Dear BWC Members & Readers,
I participated in this contest some years ago and was very pleased with the feedback I received.
Details are as follows:
Atlantis Short Story Contest: Cash prizes ($450, first prize is $300) and in-depth feedback await unpublished writers. No theme or genre restrictions. Maximum 2,500 words. Entry fee: starts from $10 (depends on level of feedback wanted when the story does not place) Deadline: November 30, 2016 Info: http://www.atlantis-shortstorycontest.com/
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Welcome to the Atlantis Short Story Competition 2016 “I don’t believe you have to be better than everybody else. I believe you have to be better than you ever thought …
Once again it’s April!
Some poets would have us believe that it is the cruellest month, and for some perhaps it is. But for us at The Second Circle it’s… the cruellest month! It’s time for the Colours of Life.
Time to decide which of our poems we can share with the public. How to present the poems. For some of us it’s the first time. And like all first times it’s anticipated with a rush equivalent to a first kiss… so please come, embrace our poets’ words and see if they’ll touch your hearts and minds or entice you to join us and next year present your own verse.
You are cordially invited to our fourth Colours of Life festival on Saturday, April 16th at Umami Restaurant, Adliya Bahrain.
Gordon Simmonds is one of our quiet, but very prolific members. His poetry has frequently brought us to tears. And sometimes, when it’s very personal Gordon himself breaks down. His work is emotional, moving and authentic. Gordon’s research is sound, so his poems make you feel you’re standing right there – in the trenches, on the fields at the gravesides.
He has this to say about the writing of his collection of war poems titled War and Remembrance: “The Unknown Soldier has come to me every night for maybe 20 or more years. He would come unbidden and never fail to visit, just for a minute or two every night. As this book approached completion, that image has gradually faded – as if his work is done. Now I have difficulty conjuring up his picture at all and I wonder if he has gone forever.”
There is something distinctly other worldly about this collection. As an addendum Gordon says, Interestingly, my son visited Van (Bagrats War) a while back and is still haunted by a coach crash which occurred in front of him where a dozen people were killed. He said “The land is still thirsty for blood.”
A few years ago Chandan Sengupta decided to enter a competition that the BWC had hoped to have as a nation-wide contest open to all writers writing in English in Bahrain. The only guidelines were the story had to be based in Bahrain and under 30,000 words.
For a number of reasons that competition didn’t materialise. But it was in an attempt to have a viable entry for it, that Chandan sat down to write what eventually grew into his first full-length novel – Land of Two Seas. The book is being launched in its print edition on Friday, 19th February at 11:00 am at City Centre Mall in Bahrain. Thereafter it will be available at the bookstore’s various outlets in Bahrain.