This month on the news round-up we have publishing news from one member and an Easter sale on another member’s books. Plus an update on plans for this year’s Exeter Literary Festival and a reminder of the Short Story Competition.
Short Story Publication for Paul
Back in November 2020, CWC member Paul K Joyce had a story shortlisted in the Nottingham Writers’ Studio George Floyd Short Story Prize. This week, that story was published in the Black Lives anthology. Paul, who is currently working on the sequel to his debut novel, The Will of the People, is delighted as this is his first piece of creative writing published by someone else.
Elizabeth’s Thrillers On Sale Over Easter
CWC member, Elizabeth Ducie, is putting her series of thrillers on sale over the Easter weekend. From Friday 2nd to Tuesday 6th April, the ebook of Counterfeit! will be free to download, while Deception! will be just 99p and Corruption! will be £1.99. The Jones sisters books, which are set in the sometimes murky world of international pharmaceuticals, normally sell for £2.99 each. So now’s the time to pick up a bargain – just in time for the Bank Holiday weekend.
Exeter Literary Festival Update
The organisers of the Exeter Literary Festival are delighted to announce they have been granted the right to use Exeter UNESCO City of Literature branding for this year’s festival, which is due to take place from 5th to 7th November.
The opening event on Friday 5th November will be hosted by the Unmumsy Mum herself, Sarah Turner. Sarah, a patron of the festival, is always a very popular speaker and her events sell out quickly. This time around, she will be in conversation with local author, Simon Kettlewell, whose fantastically funny novel, Eternity Leave, was published recently. Simon is that rare creature, a stay-at-home dad, who’s spent the past twenty years bringing up four children. Now his experiences have found their way onto the page. This promises to be a sparkling opening session.
So far, all the programme announcements have been aimed at readers. But there will also be a programme of workshops for writers. Whether you want help with your short story writing; would like to polish you submission for agents; or are heading down the indie publishing route; they’ve got it covered. Details of the writers’ events are due out very soon.
It’s not completely clear yet what the situation will be like in November; and although we all hope we’re back to normal by then, there’s no guarantee. Members of the ExeLitFest Friends Group will get advanced notice of the programme and a priority booking period, which will be very beneficial if places are limited for some of the events.The priority booking for members of the Friends Group will open on Wednesday 1st September; and the ticket office will be open for the general public from Wednesday 15th September.
The festival’s annual short story competition has been growing in popularity and they’re doing it all over again this year. Once again, there will be just one category, for entrants of 16 years and over. The task is to write a short story on any subject or theme, apart from children’s stories. The maximum word count is 750 words; there is no minimum word count. There will be three cash prizes: £200, £100, and £50. The competition is now open and closes at midnight on 31st July 2021. Get all the details here.