badly needed.

Louis V.

Part Four

The opportunity had been a long time coming but now it had arrived, it was decision time. All the hope and hard work I had put in was about to pay dividends. In front of me, on screen. A new beginning at my fingertips. It really was ‘now or never’

Dave F.

Part Five

Sure, I had a good job, one I really liked; how many people can say that? Indispensable? Yes ... NO, of course not, my ego isn't THAT big, is it? But still, his proposal was so very tempting.Deb F.

Part Six

But like many proposals and cherry pie ideas, there was always the small print to consider. What was hidden and what was extra? Maybe it seemed too good and then it could be that I as being overly cautious. Only time and truth would reveal if it would work out

Mark W.

Part Seven

Please include in your email your permission should it be chosen for the next part.

Check online : http://www.uk-open-learning.com/ UK Open Learning is based in the Lake District and run by Shaun Bird, Carol Wedgwood and Lynne Wedgwood who employ a team of dedicated professionals to help students study for a wide choice of courses including the following:

Creative Writing Diploma
Fiction Writing Course
Freelance Journalism
Short Story Writing Course
Writing Books For Children

The National Association of Writers' Groups
http://www.nawg.co.uk/ encourages writing groups of all kinds to join so that their members can take advantage of free writing competitions. The competitions have been held since the association was formed in 1995. Each year ten categories of writing are available to members to enter. Groups can enter their anthologies for the Denise Robertson Trophy, while individual writers compete for engraved glass trophies.

Categories have included free verse, formal and rhymed poetry, short and long fiction, play-writing, monologues and non-fiction. The entry forms are available in December, while the deadline is during April. The competitions are available to members only. Short listed members are announced in August and the winners declared at the Gala Evening at the Festival of Writing. This is held in Durham University over the first weekend in September.

The Festival offers 36 workshops, nine on Friday evening, Saturday morning and afternoon, plus Sunday morning, with leaders with a wide range of writing skills. All types of writing are covered: poetry, short and long fiction, non-fiction and other more specialised genres.

Group members also receive Link magazine, the association newsletter, every other month. Individuals can join the association too, and they have the right to enter the free competitions.


Quality Women's Fiction (QWF) are taking new submissions again from women writers from all over the world.

Until the next time :

Lazy summer days may be behind us but at least we have the memories in photos

Selby Canal, Yorkshire Recognise where these Beach Huts are?
Selby CanalThe beach huts are in Southwold of course.....
Both courtesy of Gordon McGeachie.

What is your favourite summer moment?

Yours truly

yours truly


Anonymous Mark said...

Looking very busy and industrious there.

Saturday, September 24, 2005 5:23:00 pm  
Anonymous Wet and windy said...

I'm still waiting for summer... but your pic will do for the time!

Saturday, October 01, 2005 8:03:00 pm  

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