Cinnamon Press Novel/Novella Writing Award

Cinnamon PressThe Cinnamon Press Novel/Novella Writing Award competition is now accepting submissions from new and published authors. The aim of this award is to encourage new authors, enabling debut novelists/novella writers to achieve a first publication in this genre. The winning author has his/her first novel published by Cinnamon Press and receives a prize of £400. The four runners up also receive a full appraisal of their novel.

Entry fee is £16 per entry.

The deadline for submissions is 30th June 2012.

For more information, please visit their website.

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Build Your Wings

When I was maybe 12 or 13 years old, one of the first stories I ever wrote was about an old man wandering the streets in a dystopian future. He was so old and forgotten that he couldn’t even remember his name, going by the initials RDB. Those initials, of course, stood for Raymond Douglas Bradbury, and the man at the time was my literary hero. My very obvious stylistic mimicry of him back then, in that and many other proto-stories, was excruciating yet necessary; all part of a writer’s journey. But it’s no exaggeration to say I almost certainly wouldn’t have been a writer had it not been for Ray Bradbury and his short stories in particular. Up until the time I opened a well-pawed library copy of The Illustrated Man, I knew I loved stories (what kid doesn’t?), but I’d never realised until that moment how those stories could be presented, enclosed in beauty, garnished with lyricism and beauty. Not just the tale but the telling. That was Bradbury’s gift to me and countless other readers who, thanks to his example, began to dream of also being writers. Continue reading “Build Your Wings”

Sneak Peek: Arctic Wargame by Ethan Jones

Arctic WargameToday we have a sneak peek of Ethan Jones’ spy thriller, Arctic Wargame:

Canadian Intelligence Service Agent Justin Hall—combat-hardened in field operations—has been demoted after a botched mission in Libya.

When two foreign icebreakers appear in Canadian Arctic waters, Justin volunteers for the reconnaissance mission, eager to return to the field. His team discovers a foreign weapons cache in the Arctic, but they are not aware a spy has infiltrated the Department of National Defence.

The team begins to unravel a treasonous plan against Canada, but they fall under attack from one of their own. Now the team must survive the deadly Arctic not only to save themselves, but their country.

Arctic Wargame is available from for Kindle and in Paperback.

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Week 24 Flash Fiction Challenge Winner: Dick Waters

Today we’re pleased to announce the winner of the 24th weekly Flash Fiction competition at Indies Unlimited.

The winning entry is rewarded with a special feature here today and a place in our collection of winners which will be published as an e-book at year end.

A total of 40 votes were cast in the contest this week. The winner (with 40% of those votes) is Dick Waters.

Congratulations to Dick, and thanks to everyone who participated – excellent entries! Now, without further ado, here’s the winning entry: Continue reading “Week 24 Flash Fiction Challenge Winner: Dick Waters”