April 23rd, 2012

Monocle Husky

A Tenner Well Spent

A friend told me about Writers' Village a few months ago. The website offers writing tips by email - some free, some you pay for - and quarterly short story competitions. Entry to the competition is £10, but every entrant receives a critique of their work.

This sounded a pretty good deal to me, so I entered a story I'd recently finished and wanted some feedback on.

At this point it would be traditional to say 'and then I forgot all about it', but that would be telling whoppers. I anxiously watched my inbox for my critique, and checked the site daily so that when the winners were posted I could compare them unfavourably with my own effort.

But I didn't need to do that, because I got a phone call telling me I had won first prize in the spring competition. (There was an email too but it had gone into my junk folder, probably because it contained the words Congratulations, you have won.)

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