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Friday, October 09, 2009





APOLOGIES: Rosie, (18th birthday), Les (knee op), Ros (Great Aunt’s 98th birthday), Debbie, Tony.

ATTENDING: Shaun, Dick, Liliane, Connie, Jane, Amanda, Angela, Barry, Trish, Peter, Dave (chair).

WELCOME to Shaun who has just moved from Southend to Felixstowe. Shaun has written for an online magazine and has also written one novel whilst he also had one poem published as a nine-year-old.


Another smaller than usual turnout that did not detract from the quality of the evening’s readings.

Dick reminisced on his most enjoyable Canadian holiday with Pearl. Canada is a fantastic country but wherever you turn or whatever service you have everyone expects a tip and this seriously affected the cash flow!

We understand that Les is not too well following his recent knee operation so we all send him our best wishes and hope to see him very soon.

Our friend Rochelle in Ireland is under the weather at present so here’s wishing her a quick return to health.

Although unable to attend this evening, Tony was a little disappointed that his recent ‘evening of musical mayhem’ for once lacked any Scribblers. Tut, tut, tut!

The 2009 Annual Jack Wilkinson Memorial walk took place in aid of Cancer Research and reports are that around fifty people were on the walk. Blessed by good weather, the sponsorship is now due and we look forward to reporting a big donation to the deserving charity.

Dick reminds us that the very last chance to submit work for The Orwell Connection Christmas Poems must be with him this weekend. As previously reported the poems may be either humorous or religious.

The Murder Mystery script is finished save for a read-through by the writers and hopefully will be passed to Rushmere Players in the next week or two. The working title ‘The Crabby Arms Affair’ has been adopted as the title.

The Anthology is now ready and we must await the official launch before general sales go ahead. Retailing at £5 each they are great value for the money and will give many hours of reading and pleasure. Barry will be emailing round in the next few days with information.

Our next meeting will be the special Torchlight Halloween meeting – details are shown below....


The 1,500 word open themed assignments:

Angela L: Milden Cottage.
Liliane: Like a Lady and her Knight.

The 500 word assignment on ‘Stone’.

Dick: Western Canada by Train (a poem)
Shaun: Plato Rising
Connie: The Class Divide
Jane: The Day the Dog Went Missing
Amanda: The Managing Director Picks up a Stone
Trish: Lost Love (a poem)
Peter: A Use of Stone
Dave: Stone Lodge Lane

Another eclectic collection of work from the Scribblers.

THANKS to Liliane for collecting the key.


.... will be the special “TORCHLIGHT HALLOWEEN MEETING” which takes place in TWO weeks time on Tuesday 20th October at 7.30 pm in the Room at the Top, Felixstowe Library.

The 1,500 word work will be read by Rani and Dave

Specially for this meeting only everyone else is invited to provide a 750 word homework assignment on any spooky, ghostly, scary or Halloween subject.

Members are asked to bring along a torch for the evening.

Until next time

Keep Scribbling!

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Chevalier Rd
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TEL: 01394 282149

I'd like to take this opportunity to tell you all of a new service being offered by Meridian Writing which may be of interest to members of your writing group/circle/club. In addition to the quarterly short story competitions we run we are now offering a Critique service for short stories up to 10,000 words long.
There are two levels of service: Basic, and Detailed, with stories falling into one of three categories; up to 3,000 words, up to 6,000 words and up to 10,000 words. Prices are £5, £10 and £15 for the three levels of Basic critique and £15, £20 and £25 for the Detailed. A Basic critique will be approx. 1 page A4 in length and the Detailed approx. 3 pages, and will cover the most basic issues the story has and work up.
Full details may be found on our website (www.meridian-writing.co.uk) or please mail me back if you have any specific question regarding our service. Andrew Goodman info@meridian-writing.co.uk

Just under 2 months to closing date.

Prose and Poetry Prizes 2009
from The New Writer magazine
Closing date 30 November
Established in 1997, one of the major annual international competitions for short stories, novellas, single poems, poetry collections, essays and articles; offers cash prizes as well as publication for the prize-winning writers in The Collection, special edition of The New Writer magazine each July (back copies available on TNW website).

Further information including guidelines and entry fees at: http://www.thenewwriter.com/prizes.htm

Writers can enter online at our secure credit card server at: http://www.thenewwriter.com/entryform.htm

Or, the entry form can also be downloaded from that page on the website and sent in the post with your entry.

Also, we can supply this years printed Entry Forms on request, and in bulk to writers' groups and organizations – just let us know, no SAE required.

Prose and Poetry Prizes

full listing of winners over the last five years of these annual Prizes at:

The New Writer 100th issue
No better time to subscribe or renew.
Coming soon: our bumper celebration anniversary issue, Jan/Feb 2010, TNW 100.
If subscribers, past and present, would like to send us a few words - their impression of the magazine - we’d be very pleased to hear. Just send an email to the editorial office - editor@thenewwriter.com - marked 100th issue in the subject line.

The New Writer magazine Special Offer
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For a free recent copy of the magazine send A4 SAE stamped at 76p (Large Letter) or 2 x first class stamps (UK) whatever's easier or 5 International Reply Coupons (IRCs) to the address below.

The New Writer email News is included free of charge in our subscription package. This monthly emailing to our subscribers covers breaking news of urgent interest to writers, important announcements that we receive too late for the next issue of the magazine, and many other useful items including market updates, competitions and calls for submissions. If you would like to read the latest email News bulletin go to http://www.thenewwriter.com/ and click on the pink box.

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Strand Publishing UK Ltd invites submissions from published and
unpublished poets for a collection of the best poems written in English to
be published in Autumn 2010.

This is not a competition. There is no award for 'best' poet. Nor can the
company guarantee to publish all work submitted.

For full rules and criteria for entry, please see www.strandpublishing.co.uk

or write email to info@strandpublishing.co.uk, marking the subject as

Message in a Bottle

We are a new on line poetry magazine that will publish twice yearly. We are currently calling for submissions for well crafted poems of any length. We are looking
for work whose imagery surprises and subject matter that deals with the overlooked and unusual.

Submissions should be sent in an Email with ‘poetry submissions’ in the title bar.
Please send to; fsmessageinabottle3@googlemail.com Fiona Sinclair.



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