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Don't forget The Great British Write Off closes this Friday! If you would like to represent your country and be in with the chance of winning a cash prize as well as an exclusive prize bundle, simply post, upload or email your entry over to us today.

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The Young Writers' Summer Challenege

The perfect challenges this summer for your children, grandchildren, nieces or nephews!

Young Writers is running several challenges over the summer holidays, including poetry and creative writing, reading and art activities! There are also great prizes up for grabs...

To take part, all you need to do is register with your young writer and we'll email you a new challenge each week.

Our first challenge is to design a bookmark and our second challenge, which closes on Friday, is to write a Survival Story. The Summer Challenge is open to 5-13 year-olds.

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Forward Poetry Social - Top Five

Throughout the month of June we had an array of fantastic poems being added to FP Social, which made it very hard to pick our Top Five and Poet of the Month...

Congratulations to:

Lisa La Grang for Surreal Descent (Poet of the Month)
Sheila for Come Sing The Summer
Mother's Musings for Burnt Out
Tadpole for Waterloo Aniversary or Pain In The Bum
Dollyshoppingqueen for Spring Dawns 

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Spiderwize - Bring Your Book To Life...

If you have written a book and have always dreamt of having it published, why not consider self publishing? We make the process simple, straightforward and successful! It all starts with a free Spiderwize manuscript evaluation, so why not get in touch with Laura and discuss your options today?

Find out more here!

Book Giveaway Winner

Congratulations to Angela Paull who is this month's Twitter giveaway winner winning a copy of the fab 'Villa America' by Liza Klaussmann.

Keep an eye out on our Twitter and Facebook pages for book giveaways. Who knows you could be our next winner!


The Man Booker Longlist Announced...

This year's longlist of 13 books have just been announced. The list was selected by a panel of five judges chaired by Michael Wood, and also comprising of Ellah Wakatama Allfrey, John Burnside, Sam Leith and Frances Osborne. The judges considered 156 books for this year's prize of £50,000.

Congratulations to all 13 authors!

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How To Write A Butterfly Cinquain

Take advantage of our FREE online poetry workshop and learn how to write your very own Butterfly Cinquain....

Here's ours:

One in a Million

My love,
You are my all,
My heart, it beats your name,
All I can think about is you,
You are
My one in a million, you ...
There is no one like you!
You complete me,
My 'One'.

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Beyond Borders International Festival of Literature and Thought

This year's speakers include First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, Scottish Conservative Leader Ruth Davidson, Alex Salmond MP and foreign correspondent Janine di Giovanni. The organisers also welcome back BBIF regulars such as Allan Little, Jim Naughtie and William Dalrymple.

When: 22nd - 23rd August 2015

Where: Traquair House, Innerleithen, Scotland

Twitter: @BeyondBorders_


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