Mature Times and Yours

I picked up a copy of Mature Times in the library this week. This is a free monthly publication aimed at retired people of both sexes and this edition (February 2012) contains the following announcement, which may be of interest to anyone writing poetry:

From next month, Mature Times will publish a reader’s poem in our Poem of the Month competition. Entries will be judged by our literary critic, Jacky Edgell, and the winner will receive a Mature Times pen set. Please submit your poem to; Poem of the Month Competition, Mature Times, Highwood House, Winters Lane, Redhill, Bristol BS40 5SH or email:

I also bought a copy of Yours magazine. This is a fortnightly publication, again aimed at older people and I guess more women read it than men. Usually it carries one short story per issue but this one (Feb 21 –  Mar 5 2012) contains two stories, and one of those is the first instalment of a two-part story. This may be a one-off or it may be an indication that Yours is going to start carrying more fiction, including short serials. I’ve got my fingers crossed for the latter! 

Finally, talking of serials, I won the competition on Womag’s blog to write the first 200 words of a crime serial!! Geraldine Ryan was the judge and provided the prize – a copy of her new book, Leave Over. This book contains two (previously published) complete serials, so I’m looking forward to reading it and maybe picking up some tips.

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  1. #1 by Julia on February 23, 2012 - 1:09 pm

    Congratulations on your win. Will be writing the rest of the serial now?

    • #2 by Sally Jenkins on February 23, 2012 - 2:22 pm

      Julia – I need to work out what happens first. Beginnings are so much easier than middles and ends!

  2. #3 by wightrabbit on February 23, 2012 - 3:56 pm

    Congratulations on your win!

  3. #4 by Patsy Collins on February 23, 2012 - 5:50 pm

    I was just about to post exactly the same comment as Julia!


  4. #6 by susanjanejones on February 23, 2012 - 7:32 pm

    Hey Sally, that’s great news, well done. You must write the lot. If you can be choosen from a lot of other good writers, chances are the whole story will be accepted somewhere. Thanks for the links. May have a go at the poetry one.

    • #7 by Sally Jenkins on February 23, 2012 - 7:37 pm

      Thanks, Susan. The win is a confidence boost but there’s a lot of hard work if I’m ever to complete the story!

  5. #8 by Alice on February 23, 2012 - 10:17 pm

    Congratulations, Sally and thank you for this info 🙂

  6. #9 by Emma Bragg on February 24, 2012 - 6:32 pm

    Great news on the win Sally, well done!

  7. #11 by johnlmalone on March 4, 2012 - 9:32 pm

    It is good when such Seniors publications offer short story and poetry places for readers. I must check up t6o zsee whether ours in Australia does. Enjoyed reading this

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