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Professional Writing Update 1: Entered A Short Story Competition

At the start of the month, I mentioned that I was going to get into professional writing and blogging. This month, I’ve taken my first steps towards that goal. I’ve gotten myself a new blog, where I talk about writing. I also have taken the plunge, written a short story and entered it to a short story competition. All in all, it’s been a busy month, but not as busy as I was hoping I would have made myself. Still, a start is better than no start, right? Read on to see what I’ve been up to.

Timlah’s Texts

This month, I set up a brand new blog, which only has two articles so far. This blog is a weekly writing blog, where I will share hints ‘n tips, along with opening discussions up. If you’d like to follow my ventures on this writing journey, there will be an article once a week on a Sunday, so please check in on me from time to time!

Unlike GeekOut South-West, the website is bright and spaceous. There are no ads over there, which is how I want it to stay. However, there is information on how you can hire me for my services. If you’re interested, you can check out my services here. At the moment, I am mostly focusing on web-based content, however I certainly won’t turn down other formats. If you’ve got something you want written up, or if you just want some content for your own sites, consider hiring me!

Right, now, let’s talk about what the title of this article’s about…

Bristol Short Story Prize

Every year, a panel gets together to host a competition. This is the Bristol Short Story Prize. The rules are fairly simple – Submit a 4,000 word limit short story on any subject of your choice. That’s all there is to it – Pretty straightforward. You also can’t have posted your entry anywhere else beforehand, etc. The deadline to submit is May 1st at midnight (so tomorrow night), so if this gives you the inspiration you needed to get your own short story finished, go for it. You do need to pay £9 for the entry, but it’ll be worth it!

The prizes are as follows:

1st Place: £1000
2nd Place: £500
3rd Place: £250
4th-20th: £100

There’s also the Sansom Award, which is £100 to the highest-placed Bristol-based writer.

And as you can see below… I’ve actually gone ahead and submitted my first ever short story!

I mean, okay, I’ve written a few things here on the GeekOut South-West website… But this is the first time I’ve ever submitted a short story to a competition. There are lots of competitions out there, but I’m not going to lie, I don’t like my odds! I’ve never done well in competitions in the past, but we’ll see. I’d love to be in the top 20 spot, as hey, anyone who gets in there actually gets remunerated for their time. I mentioned before, I’m not shy about wanting to do well from writing, so if I can even get in the top 20, I’ll be very happy. If not, then I’ll have to work on my craft and try again next year!


If you’re looking for services, or if you’re interested to hear more about these short story competitions, let me know. If you have any experience in selling your articles, share them in the comments below, or over on my new website, Timlah’s Texts. As ever, thanks to everyone who reads these articles – You’re always appreciated!

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