After a long Easter break it is time to get cracking. With my current OU course about to end, things are ramping up. I have a TMA (Teacher Marked Assessment) due soon and my ECA (End of Course Assessment) to finish in seven weeks or so. Add to that my urge to send out short fiction manuscripts to literary journals, magazines and websites to see what sticks and it is easy to see that the run to the summer will be busy.


Last week, as a first step on the path to publication, I entered my first competition, run by the Writers Forum magazine and The Weekly News, sending in a redraft of a TMA I wrote back in October last year. Sending stories to The Weekly News is how Paul Abbott started out, so I won’t be in bad company if it sees print.