Feel blue, blue, blue this morning.
It's been a ridiculously hard week combined with a bad back. I've done very little writing.
More than one doctor as got cross with me and have repeatedly told me that I should be nicer to myself. Stop setting myself such high standards etc.
So Saturday morning and I've been sitting here for an hour with absolutely no idea how to do something nice just for me. I feel like I should be ironing, cutting grass or doing the kitchen floor but that won't help the back. I need to keep moving but not make it worse. So I will take my dog for a walk and try to plan something nice.
More thought needed I think. Anyway the details of the Costa Short Story Competition are below:
COSTA LAUNCHES THE COSTA SHORT STORY AWARD
Entries open from Monday 16th July to Friday 7th September Submissions to be judged anonymously
Winner to be voted for by public and announced at Costa Book Awards ceremony
Monday 16th July 2012: Costa today announces the launch of the Costa Short Story Award, a brand new Award for a single short story that will run in association with the Costa Book Awards but be judged independently of the main five-category system.
The new Award is for a single, previously unpublished short story of up to 4,000 words by an author aged 18 years or over and written in English. The author’s primary residence must have been the UK or Ireland for the past three years.
Entry opens on Monday 16th July and closes at 4pm on Friday 7th September. Entries must be submitted online via a dedicated page at www.costabookawards.com. Entrants need not have been previously published but publishers and agents may submit entries on behalf of authors.
All entries will be judged anonymously – in other words, without the identity of the author being available to the judges.
A panel of five judges will select a shortlist of six entries which will be revealed in November. The public will then be invited to vote online for their favourite story from the six finalists.
The winner will be announced at the Costa Book Awards ceremony on 29th January 2013 and will receive £3,500; two runners-up will each receive £750.