Nice Writing Karma

Sheep in the rain

You’ve heard of the men who stare at goats. Meet the Donegal sheep who stare at writers

You probably won’t believe me if I say that when I posted 5 reasons why you should be entering Writing Competitions last week, I had no idea that I’d just been shortlisted for the RTE Today Show / New Island Books ‘Get Your Book Published’ competition. Talk about some gorgeous irony, eh?

But that’s what happened. A few hours after pressing “Publish” on the old WordPress, I opened my e-mail, and there it was. A rather lovely missive telling me I was one of 10 finalists in this novel competition, with my novel In June.

So I immediately went up a mountain in Donegal with some other writers to get stared at by some sheep – and no, it’s not a new fad, necessarily, being stared at by sheep – where I spent the majority of my time deleting thousands of bad commas and inserting a million more supposedly better ones into the full manuscript of In June, before it’s sent for final judgement. I hope they’re gentle with it.

But this is turning out to be a SPIFFING 2014 so far. I had a wild theory that encouraging other people – most likely ridiculously talented people – to enter competitions might bring some half decent karma back on myself. (Well, actually I didn’t really, I wasn’t thinking very much at all, but it makes for a much better story angle this way, doesn’t it?)

Anyway, I’d like to take the opportunity to wish all the other finalists the very very very best of luck. And perhaps if I wish all the luck away upon other people, I might get some sort of ricochet effect, meaning that in fact, I will get all the luck, and then I could… oh, never mind. Let’s keep that one to ourselves…

Here we are, listed for the ‘Get Your Book Published’ Competition:

Joanna Binchy ‘Deadly Nightshade’

Tara Sparling ‘In June’

Valerie Whelan ‘The Spaces Between Lies’

Sheena Lambert ‘A Village Drowned’ 

Don Cameron ‘Marked Off’

Brian Kirk ‘Winter Journey’

Stephen Murray ‘The First Born Bastard of a Battered Wife’

Bernadette Murphy ‘The Minimalist’

Susie G. Murphy ‘Summer at the Manor’

Jessica Traynor ‘Old Souls’

Strange little black winning thingThe results are announced at the end of March. At which point I will be either loudly proclaiming my win, or somewhat more quietly proclaiming somebody else’s win, whilst more loudly proclaiming the fact that I was still shortlisted.

It’s the way forward. I told you.

  10 comments for “Nice Writing Karma

  1. February 24, 2014 at 12:26 pm

    Well done, again! And great post. 😀


    • February 24, 2014 at 1:33 pm

      Thank you! Wouldn’t it be GREAT if we could write these posts all the time??


  2. February 24, 2014 at 6:46 pm

    Congratulations, Tara, I’ll be keeping everything crossed for you!


    • February 24, 2014 at 7:48 pm

      Thanks Book Nanny! Don’t forget to uncross them when drinking hot drinks though.


      • February 24, 2014 at 7:49 pm

        Wish you’d told me that sooner… ouch!


  3. February 24, 2014 at 10:34 pm

    Great Karma! Congratulations – fingers crossed for the outcome.


    • February 25, 2014 at 9:34 am

      Thank you Francis! If all the goodwill doesn’t get me there, NOTHING will 🙂


  4. Sandra
    February 25, 2014 at 7:25 pm

    Tara, apologies for delayed congrats – serious broadband hell this past month out in the sticks (schticks)! Very well done – you work hard and deserve all the breaks you are getting at the moment.


  5. February 27, 2014 at 7:16 pm

    Wonderful news – well done 🙂


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