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Friday, June 11, 2010

The Lady Writing Contest!

Does the idea of a romantic short story set against the background of a historic house inspire you? If so then The Lady magazine is running a short story contest especially for you! The Lady has joined forces with Harlequin Mills & Boon and the National Trust to sponsor a writing competition and a series of creative writing workshops around the country. I am very excited to be running one of these at National Trust headquarters at Heelis, Swindon, on 28th June, when I will be sharing my top hints and tips on writing romance but also pictures and stories of my most inspirational National Trust sites.


The writing contest is for a short story set against the background of a National Trust property - a historic house, a romantic ruin, a stretch of coastline or any other Trust venue you like. The stories should be in the romance genre and between 1500 - 2000 words. Details of the contest are here on The Lady website. The winner will be published in The Lady magazine. The runner up will receive a hamper of books worth £200.

Information on the creative writing courses can be found on the National Trust website here. And for all those who can't make it to one of the courses I would be very happy to email my writing articles, hints and tips. Just drop me a line if you would like any of these - they can be found on my website here!


Good luck to everyone who enters!

4 comments:

Leah Marie Brown said...

Thanks for posting this! The historic homes of Britain can certainly inspire many romantic tales.

Alison said...

Sounds really interesting! I would like to have a go, not that I've ever written like this before...

Keira Soleore said...

Nicola, this is fascinating. My laptop's dead, but I'm briefly connecting via a borrowed computer, so I'm very glad I caught your blog.

The competition website didn't say, but is the contest only for UK residents?

May I please be a recipient of your advice via email? Thank you!

Nicola Cornick said...

I posted up a comment in reply to this and it didn't appear. Hopefully this one will!

Yes, I think it's rather a fun contest! Good luck if you decide to have a go, Alison.

Keira, the rules on the website don't have any reference to it being only for UK residents although I suppose it might be worth checking with the magazine to make sure. And of course you may have my advice - such as it is!- by email if you wish! I'd be delighted! I could send you the course contents if you like.