Wednesday, 15 January 2014

Our latest newsletter

Hi everyone

Welcome to the first newsletter of 2014 from the team behind the Global Short Story Competition.
Honours go to Australian writers in competition

Judge Fiona Cooper selected her winners for the November Global Short Story Competition and writers from Australia took the honours.

The £100 first place prize went to Jacqueline Winn, of Possum Brush, NSW, for Her Quiet Company and the highly commended runner up was Vicky Daddo, of Hazelwood South, Victoria, who won £25 for If youre happy and you know it.

Just missing out on the prizes but commended was Karen Hollands, also from Australia, for The Buddha. The other writers on the shortlist were:

Satyapravin Bezwada, Hong Kong

Jonathan Saint, Dublin, Ireland

Mark Shadwell, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Alex Reece Abbott, York, England

Natalie Scott, Ingleby Barwick. North Yorkshire, England

James McPherson, Glasgow, Scotland

Nicola Cleasby, Turon, Grenada

Winners announced in October writing competition
Judge Fiona Cooper selected her winners for the October Global Short Story Competition.

The £100 first place prize went to James McPherson, of Glasgow, Scotland, for Eternal Shadows. Our highly commended runner up was Mandy Huggins, who won £25 for Ten Dollar Ironing Board.

The writers on the shortlist were:

Dmitriy Kutepov, Moscow, Russia
Kate Howard, Brighton, England

Ernest Hall, Kingston-upon-Thames, England

Loei Martinez, Spring, Texas, United States

Colin Hodson, Margon, France

Vincent Chu, Cologne, Germany
Winning stories are posted on Well done to our successful writers. You can enter the latest monthly competition at the same address.

Hotel to stage residential writing course

Got a story to tell? Keen to be a writer? Then this residential weekend course in the North East of England at The Blackwell Grange in Darlington, County Durham, UK, could be for you.

Experienced creative writing tutor and novelist John Dean, who has had eleven crime novels published by Robert Hale and has appeared in a number of short story anthologies, will run a writing workshop on the weekend of May 16-18 2014 as part of the second Darlington Arts Festival. The weekend includes:
* Two nights Accommodation (Friday 16th and Saturday 17th May 2014), two breakfasts, two dinners and one lunch

* Day-long writing workshop on the Saturday followed by a morning workshop on the Sunday, including how to create characters, structure stories and invoke a strong sense of place.

The cost for the weekend is: £205 per person based on double for sole occupancy, this rate includes VAT. To reserve your place and book your accommodation : Call the Blackwell Grange Hotel on 01325 509955 , their email is Bookings must be made by Friday 18th April and paid in full to the hotel by Friday 23rd April 2014. Please note that minimum numbers are required for this course to run if this event needs to be cancelled you will be given a minimum 4 weeks’ notice.

Free stuff

Theres loads of free hints on writing at our blog at and you can also check out our free writers toolbox, which can be downloaded off the home page at


You can check out our Facebook page with its news, views and free competitions at

Mentoring and courses

For information on our online writing courses and mentoring packages at

Nurturing new talent through our e-books

A reminder that, as part of our efforts to support and showcase new writing talent worldwide, we have published seven e-books

Lost Souls by Roger Barnes When young women start to go missing in Africa, an International Strike Force is assembled to rescue them.

Harry’s Torment by Michael Beck Set in the fictional east coast port of Thirlston and centred on investigators tackling the heroin trade.

Previously published were:
Cyber Rules by Myra King. The novel by Australian writer Myra tells the story of a farmer’s wife in isolated rural Australia. Caught up on the addictive side of the Internet, she holds a secret which may prove to be deadly.

Global Shorts - an anthology of short stories taken from the early years of the Global Short Competition.

Vegemite Whiskers - a selection of some of the finest writing from Australian authors who have entered the Global Short Story Competition.

White Gold by Roger Barnes A thriller by Roger Barnes taking the reader into a world of intrigue and danger set amid the poachers of Africa.

Haghir the Dragon Finder by John Dean, a comic fantasy for older children. Haghir

and his hopeless comrades are dragon slayers seeking a new challenge.

All the titles can be obtained by keying their titles into the search field of the Kindle shop at Australian readers will have to purchase via Amazon US at

* If you don’t have a Kindle, there is a free Kindle reading app for your PC at

* You can find more about the books on our website.

Contacting us

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Thank you for all your support

John Dean

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