Tag Archives: MJ Hyland

when mind is dull and words fall heavy

Sometimes it’s just not working…. Sometimes the words fall heavily and awkwardly, if at all…. Sometimes the mind is dull with no thoughts or ideas, or too excited, ideas crowding, making you unable to focus… Sometimes you are intent on a specific project or genre and you need a little guidance from others who have gone ahead successfully….Sometimes it’s good to know you’re not alone…. Sometimes a prompt or exercise is what you need to get kick-started in the morning, or to rein you in, give you purpose in a stolen hour at night….

Here’s some online workshops by terrific writers including MJ Hyland, Pascale Petit, Deryn Rees-Jones and others, courtesy of Mslexia.

Workshop on the novel, devised by MJ Hyland:

http://www.mslexia.co.uk/magazine/workshops/workshop1_ncomp13.php

A conversation with the possible, poetry workshops devised by Deryn Rees-Jones:

http://www.mslexia.co.uk/magazine/workshops/workshop1_pcomp13.php

Beginnings, workshops for short stories devised by Katy Darby:

http://www.mslexia.co.uk/magazine/workshops/workshop1_scomp13.php

Poetry from art, devised by Pascale Petit:

http://www.mslexia.co.uk/magazine/workshops/workshop1_pcomp12.php

Further workshops, prompts and exercises are available on the Mslexia website.

Lightship International Literary Prizes 2013

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I’m always excited to come upon new opportunities and competitions for writers of many disciplines, so here, with an approaching deadline of 30th June 2013 are the Lightship International Literary Prizes. I’m not familiar with the competitions, but am impressed by the patron, Hilary Mantel, and some of the judges, who include Tessa Hadley and M.J. Hyland, two personal favourites. The competitions are across a wide spectrum of form, from the first act of a theatre script, to poetry, flash fiction, memoir and short story, amongst others.

Lightship International Short Story Prize

Prize: £1,000
10 short-listed stories will be published in Lightship Anthology 3 (Nov 2013)

Judge: Tessa Hadley

Word limit: 5000

Deadline: Midnight GMT 30/6/13

Entry Fee: £12

Lightship International First Chapter Prize

Prize: Professional Mentoring / Possible Publication

Judges: M.J. HylandDavid Miller (RCW), Alessandro Gallenzi (Alma Books)

Word limit: 5400 (including one page synopsis)

Deadline: Midnight GMT 30/6/13

Entry Fee: £16

Lightship International Flash Fiction Prize

Prize: £500
10 short-listed flash fictions will be published in Lightship Anthology 3 (Nov 2013)

Judge: Etgar Keret

Word limit: 1500

Deadline: Midnight GMT 30/6/13

Entry Fee: £10

Lightship International Poetry Prize

Prize: £1000
10 short-listed poems will be published in Lightship Anthology 3 (Nov 2013)

Judge: David Wheatley

Word limit: 200

Deadline: Midnight GMT 30/6/13

Entry Fee: £8

Lightship International One Page Story Prize

Prize: £250
10 short-listed flash fictions will be published in Lightship Anthology 3 (Nov 2013)

Judge: Calum Kerr

Word limit: 300

Deadline: Midnight GMT 30/6/13

Entry Fee: £8

Lightship International Short Memoir Prize

Prize: £1000
10 short-listed short memoirs will be published in Lightship Anthology 3 (Nov 2013)

Judge: Rachel Cusk

Word limit: 5000

Deadline: Midnight GMT 30/6/13

Entry Fee: £12

Lightship International First Act Prize

Prize: Professional Mentoring / Possible Production of Full Length Play at The Cockpit Theatre, London

Judges: Anthony McCartenMicheline SteinbergDavid Whybrow (Cockpit
 Theatre Director)

Word limit: 6000 (including one page synopsis)

Deadline: Midnight GMT 30/9/13

Entry Fee: £18

For full details of all competitions please go to: www.lightshippublishing.co.uk

If you have any queries please email Lightship Publishing at: admin@lightshippublishing.co.uk