Emily is the author of My Shitty Twenties, a memoir about her experience of becoming a single mum. She can be found on Twitter @msemilymorris
As the deadline for the ‘One in Four’ new writer competition fast approaches, you might be questioning whether to enter. Perhaps you started out full of ideas but then real life got in the way and now you don’t think you’ll have time. I know what it’s like: family, work, dirty dishes – all of these things leave little time left to write. This is a unique opportunity, though, not just to kickstart your writing career, but to make your voice heard and change lives. Really. Here’s why entering is so important:
It’s an incredible chance
The journey to getting published can be long and arduous and the end can be very difficult to reach. Even then, there is rarely much money to be made. But the prize of this competition is a generous TEN THOUSAND POUNDS advance, as well as priceless mentoring from Tilly Bagshawe. What’s more, you’ll be guided through the publishing process by the staff at Trapeze books. So stop worrying about the finer details of your entry at this stage: the judges are interested in a great story that ultimately paints single parents in a positive light. Get your ideas down and send them in; if you’re successful, you will receive expert support to take your work from the plain old Word document it’s in now to an actual book with a cover and a blurb and readers.
Your voice matters so much
The term ‘single parent’ comes with a lot of negative connotations. Newspaper headlines, politicians, TV shows and more have all said or shown unkind, inaccurate things about single parents. This competition gives you the chance to change all that, to dispel the myths, to shout about just how brilliant single parents are.