Hello Everyone. We’ve been full of a very nasty flu these last ten days or so here at Brittle Star. Trust us, you don’t want details, but it explains why you’ve not heard too much from us lately. We’re really sorry about that because we do like to have a good old chat with you and encourage you to submit to the magazine or get your entries in for the Poetry & Short Story Competition.
We’re on the mend now (although still a bit washed out) and we just want to let you know tomorrow is our competition deadline. If you want to get your entries in you have until at 12 Midnight to enter online, and postal entries should be postmarked 14 March. We’re manning and womanning the computers so if you have any problems do drop us a line. Click here to enter http://www.brittlestar.org.uk/competition-2/
Our judges Pascale Petit and Nicholas Royle have been brilliant helping us to spread the word, but you, our lovely writer-friends, can also help us by sharing the link with anyone you think might want to enter. As you know, we’re volunteer-based and not for profit which means money raised from the competition goes back into producing the magazine so your entries are a massive help to us. First prize is £250 + publication + a reading in London.
Click HERE to enter – it only costs £5 and you could win £250. (And don’t forget if you subscribe or become a Patron you get a free entry).
We hope you’re thinking of entering because we love to read your entries – and it’s also a massive help to the magazine because all money raised goes back into production (after we’ve paid the prizes and the main judges’ fees, of course).
As always, if you’re a subscriber you get your 2nd entry for FREE (you can even take out a new subscription today and get your 2nd entry free), but for the first time ever if you become a Brittle Star Patron you get your first entry for FREE. Visit our Patreon page to find out how you can become a Patron for as little as £1 a month, giving you access to the lovely rewards and treats that we give our Patrons as a special thanks for supporting us.
The normal cost of entry is only £5 for the 1st entry then £3.50 for any following entries – which is really good value anyway, but not as good as free!
The deadline for the competition is 14th March. The first prize in each category is £250, plus publication in the magazine, a subscription for you to keep for yourself or give to a friend, and an invitation to read at our launch and Prize-Giving at the Barbican Centre Library in London.
The judges this year are the brilliant Pascale Petit and Nicholas Royle (and our own Jacqueline Gabbitas). Pascale is an award winning poet, 4-times shortlisted for the TS Eliot Prize. Her most recent collection, Mama Amazonica (Bloodaxe, 2017), was a Poetry Book Society Choice. Nicholas is a novelist and short story writer. His most recent collection is Ornithology (Confingo, 2017). He is well known as the series editor of Best British Short Stories (Salt).
To find out more about the competition, including the rules and T&Cs, and to enter click on the big bright orange link HERE! Good luck and happy writing!
JOIN US on Wednesday 1 November 2017 at 6.30pm (for 7pm start) at Barbican Library for the launch of Brittle Star issue 41.
We have fantastic new poetry and short fiction from:
Mary Gurr, Daniel Bennett , Anna Robinson, Ed Cottrell, Lisa Kelly, Natalie Whittaker, Sam Reese and Myra Barrs.
We’ll also be launching our new Poetry & Short Fiction Competition.
And to accompany our readings we have wine and nibbles (and there might even be cake!)
Entry is FREE, but space is limited so please contact the Library on 020 7638 0569 for tickets.
Barbican Library, Silk Street
London EC2Y 8DS
nearest tube: Barbican or Old Street
(Reading starts at 7pm and the Library closes at 9pm).