Author: Claire Bradshaw

10 Most Popular Literary Theme Examples

Theme in literature is a topic we've delved into before. Every story has themes – whether they're consciously explored or simmering under the surface – and the exploration of different themes adds depth and layers to any story, especially if those themes are universal. So today we're taking a look …

Opportunities: June 2018

VU Short Story Prize for New Writers Victoria University and Overland seek short fiction by new Australian/New Zealand writers of up to 3000 words in length. First prize is $6000AUD; two runners-up will receive $1000. All three winners will be published in Overland. $20 entry fee. Entries close 11th June. Richard & Judy's …

5 Simple Tips For Writing Awesome Urban Fantasy

Urban fantasy is one of the most popular fantasy subgenres around. Defined as stories with magical or supernatural elements that take place in a contemporary city or town setting, the urban fantasy category includes the likes of authors such as Patricia Briggs, Cassandra Clare, Neil Gaiman and Jim Butcher. Its …

5 Key Reasons Indie Authors Should Use Goodreads

If you're an avid reader, you probably already have a Goodreads account. But if you're an indie author, you might not yet have utilised Goodreads as a tool for book promotion. In case you haven't heard of it, Goodreads is a 'social network for readers'. It has a searchable database of …

Opportunities: May 2018

Bristol Short Story Prize The Bristol Short Story Prize is open for entries of short fiction up to 4000 words. Open internationally. First prize is £1000; second prize £700; third prize £400. Seventeen further prizes of £100 will be presented to the remaining shortlisted writers. All winners and shortlisted stories …

When and How to Write an Amazing Prologue

Today we're going to talk about one of the most divisive literary devices around: the prologue. As you probably know, a prologue is a section that appears before Chapter One in a book. The prologue is something separate from the main story, which always begins in Chapter One. Some readers …