The Closing Down of Summer?!

It’s hard to believe it’s actually August 31st, and that autumn, and the start of the academic year, is just around the corner.  For the past couple of months our course blog has settled into a lovely summer lull, during which we (the collective we, meaning both students and lecturers) were all no doubt hard at work on our writing, and also busy catching up on our reading (including tearing through Johnston’s latest page-turner, The Secret Baby Room, which made for the perfect summer read).

stroud short stories image 2Now it’s time to start limbering up in anticipation of induction week, and the autumn Semester.  Watch this space for more details about the brilliant events we’ve got organized to kickstart 2015-16, including Creative Writing society socials, the launch of the Compass anthology, and new issues of Show Don’t Tell – among other things.  If you’d like to get your writing skills in shape before we move into full swing, why not polish up some of your summer scribblings to send to the latest Stroud Short Competition?  The deadline is September 25th, the word limit is 1,500, and our students have had success with it in the past.  This time around the the emphasis is on ‘strange, spine-chilling, and bizarre tales’ so it’s of particular note for horror writers.

horror zineSpeaking of horror, you can take inspiration from MA student Olly Smith, who’s had new work accepted in Spectral Realms and Horror Zine over the summer.  We’re looking forward to celebrating more student success in 2015-16, but won’t put the pressure on you just yet: enjoy the last of your summer and we’ll be back to officially announce the start of the academic year soon!

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