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About Charlotte

Writer, copy-editor and proofreader. Actively seeking meaningful employment: I love this work.

Free writing prompt ebook

This book is a nice overview of a lot of the classic prompts and offers something for all disciplines. A handy resource to have on hand when you want to stretch your muscles, or just shake off your last project.

I don’t know the website very well but I have downloaded it, opened it in Chrome and not experienced any issues so that’s as much information as I can offer! You’re supposed to sign up to the newsletter to get it, but the page seems to accept an empty field so just click through.

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Posted by on July 19, 2015 in General


Ruth Rendell Short Story Competition

Run in aid of Interact Stroke Support, the competition is for stories of up to 1000 words in any genre.

There is a £15 entry fee.
This year’s judge is Lynda La Plante.
Online and postal entries accepted.
Closing date 29th October 2015.

Further details @

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Posted by on July 14, 2015 in Competitions


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What Editors Want – Fiction

Seren Books Blog

Over the course of the coming year, we’ll be doing a series of blog posts on what editors and publishers are looking for in a book submission. Our fiction, poetry and non-fiction editors will be telling us what makes a great submission and sharing their tips for getting published.

Up first is fiction.  Seren’s fiction editor, Penny Thomas has had great success since she joines Seren in 2006 and consistently has books on major prize lists. In 2011 she preceded over The Last Hundred Days, which made its way on to the Man Booker longlist. Recent commissions include The Rice Paper Diaries, which won the  2013 fiction category at Wales Book of the Year and the 2013 Edge Hill shortlisted The Scattering. Penny was the driving force behind the hugely successful series, New Stories From The Mabinogion, which brought together ten top Welsh authors to rewrite…

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Posted by on June 11, 2015 in General


Short story competition

The link to Leicester University’s short story competition, as promised:

Anyone struggling to submit online can bring their files to the next meeting and I will try to help you. We will not meet again then until after the deadline has passed.

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Posted by on June 10, 2015 in General


The Booker prize winning formula!

An interesting infographic from… just a bit of fun 😉

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Posted by on December 30, 2014 in General


Top 10 Writing Mistakes Editors See Every Day


…because I have no idea how to link to it any other way! Someday I will learn how to use wordpress… someday.

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Posted by on November 26, 2014 in General


The things I never knew about llamas…

…but thank goodness, Kameron Hurley is here to fill me in in this interesting article about the importance of writing misogyny out of our narratives and not just relying on thoughtless tropes.

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Posted by on September 4, 2014 in General


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