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Words for the Wounded: A Writing Competition

Words for the Wounded: A Writing Competition

From chatting to our readers, we know that many of you are on the lookout for writing competitions that accept and embrace self-published and independent authors. We can’t think of a more appropriate day than today for us to share a unique opportunity with you – one that allows entrants to help veterans and wounded service personnel.


Who are we and what do we do?

Words for the Wounded is a registered charity that raises money to help wounded servicemen and women, largely through the organisation of writing prizes and literary events. Every single penny raised goes to those who need it – the ‘three grannies’ that run the charity, absorb all costs. They are professional writers and have extensive experience of arranging literary events and prizes, including the Yeovil Literary Prize, before turning their hand to this endeavour. The charity is run by: Margaret Graham, Jan Speedie and Penny Deacon, as well as extreme marathon runner and organiser, Matt Pain.

We all wanted to help our wounded servicemen and women by using the writing skills of anyone and everyone who has a story to tell. We believe our troops deserve all possible help and that everyone, including writers and sportsmen, is keen to help in any way they can. Our objective is simple: to raise money for the rehabilitation of our wounded service personnel via pay-to-enter writing prizes and donations. We act as a conduit and pass the proceeds to existing worthwhile projects.

Famous patrons include (but are in no way limited to!): Julian Fellowes, Katie Fforde and Louis de Bernières.


The 2017 Independent Author Book Award

Once again, from today, we are accepting entries for our Independent Author Book Award. It is a prize that is open to all self-published authors of fiction or non-fiction texts.

The inaugural winner of the Independent Author Book Award, Jane Cable (published by Matador) has since been taken on by Endeavour publishers. Last year’s winner, Dr Kathleen Thompson, is selling internationally. Don’t miss out on this great chance to improve the visibility of your book.

This year, the judge is Gillian Holmes, a freelance editor who has worked in publishing for over twenty years. She has edited many bestselling authors such as Margaret Graham, Dorothy Koomson and Katie Flynn.

The top three authors will be reviewed and will also have an opportunity to write a ‘Day in the Life’ feature to be published by Frost Magazine.

Everyone has a story to tell. Share yours with us and stand a chance of winning.


Further Information

The Words for the Wounded Independent Author Book Award (for self-published authors of fiction and non-fiction) opens for entries today, 11th November 2016, and closes on 11th March 2017. Winners to be announced on 6th June 2017 on our website. Entry fee: £12.50

For further details and information about how to enter, go to our website.
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About The Author

Rachel is the Editor of The Self-Publishing Magazine. The magazine aims to educate, inform and entertain the world about everything to do with self-publishing. Rachel has an English degree and a Creative Writing MA from the University of Southampton, and writes in her spare time. She is also a keen runner and an avid reader, especially of historical fiction.

From the editor…

With a new year come new opportunities to find out about or enhance work on your self-publishing project. One of the best ways of doing this is by attending events where you can met and discuss your own work with like-minded individuals. The spring sees both the 'Self-Publishing Conference' and the London Book Fair, both great events at which to broaden your knowledge of self-publishing.


Details of the 2018 Self-Publishing Conference are given on this website, which is again pleased to be one of the event's sponsors. We always receive great feedback from the event, which is why we are happy to support it once again.

In the next few months we will be altering the way that this magazine reaches readers, so watch this space!

Indie Pick


Held to Ransom – Book 3 in the Linmore Series by Jemima Brigges.

Joshua Norbery vowed never to marry for money, but is forced to accept the unthinkable; when he learns that a mortgage taken out on his family estate has been acquired by the bride’s father. The only way to regain it is to provide a son as heir to his father-in-law’s business empire.

Arthur Bradstone uses the threat of losing Linmore to ensure Joshua’s compliance, but no one seems to have told Joshua’s wife of the part that she is required to play.

Hardly has Joshua overcome the initial difficulties in his marriage, than shadows from his past threaten to tear it apart...

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