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Writing Competitions this month- October 2009

The Secret Seed Society is creating a series of small books and has invited writers to submit stories to a competition.

If your story is selected to work with you will receive £700 and 5p royalties on every activity pack sold over 5,000, according to the promoter.

The author must assign the copyright of the story to Secret Seed Society. So do read the terms and conditions carefully.

Each book comes as part of an activity pack - with organic seeds, growing instructions and a recipe to take children on an adventure from plant to plate.

Closing date for entries is October 5, 2009.

For details http://secretseedsociety.com/writing-competition/

Penguin Books and The National Theatre Discover Programme have launched The Big Break young scriptwriting competition.

Writers aged between 13 and 18 years are invited to read the novel How I Live Now and take the story, themes and characters as a starting point to create a treatment and the first scene of a script.

Five winners will be invited to spend a day at the National Theatre Studio working with professional writers, National Theatre directors and actors to workshop and develop their scripts.

They will also see a performance of Nation, based on a novel by Terry Pratchett, adapted by Mark Ravenhill, opening at the National Theatre in November 2009.

The competition will be posted on Penguin’s teen book website Spinebreakers and the National Theatre’s Discover website.

Multi-media resources will be available on both websites to give tools and advice on how to adapt a book for the stage, alternative ways for laying out a script and what the National Theatre and Penguin are looking for in successful submissions, said the promoters.

Meg Rosoff’s debut novel How I Live Now (published by Penguin, 2004) won the Guardian and Branford Boase Awards and was short-listed for the Orange Prize for New Fiction as well as for the Whitbread.

Winners will be announced on November 27, 2009.

The winners’ day will take place at the National Theatre on December 12, 2009.

Closing date for entries is October 30, 2009.


For details http://www.spinebreakers.co.uk/Competitions/Pages/thebigbreak2009.aspx

The Beer Writer of the Year Award has been renamed the Michael Jackson Gold Tankard Award in honour of the last singer and dancer.

You don’t have to be a member of The British Guild of Beer Writers to enter its beer writing competition.

The Guild is giving is giving writers, broadcasters, photographers, poets illustrators, designers and webmasters the chance to enter their work in six different categories.
Nominations and entries are being sought for six categories:-

Coors Brewers National Journalism Awards – £1,000 or £500 – for best writing in the national press, consumer magazines, national television and radio.

Wells & Young's Business to Business Journalism Awards - £1,000 or £500 - for best writing in trade and company newspapers, newsletters, magazines and websites.

Brains SA Gold New Media Award - £1,000 or £500 – for best writing using new communication technologies on beer websites, company beer sites, news websites and blogs.

Bishop's Finger Award for Beer and Food Writing – prize £1,000 –to encourage journalists to write or broadcast material on the subject of matching beer with food a subject area formerly dominated by wine.

Entries may be written or broadcast in national, local or regional media, it could be in a trade magazine or a company publication, on the internet or part of a video.

Budweiser Budvar John White Travel Bursary - prize £1,000 plus trip to Czech Republic - for the entrant considered by the judges to benefit most from a travel bursary. The winner will be encouraged to write a feature on wherever they visit.

Deuchars IPA Regional Journalism Award – prize £1,000 or £500 – for the very best regional beer writing or broadcasting - includes local and regional newspapers, radio and television, CAMRA newsletters.

Send four copies of each entry, published or broadcast in the 12 months up to September 30, 2009 - stating where it was published .

Authors of books need to send four copies of the book.

The entry should be accompanied by a letter stating which category or categories are being entered.

Online publication entries submit the web address together with four printed copies of the home page plus other selected pages.

There is no limit on the mu,ber of categories you may enter.

Winners will be announced on December 3, 2009.

Closing date October 9, 2009

For details http://www.beerwriters.co.uk/news.php?awards=1&showarticle=21

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