The long lists are up for the first quarter 2013. You can find the titles of the flash fiction long list here and the titles of the humour verse long list here.
New Competition for Novelists Soon to Open for Entries
Are you writing a novel? Here's some news you might find interesting. We are going to launch a Novel Opening Chapters category to add to our site. Unlike the flash fiction and humour verse, this will NOT be run on a quarterly basis, but will be an annual competition with a six month entry period, opening on the first of May and closing at the end of October each year. Prize money, judge and rules will appear on the website shortly. Watch your inboxes for the next newsletter, which will contain more information.
Use of Song Lyrics
You might be tempted to enrich your entries by use of song lyrics. Even if you feel the words are exactly what your story needs, I cannot advise against this strongly enough. Unless you have the copyright holder's permission to use the lyrics you could find yourself in a financial nightmare. If you really want to incorporate the lyrics, track down the copyright holder and ask for a licence to reproduce the words - but do bear in mind that even if you win the top prize in any competition, you might still find yourself out of pocket. On the other hand, titles are not subject to copyright, so can be copied without asking for permission from anyone.
New Entries on Resource Page
Our page of useful sites for writers has been updated. There are many links listed which could be of benefit, regardless of whether you write prose or poetry. Don't forget to share this page with your writing friends: Writers' Resources
Now 32 Lines in Place of 30
Our humour verse competition has been extended to 32 lines in place of the previous limit of 30. This is in response to many emails received on the subject. I hope the extra two lines makes life easier for our funny poets.
Critique Service for Writers
Flash 500 Flash Fiction Competition
Flash 500 Humour Verse Competition