Tuesday, 19 March 2019

An Interview With Writer, Journalist and Activist Felicty McCaul - A Legend Of Irish Writing

 Writer, Journalist and Activist Felicty McCaul 


Are you happier now that you're not involved in journalism? 


I don’t think I’ll ever not be involved in journalism. I’ve been a proud member of the National Union of Journalists for almost 40 years now, which qualifies me for life membership. While it’s no longer my main source of income, I will never stop following news and current affairs – and having my indirect input. Journalism is a great training for creative writing- from the research to the discipline of deadlines. All my creative writing has underlying journalism. 



You appear to be very busy - what with directing,writing, activismand many other things. How do you get time to write? 


I’ve a wide portfolio – I’m not doing all these different disciplines at the same time. I love the flexibility of my world- the last year has been a serious period of solitary writing followed by the current PR and publicity tour, and my involvement with Literary Ladies complements this. That followed two years with a lot of theatre work and the coming months look to be rich in community possibilities- another core ethic of my practice.

I was born and raised an ‘issues person’ - not my description!- and involvement in neighbourhood environmental work, trade unionism, perceived miscarriages of justice, integrated all ability education, and more, is simply part of life.

I think writers are always writing in their head and some of my breakthroughs and inspiration come when I’m doing something unrelated. It’s only for the first and subsequent drafts for a deadline that writing has to take over. 


This is your 21st published work - would you say it's your best? 

It’s close to my heart and was written first for my daughter ...I’m delighted it has touched a chord and may be inspiring others to write their own story./ There’s a wealth of hidden history out there. We owe our antecedents to set the record straight 



Why is your book called 'Tombstones Lie an Imagined Memoir'? An obvious question but why 'an Imagined Memoir'? Does it really fall into the category of Memoir if it's imagined? 



It was difficult to define a genre- earlier drafts had incarnations as a short story for a collection, and a novella- it’s a mixture of genealogical research, social history, and the impact of the journey on myself as well as three other lives. I’ve called it ‘imagined memoir’ because I could only direct my questions to the women I’d never met and try to build an emotionally honest account of their life. 

Is this work intended for Adults? 




For anyone who enjoys it 



Do you find it difficult to make a living from writing? 

At the start, yes, which is why journalism is a great transitional tool. My first two novels were written while I was freelancing as a court reporter. Like many writers, I supplement my income by arts facilitation, commissions,mentoring and talks. Since entering my 60s I’ve readjusted the work/life balance more in favour of life. There are always surprises in what is financially successful. I never set out to write a best seller so the intermittent economic successes have been a bonus 


Do you think you will ever get tired writing? 

I wrote my first book at four and clearing out a house found a list of books my seven year old self intended to write as an adult. So, not until my mind and physical ability stop me 


What is your preferred genre? 

I love the variety, and the blend of reclusive writing time and social and community engagement. Without it, I couldn’t write 


Do you have any tips for aspiring writers? 

Write. Just do it. However stream of consciousness, or raw, get it on the page. Try to write something every day. Engage with writers’ groups and centres until you find one that offers non judgmental feedback and support.

Never give up. Don’t let rejection deter you. 




Are you still and an Irish Executive of the National Union of Journalists? 

I’ll be a lifelong NUJ member and while I don’t anticipate serving again on the Irish Executive, it was a wonderful experience and good to be the first woman jobshare Cathaoirleach. I’m Grievance officer with the active Derry and NW branch. And I organise the buns. Journalism is tough now- it’s all about supporting those coming after. 



Do you prefer writing plays or Novels? (*see above) 



You have had two Meyer Whitworth nominations how does that make you feel? 

Very proud and sad this marvellous scheme has been discontinued, as has the Tyrone Guthrie Award- like Arts Council endorsement, it’s not the money but the doors they open and the confidence they engender 



You are an activist a journalist a playwrite and novelist besides being a mother how do you fit all of this in?


(already answered but ) having a 28 year old, supportive, strong independent daughter must help- and I see it all as part of me, my voice, my life- it’s an overall package and writing is a huge part of it
book 'The Pigeon Men' was rather dark and 'Large Mammals, Stick Insects and Other Social Misfits' was more of a teen fiction. How do you manage to switch genres so easily?
Large Mammals, Stick Insects and Other Social Misfits
I don’t have a genre. Every writing project is different. A substantial amount of it has been inspired by people and areas I’ve been involved in in other areas of life- bereavement by suicide, childhood sexual abuse, alcohol and drug addiction and I like to think that rather than concentrating on the darker aspects, I’ve helped to give a voice to the voiceless. 








The YA novel was a direct response to a houseful of teenagers who loved diary genre novels and pointed out there were none set where they lived...Little Island, a marvellous publisher, liked the first three chapters...six weeks of very intense writing followed, then eight more drafts and it took off….it opened up another readership to me, here and abroad. It was my reflection on my ‘Derry Girls’


Monday, 11 March 2019

Writer’s Digest Contest



                                           



Writer’s Digest has been shining a spotlight on up and coming writers in all genres through its Annual Writing Competition for more than 80 years. Enter our 88th Annual Writing Competition for your chance to win and have your work be seen by editors and agents! Almost 500 winners will be chosen. The top winning entries of this writing contest will also be on display in the 88th Annual Writer’s Digest Competition Collection.
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$5,000 in cash
An interview with the author in Writer’s Digest
A paid trip to the Writer’s Digest Annual Conference, including a coveted Pitch Slam slot
A one year subscription to Writer’s Digest Tutorials

The First place winner in each category will receive $1,000 in cash and $100 off a purchase from the Writer’s Digest Shop

The Second place winner in each category will receive $500 cash and $100 off a purchase from the Writer’s Digest Shop

The Third place winner in each category will receive $250 in cash and $100 off a purchase from the Writer’s Digest Shop

The Fourth place winner in each category will receive $100 in cash and $50 off a purchase from the Writer’s Digest Shop

The Fifth place winner in each category will receive $50 in cash and $50 off a purchase from the Writer’s Digest Shop

The Sixth through Tenth place winners in each category will receive $25 in cash

All top winners will also receive:

A one-year Writer’s Digest VIP membership, which includes a one-year subscription (new or renewal) to Writer’s Digest magazine, access to WritersMarket.com for one year, discounts on Writer’s Digest University workshops and discounts off of purchases made at WritersDigestShop.com.
The Grand Prize winning piece and the 1st place winning piece in each category will be published in the 88th Annual Writer’s Digest Annual Writing Competition Collection.
All other top winners will have their names listed in Writer’s Digest, on WritersDigest.com and in the 88th Annual Writer’s Digest Annual Writing Competition Collection.

All Honorable Mentions receive:

20% discount off of purchases made at WritersDigestShop.com
Their names listed in the 88th Annual Writer’s Digest Annual Writing Competition Collection.

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Inspirational/Spiritual
Memoirs/Personal Essay
Print or Online Article
Genre Short Story (Mystery, Romance, etc.)
Mainstream/Literary Short Story
Rhyming Poetry
Non-rhyming Poetry
Script (Stage Play or Television/Movie Script)
Children’s/Young Adult Fiction

How to Enter

Enter online or submit your entry via regular mail. Offline entries must be accompanied by an Entry Form, and the required entry fee (credit card information, check or money order made payable to F+W Media, Inc.). If you are entering more than one manuscript, you may mail all entries in the same envelope and write one check for the total entry fee; however, each manuscript must have its category indicated in the upper left-hand corner. You may enter online even if you are paying with a check. All checks will be cashed within 60 days of the competition final deadline. Entry fees are non-refundable.
Your entry must be original, in English, unpublished* and unproduced, not accepted by any other publisher or producer at the time of submission. Writer’s Digest retains one-time nonexclusive publication rights to the Grand Prize and First Place winning entries in each category to be published in a Writer’s Digest publication.* Entries in the Print or Online Article category may be previously published. Any piece posted online, anywhere other than a personal blog, is considered published. For poetry, poems posted online to poets’ personal blogs, social media accounts, or online forums (like the comments on the Poetic Asides blog) are eligible. Anything posted online by a third party is considered to be published.
If you are submitting your entry via regular mail (NOT using the online entry form), the entry must be typed on one side of 8-1/2 x 11 or A4 white paper. Scripts and poems may be either double-or single-spaced; all other manuscripts must be double-spaced. The competition category and word count/line count must appear in the upper left-hand corner of the first page —otherwise your entry is disqualified. The first page should also include the entry’s title. As judging is blind, do not include your name, address, phone number, email address or other identifying information in the upper left-hand corner of the first page.
BE SURE OF YOUR WORD COUNT! Entries exceeding the word or page limits will be disqualified. Type the exact word count (counting every single word, except the title) at the top of the manuscript.
Mailed entries that are more than one page in length must be stapled.
Due to U.S. Government restrictions we are unable to accept entries from Syria, Iran, North Korea, or Crimea.
For more information visit our Preparing Your Entry Page or our FAQ page.
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Competitions Newsletter

THE MOMAYA SHORT STORY COMPETITION





Momaya Press’s Short Story Competition is open to writers of any nationality writing in English and offers the opportunity for winners to be published in the Momaya Short Story Review 2019.

The Prizes:
First Prize: £110 ($150) and one copy of the Momaya Short Story Review 2019
Second Prize: £55 ($75) and one copy of the Momaya Short Story Review 2019
Third Prize: £25 ($35) and one copy of the Momaya Short Story Review 2019

In addition, 7 honourable mentions will be chosen for publication, as well as any stories which placed in our top 30 and fit our chosen theme for the year. All winners will be published in the Momaya Short Story Review 2019.

(Stories received after 30 April 2019 will automatically be entered in the 2020 Competition)

Rules of Entry:
Entries may be up to 3,000 words long
Any subject or style is welcome
The competition is open to writers from all countries, but entries must be written in English
You may submit more than one short story
You may submit stories that have been published before, as long as you retain the copyright
Copyright of published stories remains with the author. The judges’ verdict is final. No correspondence will be entered into once work has been submitted. Stories cannot be altered or changed after they have been entered. Any story submitted may be published in the Momaya Short Story Review 2019, whether or not they have won.

The Theme:


“Trading Places” is the theme for the Momaya Short Story Competition 2019. While entries for the Momaya Competition may be on any topic and are judged on their own merit, the judges will select additional stories for publication based on their treatment of the “Coming of Age” theme.

You could tackle this theme literally (think the switch at birth in “The Prince and the Pauper” by Mark Twain, or the heroic act of Sydney Carton taking the place of Charles Darnay on the guillotine in “The Tale of Two Cities” by Charles Dickens). Alternatively, you could show what happens when someone gets to live the life they should want (think Tom Ripley ingratiating himself with Dickie Greenleaf in “The Talented Mr. Ripley” by Patricia Highsmith or Eddie Murphy getting to live the high life in the film “Trading Places”).

Does trading places make your protagonist feel fulfilled? Does it come at an emotional or moral cost – or benefit? How does it affect the other people in their lives?


“It is a far, far better thing that I do, than I have ever done; it is a far, far better rest that I go to than I have ever known.” ― Charles Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities

We look forward to hearing your own unique take on this theme. We are accepting entries now until the competition ends on 30 April 2019.
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Monday, 4 March 2019

A short story in the Gothic tradition



https://www.facebook.com/TavistockLibrary/ and supported by Tavistock Heritage Trust https://www.heritageintavistock.org/ as part of ‘Tavistock’s 1st Gothic and Neo-Gothic Celebration – Literature, Art, Architecture, Theatre, Film and Creative Fun.’

From Saturday the 12th of October and culminating in a market and author event on Saturday the 19th of October 2019.

This new celebration aims to encompass writing, film, drama and art activities. There will be a Gothic market for writers and traders to showcase their work, and a range of related events.

Theme: A short story in the Gothic tradition incorporating folklore and myth.

Prizes: A cash prize will be offered to the overall winner 30% of all entry receipts will form the prize fund. There will also be a second prize of 30% of all the entry fees awarded to a ‘Gothic’ story based in Tavistock and incorporating its Gothic and Neo-Gothic Heritage. Additional runners-up prizes of books will also be awarded. The prize winners will be notified approximately two weeks prior to the prize giving. The remaining 40% of the entry fees will be used for administration costs and for festival and library events.



Presentation of the Prizes: The results will be announced, and the prizes presented at an event to be during the celebration.

Judging: The judging will be in two stages. The final short list of stories will be judged by a panel of librarians, authors and publishers. Shortlisted entries will be ranked by a final judging panel.

Tips: The judges will be looking for interesting and original stories that are factually correct where appropriate.

Publication: Depending on the number and quality of the entries received an e-anthology may be published.

A Gothic Short Story Writing Competition
For anyone over the age of 18

Rules and Conditions of Entry
Entries must be in English, original and not previously published in any form or broadcast, and no longer than 1500 words (adult).
Closing date: May 31st
Results: Available to the public from the 12th of October 2019.
Entries must be typewritten or word-processed on single-sided A4 paper, in 12-point typeface, double (or 1.5 times) spaced. Each page must carry the name of the story in the header or footer and pages must be numbered. Do not put your name on the story pages. Please attach a cover sheet with your name, address, telephone and if possible your e-mail contact details, title of your story, and word count. Entries may be emailed to wilkins@librariesunlimited.org.uk and a copy to myfanwyc@btinternet.com
Entries may be delivered by hand or by post to Go Gothic – Flash Fiction Competition to Tavistock Library, The Quay, Plymouth Road, Tavistock, Devon, PL19 8HF, England. Please include your payment by cheque (in sterling) made payable to The Friends of Tavistock Library or BACS Transfer: Account name: Friends of Tavistock Library, Account number: 32152922, Sort code: 602149. Payment may also be made in cash at Tavistock Library.
Entry fees: Adults – £3 for first entry, £2 for second or subsequent entry. If you intend to submit multiple entries, please submit all entries together.
No manuscripts will be retained so contestants must keep a copy of their work.
Copyright remains with the author.
If acknowledgement of receipt is required, please include a stamped and addressed postcard.
The judges’ decision is final, and no correspondence will be entered into.
In accordance with the 2018 European Union General Data Protection Regulation Act (EU GDPR) your information will not be kept on a data base or used for marketing purposes and we will only contact you to tell you if you have won the competition and when all the logos will be on display.
Entry to the competition implies acceptance of the rules.

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Creative Future Writers’ Award



Founded in 2013, the Creative Future Writers’ Award is the UK’s only national writing competition and high profile awards ceremony for under-represented writers. We showcase talented writers who lack opportunities due to mental health issues, disability, identity or other social circumstance. Prizes are awarded for both poetry and short fiction, including cash & professional writing development opportunities. Winners are selected by a panel of industry experts. Alongside our competition, we hold a high profile awards ceremony–in 2018 this was held at the Southbank Centre in London as part of London Literature Festival.

This year’s theme is HOME. We seek:

Poetry (one poem up to 300 words)

Short fiction (up to 2,000 words)

Deadline is Sunday 2 June 2019.

For more information and how to submit, please click here.

Stroud Short Stories is open for submissions until 31 March



Stroud Short Stories is open for submissions from Gloucs and South Gloucs writers until 31 March – for our 19 May 2019 event in a new venue, the Cotswold Playhouse in Stroud. It’s free to submit and we are happy to consider published and unpublished work.

There’s a theme this time – Incendiary! Think of the theme as widely and flexibly as possible – stories about fire, heat, passion, anger, rebellion, incineration, climate change, inflamed senses, etc, etc.

As well as reading before an audience of 150 short story lovers at the Cotswold Playhouse in Stroud, the authors of the ten stories chosen will be offered a place in our next published anthology – due 2021.

Tickets for the 19 May event will be available from 21 April on the Cotswold Playhouse website.

All the info you need is on our website – http://stroudshortstories.blogspot.com/

Monday, 25 February 2019

RTÉ Radio 1 invites submissions for short story competition








RTÉ Radio 1 has today invited short story submissions for one of Ireland’s longest established and most significant literary prizes, the RTÉ Radio 1 Short Story Competition in honour of Francis MacManus.

Judging the entries this year are bestselling author Liz Nugent, RTÉ Arts and Media correspondent and author Sinead Crowley, and Declan Meade of The Stinging Fly. Writers will have three months to get their submissions in, with a closing date of Friday May 10th.

Thursday, 21 February 2019

The White Review Short Story




THE WHITE REVIEW SHORT STORY PRIZE 2019

SUPPORTED BY UNITED AGENTS



The White Review Short Story Prize is an annual short story competition for emerging writers. Established with support from a Jerwood Charitable Foundation Small Grant in 2013, the prize awards £2,500 to the best piece of short fiction by a writer resident in Britain & Ireland who has yet to secure a publishing deal. Previous winners are Claire-Louise Bennett, Ruby Cowling, Owen Booth, Sophie Mackintosh and Nicole Flattery. They have gone on to secure publishing deals with Hamish Hamilton, Fitzcarraldo Editions, Fourth Estate and The Stinging Fly. The 2018 winner Julia Armfield recently secured a book deal with Picador to publish her first collection of short stories, SALT SLOW, in May 2019.



This year, the prize will be judged by Chris Power, Sophie Scard and Michal Shavit. The judges will be looking for short stories that explore and expand the possibilities of the form. We encourage submissions from all literary genres, and there are no restrictions on theme or subject matter. We would only emphasise that the prize was founded to reward ambitious, imaginative and innovative approaches to creative writing.



The winning story will be published in a quarterly print issue of THE WHITE REVIEW. Shortlisted writers will have their work published online and receive feedback from the editors of THE WHITE REVIEW.



THE WHITE REVIEW will offer 50 free entries to writers on low incomes. If you are a low-income writer and would like to apply for free entry, please read the additional low-income entry guidelines below.




In 2013, the inaugural White Review Short Story Prize was judged by novelist Deborah Levy, agent Karolina Sutton and editor Alex Bowler and won by Claire-Louise Bennett for ‘The Lady of the House’.



In 2014, the second White Review Short Story Prize was judged by novelist Kevin Barry, agent Anna Webber and editor Max Porter and won by Ruby Cowling for ‘Biophile’.



In 2015, the prize was judged by novelist Ned Beauman, agent Lucy Luck and editor Hannah Westland and won by Owen Booth for ‘I Told You I’d Buy You Anything You Wanted So You Asked For A Submarine Fleet’.



In 2016, the prize was judged by novelist Eimear McBride, agent Imogen Pelham and editor Simon Prosser and won by Sophie Mackintosh for ‘Grace’.



In 2017, the prize was judged by editor Mitzi Angel, novelist Joe Dunthorne, and writer and critic Jon Day, and won by Nicole Flattery for ‘Track’.




In 2018, the prize was judged by by novelist Chloe Aridjis, novelist Sam Byers, editor Anne Meadows, agent Sophie Scard, and The White Review editor Željka Marošević. It was won by Julia Armfield for ‘The Great Awake’.



JUDGES




Chris Power lives and works in London. His ‘Brief Survey of the Short Story’ has appeared in the GUARDIAN since 2007. His fiction has been published in THE STINGING FLY, THE DUBLIN REVIEW and THE WHITE REVIEW. His first book,MOTHERS, was published by Faber in 2018.



Sophie Scard is an agent at United Agents.



Michal Shavit is Publishing Director at Jonathan Cape.



ENTRY



The deadline for submissions is: 17:00 4 March 2019. No entries will be considered if submitted after 17:00 on 4 March 2019 (GMT/EST).



Please read these eligibility and entry rules carefully before beginning the online entry process. Submission of an entry is taken as acceptance of the entry rules.



To enter the Prize, you must first buy an entry from The White Review Shop.



STEP ONE – PRIZE PAYMENT ENTRY



You must then enter your payment reference number, contained in the payment receipt, into the form below, along with your entry.



STEP TWO – SUBMIT YOUR ENTRY



The shortlist will be announced in April. The winner will be announced at a party in London in May. For any queries not covered below, please email: editors@thewhitereview.org.



FREE ENTRY TO LOW-INCOME WRITERS



THE WHITE REVIEW is offering free entry to the Prize for up to 50 low-income writers. If you are a low-income writer and would like to apply for free entry, please follow the below application guidelines. We will receive applications for free entries until 24 January 2019. THE WHITE REVIEW will grant eligible applicants free entry on a first come first-served basis.



Low-income writers applying for free entry should also read the additional guidelines, below the general Terms and Conditions.




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Listowel Writers’ Week announce 2019 Competitions



Listowel Writers’ Week

The Bryan Macmahon Short Story Award

Prize: €2,000 for a short story.
Maximum word count is 3,000 words
Please include the word count at the end of your entry.
NO Application Form Required.
This Competition may be entered online.
Online entries must be either a Word or PDF Document
Please ensure that your identification does not appear anywhere on the entry or it may result in disqualification.
For Competition Rules click HERE.

Single Poem Award


Prize: €700
Maximum number of lines is 70 lines
NO Application Form Required.
This Competition may be entered online.
Online entries must be either a Word or PDF Document
Please ensure that your identification does not appear anywhere on the entry or it may result in disqualification.
For Competition Rules click HERE.

Poetry Collection Award

Prize: €2,500 for the best collection of poetry
6-12 individual poems or an equivalent long single poem which may be in sections or form a sequence.
The competition is open only to those who have not published a complete collection of poetry.
Individual pieces from the submitted collection may have received prior publication but not received an award.
This Competition may be entered online.
Online entries must be either a Word or PDF Document
Please ensure that your identification does not appear anywhere on the entry or it may result in disqualification.
NO Application Form Required.
For Competition Rules click HERE.

Eamon Keane Full Length Play Award

Prize:€1,000, plus a Professional Reading in Siamsa Tíre, Tralee
This Competition CANNOT be entered online, all entries must be submitted by post to Listowel Writers’ Week, 24 The Square, Listowel Co Kerry V31 RD93
Plays submitted should be for stage presentation only.
They must NOT have been previously staged.
The professional rehearsed reading is subject to certain criteria and conditions. For further information contact Listowel Writers’ Week on 00 353 +68 21074
One-Act Plays are NOT eligible
Plays can be submitted only once for this competition.
Re-submissions will be disqualified.
NO Application Form Required.
For Competition Rules click HERE.

Duais Foras Na Gaeilge


Duais: €1,200

Catagóir: Dán gearr (níos lú ná 70 líne)

Moltóir: Louis de Paor

Táille: €10.00 ar gach iontráil

Urraitheoir: Foras na Gaeilge

General Competition Rules HERE.

Listowel Writers’ Week Originals Humorous Essay Award

Prize: €750
Humorous Essay (maximum word count 750)
Please include the word count at the end of the Humorous Essay entries.
NO Application Form Required.
This Competition may be entered online.
Online entries must be either a Word or PDF Document
Please ensure that your identification does not appear anywhere on the entry or it may result in disqualification.
For Competition Rules click HERE.

Full details of all competitions available here.

The Neil Gunn Writing Competition 2018/19



Following its launch by Scottish Makar Jackie Kay on 14th September 2018, the 2018/19 competition is now open for entries. The lead judge for the 2018/19 competition is the distinguished columnist and broadcaster Ruth Wishart.

The competitions for short story and poetry are open to writers worldwide writing in either English or Scots. All sections of the competition ask writers to base their writing on a theme, which is usually a quote from a work by Neil Gunn.

Terms and Conditions

The competition will be judged in 2 separate sections:
Adult short story (1st prize £500, 2nd prize £300, 3rd prize £200)
Adult poetry (1st prize £500, 2nd prize £300, 3rd prize £200)
The adult competition is open to all writers
You may submit only one entry per
Entry fee for the adult sections is £8 per entry.
The writing must be previously unpublished, and can be in any variety of English or Scots or a combination of
The writing must be one of the themes specified on the entry
The length of entries is limited as follows:
Poetry, up to 40 lines
Short story, up to 2500 words
Copyright will remain with the The organisers reserve the right to publish a collection of winning and commended entries. Winners will be required to supply an electronic copy (in pdf format) of their entries for publication on the High Life Highland websitewww.highlifehighland.com.
Entrants who use real people under their real names as characters in their story or poem are advised that they should ensure they have permission to do so, as winning entries will appear on the High Life Highland

About submission of entries
Early submission is The last date for acceptance of entries is Friday 08 March 2019.
Entries by post: Three copies of each entry must be submitted, typed on A4 Entrants should NOT put their names on the manuscript but should send one completed entry form plus the 3 copies. Please send entries in an envelope clearly marked “Neil Gunn Writing Competition” to: The Library Support Unit, High Life Highland, 31a Harbour Road, Inverness, IV1 1UA. If an email address is supplied, receipt will be acknowledged by email. (For a posted acknowledgement of receipt of the envelope, enclose a stamped self-addressed envelope marked “Receipt”.)
Entries by email: Entries may be sent in pdf format, with entry forms in Word or pdf format to charlotteemacarthur@gmail.com . Receipt will be acknowledged by
Entry fees can be paid in one of the following ways:
by cheque or postal order made out to The Neil Gunn Trust
by direct bank transfer to Clydesdale Bank plc, Park House, Dingwall, Scotland, IV15 9HA Within UK: to account name:The Neil Gunn Trust, sort code:82-62-07, account number:40441247

Further details available  here.

An Interview With Writer, Journalist and Activist Felicty McCaul - A Legend Of Irish Writing

 Writer, Journalist and Activist Felicty McCaul  Are you happier now that you're not involved in journalism?  I don’t think I’ll ...