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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!


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.