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Alison Baverstock

Marketing and publishing expert      

Louise Jordan

Founder of the Writers’ Advice Centre for Children’s Books

Sue Moorcroft

Romantic fiction writer

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Poetry editor and writing mentor. Organiser of the Plough Prize

Paula Williams

Ideas Store columnist, short story writer, speaker and workshop tutor

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Fish Publishing

FISH publishes ten winners from each of its four writing competitions in the annual Fish Anthology. Prize fund £10,000.
Short Story: Closes 30Nov 2019. Judge Colum McCann.
Short Memoir: Closes 31Jan. Judge David Means.
Flash Fiction: Closes 28Feb. Judge Tania Hershman.
Poetry: Closes 31March. Judge Billy Collins.
Full details online.
Contact: Clem Cairns

Postal: Fish Publishing, Durrus, Bantry, Co. Cork, Ireland.


  • Publishing stories by over-60s
  • Short story competitions every three months
  • Winning stories published on WriteTime website
  • Printed anthology features the best competition entries
  • Plus cash prizes for winners
  • Top Tips and regular newsletter for contributors

Social enterprise dedicated to the older writer

Full details online

Enquiries at:


A.H. Stockwell
Authors are invited to submit manuscripts all categories including poetry.
New Authors welcome.
A.H.Stockwell Ltd,
Dept 857, Torrs Park, Ilfracombe, Devon, EX34 8BA
Tel: 01271 862557
Publishers for over 100 years

The Mighty Pen
We can help with editing, proof reading, research, writing and more.  Affordable rates.
or email


Paramedic Chris

Paramedic Chris Children’s Books by Tim Parsons.
Aimed at 4 to 10 year old children, educating upon the work of the Ambulance service.
Available from Amazon, Waterstones, Foyles, Gardners and other online retailers.


Falmouth Flexible MA Writing for Script & Screen

Join a global community of scriptwriters who write for TV, film, games, theatre and radio, while you study part-time, online. Develop your portfolio across platforms or focus on the genres that interest you through live briefs, collaborative projects and independent research.

The University of Hull Online MA Creative Writing

Become a valued, active member of a vibrant international writing community while you study part-time, online. Taught by published writers, you will expand your reading of literature, navigate literary circles and critique the work of your peers, while developing your distinctive voice as a writer.

Train for success as a freelance writer. The Writers’ Bureau home study course, with expert tuition shows you how. For a 15 day trial visit the website today.

Ty Newydd Writers’ Centre offers residential writing courses on the beautiful west coast of Wales in Lloyd George’s last home. Visit the website for more details on the current courses offered.

Could you be a freelance writer, news journalist, poet or author? The London School of Journalism has a course to suit every aspiring writer.


Whether you are a professional or a beginner, Cornerstones has good contacts with publishers and agents. They cover all children’s fiction from picture books to young adult and will read your manuscript to give you a professional assessment. If your book is good they will submit it to an agent or publisher – free!


Matador is ranked as the best self-publishing company out of 80 evaluated by ’The Independent Publishing Magazine’, based on author feedback, service offering and quality. Find out why at our website (, or ask for a copy of our Guide to Self-Publishing to be sent to you. Or speak to a human being on 0116 279 2299! Matador: Serious Self-Publishing.

Confused about Self Publishing?
We believe that advice should always be FREE. And that every book should start with a conversation or a cup of tea and a chat!  Please contact York Publishing Services Ltd on 01904 431213 /


The Novelry

The Novelry offers online creative writing courses for the budding author keen to get a novel done. Founded by award-winning Man Booker listed novelist Louise Dean, The Novelry supports writers from the twinkling of an idea through to submission to their literary agency partners. Raise your writing game and skip the slush pile with The Novelry.​