Friday, 19 December 2014

Writing - Rulers that we set ourselves against

In the hectic world of indie authors striving to have work published and receiving nothing but rejection slips there is another way to gain some measure of how you're doing.

Writing competitions can produce positive feedback on your efforts. I don't enter many and haven't won anything as yet but it seems that entering helps you to focus on parameters for writing set by a third party and, if nothing else, is a valuable writing exercise. There are copious competitions to enter across the globe and some offer amazing prizes but completing such an exercise is another way of showing off your efforts.

My online publisher (search under David L Atkinson) have produced a list of current competitions which I share with you.

Just click on the links or the picture to find out more.

I chose to enter a poetry competition to a group called Third Coast with the following piece.

A Soldier’s Lot

Patriotic young men lied about their age
to protect their country – war to wage.
Wearing woollen uniforms sizes too big...
carrying weaponry in a webbing rig.
Digging trenches for miles in Normandy’s mud
half expecting to fill them with their own blood.
Yet youthful exuberance drove them forward
over the edge and pushing onward
with no certainty of returning
and assuaging a families yearning.
But onward they went to the killing ground
believing they were the toughest men around,
thinking they would be the ones to kill
then returning if it was God’s will.

The men facing were just as confident
convinced that their cause was the valiant.

Once the starting gun was discharged
God only knew which boys would be recharged
to their young, exuberant and promising lives,
a national lottery as to which ones survive.
Metal projectiles have no preferences
human flesh offers few defences
and is ripped, torn and misused
leaving the owner screaming, abused
or silent if the hurt is too great
consigning youth to war’s own fate.

In the aftermath there were many lost and maimed
even those returning were scarred and shamed
by the chance of a future not given to others,
guilt tearing them over the death of their brothers.
So to those who hold the power of decision
in the event of conflict a moment’s hesitation
may prevent a nation’s unnecessary heartache
for their people who fight and the families you break.

I chose the above because of it's relevance to the beginning of the Great War.

Happy competing.

God Bless