Monday, 30 May 2011

In The Mix

Visitors to our popular YouTube channel can now watch a mix of all our uploaded videos to date.

To watch the video playlist, simply click here.

Thursday, 26 May 2011

Short Stories Wanted

A new company, Hollander Literary Agency is now looking for new clients to publish their short stories.
  • Use Word doc format only.
  • Maximum 25 pages.
  • Name & Address, email address, Title, Genre should appear on the front page.
  • The story should finish with the words - End of Story
  • Please allow 12 weeks for us to read submissions.
  • No communication will be entered in to unless we feel there is potential in the story but we will offer advice where we feel it is needed.
  • Communication will be to the email shown on Page 1 of the submission.
Submission is by e-mail only to

Good luck.

Monday, 23 May 2011

Rural Read

Congratulations to long-term Norwich Writer's Circle member Vera Clouting who has had a short article published in the May 2011 edition of The Countryman magazine.

We were luck enough to listen to the article at our recent Manuscript Evening where it proved to be a popular read.

Friday, 20 May 2011

One Vision

Our YouTube channel's success continues.

Since its launch in 2010, Norwich Writers' Circle's online video channel has now been viewed over 2,000 times.

Check out for more.

Tuesday, 17 May 2011

May Scripts

Norwich Writers' Circle's 2010/11 programme continued tonight with one of our regular Manuscript Evenings.

The evening proved to be as popular as ever, giving both Circle members and visitors the opportunity to read their work aloud in front of our friendly and welcoming group. The readings discussed tonight included a selection of short stories, plus some poetry and the start of several novels.

During the meeting, NWC also welcomed a couple of new members to our ever-growing writing group.

We next meet on 7th June when Laurence Mitchell returns to adjudicate our Travel Article Competition.

Hope to see you then.

Saturday, 14 May 2011

Wrekin Writers

Wrekin Writers have launched their own short story competition.

The competition, which closes on 11th July 2011, has a top prize of £150.00 for a short story of no more than 1,200 words.

For more information please go here.

Wednesday, 11 May 2011

Street Hunt

As part of this year's Norfolk & Norwich Festival, the Street Hunt competition has been launched.

Street Hunt is a visual crossword puzzle, a treasure hunt where the riches are road names, a story emerging from the page, and your chance to win up to £10,000.00.

For more information please visit

Sunday, 8 May 2011

Poetry People

Our popular YouTube channel has been updated to include a film featuring a series of images from our recent Open Poetry Competition Prize-Giving Evening.

Please go here to view the short film.

Thursday, 5 May 2011

Poetry United

United Press have recently launched their biggest ever free poetry competition.

Over 250 winners are selected every year, each one representing a different UK town or area. All winners are published in the anthology and all receive a free copy of the book, and one overall winner will receive £1,000.00. To enter you can submit up to 3 poems, all of which must be no more than 25 lines (each blank line counts as one line) and 160 words each.

To see how to enter the competition, which closes on 30th June, please go here.

Tuesday, 3 May 2011

Paeony Lewis Returns

Norwich Writer's Circle welcomed back Paeony Lewis tonight to adjudicate our In-House Competition Four.

Competition Four required Circle members to write the text for a Picture Book in no more than 500 words.

The successful children's author and tutor that she thoroughly enjoyed reading the 13 competition entries, relating them to her golden writing rules.

Paeony golden writing rules are that stories:
  • feature writing that flows
  • do not feature pedestrian language
  • aimed at the correct audience
  • must be child-friendly and centred
  • include characters we care about
  • have a clear story structure
  • have an awareness of the illustrations
  • include emotions expressed through actions
  • feature clear language
The winners of the competition were:

Only Joking
by Cathy Rushworth

The Big Surprise
by Mickie Dann

Rocky's Twango
by Maureen Nisbet

Listen, Can You Hear Me?
by Thelma MacFarlane

The meeting concluded, when a packed Sexton Room heard a variety of entertaining competition entries, including the winners. We were also then lucky enough to enjoy an interesting discussion with the visiting writer on the process involved in publishing a picture book.

We next meet on 17th May when we will be holding one of popular Manuscript Evenings. Please feel free to come along and join in.

Monday, 2 May 2011

Sell Out Success

Following its launch less than a fortnight ago, our latest Open Poetry Anthology's 1st edition has already sold out.

The book's 2nd edition is now available to buy via our main website. To purchase your copy of the anthology, please go here.

Sunday, 1 May 2011

The Reckoning

Congratulations to Norwich Writers' Circle committee member Victoria Bartlett, who has recently finished drafting her latest novel, The Elchilda's Reckoning.

Victoria's latest is a science fiction novel is a sequel to The Return Of A Dark Lord, which we have been lucky enough to hear extracts from in our regular Manuscript Evenings.

We look forward to hearing more extracts in the coming months.