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Pitch your novel idea and you could win your dream staycation
Posted on 11/01/2020

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From author Virginia Woolf to poet Robert Burns, many of history's favourite writers have been inspired by the British countryside. Now, Holiday Cottages is offering up-and-coming authors the chance to win their own inspiring writing retreat among Britain's rolling hills and green pastures.

Got an idea for a story?

Got an idea for a story?
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Aspiring authors look no further! If you think that your story that has the potential to become the next best seller, then you could nab yourself a relaxing countryside retreat with Holiday Cottages' latest writing competition. For a chance to win, all you have to do is pitch your novel idea on Twitter using the hashtag #WriTweet by midnight 24th January.

As the Holiday Cottage's website explains: "One writer will have the opportunity to pen their unfinished novel in their choice of one of three quaint British hideaways, all located in naturally beautiful landscapes that have inspired some of history's greatest authors." The first literary location is East Sussex, once home to the iconic modernist writer Virginia Woolf as well as Rudyard Kipling, author of The Jungle Book.

The second is Carmarthenshire in South West Wales. Writer Dylan Thomas was inspired by this Welsh county's rolling hills and stunning lakes and famous children's writer Roald Dahl was said to be fond of holidaying here too.

The final cottage is located in East Scotland where writer Robert Louis Stevenson and poet Robert Burns could often be found enjoying the region's spectacular landscapes.

It's time to put pen to paper

It's time to put pen to paper
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At the winner's chosen cottage, they will be kitted out with everything they need to begin the first draft of their novel, including a typewriter, a dictionary and thesaurus, a notepad and pen, plenty of coffee for those early morning or late night bursts of inspiration, and a classic novel for some downtime reading.

If the winner commits to writing up to 10,000 words over the course of their seven night stay, Elizabeth Macneal, author of the award-winning novel The Doll Factory and judge for the competition, will offer her expert feedback on what they have written.

The prize will also include travel arrangements to and from the chosen cottage up to the value of 1,000 and is open to all entrants over the age of 18 in the UK, Europe and the US.

With the competition closing to new entrants on 24th January, there is still plenty of time for you to enter. Start writing!