Monday, 22 November 2010

Win a place on a residential writing course in Cornwall - FREE Entry

To celebrate our first birthday, we’ve decided to give a prize to the overall winner of this December’s Comp Corner competition! I know, how good is that?
The prize, generously donated by Orion author Ruth Saberton, is a four day residential place on one of her Writers’ Courses Cornwall (UK) retreats ( Included is all tuition, 5 star accommodation in Polperro, food at a local inn, drinks and a car parking permit.

All you have to send us is the last couple of lines of a story. That’s it. Obviously you have to have written it yourself and not lifted it from some famous piece of work. The lines can be from something you’ve already written or just made up for the competition, we don’t mind. As ever, it can be funny, or clever, or moving, or just bloody good. 40 words max, in the body of an email, and no more than three goes per entrant. Get to it.

Entries should be emailed to by no later than 14th January 2011. The winner will be announced in the February 2011 issue, where we will print the shortlist of ten, together with the overall winning entry.

For more information and rules, visit

Sunday, 21 November 2010

Kindling an Interest

Well, it was inevitable. My gadget-mad other half went and bought a Kindle. In fact, he pre-ordered a Kindle at the end of August, but was just too late to catch the first batch of deliveries, which is why you are reading this now and not in the last edition.

On the plus side, I have now had plenty of time to play with his new toy and give it thorough testing. So here it is: A Review Of The Kindle From The Point Of View Of A Reasonably-Tech-Savvy-But-Not-Gadget-Freak Reader And Writer.

Read the Library Cat’s review of the Kindle in the December edition of Words with Jam.