Amazon Launch ‘A Christmas Carol’ Short Story Competition

Calling all writers, particularly those of short stories. Amazon has launched a Christmas writing competition, open to all adult UK residents, in search of a modern reimagining of Charles Dickens ‘A Christmas Carol’. The winner will receive a £2,000 Amazon gift card, and see their story published in time for Christmas!

The national writing competition is open to submissions now and is open to all adult UK residents. The story should contain up to 1,000 words and should be a modern retelling of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. Submissions need to be written in English and sent to christmasonkindle@amazon.co.uk by 7th November.

The winning story will be professionally illustrated by award-winning artist Ian Beck, and will be published by Kindle Direct Publishing in both print and digital format in time for Christmas. The winning author will receive a £2,000 Amazon Gift Card too, and a Kindle Fire tablet.

A Christmas Carol is a wonderful Christmas story and if you like to write, for fun, or with the hope of breaking into the professional market then this could be your chance for your first published works! Get writing and get those submissions in by 7th November and you could have a Christmas bestseller under your belt by the New Year.

10 examples of how the English language trolls us

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The English language has been trying to trick us for centuries. Homophones are not necessarily homographs, and vice versa.  We steal words from other languages, alter some, inexplicably keep others unchanged. It is a wonderful process that ends up with a language that bamboozles and baffles those attempting to learn English as a second (or third or fourth) language.

To be perfectly honest it confounds even native English speakers at times.

Here are 15 examples of when the English language has trolled us very cleverly indeed.

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£2m Revamp Complete for National Centre for Writing

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The National Centre for writing relaunches in Norwich this week following a £2 million revamp for the historic Dragon Hall. It was previously known as the Writers’ Centre, Norwich but now the facility is to be a “Physical and digital space to explore the artistic and social power of creative writing, and support the creation and enjoyment of world literature” according to a spokesman interviewed by The Bookseller this week.

Parts of the historic Dragon Hall date back to 1430, meaning any renovations had to be sympathetic. The project was given the go ahead back in 2016 and was backed by a number of high profile patrons including Margaret Atwood, Ali Smith, Elif Shafak, J. M Coetzee, and Sarah Perry.
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Ten Mistakes Guaranteed to Make a Reader Cringe

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Not every reader is a grammar nerd, or even the best at spelling and punctuation, but we certainly have an advantage over those who do not consume books for pleasure.

We can tell by the comments made on social media by our very own Reading Addicts, that good grammar is very important to them. If a meme or book quote is slightly off-kilter then all Hell can break loose!

We came across these awful mistakes on our weary web travels and knew instantly who would appreciate them (or not!)

See how many of these horrendous mistakes you can get through without scratching your eyes out.

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Amazon Launch ‘A Christmas Carol’ Short Story Competition

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Calling all writers, particularly those of short stories. Amazon has launched a Christmas writing competition, open to all adult UK residents, in search of a modern reimagining of Charles Dickens ‘A Christmas Carol’. The winner will receive a £2,000 Amazon gift card, and see their story published in time for Christmas! Read More

Phillip Pullman Explains His Influences and Inspiration

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Phillip Pullman’s new addition to the His Dark Materials series comes not a moment too soon for fans of his writing. The first book in the newest trilogy The Book of Dust: La Belle Sauvage, was due for release on the 19th of October 2017 but had an accidental early release 15 days before its due date. 

Pullman described the book as not a prequel, but an equel. A series not to stand before or after the novels that concluded in 2005, but ones that will stand beside them. The stories follow “the struggle between a despotic and totalitarian organisation, which wants to stifle speculation and enquiry, and those who believe thought and speech should be free”.

Pullman spoke to the media about his inspiration behind his well-loved stories, and what has influenced his writing and characters over the years.

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