The City of Salisbury in Adelaide, South Australia, is a great supporter of the arts. Every year they sponsor a Writers’ Festival. I haven’t yet attended one of these but all reports say that it is a worthwhile event to attend.
As a part of that festival – to be held later this year – they hold a special novel writing race. Writers are asked to write a novel over this coming weekend. It is a long weekend throughout most of Australia so that gives writers 72 hours exactly to finish their masterpiece.
I am not going to enter this year because of other commitments which would cut into my writing time. Next year perhaps?
In the meantime, for more information [sorry – this link no longer works].
They also run a short story and poetry writing competition and details are also found on that web page.
Darren Rowse on ProBlogger has done it again. He has challenged readers to a new Group Writing Project.
This time the challenge is to write and post a new “How to..” article and send the link to him. I was writing an article on my birding blog and realised half way through how to turn it into a “How To” article. I wrote an article on how to deal with aggressive birds. This is timely here in Australia, with many birds in breeding mode. In particular, Australian Magpies can be very aggressive towards anyone who wanders near their nest.
An added bonus – Darren has arranged for about $1800 worth of prizes for this writing project.
Links and related articles:
- Do Blackbirds Swoop? How to deal with aggressive bird behaviour – my contribution to the writing project.
- Sixteen Scintillating Short Story Starters – my contribution to the “Lists” project.
Had some bad news in the mail yesterday. I received the results of a literary competition run by an Australian magazine. I had submitted three poems and three short stories. None was successful. [Update: That last sentence should read: “None were successful.” See comments for an explanation.] Same result as last year, but with a different set of poems and stories. Oh well, all it means is that the judges didn’t like what I wrote. Print them out and resubmit elsewhere is the usual advice at writers’ seminars and workshops.
The poetry judge actually made comments on every poem submitted. The only comment on one poem was “Inventive.” Mmmm, wonder what that means? Does it have some merit? Is it worth resubmitting elsewhere, or does it mean that the judge couldn’t understand it? The comment for the other two poems was “Attempt a rewrite”. Yes, I have done that over and over and over until they were both so different from the original draft that they were essentially new works.
Judging literary competitions must be a thankless task. I’ve never done it and I’m sure it is very hard. I’ll try not to be too despondent – and try again elsewhere. Trouble is, my hit rate has taken a battering in the last 2 years with far more rejections than acceptances. (My success rate is around 10%) You get that. Now on with the next project.