Friday, 20 May 2011

International Life Writing Competition - great prizes

The Society of Women Writers and Journalists have announced the International Life Writing Competition - with entries accepted by email only
‘Life Writing’ is a fluid term used to describe the recording of experiences and memories, whether one’s own or another’s. It covers biography, memoir, diaries, letters and personal essays etc., and, more recently, digital forms such as blogs and email. It can also be linked with genealogical study when recording one’s life, it is common to become curious about the lives of others that have affected one over time and, if they have not recorded their own life, to start doing it for them.

The Word Count is 3000 words maximum.

The Competition is open to any writer world-wide of 20 years old and over. There are two categories: one for 20/40 year olds and one for the over 40s.

There are three prizes in each category. 1st  £3000.  2nd £1000. 3rd  £500.

The entry fee is £7 (seven pounds sterling) payable with submissions.

The judges are Sophie King for category (i) 20/40 year olds and Katie Fforde for Category (ii) over 40s.

Sophie King is the author of the The School Run, Mums @ Home, Second Time Lucky, The Supper Club and The Wedding Party. Her first audiobook, a short story anthology, Just One More Coffee?, has recently been released. Sophie's books are aimed at teenagers, mums and grans, or anyone else who can identify with a chaotic family life. Sophie has three children, a dog, a cat and a sleepy terrapin – all of whom make her laugh or cry, depending on how she feels.
Katie Fforde is founder of the Katie Fforde Bursary for writers who have yet to secure a publishing contract. She was for many years a committee member of the Romantic Novelists' Association and was elected as its Chairman (2009–2011).
In June 2010 she was announced as a patron of the UK's first National Short Story Week and her novel Going Dutch was a Sunday Times top ten bestseller in June

The Competition kicks off on the 23rd April 2011 and closes on the 30th September 2011.


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