Monday, 12 August 2013

August news

I was going to let Harvey tell you about his Great Escape this time, but I've elbowed him out of the way so I can share a few bits of writing news.

The most surprising thing of all was winning the monthly poetry contest in Writers' Forum magazine. My entry is printed in the current issue, number 142. Although I don't write much poetry I am enjoying it more and more, especially after my welcome win!

Since my interest in poetry seemed to be growing this year, I began looking for a small press poetry magazine to submit to. I came across The Dawntreader, published by Indigo Dreams and decided to subscribe. It's a quarterly magazine, focusing on poetry that relates to nature, spirituality, myth and legend. Right up my street! And so I also feel honoured that one of my poems is in the current issue of Dawntreader (issue 23)

Thirdly (because you know things always come in three) I was very happy to be shortlisted once again for the Flash 500 flash fiction competition - that's the one for the second quarter of 2013, in case you're looking for the results on the website.

Although I shall probably continue with flash fiction and poetry, I don't see myself writing as many mid-length stories in the next few months. I've been looking through the folder of research that I started with a view to writing a historical novel. I really want to spend some time on that now, and don't think I can cope with more than one narrative at a time.

I've been trying to post a gratuitous picture of Harvey, for anyone who's missing him, but I am having so many problems with Blogger today that I need to go into an empty room and scream!

18 comments:

Joanna said...

Many congratulations, Joanne, on your marvellous news.
I think I will treat myself to a copy of Writing Magazine and look forward very much to reading your poem.
Wishing you the best of luck with writing your historical novel and looking forward to hearing all about Harvey's Great escape too! xx

Joanna said...

Sorry, Joanne. I've just realised I typed Writing instead of Writers' Forum magazine. I shall be looking out for it when I'm in town this week. x

joanne fox said...

Yes, Writers' Forum! Thanks, Joanna.

Wendy's Writing said...

That's great news about the poetry win, Joanne. Maybe poetry is where you path lies - or will it be historical novels... the world's your oyster!

joanne fox said...

Wendy, oyster or lobster, one or the other!

Frances Garrood said...

Well done, Joanne!

joanne fox said...

Frances, thank you. x

Sharon Bradshaw said...

Congratulations, Jo, very well done! Say hello to Harvey for me.

joanne fox said...

Thank you Sharon. I am so annoyed I can't put Harvey's picture on!

Rosemary Gemmell said...

What great success, Joanne - many congratulations! Poetry is such a lovely change from fiction sometimes and there are lots of small press magazines you could try. Hope you also get that historical novel written too!

Vikki said...

Congratulations on your poetry win! I'll have a read of your poem when I steal my Mum's Writers' Forum

joanne fox said...

Rosemary, yes it's good to try different things,and it helps keep your writing fresh.

Vikki, thank you, and I'm sure mum has spotted your cunning plan!

Teresa Ashby said...

Congratulations, Joanne - that is all such lovely news :-)

I'm intrigued about Harvey's Great Escape.

Good luck with the historical novel :-) x

joanne fox said...

Teresa, the main thing is that he came back safe!

Rena George said...

That's wonderful, Joanne, and good luck with that novel. Rx

joanne fox said...

Rena, many thanks.

Suzanne Ross Jones said...

Great news - very well done. xx

joanne fox said...

Thank you Suzanne! x