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Nov 27, 2010  



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Writer aims to write 24 novels in one year

Click hereIn September Canadian writer Don Britt took part in what is billed as "literature's most gruelling marathon": the 3-Day Novel Writing Contest at, where writers are challenged to write a novel in just 72 hours. Don is now embarking on a challenge to write 24 three-day novels in one year, starting November 5, 2010. Don will use the same definition of a novel as used in the 3-Day Novel Writing Contest: the novel must be a work of fiction, averaging 100 pages in length, produced over a 72 hour period. At the end of the 72 hours he must have produced a coherent story. If he fails to complete any novel within the time limit, it will be disqualified.

Undoubtedly an ambitious challenge, an application has already been submitted to the Guinness Book of Records to have the effort acknowledged as a record attempt.

What's more, the whole enterprise will take place live online. You can keep up with Don's progress at 

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Postcards Competition

The Picture this: postcards and letters beyond text conference is delighted to announce the launch of its Postcards Competition, a mixed-media writing competition, hosted in collaboration with the publishers Myriad Editions, which invites entrants to experiment with the postcard form and to exploit the interaction between the verbal/textual and the visual. 

The Postcards Competition welcomes any and all kinds of writing – fiction and/or non-fiction, poetry, fragment, cartoon, criticism, aphorism, autobiography, travel – as long as it fits onto a standard sized postcard and is addressed to someone. The pictorial aspect of the postcard can be original artwork (drawing, photography, collage, etc.), any found image, or a commercial picture postcard (antique or contemporary) that complements the writing. Postcards will be judged on how compelling the writing is and on how successfully the visual and verbal elements are brought together.

All entries will be read by the Picture this: postcards and letters beyond text conference committee and will be judged by the novelist Nicola Barker, whose latest novel Burley Cross Postbox Theft (2010) is a comic epistolary. Results of the competition will be announced at the conference as part of an evening event, which will include a reading and exhibition of winning entries. Competition winners will participate in this event, which will be open to conference delegates and members of the public.

Nicola Barker’s judging comments will be made in correspondence to be read out on the evening. Key conference participants, including Victoria Blunden, editor at Myriad Editions, and other professionals – such as visual artists, creative writers, curators and other scholars – will also present comments on the winning entries.

Winning entries will be published on the website of Myriad Editions and concurrently in the online academic journal Excursions. The closing date for submissions is January 21, 2011. For more information and for how to enter, click here. You can also email enquiries to

For details of over 190 other current contests, click here seeks women for editorial team is the antidote to publications such as Glamour mag; it is a website that aims to encourage upfront opinion and open debate among females in the United Kingdom.

We are in the process of putting together an editorial team of seven to help shape our editorial strategy for 2011. We are looking for females with strong opinions, fresh ideas and new perspectives on current issues.

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Deadline extended and new prizes in Sustainable Thinking Platform multimedia competition

The deadline of the second edition of the Sustainable Thinking Platform multimedia competition has been extended until December 31. Aimed at people aged 18–30 years old from across the globe, all entries must address the following question: “With an ever-increasing population, how can we maximise resource efficiency to meet our growing needs?”

Participants will be competing for the chance to win a laptop computer, a photographic camera or a camcorder depending on the entry category. Even if you are not a winner, you may not have to walk away empty handed. By spreading the word of the competition amongst your friends, you will increase the chances of being awarded a 100 Euro Amazon gift certificate. Just make sure you ask your friends to mention your name when they register to participate and if they win, you will too. 

New prizes have also been introduced to reward the five most active participants in our forums. Those who contribute the largest number of posts will be awarded a sports bag made out of recycled advertising banners.

As in the previous edition, participants are asked to rate other members' work. To do that, simply click on an essay, picture or video and choose the number of stars you want to award. You can only vote for the same work once but you can rate as many submissions as you want. These votes will be used to select the finalists for our competition, with the winners chosen by a professional panel of journalists and industry representatives. 

Over 300 people from more than 60 countries have already registered as members of the Vinyl 2010 Sustainable Thinking Platform since the competition’s launch earlier this year. The level of participation for the
first edition exceeded the expectations of the Vinyl 2010 team, with more than 120 pictures, 28 essays and 13 videos submitted. For more information go to 

Publicity opportunity for authors

Media Pool is a new service designed to connect members of the media with potential guests / interviewees. Authors – whether published or self-published – can use the service to find contacts in the media industry and gain exposure for their books.

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IdeasTap and Clinic launch poetry competition

IdeasTap and Clinic launch a poetry competition to find the voice of a generation…

IdeasTap, an online creative network and funding body for emerging artists, has teamed up with Clinic to give two young poets a full workshop and mentoring with Faber New Poet, Jack Underwood.

In addition, each will have a poem published in Clinic’s 2011 anthology and will perform at the Clinic Anthology launch event.

"Clinic produce London's sickest poetry nights.” Dazed and Confused

"If you have ever doubted the strength of interest in poetry today, I highly suggest you take a trip down to any future Clinic event." Popshot Magazine

Applicants must be 16 to 30 years old and submit two poems, no longer than 200 words each.

Closing date for applications is December 17, 2010.

To apply or for more information go to

IdeasTap is a not-for-profit organisation that funds, connects and nurtures new creative talent. It was launched in December 2008 as the arts platform of the Peter De Haan Charitable Trust. The membership currently stands at more than 28,000 young creative practitioners and the charity is partnered with Old Vic New Voices, the National Youth Theatre and Magnum Photos.

The website provides a platform for young creative people to connect, showcase their work and skills, find jobs, and promote events and exhibitions. Partners work with IdeasTap to develop and provide unique industry opportunities – from trips to Dubai, New York and Shanghai to creating an online drama and performing on The Old Vic stage.

Ideas Fund
Ideas Fund is the annual £150,000 funding programme from IdeasTap. It is a financial and mentoring award that recognises and celebrates young creative talent – anyone between the ages of 16 and 25 can apply. The money is split into five funds:

  • Innovators: Always open, with four deadlines for submissions each year. Innovators offers 40 awards of £1,000, and is open to applications from all creative disciplines. Open: Now
  • Green: This £40,000 fund offers eight awards of £5,000 to realise creative projects that either address green issues or are produced in an environmentally sustainable manner. Open: Spring 2011
  • Groups: Twelve awards of £2,500 to fund collaborative projects that will get the IdeasTap community involved. Open: Winter 2010
  • Edinburgh: A £30,000 fund designed to support theatre companies taking a new production to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Open: Autumn 2010
  • Shorts: A fund specifically for young filmmakers. There are eight awards of £5,000 for five-minute short film proposals. Open: February 2011 

 For details of over 50 other poetry competitions, click here


Poems for an alternative take on the Royal Wedding

Erbacce-press are planning a Royal Wedding Special with a difference. Are you as happy about the event as the popular press declares? When you look at the royal family, do you see a national institution, or Britain's biggest benefit scroungers? This is your opportunity to have your say.

Send poems as MS word attachments or in the body of an email to together with a full snail mail address so you can be sent a free copy if your contribution is used. Put "Royal Wedding" in the email subject line. Poems can be in any form and of any length but ideally should fit on a single A5 page. This will be an edition of the journal so size is restricted to between 36 and 40 pages.

The Erbacce Press website can be accessed at 

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