Thumbs upWhat’s going on with regards writing and publishing opportunities at this early stage in the year? There are three¬†things on my radar and I thought I’d put them on yours too. Need encouragement? Take courage, place in palm of hand, grip pen and go boldly forward!

If you have some romantic bones needing a bit of fleshing out, IdeasTap are offering a top prize of £250 for a short story on the theme of love. No more than 1000 words. Find out more here.

There’s a workshop in Edinburgh on the 18th January, so just enough time to get on it. Memories and dreams will be used as inspiration to catalyse new writing. This is a practical workshop (plenty of writing) run by Janis Mackay of Edinburgh University. Find out more here.

Amongst other things Neon magazine likes stories about the apocalyptic. They are looking for submissions (poetry or prose) before the end of February 2014. They will pay you a small royalty if published. Creative Scotland has more details.

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