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Saturday, September 06, 2008

FELIXSTOWE SCRIBBLERS NEWSHEET incorporating the Report of Meeting


In the Chair: Morag.

Apologies for absence were received from Ruth and Alex.

In attendance: Morag, Dick, Angela, Trish, Liliane, Tony, Les, Jack, Peter, Jane, Barry, Dave, Lauren, Rosie and Stephen.


The Scribblers all wished Lauren a very happy 12th birthday and thanked her for the cakes that she had brought along to celebrate her special day.

Thanks must go to Liliane for collecting the key despite having injured her ankle at the weekend. She recently met Christine, one of our members who has been suffering from eye and teeth problems. She sends her best wishes and hopes one day to be able to return.

Tony has been published on Felixstowe TV having a moan in poetic form! Jane continues her scribbling to stardom being shortlisted for a global short story competition with her story ‘Arctic Wilderness’ and finishing in the top ten. Well done to them both!

After a very late decision, Dave attended the meeting and was glad that he did! His eye operation was successful and relatively painless.

The second Jack Wilkinson Memorial Walk in aid of Cancer Research takes place on Sunday 14th September. In aid of Cancer Research, you can walk 1.5 miles, 5 miles or 9 miles. Please go along, remember Jack and raise money for a good cause, whilst enjoying a stroll around Felixstowe.

The walks start at 9:45am from The Foxgrove Nursing Home, High Road West, for the 9 mile walk and at 10.15 for the 5 mile walk. Further details of the walk, and to obtain sponsorship forms, please contact Doreen Giff – contact details available from scribblers.1@ntlworld.com


1,500 word opened themed assignments.
Tony: Sword of the Kings – Hunions Travels.
Stephen: Writers Block.

500 word themed assignments on “Sausages.”
Les: Bernie and the Bangers.
Jack: The Start of Something Bad.
Lauren: Bangers.
Peter: Hot Dogs and Hovercraft.
Jane: Mary.
Barry: Part of “Springfield”.
Dave: The Sausage Man Cometh.
Rosie: Little Red Skinny Jeans.
Dick: A Diamond Venture.
Angela: Out of the Frying Pan.
Trish: The Gamekeeper’s Daughter.
Liliane: Lucanian Sausage.

Another entertaining evening with three of the best stories coming from the younger membership making folk like Dave feel that they are past their sell-by dates!

Thanks to Morag for chairing the meeting and providing the notes.

Our Next Meeting

Is in TWO weeks time in the Café Libra, Felixstowe Library, on Tuesday 16th September, at 7.30pm.

The Homework Assignment is the special anonymous on any subject for the Bill Budner Trophy. It is for attending writers only: -

The Bill Budner Trophy

Bill joined Felixstowe Scribblers in August of 2005 and soon afterwards registered with our online group. A really friendly and popular character, Bill made many friends at Scribblers in such a short time. His tremendous passion for writing produced many prolific words in his short stories, his mild manner and quiet voice accentuating every facet of his work.

Away from Scribblers Bill was a lay preacher and heavily involved with church affairs at St Mary's in Walton where he took over the responsibility for the parish magazine.

Bill died suddenly from a massive heart attack on Tuesday 14th February 2006 leaving his wife Maureen and family deep in shock and mourning his loss, the Felixstowe Scribblers sharing their grief.

For attending writers only, the guidelines for the Bill Budner Trophy are:

* Short stories or poetry up to a maximum of 1,000 words on any topic.

* Work must be typed (on single sides of paper).

* Entries must be completed before arrival at the meeting.

* Work must be anonymous - so no names or identification marks on the paper.

* All work will be placed, face down, on a table, and each writer, at a given time, will collect one entry and have a short time to familiarize themselves with it.

* The stories will then be read out to the group with everyone present marking them and selecting their top three entries.

* At the end of the evening all the marks will be entered anonymously into a box and then counted by designated members of the group.

* The winner will be announced and The Bill Budner Trophy presented to them by the previous winner.

* The trophy will be engraved by Scott at Mr Cobbler in Felixstowe.

* The trophy will be held for four months(or as decided) until the next competition

* The holder undertakes to return the trophy to Felixstowe Scribblers and advise any change of address.

Previous winners have been: Tony Shearman, Rosie Woolley, Morag Clarke and Dick Bradshaw.

Chairperson next time: Peter (subject to confirmation).

Until then,

Keep Scribbling!

The Munster Literature Centre in Cork, Ireland, is currently accepting submissions for the 2008 Fool For Poetry Chapbook Competition. We would appreciate if you might share the enclosed details with your poetry students and anyone else who might be interested.

The Munster Literature Centre is a non-profit organisation which aims to promote and encourage all forms of literature. Further details are available on our website, www.munsterlit.ie.

Should you have any questions, please contact us via email or on (011 353) 21 4312955

The Munster Literature Centre



Special note type thing – Leaf Books is taking a brief part-time sabbatical or sorts, and thus we will be unable to pick up post or to fulfil book orders until Friday 12th September. We will, however, be able to check our email and to answer any queries you might have, and you can continue to enter competitions as normal. Apologies for any inconvenience: we’ll get everything sent out as soon as we possibly can.

In production: Discovering a Comet and More Micro-Fiction

Discovering a Comet and More Micro-Fiction, containing the winning entries from the 2008 Micro-Fiction Competition, is currently in a fairly advanced state of production – all the material barring a couple of errant biographies has been marshalled together and formatted and tweaked in a preliminary sort of fashion and it’s almost ready to be typeset. We hope to send it to the printer by the end of next month, depending on how long the proofing stage takes – if all goes to plan, it should be available for purchase in November.

Special Offer: Free Mini-Book with every Anthology Ordered

Henceforth and for the foreseeable future, we’re offering a free mini-book (see http://www.leafbooks.co.uk/New/Books/Mini%20Books/MiniBooksSpecialOffer.html for details) will every anthology purchased. The mini-books each contain a single short story, or a collection of micro-fiction, or some poetry, and are very much a jolly good read. Feel free to scribble the name of your preferred title on your order form or to drop us an email when you order online, or let us choose your free mini-book for you.

Current Competitions

Ongoing: Mostly Life Competition *CLOSES THIS MONTH*

Mostly Life (a sister site of Leaf Books: www.mostlylife.com) invites you to submit humorous material in any publishable medium imaginable: writing (fiction or non-fiction, including comic verse), videos (live-action or animated), audio files, cartoon strips, still pictures, games and anything else that comes to mind. All original, previously-unpublished and non-offensive material will be considered.

Video/audio material should ideally be no longer than five or six minutes, if that – remember that it has to quickly capture and then maintain its audience's attention.
Similarly, writing should ideally not go beyond a couple of pages.

Entry fee: £3 per entry, £10 for four entries. One winning entry will receive £200 and publication on the Mostly Life website. Other selected entries may also be published if they sufficiently tickle the judges' fancy. The winner or winners will be announced on the Leaf and the Mostly Life website. All copyright remains with the authors.

Enter online only and pay via paypal or credit card. Note that the payments go to the mothership at Leaf Books.

Poetry Competition.

Leaf Books invites you to submit poetry of any length and on any subject. Enter online or by post. £3 per single submission; £10 for four submissions. Winner receives £200. Runner-up receives ten free pocket-sized Leaf Books. All selected entries will be published in a competition anthology. Closes 31st October 2008.

*Note – if you’re paying for two or three entries at once, eg. £6 or £9, we advise you to make each payment separately (as in two or three lots of £3), otherwise you’ll incur an erroneous £1 p&p charge. It’s a PayPal glitch – we have to designate price groupings for postage charges and we can’t mark those amounts as p&p free without losing the p&p for our anthologies. There’s no problem, however, with paying for a single entry at £3 or a group of four entries as £10 – no p&p fee will be incurred.


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