New courses Novel Writing 2 and Poetry I starting September. Details coming soon.

New Short Story Competition coming soon. Watch this space.

Our tutor Natalie Scot will be reading at Middlesbrough Literary Festival 2012 on Tuesday 19th of June at the Central Library 6.30 - 7pm.

Marianne will be talking about being a writer from Leith to the Leith Rotary Club on the 19th April at 7pm.

Marianne will be speaking about The Blue Suitcase, her remarkable debut novel, at Crawley's Festival of Words - WORDfest - on Saturday 31st of March.

BERTH, written by our writingclasses tutor Natalie Scott, has its PREMIER on the 13th and 14th of April 2012. BERTH is a collection of dramatic stories commemorating the centenary of Titanic. Well done Natalie!

2012 marks ten years of creative writing courses.

(18/12/11) The Blue Suitcase is ranked in Top Six under "Family relationships" on the Amazon UK Kindle site.

The Blue Suitcase is a staff recommended Christmas Read in Waterstones West End store in Edinburgh.

Writingclasses student wins the 2011 Hay-on-Wye Short Story writing competition!

Writingclasses inaugural international short story competition 2012

Short stories can be rather stark and bare unless you put in the right details. Details make stories human, and the more human a story can be, the better.  V. S. Pritchett

To celebrate 10 years of successful online tutoring and recognise the creative talent and ability of unsung writers everywhere, writingclasses is proud to announce our new international short story competition. Twenty unpublished writers will have the opportunity to be published in an ebook anthology of short stories entitled Summer Rain.

Top Prize

Publication as the lead story in a short story ebook collection entitled Summer Rain to be published by Pilrig Press.

2nd and 3rd prizes

Publication in 2nd and 3rd places respectively in a short story ebook collection entitled Summer Rain.

17 Runners Up

Publication in the Summer Rain ebook.

All Entrants

All UK entries will receive a copy of Marianne Wheelaghan's novel The Blue Suitcase, or a Kindle copy, whichever preferred. All overseas entries will receive a Kindle copy of The Blue Suitcase (or paperback copy if preferred, but overseas postage will be required.)

Summary of Conditions of Entry

Theme: Summer Rain

Length: 2000 words maximum (no minimum)

Closing: September 30th 2012

Entry fee: £7

Language: All entries must be in English

Previous use: All entries must be original and unpublished (in print, digitally or on the web)

Results: announced November 30th, 2012

Publication: E-anthology will published online: January 2013

How to Enter

All entries must be sent by email and the story must be sent as an attachment to the email

You should include your name and address and age and the title of your short story in the body of your email

You must put the name of your short story in the subject box of your email, preceeded by SUMMER RAIN SUBMISSION (eg: SUMMER RAIN: MY STORY TITLE)

All entries and must be in English and written in word or open office

Pages must be numbered and the name of your story must be in the header or footer

Names or addresses must not appear anywhere on the stories

Entries are not returned, so do keep a copy

Include in the body of the email your full name, and address, age, and the title of your story

If you are in the UK, say whether you want a Kindle copy or paperback copy of The Blue Suitcase. Make sure we have your address to send the paperback to

All submissions must be sent and the entry fee paid by 30th September

As soon as you send your paypal payment, your entry will be acknowledged by email


Full Term and Conditions of Entry

The theme of the competition is Summer Rain. You can interpret that any way you like! Maximum length 2,000 words.

The title must be in your own words and is NOT included in the word count.

The competition is open to writers of any nationality but writing must be in English.

Entries must be submitted and paid for by 30th September 2012.

Entry fee is £7 or the equivalent in your local currency (as determined by PayPal at the point of payment).

All proceeds will go towards the administration of the prizes, the prizes themselves, and the publication of the ebook. Any surplus will be carried forward to help fund next year’s competition.

You may enter as many times as you wish.

Entry is by email attachment only, see How To Enter above (all other entries will be automatically disqualified).

All entries must be original, must be previously unpublished, and must remain unpublished before September 30th 2012. This includes any form of publication, including print, ebook or online (e.g. on a blog).

You must be the copyright holder for any work you enter into the competition.

When you enter, you retain full copyright over your work but you grant us a non-exclusive license to publish your work (if selected as a winning entry) in a short story anthology ebook. This ebook will be distributed free of charge and no royalties will be payable to you.

You will be clearly identified as the author of any published work in the ebook and must agree to this publicity. You can, however, use a pseudonym if you wish.

You must warrant that your entry does not infringe any law or regulation or third party right, including (but not limited to) the law of copyright or trademarks.

The prize is non-negotiable and no cash alternative will be offered.

No correspondence will be entered into once work has been submitted.

Stories cannot be altered or changed after they have been entered.

Judging at all stages is anonymous.

The decision of the judges is final.

Entry is taken to be acceptance of these rules.


Entry Criteria

You must be aged 18 years or older. Proof of age may be required.

The purpose of this competition is to encourage new talent so we are restricting entry to previously unpublished writers. That’s not so easy to define these days! However, you may not enter if you have had a full-length work (novel, novella, short story collection) published in print or electronically, or broadcast on television or radio, or performed on stage commercially. However, if you have self-published in print or electronically, or if you have created a publishing company to self-publish, that’s fine; you may enter.





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