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Utopia winners

Posted by [email protected] on July 1, 2014 at 1:15 PM Comments comments (0)

I know a lot of you found this one rather tough - those that came through and entered did rather well (most of them anyway - had some realy wierd entries this time) Thanks to all of you who entered. Here's the winning three:

1st Place: Helen Owen - Utopia

2nd Place: Luke Klein - The Story of the Forgotten Sand Pirate

3rd Place: Adil Jenkins - The Duck Book

No commendations this time (because you were all so great I'm gonna sit here and transmit a feel good atmosphere through this website shazam feel good you did great.) If any of you want feedback send me and email.

And the new competition is now open - pop on over to the competitions page and you'll find the next competition is called 'Something Crazy' So send me something crazy. Write about something completely out there and completely unique (think i read one of those in the utopia competition actualy) just go mental with your notebooks :D Look forward to reading your works... I haven't uploaded the winners to the website yet have i? my bad, I know what I'm doing next. Abot time i updated the site anyway - okay time for coffee, i'm not leaving this desk anytime soon. Benjamin! (aint it good having an assistant , he just brought me a dish of chips.)

To all of you out there

Keep Writing

The Lady in the Loft

.... Do you think i should build a seperate website for the winning pieces?

hello again

Posted by [email protected] on June 30, 2014 at 7:10 AM Comments comments (0)

yes, i've been very quiet - what can i say - we've been busy.

The competition winners have just about been chosen (a few internal debates with who gets the top posistion - y'all too good) anyways you'll find out soon

the certificates are ready (and last comps certificates will be posted- i apologise for the delay) also apologise for my rough and ready typing - busy day i'm writing as i think - just letting you know i haven't forgottn you all.

And I want to introduce my assistant - Ben Pickering, he's helped on occassion since I started the website up , he's also been a judge. He has just finished college and is taking up a larger role in the website to give him some working experience. So say hi to my ikkle brother! (He's cursing me right now.)

To all of you out there

Keep writing

The Lady in the Loft


Posted by [email protected] on May 15, 2014 at 12:35 AM Comments comments (0)

Hey! Do you guys (and gals) know how long its taken me to get to this point. I've been sat here for over an hour ragiing at a page that says 'This page is temporarilly down, please try again later'. I tell you, internet out here sucks.


But I didn't finally get through to rant about that so here's what I've been trying to get online past few days:


The prizes are posted as of an hour ago( a couple of days ago - when I first wrote this, they should be arriving shortly if they haven't already)  but the certificates are not yet available as I forgot to order the essential pieces for building them. They will be coming along when completed, hopefully things will be set by the time the next competition is finished.


Reminder, everyone on the commendations list are those that made it into the final stages of the judging. You are the ones the judges had to argue out to decide on the winning three. Congratulations.


Commendations List:


Thaddeaus E- World around the corner -Love the title


Kassy H - Ebony - Cold, Cruel, had me gripped.


Peter D - Love Thy Neighbor


Patsy C - Old Family Recipe - very imaginative, quite funny yet definitely dystopian - one of my personal favorites


Shira H - Last two alive


Dave C - Carly


James C- Life and Soul - loved this one, beautiful yet sad


Milind K - Twelve Kilometers to the End - I Cried


Elizabeth K - Camera


Munira E - Opposites - Another Favorite, painted so beautiful I could see it, confusion so strong I could feel it


Eglintonep - The Voice Box Killer - He was Scary


Cai Xiao - The Monster within your name - fantastic title


Simon VDV - The Bearers Child - Well Written


Carys J - A Light in the Dark  - great title


Joey T - A Nice Day


Joey T - Asymbiote - strong contender great story


Rachel H - Competition Child


Shaun C - The World that exists


Wow, I just realised how big that list is. [:D]


More news: The facebook page is up and running. Not my doing 'cause I'm useless with facebook. Find it here:


The facebook page will show a lot of what's on this site but will also show things I won't put on this site such as little ideas for the anthology and sneak peaks of the people I'm chasing to write articles this year so it's well worth a look. Please follow / like the page so this reaches more people and gives them a chance to be involved.


To all of you out there


Keep Writing


The Lady in the Loft

Winners - take 2 :D

Posted by [email protected] on May 6, 2014 at 5:00 AM Comments comments (0)

The winners are here at last - will have to get back to you with commendations though

1st Place - Dominique Goodall - Servitude to None

2nd Place - Helen Owen - The Dystopia of Dementia

3rd Place - Mary Davidson - Endurance - I Went there Once

To all of you out there

Keep Writing

The Lady in the Loft

Competition Winners

Posted by [email protected] on May 1, 2014 at 2:25 PM Comments comments (1)

I don't have them  on me

Yep - my bad - death in the family kind'a slows things up, but don't worry - i do have them (at home) and will have a chance to upload them and contact the three winners next week

Next competition starts as normal

To all of you out there

Keep Writing 

The Lady in the Loft 


Posted by [email protected] on April 15, 2014 at 7:40 PM Comments comments (0)

Well, it's gone midnight. I'm not quite sure why i'm still up and awake - it's not like me (unless i'm writing / editing a book and don't wanna stop- not the case tonight)

Had a fair few last minute entries over the course of the day, but now it is officially closed. No more entries until the next competition. Thank you all for entering - the time i took off to get the last anthology published I kind'a forgot how popular it was. There's a thought - i have yet to design this years certificate and Will need to have them ready very soon.

i'm going quiet for a couple of days as it is a special week in my family (Parents anniversary) the one gift we work hardest to give them every year is for the family to be together, no work, no job, no holiday, no writing. The Point? i prob wont give you any updates on the judging process or certificates until next week.... yawn - the dog is looking at me like 'are we going to bed or what?'

So Good night writers (or good morning if you're gonna be picky) yaaaaawwwn

To all of you out there

Keep Writing

The Lady in the Loft

Funny competition

Posted by [email protected] on April 14, 2014 at 10:10 AM Comments comments (0)

This is a new competition that has nothing to do with me.

Check it out guys

even i'm gonna enter for the laughs

Why do we write?

Posted by [email protected] on March 24, 2014 at 5:55 AM Comments comments (1)

"Writing is a form of personal freedom. It frees us from the mass identity we see all around us. In the end, writers will write not to be outlaw heroes of some underculture but mainly to save themselves, to survive as individuals." (Don DeLillo)


Agree? - I Don't know, I have issues with this myself. True, writinng is an escape from me so in that sense I guess it saves me from the current calamities of life but at the same time I love to write to create my own worlds, to let my imagination flow to become what I always wanted to be, the many facets of myself.


In the end I find that when i sit down with my laptop, or a notepad and pen and start to write it often reflects the emotions I am feeling at that given time, whether that means my charachters are laughing and joking around or if they are facing some tragic situation that makes gets them down. If I'm angry soemone will probably be angry and taking it out on something or someone. If someone has annoyed me I'd probably have them killed in the book or at the very least, thumped (I'd never have the courage to retaliate in real life, people think I'm innocent. That's something else I love about writing, when someone says something and you come up with the perfect comeback hours later I can write it down in the book, my brain hasn't wasted time thinking it up.


"First, find out what your hero wants, then just follow him!"

- Ray Bradbury  - Great advice Ray, thanks. :D


Why do you write? I'd love to know either email me or reply to the comment, any and all comments will be published in the anthology in a special section just for you writers.

Hey writers

Posted by [email protected] on March 3, 2014 at 9:05 AM Comments comments (0)

So, news to share

Now i have time to do this i can't remember what i wanted to say :D

For a start i'm happy i've started the competition up again, last i checked the inbox i already had 2 entries to the latest competition

The anthology has been sent to various reviewers (I'm waiting for replies)

The writing game has begun to get back on track again, Whoo hoo! Love that story!

And i've been learning proof reading exercises to improve my own writing. I wll share some of the things I have learnt over the course of the following months.

Writing is taking off all around me, in the space of a week i met 3 fellow writers. A historical writer and an artistic writer. I have also met a poetic writer - childrens stories, she has agreed to have some of her work shown in the next anthology. I am also looking for people to write viewpoint articals in the anthology, if you know anyone or want to contribute some of your own thoughts let me know. Also if you would like me to get in touch with any writer and request that they do a piece for the anthology let me know. I will be asking john lenahan to write a piece, maybe jk rowling and others.

I look forwardto hearing from you in the upcoming months of competition and story telling!

to all of you out there

keep writing

the lady in the loft 

welcome back

Posted by [email protected] on March 1, 2014 at 9:30 AM Comments comments (0)

Welcome writers to 2013

The March competition is now open.

This isn't a large blog cause I'm out n about today but next time I'm online I'll give you a proper hello with some writing tips I've learned recently.

For now I'll leave you with this thought that a fellow writer shared with me

Write with your heart, edit with your head

To a of you out there

Keep writing

The lady in the Loft