FEATURE – It’s Good to Write competition for It’s Good 2 Give

Raising money for It's Good 2 Give

It’s Good to Write launches nationwide to raise money for It’s Good 2 Give

It’s Good to Write

Have you ever wanted to write but never known where to begin? Or been daunted by the prospect of writing a whole novel? Now’s your chance.

It’s Good to Write is a literary project which will  bring together best-selling authors and budding writers whilst raising funds for It’s Good 2 Give.

A host of novelists including Alexander McCall Smith, Joanne Harris, Sara Sheridan, AL Kennedy, Katie Fforde and Peter May will all be creating the beginning of a short story (which will be published soon).

Then it’s open to everyone who’s ever fancied themselves as a storyteller to take a story of their choice and turn that setting, that character, that atmosphere into a complete short story. The monies raised per entry (£10) will help further the work of Edinburgh-based charity It’s Good 2 Give, supporting children and families affected by cancer.

There is a wide range of novelists taking part so no matter whether you like crime, chick-lit, historical fiction, literary fiction or fantasy there’s the perfect starting point for you – where that story goes is up to your imagination!


Writers will soon be able to submit their short story to It’s Good to Write, together with a suggested donation of £10 via the It’s Good 2 Give payment page.

The competition launches at the beginning of April and the closing date is 21st June 2013.

You can enter as many times as you like.

Every entry will be considered by a team of knowledgeable readers and the original author of each story will choose a winner.

Each of the ten winners will be invited to a glittering evening in August during the Edinburgh International Book Festival where they will be presented with their awards.

Each winning writer will also receive a critique of their work by Carole Blake, partner at Blake Friedmann; one of the most respected literary agencies in the world.

Discussions are also in progress regarding publication of the resulting anthology which would raise even more money and see winners’ stories in print.

It’s Good To Write is being coordinated by Vanessa Robertson, former owner of The Edinburgh Bookshop.

Lynne McNicoll, founder of It’s Good 2 Give said, “we are delighted to be benefitting from this competition – in addition to raising funds and awareness for us, it also encourages creativity in people of all ages.”

It’s Good To Write. It’s even better if writing enables us to help more young people to beat cancer.

Further Information

Full details will be available soon on the dedicated It’s Good to Write website.

You can also follow them on twitter @GoodtoWrite

The competition is open to anyone that resides in the United Kingdom.

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