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Amazon Tax Form, a Good Review, Win a Toothbrush plus a Success

I’ve a few ‘writerly’ things to impart this week:

Amazon shipment

Amazon shipment (Photo credit: enno)

Amazon Tax Form

Those of you with e-books for sale on Amazon will have received a request to complete an on-line tax ‘interview’ or risk having your books removed from the website. I was a bit concerned when I saw this, in case I had to go through the palaver of getting a US tax exemption certificate. But the ‘interview’ was very easy and quick to complete and no certificates were needed. The benefit of the tax exemption certificate  is that it stops Amazon withholding 30% of the royalties on US sales but the downside is it necessitates a trip to London to get ID validated – not worth it financially for me because the vast majority of my sales are in the UK.

If you want more information on this, have a look at Nick Daws’ blog.

By the way, I wonder if the UK government withholds money from US citizens? I doubt it somehow.

A Good Review

Talking of e-books. Brian David, from the CheerReader website, has sung the praises of ‘A Writer on Writing – Advice to Make You a Success!’ on his site’s homepage (scroll down this page to see the review). He describes it as:
‘a superb little tome that gives you all the hints and advice you need to make your writing as good as you want it to be’.

Win a Toothbrush

Last Monday I picked up the Metro newspaper (free on some public transport) on a train to Milton Keynes and spotted the Rush-hour Crush competition. Just write a few words about that dishy man/woman you’ve spotted on the bus/train/tube and you could win a Sonicare HealthyWhite electric toothbrush. There’s a prize each day but you’ll have to be quick, the competition ends on 13th September 2013. Entry is by an electronic form here.

A Success!

Finally, I had a phone call this week to tell me that I’ve won the Friends of Morley Literature Festival Short Story competition, judged by Gervase Phinn. The story was originally written for last year’s Jeremy Mogford Prize for Food and Drink Writing competition and it came nowhere. But now it’s won me £50 so I’m chuffed to bits! (By the way, I also won this competition in 2011 so maybe I shouldn’t enter next year …)

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CheerReader Competition Autumn 2013

I’ve had a note from Brian David asking me to give a shout-out for the latest CheerReader competition. So here it is:

Win yourself €100…

… just by writing the most amusing short story for the next CheerReader competition.

The closing date is midnight on September 30th .

Maximum story length is 1,500 words.

Theme – anything you like, so long as it makes us laugh.

Fee: €5 per story.

For the full list of rules and regulations, visit, where you can also read the winning entries and runners-up from the previous competitions to get some idea of the flavour.

So, join in, get writing and have fun.

CheerReader – “wagging the funny, making you smile”


And if you fancy a quick giggle I suggest you nip straight over to the CheerReader site – there are some very funny pictures of our favourite politicians with rather clever captions!



Two Competitions

Brian David has been in touch and asked me to tell you about the latest CheerReader short story competition.

First prize is 100 Euros. The winning story plus runners-up will be published on the CheerReader website.

1500 words maximum and the theme is ‘anything you like so long as it makes us laugh’.

Closing date is 31st March 2013 and there is an entry fee of 5 Euros.

The full rules are here and previous winning entries can be read here – and I’ve just noticed that Julia Thorley, who follows this blog, was ‘commended’ in the last CheerReader competition. Well done, Julia!

So, if you can write humour, pick up your pens now!


And here is a free competition for poets. The Jane Martin Poetry Prize is organised by Girton College, Cambridge.

First prize is £1000 plus ‘the opportunity to give a reading at a high-profile poetry event at which the prize will be awarded’.

Closing date is 15th March 2013. Entrants must be over 18 and live in the UK. Full details are here.


Also – don’t forget you’ve got until Sunday to enter my prize draw to win a copy of See Jane Write.

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CheerReader Humourous Short Story Competition 2012

Here’s a nice contrast to the competition I mentioned last week about death and dying.

Brian David from the CheerReader website has asked me to give their quarterly short story competitions a mention – and they want stories that will make the reader laugh.

The theme for each competition is – anything, as long as it’s funny. 100 Euros is the prize on offer for the winner in each of the 4 competitions. The winner plus commended stories will be published on the website.

The maximum word count is 1500 and the entry fee is 5 Euros (payable via PayPal).  The closing dates are March 15th 2012, June 15th 2012, September 15 th 2012 and December 15th 2012. Winners will be announced 2 weeks after each closing date.

There are plenty of stories on the website to give you an idea of what goes down well with the organisers. Have a look here.

The full competition details are here.



100 Not Out!

Yes, this is my 100th post!

When I started out around 12 months ago I wasn’t sure whether I’d have enough material to sustain a blog for more than a few weeks never mind a whole year – but I’m still here!

Blogging becomes addictive (watching those stats go up and down and wondering if you’ve offended somebody when there are no comments on a post) and it generates a feeling of power (I can write what I like without wondering if it will get rejected by some picky editor).

I’ve found some lovely people online (but I’ve never met you – so maybe you’re really all mad-axe murderers waiting for the right moment to strike!) as we cross-pollinate each others’ blogs.

So to celebrate, here are a few competitions mentioning 100 in their requirements or winnings:

  • The Angels and Devils Poetry Competition is offering a first prize of £100 and has a closing date of 31 December 2011
  • Each quarter Cheerreader are offering a 100 Euro prize for a humourous short story. The next two closing dates are 15 December 2011 and 15 March 2012.
  • Helen Yendall is offering a £15 Amazon e-gift voucher for a 100 word story based on the photo displayed on her blog. Closing date is 31 October 2011.
  • And a reminder that Readers Digest are running another 100 Word Story Competition with £1000 first prize. Closing date is 31 January 2012.

Thanks to those of you who’ve been with me since the beginning and a warm welcome to all those who’ve joined along the way. Here’s to the next 100 posts!

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