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Last Week For 2017 Short Story Comp

Our 2017 Short Story Competition has just one week left to run. As usual, entries have been slow, and I expect that there will be a rush in this last week. In every competition we have run so far, half the entries have come in the last week. What is it with writers and procrastination? Just to recap, prizes for this competition are $AU250 first, $AU100 second and $AU50 third. The best entries will be published in a read more ...

Magazine Developments

The continuation of Birdcatcher Magazine is dependent upon two things: (1) Enough people reading it to make it worth the effort and; (2) Enough people contributing stories, articles, poems and general interest pieces so that I don’t have to do all the work myself. To help these two causes along, I have decided to make the July issue (which was the first full issue) available free. You can download the .mobi read more ...

Birdcatcher Books is on Patreon

I’m very excited to announce that Birdcatcher Books is now on Patreon. So, what is Patreon? I’m so glad you asked. Think social media meets crowd funding. Patreon allows creative people to put up a page and ask their fans to sponsor them. In return, the fans receive rewards according to the level of support they choose. This picks up the idea from the past of creative people (artists, writers, musicians read more ...

Crossroads: An Anthology Coming Soon

  I am currently waiting for the proof copy of Crossroads: An Anthology, with anticipation of its release on 1st July 2017. This is the collection of the best entries from our 2016 Short Story Competition, and as with our previous competition and the resulting anthology, the judges and I were very impressed with the quality of the entries. I’m sure you will enjoy reading it. It's only fair to share... read more ...

Next Year In Huntsville

Next Year In Huntsville, the debut novel by Grace L. Sutherland, is now available through our shop. Here is part of a review of this book, written by Megan Meganator on Niume: “Next Year In Huntsville by Grace L Sutherland is a coming of age story set in the fictional rural town of Huntsville, Australia from 1960 to 2008. The novel reads very much like a fictional memoir. The main character, Sarah Hunt, meets read more ...

Get “Just Grace” Free

Ahead of the release of her first novel, Next Year In Huntsville, due at the end of November 20106, Birdcatcher Books has released Just Grace – A Collection of Short Stories by Grace L. Sutherland to introduce readers to her writing. The stories cover a range of lengths and topics, and include some surprises. Just Grace is only available as an ebook, and until the release of Next Year in Huntsvillle, it is f read more ...

The Essential Elements Of A Story

A story is a distinct form of literature, different from a memoir, or an essay, or a descriptive piece. Essentially, a story is someone, somewhere, doing something. Without those three elements, it might be a wonderful piece of writing, but it isn’t a story. “Someone” refers to the character or characters: the ones the story is about. The characters might not be human – several of the stories in the read more ...

Edit! Edit! Edit!

One of the quickest ways to turn me off a story is to leave it full of grammatical errors. A number of the entries in last year’s Short Fiction Award had this problem, as do many of the self-published books I review on my Christian Book Reviews site. Unfortunately it is encouraged by those unscrupulous people who, in an effort to make a quick buck, teach people that they don’t need to actually understan read more ...

Obey The Rules

The judging for our 2015 Short Fiction Award is well under way, and our 2016 competition will be commencing in July. Between now and then, I will be adding a number of posts to the site relating to things I have noticed in the 2015 comp, and which may help you with your entries in the 2016 comp. The very first key to success in any writing competition – in fact, in any competition of any kind – is very read more ...

The Realities of Being a Writer

You are a writer. You are sitting in a deck chair on the veranda of your beautiful, rambling home (paid for by the proceeds of your writing) looking out over the beach of a remote tropical island. Drink in hand, you are thinking about your next bestseller, and as the ideas tumble freely into your head you jot them on a pad beside you. You have already received a sizable advance payment, and your publisher is eager read more ...
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