I’m absolutely delighted that the long list for The Poised Pen’s Another Place Competition is up. If you entered and your name’s not on there do have a read about what I said here. There were some brilliant stories that didn’t quite make it.
And if your name is on there: CONGRATULATIONS. You’ve done wonderfully well because the standard of stories I read was very, very high. And if you are on it – go and do something to celebrate. It’s not often we get to feel like actual writers because, mostly, we’re stuck at desk and behind computer screens, or glued to notebooks. Or hoovering or ironing or cooking or putting children to bed. So go, eat cake. Drink something fizzy. Or just have five minutes to yourself and say: I did this. I’m good, me.
The winners and the rest of the results will be announced in Liverpool on December 4th at the Another Place Results night at the Fly in the Loaf, Hardman Street, Liverpool, where I’ll be reading too. It sounds like it’ll be a great night – lots of other writing and reading (and, I think, musical) goodness on offer and I’d love to see you there if you can make it. I might even buy you something fizzy myself.