Novel Competitions 2021

An overview of novel competitions across the UK with closing dates for submissions. Competition What they say Closing Date  Website   Link      The …

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Novel Nights Virtual Cafe 2021

Over coffee this morning, we acknowledged the new world order as we find it in January 2021 – the end of the warmest year ever, …

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Virtual Cafe notes – titles

Writers from all over the South West region from Stroud down to Sidmouth met to chat about finding the right title for the books. We’ve …


Notes from the Novel Nights Cocktail Cafe on the subject of food and character

At our virtual cafes we get together to chat about topics of interest to other writers. At our last cocktail session we discussed characters. Our …


Formatting your novel in word

How to tame your novel in Word Using the Styles Ribbon in Word I’ve recently discovered some very handy features in the Word programme which …


How the RLF helps writers in financial difficulty.

When the RLF (Royal Literary Fund), contacted Novel Nights to help promote their financial help for writers we invited novelist and RLF representative, Sanjida Kay, …

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The Novel Nights and Cheap Imitation literary party

 Novel Nights is joining up with Cheap Imitation for a UK and USA literary salon event. We’ll feature genre and literary fiction, 15th century guitar …

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Submissions for Novel Nights Writers Showcase

We’re having a transatlantic party Submissions for August 8th We’re having a special Novel Nights on August 8th with music and readings from novels by …

The Rules by Tracy DArnton

Review: A taut, well-written YA thriller by Tracy Darnton

  The story Amber goes on the run when her father tracks her down within the care system. She’s running from her father’s violence and controlling …

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Remembering Elisabeth Standen

We were very sorry to hear that Elisabeth Standen died this week. Elisabeth had been a regular at Novel Nights since it started and her …

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Book Review: The Silent Treatment

What a love story. The concept for this book is clever.  A middle aged couple don’t speak to each other for six months, despite loving …

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Book Review of To Tell You the Truth

To Tell You the Truth by Gilly Macmillan is a witty, layered novel with a professional crime writer as protagonist. This peep behind the curtain …