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About rozdekett

Roz DeKett has had short stories published in The Nottingham Review (May 2018); Bedford International Writing Competition 2017 (second place); and Fish Anthology 2017. She had a short memoir piece published in the York Literary Review in 2016 and non-fiction in the American children's literary magazine Cricket. She's seeking an agent for a completed novel and is writing another. Roz is a former journalist with a background in newspapers and BBC radio. She lives in 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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