Today I want to tell you about WordPlay Writers’ Forum anthologies. WordPlay Writers’ Forum is an inspirational group of very talented writers. Many of the members are self-published authors. WordPlay Forum was led by co-founders Michael Barton and Ian Govern. Unfortunately, Ian died a few years ago, and Michael continues to lead the group, despite his heavy workload as a freelance writer, publisher and author.
In 2011 WordPlay Publishing published ‘WordPlay Showcase’ (published shortly before I was a member). I quote below, a paragraph contained in the synopsis:
‘The ‘WordPlay Showcase’ is an ideal travel companion, and is perfect for those lazy moments on the beach for dipping into on your daily commutes, or to appreciate in front of a roaring fire on a winter’s afternoon.’
In 2012 Wordplay Publishing published Shorts for Autumn by Various Authors
WINNER OF THE UK’s WRITING MAGAZINE WRITERS CIRCLE ANTHOLOGY OF THE YEAR 2012.
I quote part of the synopsis below.
‘A perfect accompaniment to evenings by the fire, Shorts for Autumn is an anthology of 26 short stories by 12 different authors. Whether it’s crime, romance, family affairs, or ghostly yarns that you enjoy, there’s a tale here to suit all tastes. A book that is ideal for the coffee table and bedside cabinet alike, and a thrill for all fans of short fiction.’
In 2013 WordPlay Publishing published ‘Winter Gems’. I quote part of the ‘Foreword’ in the anthology.
‘In early 2010 a group of writers sat together for the first time to discuss the state of the publishing market, each other’s hope for their work and how their words, poems, and stories could get to the market…We hope the reading of these stories gives you as much pleasure as the writing of them gave us.’
Also, in 2013 WordPlay Publishing published ‘Precinct Murder’. I quote part of the synopsis.
‘Never before have the streets of New York been afflicted by so many murders, Never before has so many murderers walked the streets of New York. No one is safe. . .A city where killers never sleep.’
I playfully said at a WordPlay meeting I enjoyed killing people (in the book!) .
In 2014 Wordplay Publishing published ‘Talk of the Town’. Part of the synopsis says:
‘Stories from the imagination…or are they?It seems that everybody knows everybody’s business…’
Mm… one of my stories in ‘Talk of the Town’ is about a murder!
In 2015 WordPlay Publishing published ‘Songs that Inspired Stories’
Members of the group are working to complete two new anthologies, ‘Food, Glorious Food’, and a children’s anthology, yet to be named.
If your Writers’ Group has written an anthology and wish to enter, go to your search engine and put in ‘Writing Magazine Writers’ Circle Anthology Awards’. Click onto the relevant site, and an entry form will appear.Organised by ‘Writing Magazine’ UK, and supported by the David St John Thomas Charitable Trust. The annual Writers’ Circle Anthology Award offers a £250 first prize for the year’s best anthology produced by a writers’ group. Anthologies will be judged on a range of criteria, including the variety and quality of writing, level of group involvement and overall production, so your group will need to include a brief account (up to 500 words) of how the book was produced, its aims, and how sales are being handled. To be eligible, your anthology must have been published in print form. Entry is free.
Also, there is a prize for individuals entering ”Self-Publishing Award’.
I copy/paste the site I went to. https://www.writersonline.co.uk/userfiles/files/Self%20Publishing%20award%20competition%20entry%20form(2).pdf
(If you have a problem getting into the site, copy/paste the link given into your search engine).
Winners will be announced for the two awards in the July 2015 issue of Writing Magazine.
I got the following list from Jonathan Telfer, editor of the ‘Writing Magazine,’ stating the winners and runners-up in the Writer’s Circle Anthology Award. In the list, winners are first, with the three runners-up following.
2013 (announced ‘Writing Magazine’ July 2014): All Write Then, Still Me; Bristol Women Writers, Unchained; Womanswrite, The Colour of Poetry; Huntly Writers, Weaving Words.
2012: Wordplay Writers’ Forum ( Spain) Shorts for Autumn; Ross-Shire Writers, Ross-shire Reflections; Walsall Writers’ Circle, Satchells, Inkwells and Milk Monitors; Merryoaks Writers, Pebbles in the Stream.
2011: Coventry Writers’ Group, Coventry Tales; Moving on Writers, Moving On; Leeds Writers’ Circle, Anthology 2011; Creative Writing Group Heidelberg, Spectacular, Spectacular!
2010: Thames Valley Writers, Pick and Mix; Peterborough Writers’ Circle, Night and Day; Warminster Writers’ Circle, Circle Crop; Wensleydale Writers’ Group, Trains of Thought.
So do you, or your writing group, fancy entering these competitions? I quote a section in the ‘Self-Publishing Award’ ‘… so whether your book is fiction, poetry, non-fiction, writing for children or anything else, you stand a chance of winning the prize. To be eligible, your book must have been published in print form between 1 January and 31 December 2014.’
No doubt, eventually, the sites will have entry forms to enter the 2016 competitions. But remember, your book/anthology must be published in print form between 1 January and 31 December 2015.