Words, Pictures, Publishing

8 03 2016



Just met former primary school deputy head and children’s writer, Vicki Watson, who runs a publishing company, Callisto Green. They offer a full service from editing to book design to book coaching. Always handy to know these kind of people when stuck or want a book to look as well as read professional.

And I liked their cool infographic above.


Post by Louisa Davison, Marlborough

First Novel Prize

8 03 2016

Daniel Goldsmith Associates is pleased to introduce the First Novel Prize, an exciting new competition for unpublished and independently published writers. Not only will writers have the chance to win £1,000 for first prize, but they will also have their work read and recognised by a panel of publishing professionals.
“It is a real privilege to judge a writing competition. The range of undiscovered talent is always amazing.” Robin Wade, Literary Agent at Wade & Co.

“I’m delighted to be a judge for the First Novel Prize. It’s a wonderful chance to highlight new talent and I look forward to discovering a fantastic new voice in fiction.” Carla Josephson, Judge & Fiction Editor at Simon & Schuster

“The overall aim of the new First Novel Prize is to find an outstanding new writer and a brilliant debut.” Lorena Goldsmith, Judge & Literary Consultant at Daniel Goldsmith Associates

Entries: Now Open!

Closing Date: 31st May 2016

Submissions: full manuscripts only, should be in English, unpublished or self-published, of any adult genre and over 50,000 words. Please note that children’s fiction, Young Adult and Non-fiction will not qualify for entry.


*1st – £1000* *2nd – £250* *3rd – £100*

All entries must include a title page with your contact details followed by a synopsis and the whole novel attached within the same document. The entry fee is £25.

Post by Louisa Davison, Marlborough

Unpublished novelist competition 2016

6 03 2016

Creativate National Writing Competition 2016: Call for Submissions


UK Creative Arts is delighted to announce the creation of a new competition for budding UK writers. In the UK, there are a number of talented authors who are aspiring to have their work published. The Creativate National Writing Competition has been launched by UK Creative Arts, in order to support those authors who have talent, but who haven’t yet had the opportunity of demonstrating that talent to the industry. As part of UK Creative Arts’ Youth Pledge, we will be donating a percentage of authors’ entry fees to Book Trust, the largest reading charity in the UK.


The works must be original fiction, and can be either unpublished or self-published. There are six different categories for full length-novels:

Category A: Fiction: YA 

Category B: Fiction: Drama / Historical Drama

Category C: Fiction: Romance

Category D: Fiction: Crime / Mystery 

Category E: Fiction: Science Fiction 

Category F: Fiction: Fantasy


Prizes for winners and runners-up include cash prizes, and a writing course grant. The winners’ biographies, and a sample of their work, will also be featured in the UK Creative Arts 2016 Annual Report, which is sent to companies and organisations in the creative arts industry, including the UK’s principal agents and publishers.


The entry fee is £15, of which a percentage will be donated to the charity Book Trust.


All entries must be received by the 30th April 2016.


You can find more information and enter the competition by visiting the information page on the website of UK Creative Arts at http://www.uk-arts.org/writing , or by phoning the office on 020 3286 3544. 


Book Trust is the largest reading charity in the UK. Book Trust programmes bring together specially selected books and resources, boosting confidence and skills, and ensuring that no child misses out on the life changing benefits of reading for pleasure.

Post by Louisa Davison, Marlborough

Update on Marlborough Writers

7 08 2015

Currently (Aug 2015) we have fantasy and historical writers, a scriptwriter and a playwright and poets.

We welcome any writers who would like to be part of a supportive group, offer and accept constructive criticism.

See the box at the right for when we meet, the ‘about’ page for the format and who to contact to show your interest.

Post by Louisa Davison, Marlborough.

Coming up…trip to Pulsar

14 03 2012

Instead of our regular meeting on 20th March, we are heading out to Swindon for the Pulsar poetry night, www.pulsarpoetry.com/Pulsar_gig_guide.htm

If you would like to come and live en route from Burbage to Swindon, you can have a lift.

Get in touch at peteandlou@mac.com or ring 01672 811515.

plays, poetry, prose

27 01 2012

We have a lovely little group going. The writing is pretty incredible – so much talent in (almost) one area. I’m really not one for over-praising so take all this enthusiasm as real and not some fawning exercise. Read the rest of this entry »

Publishing workshop Feb 4th

27 01 2012


It’s on Sat 4 Feb, 2pm, Marlborough Library with Mavis Cheek, James Aitcheson and Helen Slavin.

I’ve been so wrapped up in reading /listening to books on my iPad, reading books I’ve been given, charity shop purchases, etc that I haven’t been to the library in nearly a year! When I went into Marlborough Library today to purchase my ticket to this event, my library card had run out and they now have machines to process lending.

I’m not sure of the point of these machines. The librarians did a perfectly good job and they were a lot more friendly… The machines look very out of place. The lady at the enquiries desk seemed to spend a lot of her time dealing with issues arising from people using said machines.

Perhaps they should have spent the money on librarians and more books. But that’s just my view.

Other stuff happening

9 01 2012

There’s a free scriptwriting workshop for women over 2 sessions, one this Wednesday, the next 25th Jan, 10am-12noon.
Location: Salisbury Playhouse, call 01722 320 333.

This Thursday is the first Swindon Open Mic Poetry of the year, 7-10pm, central library Swindon SN1 1QG (park in the Wyvern car park). Visit http://www.facebook.com/events/121885671263227/

No session in December.

21 11 2011

Bring your writing to the Conservative Club, Marlborough 7-9pm, Tuesday 24 January 2011

Writing event in Marlborough 15 Nov

1 11 2011

White Horse Bookshop are having an event with the historical novelist Simon Scarrow. Simon will be talking about his popular novels on Tuesday 15th November at The Castle and Ball Hotel from 7pm. Tickets are £5 (redeemable against a purchase of his new novel on the night) and available from the bookshop, phone 01672 512071 to reserve a ticket.