Here we are in 2015 and so much clutter - real and virtual - has gathered like unwanted tinsel under the tree, so it must be time for a clear out.  With writing magazines and writing sites offering the possibility that their competitions will ensure that, for you, This Is The Year To Succeed (clearly not just the sole preserve of a parrot) and a proliferation of New Year writing competitions that hit my in-box daily,  I thought I’d share them here with you.

So c’mon - chop chop! Those stories - or WIPs (Work/s In Progress for the uninitiated) - that you’ve got loafing around on your desktop or even in paper form in the drawer might now get to see the light of a gloomy January day... but be quick - it’ll be dark by 4.  Good luck and Good Grammar!

Crime Writers' Association - Debut Dagger

BBC Short Story Award (scroll down the page when you get there)

The Yeovil Prize

Bristol Short Story Prize

Sussex Playwrights 80th Anniversary Competition

Young People Staffordshire Writing Comp age 10-14

The Interpreter's House - Poetry Competition

The Fiction Desk

Park Publications

Writers' Forum

The Book Trust

Granta Magazine