HARK YE BARDS
Our 2016 Poetry Competition is now officially OPEN
JUDGE: Peter Bland
Usual conditions of entry with a tiny tweak: To thank our loyal subscribers we are offering one additional entry to the competition for FREE. Incentive or what! (Also available if you add a subscription amount with your entry fee.) Honestly, when was the last time you were offered anything for free?
Stuck for inspiration?
Crickey just take a walk through the park. It’s Autumn out there (my fav season). Think of mists and mellow fruits. So come-on all you lovely wordsmiths, stick on the old thinking cap, sharpen up the pencil, roll up your sleeves and go and make us some magic.
I was critiquing a story and suggested to the writer that the ending didn’t work.
‘But that really happened,’ she said. I replied that real events don’t always – or even often – make good fiction. When talking to friends about what’s been going on in our lives we tend to frame things in a particular way, embellish this, exaggerate that, so as to add interest to what we’re saying.
This is even more important when creating fiction. We might start from personal experience but we craft a piece as we write it, we wrap it in meaning, we add structure and significance.
Writers of fiction also produce works that have no basis in their own lives. But for these to work there has to be a connection between the writer and the work: the story expresses an emotion the writer feels or once felt.
Some of the short stories in takahe 86 (the April 2016 issue) are clearly based on personal experience. Some less so or not at all. Either way I hope you enjoy them.
DEADLINE (POST-MARKED) THURSDAY 31st MARCH
TAKE ACTION NOW. As expected the stories are rolling in – we are a popular competition. If you don’t enter you can’t possibly win! (we are clever but not that clever). Imagine the thrill if it is your well crafted, creative and compelling story that stands out. You have just enough time to re-read your work. TIP: If it bugs you it will bug someone else, trust yourself and make the change. Borrow ten dollars from the rainy day piggy-bank, fill out the entry form (printing clearly so I don’t have to keep asking my son to decipher the writing) and pop all in an envelope and post – bingo.
The very good news is that you have better odds of winning than if you spent the money on a lotto ticket.
All the very best for the competition.
Reminder Reminder Reminder
Deadline 31 March. – Five weeks to go – It’s not too late to pull out the pen, or crank up the computer.
Wow the judge with your startling storyline, quirky plot and astute description all neatly packed into 2000 glorious words. This is a chance to have YOUR story read by one of the best, receive a cash bonus and the opportunity to be published in our illustrious magazine.
And don’t forget the three most important words: Edit, Edit Edit.
Juliana – Competitions Secretary