The judge Helen Marshall, teacher of Creative Writing at Anglia Ruskin University, announced the winners for this year's competition that was themed 'Rituals'. All authors were present and in a vibrant and stimulating evening read the stories to us.
With all the competition deadlines and magazine submission windows around nowadays, it helps to plan ahead. Here are some suggestions for the first half of 2017
The idea for my project came to me when I read about the attempts that Plato made to persuade Dionysius, tyrant of Syracuse, to adopt a better form of government. He continued to attempt this with the tyrant’s son, also called Dionysius, when he succeeded his father. There was also a homo-erotic affair between Plato and Dion, a relative of the tyrants. I thought this would make good longish short story. In fact it grew into a novella of 22,000 words, and I felt that in the course of telling the story I had explained something of Plato’s philosophy.
Dr. Emily Bilman
I have just returned from a wonderful reading of my poetry with local writers and poets in St. Petersburg on July 23, 2016. The meeting at the Peterhof Library is on YOu Tube and took two hours and a half of dialogue about poetry and the literary world in Russia and Europe and was organised by The Writers Union of St. Petersurg. Enjoy! Emily Bilman