Writing links

Opportunities for publication from Didcot Writers

We run a monthly writing competition. Check out the rules and themes, and send us your story.

In January 2019 submissions will open for our fourth anthology, to be titled First Contact - check out the submission guidelines, and get writing!

Other opportunities

If your manuscript has been rejected, why not send it to Rejected Manuscripts: successful submissions of up to 1,500 words will be printed in an anthology at the end of the year.

Check out Creative Ink and Chris Fielden's site for other competition and submission listings.

Short stories

Here are some links to stories that we have enjoyed recently. Do contact us if you have a favourite you would like to share.

A piece of comic steampunk from our very own Mark Lewis, Come Rain or Come Shine, is a story about a post-Apocalyptic postman with a precious cargo.

A young woman's experience of dating and older man, Cat Person, by Kristen Roupenian, is unusal for taking this point of view, and is very relevant to today's debates.

Two high quality short stories that won the Pin Drop competition in recent years, read out by professional actors: A Quiet Tidy Man by Claire Fuller; and Mrs Fetherstone and The Beast by Bethan Roberts.

A short story by the actor Tom Hanks, about space travel, called Alan Bean Plus Four, published in the New Yorker.

Competition winners at Striking 13, the book review site: three stories under 500 words on the subject of a journey.

Advice on writing

Ten Rules for Writing Fiction, part 1 and part 2, pulls together advice on writing and publishing from a range of authors, published by The Guardian. You can also read ten tips on how to be a writer by Rebecca Solnit on Lit Hub.

In a similar vein, a series of podcasts, The Invisible College from Radio 4, brings together the recorded voices of authors living and dead, speaking on how to write, and how they wrote.

If you are looking to self-publish your work, it's worth being aware of the marketing lessons for self-published authors on Inc.com. Similar lists of tips and things to consider are provided by Bespoke Book Covers, and Robert Bidinotto.

If you're thinking about writing a blog, check out these tips for getting started.

Here are some thoughts from author Shelan Rodger on how to write a book that will stay with the reader long after they've finished it, featured on the Elementary V Watson books blog.

And for anyone thinking about being a writer, do read this reality check from the blog of the Pragmatic Poet, Tom Carlisle.

Writing resources

Every competition or publisher has their own formatting requirements, but this document provides a useful formatting standard to follow.

Check out the notes from our past workshops here.