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Club competitions

During the year we have nine competitions that all club members can enter. These are listed here. Some club competitions are similar to S.A.W. competitions, and you may wish to use the same entry for both. Entry dates fall on club meeting nights, when the competition secretary is on hand to process the manuscripts. If you are unable to attend the meeting, you should e-mail a .pdf version of your...

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Spit and Polish

Style Tips by Ann Burnett Avoid clichés like the plague! Do not use hackneyed phrases like ‘at this point in time’, ‘like a bat out of hell,’ ‘a bed of roses’, ‘as fresh as a daisy.’ Try to find a new way of saying the same thing. It makes for much more interesting writing. For example, the winning simile in a radio competition described a large lady wearing white trousers as having ‘buttocks...

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Presentation

There are certain demands editors place on writers as regards the presentation of a manuscript and these we have to follow. More importantly, however is the need to present a professional looking document which the editor (or whoever) will find clear and easy to read. Download this PDF for tips on presentation, by Ann Burnett Word...

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Summer Meeting – 31st July, 2013

     There is a definite gastronomic theme to the previous blog reports, so I thought I’d better keep up the tradition.        Yesterday evening’s bill of fare contained a variety of dishes to suit every mood and palate. First on the table – that would be the ‘table de temps’ by the way (click, clickety, click), was a poetic appetizer in the form of a ‘triolet’, a poetic form  unknown to me, but...

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