Mega Monday Announcement – A Write Romantic Competition

Thomas1Christmas is Coming!  Okay, well there are 212 days to go, but The Write Romantics announced recently that we will be releasing a winter and Christmas themed anthology in November to raise funds for two incredibly worthwhile causes. The charities are the Teenage Cancer Trust, in memory of Stephen Sutton, a young man who stole all of our hearts, and the Cystic Fibrosis Trust. We chose the CF Trust because of another gorgeous young man called Thomas, who is Write Romantic Alex’s nephew.Thomas2

Alex tells us not to be fooled by the pictures – although Thomas might look angelic, he can be a cheeky monkey too when he puts his mind to it! As you can see, Thomas spends far more time than he should not being well enough to let that cheeky side really shine through, which is why we think the CF Trust is such a wonderful cause, in how it strives to help children like Thomas and fund research into this horrible disease.

Winter1The Write Romantics have been absolutely thrilled by the support we have received so far with the anthology and Carol Cooper, who is the Sun Newspaper’s GP and wrote the fabulous One Night at the Jacaranda, which is a finalist in the 2014 Indie Excellence Awards, has agreed to write the introduction for us. We will also be joined by the following guest writers, who span a range of genres from romance, via fantasy to thrillers and back again!


  • Rhoda Baxter (author of Dr January)
  • Jennie Bohnet (author of Shadows of Conflict)
  • Sharon Booth (author of soon to be released There Must Be An Angel)
  • Kerry Fisher (author of The School Gate Survival Guide)
  • Linda Huber (author of The Paradise Trees)
  • Sarah Lewis (author of soon to be released My Eighties memoir)
  • Annie Lyon (author of Not Quite Perfect)
  • Zanna Mackenzie (author of If You Only Knew)
  • Holly Martin (author of The Guest Book)
  • Alison May (author of Much Ado About Sweet Nothing)
  • Terri Nixon (author of Maid of Oaklands Manor)
  • Sarah Painter (author of The Language of Spells)
  • Liv Thomas (co-author as Isabella Connor of Beneath an Irish Sky)
  • Samantha Tongue (author of Doubting Abbey)

We also owe a huge thanks to Mark Heslington, Write Romantic Julie’s super talented husband who has shared these three great winter themed photos with us and will be producing both the cover art for the book and taking care of the type-setting.  The anthology will also be the debut release of The Write Romantic Press.

winter4We can’t thank our lovely guests enough and the anthology will also showcase the work of the nine Write Romantics with everything from short stories to flash fiction and perhaps even a bit of Pam Ayres style poetry! So how can you get involved? Well, obviously you can buy the book when it comes out, getting a great read, packed with stories from the impressive list of writers we have on board, but you can also enter our competition. The Write Romantics are looking for a name for our anthology, so we invite you to send in your suggestions to

IMG_0671Write Romantic Jo will be co-ordinating the entries and the rest of the WRs will then judge the entries blind, with Jo retaining the Simon Cowell vote in the event of a tie! The full terms and conditions will be sent out to you on entering the contest and the prize is in two parts, the first is a £20 voucher for Amazon and the second will be a mention of your contribution in the acknowledgements section of the book. The closing date for entries is 31 August 2014.  So please start sending those ideas for a title in and look out for more announcements about the anthology coming your way soon.


32 thoughts on “Mega Monday Announcement – A Write Romantic Competition

  1. I really can’t wait to read all the stories by this fab list of writers and raising money for Thomas and other children and young people is such a wonderful prospect – roll on Christmas! x

  2. You’ve scared me with the announcement of how many days until Christmas…didn’t we just get over Christmas 2013?!?

    I’m really excited about being part of the anthology and raising some money for such worthy causes. I’d like to pass on my thanks to Julie’s husband, Mark, in advance and to all the wonderful writers who have agreed to join us and contribute stories.

    Helen R x

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  4. What a lovely post!! Not only fab pix of a wonderful young man but also something to look forward to for Christmas!! I love the seasons of our year and after the warmth of summer I can’t wait for the chill of winter and curling up somewhere cosy with a good book! I love Mark’s photos too, definately one for the Christmas stocking! Lynne xx

    • I love the seasons too, Lynne, and it’s one of the great things about living in this country. Let’s hope for some sun this summer and lots to look forward to with the anthology when winter rolls around 🙂 x

  5. Lovely post as always Jo. We’ve been talking about and planning this for a few months now but it seems to have grown a life of its own in the last few weeks with so many talented authors joining The Write Romantics, giving their time and talent freely for these wonderful causes. It also brings it to life more seeing Thomas as a healthy and poorly child. So excited that we’re doing this 🙂
    Julie xx

  6. What a great idea to hold a title competition! I’m thinking of my entry right now 🙂 And I love the photos of Thomas. What a handsome young man. My hair was exactly the same colour – a long time ago! Looking forward very much to release of the anthology. Best of luck!

    • Thanks, Helena. Thomas is totally gorgeous isn’t he and if he doesn’t inspire a bestseller nothing will! They are both such wonderful causes and we really hope the anthology helps raise the funds they deserve.

  7. I got a bit emotional when I was reading that post and I can’t thank everyone involved enough for their fabulous support. It means an awful lot to me and all of my family. xxx

    • Oh Alex, I am not surprised. Looking at Thomas in the oxygen mask made me feel emotional too and I am so far removed from it all. He has inspired us all and we are so grateful that you have been willing to share these photos of him. Every time I look at the one of him sitting on the bus, it brightens my day 🙂 xx

  8. By the way, forgot to say, well done, Mark – fabulous photos; great idea for a competition, and – The Write Romantic Press! Love it! xx

  9. What a brilliant idea, look forward to seeing it later in the year! Both brilliant causes – and what a beautiful boy Thomas is xx

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