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About rozdekett

Roz DeKett's debut Middle Grade novel is due in 2019 from Hayloft Publishing. She's had short stories in The Nottingham Review (May 2018); Bedford International Writing Competition 2017 (second place); and Fish Anthology 2017, as well as a short memoir piece in the York Literary Review. She's also had non-fiction in the American children's literary magazine Cricket. Roz is a former journalist with a background in newspapers and BBC radio. She divides her time between Wiltshire and London.

Sponsoring an entry for the Bath Novel Award 2019

I’m very pleased to be able to sponsor an entry for a low income writer for the Bath Novel Award for the first time, after sponsoring an entry for the Bath Children’s Novel Award in 2018. Being part of the … Continue reading

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Sponsoring the next great children’s author?

By Roz DeKett Authors who write for children have such a special place in my heart. I still have a few books from my childhood in the 1960s. As Stig Abell reveals in this tweet, the stories you loved as … Continue reading

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A balm for anyone battered by our post-truth culture: Chris Buckley

Guest post by poet Chris Buckley, whose chapbook BLUING is available from Finishing Line Press. Nostalgia, though a potent marketing force, is deadly in art. It transforms rich, emotional imagery into one-dimensional kitsch. So much poetry is devoted to nostalgia, … Continue reading

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How to avoid rejection (some of the time)

By Roz DeKett Note that I haven’t titled this ‘How to have your stories accepted’ – if only I had that formula. However, in the past couple of years (between working on a novel) I’ve written three short stories and … Continue reading

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How to keep readers reading: Kurt Vonnegut

Here’s another great set of writing tips, this time from the incomparable Kurt Vonnegut. Even if you’ve come across these before, they’re worth the read as a refresher. And it has a link at the end to the great video … Continue reading

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From war to poetry: Patrick Howse

Guest post from Patrick Howse Patrick Howse began writing the poems in his collection, Shadow Cast By Mountains, while covering the Iraq War for the BBC. War plays a central part in the book, but he is reluctant to describe himself … Continue reading

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For writers: great tips on submitting

Here’s a link to good piece from an editor on what editors are looking for and why they handle submissions the way they do. I hope you find it useful. Ten Things I Look For When Selecting Submissions: Kara Cochran … Continue reading

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