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October 23, 2017

Creative Writing Competitions

Nicholas C. Rossis

Creative Writing Competitions | From the blog of Nicholas C. Rossis, author of science fiction, the Pearseus epic fantasy series and children's books Image: Almond Press

Almond Press has come up with a great list of writing competitions currently running. Here is a selection:

Writing Competitions: Upcoming Deadlines

Inkitt Writing Competition 2017

  • Top Prize: Inkitt will give the grand winner a minimum $6,000 in book marketing with a proven Amazon Top 100 strategy including a dedicated marketing team with professional editing and cover with 25% royalties.
  • Deadline: October 31st

Dinesh Allirajah Prize for Short Fiction

  • Top Prize: £500
  • Deadline: October 31st

Artificium ‘Dark Matters’ Flash Fiction Competitions

  • Top Prize: £250
  • Deadline: October 31st

Young Walter Scott Prize

  • Top Prize: £500
  • Deadline: October 31st

The Family Narrative Project Essay Contest

  • Top Prize: $500
  • Deadline: October 31st

Woven Tale Press Prose Competition

  • Top Prize: Writer’s retreat
  • Deadline: October 31st

The Caledonia Novel Award

  • Top Prize: £1,000
  • Deadline: November 1st

The Commonwealth Short Story Prize

  • Top Prize: $5,000
  • Deadline: November 1st

Stringybark Malicious Mysteries Short Story…

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Book Review: Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman

Eleanor Oliphant leads a simple, orderly life. She works as an office clerk, from Mon to Fri, wears the same clothes, eats the same lunch everyday, then spends her weekends drinking copious amounts of vodka. She drinks alone, in her flat for one, and does not speak to another soul until Monday comes around again. Her work colleagues think she is quirky but slightly odd. But Eleanor Oliphant is content with her life. Nothing is missing from her orderly, uncluttered existence.

Until one random act of kindness changes all that.

She meets Raymond, an IT guy in her office, and gradually, she has to ingratiate herself  with other people – has to learn the ‘social niceties’ that we all take for granted. Through her encounter with Raymond, her social circle expands in ways that she’d not thought possible. Suddenly, she is visiting a sick man in hospital, entertaining people in her lonely flat, and learning how to care for others.

We are taken into her world, and how wonderful it is to have access to that journey! To her quirkiness, her sense of humor and the innate way she looks at the world.

It had me laughing out loud, sympathizing, crying, and feeling totally in love with her character!

A very heartwarming, compassionate and moving story – 5/5 (and I would give it a lot MORE stars if I could!)

Highly recommend this book.

Have a lovely week, fellow bloggers!

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