Thursday, 13 August 2015

The People's Friend - Serial Writing Competition

Well here I am back sooner than I thought, but I just had to share this with you and for once it is a proper writerly post.

In this week’s People’s Friend you will find details of their fantastic serial writing competition and I highly recommend having a go.



It’s a long time since I’ve had the time to write a serial, but from my own experience I can tell you it is very rewarding.

And unlike a lot of writing competitions these days, there is no entry fee and there is a proper prize.

All you have to do is buy this week’s issue for all the details and if you’re not already a regular reader don’t just buy it for the competition, take time to enjoy the stories and articles too. I’m looking forward to the weekend when I intend to put my feet up and have a good read.

If that’s not enough for you, there are also details of their Fiction Workshops.



D C Thomson has always had a reputation for encouraging new writers. When I started out in the early 1980s, I found their advice and encouragement invaluable. And here they are all these years later, still doing it!

If you fancy a sneak peek at the stories in this week’s magazine, take a look at Fiction Editor Shirley Blair’s post here. I’m not even sure I can wait till the weekend….


Good luck if you decide to have a go.


28 comments:

  1. I'd love to write a serial. So far I've not come up with suitable storylines, but I haven't given up yet.

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  2. Thanks for the kind words, Teresa. We're blushing! - Shirley, PF.

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  3. Thank you for this lovely post, Teresa. I would love to write a serial one day. I have had a try in the past, but not managed to get the hang of it yet. I will keep going! xxx

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    1. That's lovely to hear, Joanna :-) xx

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  4. Great post, Teresa. I have my entry form for the competition - and a confirmation letter for my place at the Dundee workshop :0) xx

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    1. That's wonderful, Suz on both counts :-) WIsh I could get up to Dundee and go with you :-) xx

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  5. It was People's Friend that gave me my break into fiction writing and I've never forgotten their wonderful support. Good luck to everyone who enters the serial writing comp, and thank you, Teresa, for highlighting it.

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    1. They are very supportive aren't they, Rena xx

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  6. I have to have a go, I love a good rambling story, now's my chance:)))

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    1. Definitely, you do have to have a go! xx

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  7. People's Friend is a great magazine to write for — their editors have so much patience. I have a story in this issue, but haven't done a serial for them. If I can just think of a plot line...
    Alyson

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    1. I loved All By Myself, Alyson - and I'm sure you'll think up a plot line for a serial xx

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  8. I agree with everything you say here, Teresa. Good luck, everybody.

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  9. I'm writing the final part of my serial for The Peoples's Friend and have had so much support from Shirley. She's encouraged me to stretch myself further and hopefully made my writing that bit better. If anyone does try serial writing you won't be alone and it's good having an editor to work closely with and bounce ideas off. Good luck to the entrants.

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    1. Sounds great, Kate - I look forward to reading it xx

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  10. Never managed to crack PF with a short story so maybe a serial is the answer.

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    1. It might well be, Colette - hope you'll have a go xx

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  11. Good luck for your potential entry, Patsy. And to all who enter too. :-)

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    1. It's very exciting isn't it, Carol :-) xx

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  12. Thank you for sharing Teresa, I shall pass the details onto my writing group.

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    1. That's great, Maria - I think there will be another entry coupon in next week's issue if they miss this week's one :-) xx

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  13. At the moment I wish I could write a story longer than 1000 words. All my stories seem to reach a natural conclusion by then. I have discovered a real liking (and dare I say talent) for poetry, so I'm following that line of writing at the moment. Good to know that PF are still looking for new talent though.

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    1. I think we can sometimes find a length that suits us - mine at the moment seems to be 2500 words. You definitely have a talent for poetry, Maggie - I remember seeing one of them on Facebook xx

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