Brighton Festival, nabokov and are coming together to launch an exclusive short story writing competition based on the Brighton Festival 2017 theme of ‘Everyday Epic’.

BF2a-200h_k (3)Lulu are proud sponsors of Brighton Festival’s world premier the Storytelling Army and in celebration of this exciting event, Lulu and Brighton Festival are thrilled to be able to launch this competition with the prize offered for your story to be published into a short story anthology with four additional stories from members of the Storytelling Army and produced as a paperback book.

Everyday Epic looks at us as human beings, at what we do on a daily basis and celebrates those little achievements – whether it is that today I am sober, or I have managed to take my kids to school and I suffer from depression, or whether it’s my first day of paid work – whatever that Everyday Epic is, it’s the chance to celebrate that and tell that story.


Four winning entries will be combined into a short story anthology with four additional stories from members of the Storytelling Army and produced as a paperback book and published.

The 4 winners will be announced on Wednesday the 24th of May 2017. If the submission rate is high the judges reserve the right to announce the winners after the close of festival.

Submission Opening and Closing Date

The competition opens on Friday 31st March 2017 and all entries must be received electronically by midnight GMT 24th MAY 2017.

Terms and Conditions

  • Entry is free.
  • The competition is open to writers who are Sussex residents.
  • There is no obligation to purchase any product to enter this competition.
  • The theme of entries should be ‘Everyday Epic’.
  • Your entry must be no more than 4,000 words, no minimum word count.
  • The title does not count as part of the word count.
  • Only one entry per person is permitted.
  • Your entry must be previously unpublished.
  • You must be 18 years or over to participate.
  • By entering the competition you agree to be published if you are selected as a winner.
  • All entries must be typed and supplied electronically.  No hand-written entries will be accepted.
  • Your entry must be submitted electronically as a word or pdf document and the document must contain: your name, your address, your age, your e mail contact details, the title of your submission, the word count, your twitter handle (if relevant).
  • It is preferred that all entries are written in English, however we will accept a non-English entry providing an English translation is also submitted with it.
  • Once an entry has been submitted it cannot be withdrawn.
  • This prize is not transferable.
  • Entries cannot be returned so please keep a copy.
  • Late entries will not be considered.
  • It is not possible to confirm receipt of entry by phone or email.
  • We will only contact the entrants who have won.
  • Winners and extracts of their stories will be communicated via our website and social media pages.
  • If you do not hear from us your submission has been unsuccessful.
  • If you are successful, in entering the competition you agree to our publishing terms and conditions which can be viewed at
  • Copies of the anthology will be published and made available for sale. Lulu pays 80% net royalties (net is the amount left after retailer discount) which is the highest in the industry. As this is an anthology royalties are to be shared 50% to the Storytelling Army and 30% shared between the 4 non-Storytelling Army winners.
  • Final cover design is to be decided by Brighton Festival and nabokov.

Address for entries: 

  • All entries should be electronic and emailed to
  • Entries will only be accepted if submitted as an electronic version to the entry address provided.
  • If you are unable to email your entry then you can copy it onto a CD and post to the address below on condition that they are received by the closing date and only CD’s are sent. No CD’s can be returned and we take no responsibility for any lost in the post.
  • Address for CD submission:, Workshops 1 &2, Park Farm, Paulerspury, Towcester, Northants, NN12 7NG


The judges decision is final, judges are unable to comment on individual entries, judging is fair and unbiased and experienced readers assist in helping the judges select the winners. Profiles of the judges will be posted on this blog.


  • Copyright of each entry remains with the author but in entering the competition the author agrees that, Brighton Festival and nabokov will have the unrestricted right to publish the winning pieces (including any shortlisted entries) in relevant promotional material in print or online.
  • Submission of an entry implies the winners give agreement to be photographed and will take part in any marketing and publicity opportunities (print, social, or as otherwise required in the promotion of the event and the anthology) connected with this competition carried about by, Brighton Festival or nabokov.
  • will hold your contact address in our systems to contact you with regard to any future writing competitions we feel may be of interest to you unless you contact us to opt out. If you do not wish us to contact you for future events and competitions please make this clear on your competition submission.

Submission of your entry implies acceptance of these competition terms and conditions. upholds the Data Protection Act 1998.
 sponsors Brighton Festival’s Storytelling Army with short story competition on theme of Everyday Epic

BF2a-200h_k (3) are delighted to be launching their sponsorship of the Storytelling Army, a unique commission for this year’s Brighton Festival (6th to 28th May), by hosting a 4,000 word adult short story writing competition to celebrate the rich tradition of storytelling.

Brighton Festival are working with nabokov theatre company and Guest Director Kate Tempest to assemble and mobilise the Storytelling Army: a dynamic collective of people from all walks of life – including those who are homeless and vulnerably housed – who will perform in unexpected locations throughout Brighton over the last weekend of this year’s Festival.

‘Since time began, we as a species have passed down our teachings from generation to generation through the medium of story telling. From the camp fire to the soap box, from dusty books to the internet, story telling is how we evolve, it is essential to our existence and vital to the fabric of our communities”, Nigel Lee, CEO

The competition is open to Sussex residents and you must be 18 or over to enter. The theme of the writing submission must be the ‘Everyday Epic’. Each one of us has a story to tell: extraordinary moments amongst the ordinary, the little victories against the odds.

Four lucky competition winners will be announced during the last week of the festival. The winning stories will be combined into an anthology, alongside stories from the Storytelling Army, and published as a paperback book. UK based marketing and PR partner Authoright will also be supporting the book with a publicity campaign once it is published; ensuring the Everyday Epic stories reach as many readers as possible after the competition ends.

“Everyone has a story to tell. has amassed our own story telling army of over a million authors in 226 countries. To get on the ground and be part of real-life story telling in Brighton and to publish a selection of those winning stories is a fantastic opportunity for Lulu to further its heart felt cause, freedom of expression and the right to share. The whole initiative speaks to our own ethos, share your story, without profit censorship, without manipulation from profiteers, without judgement”. Nigel Lee, CEO

 About Brighton Festival

The largest and most established annual curated multi-arts festival in England, Brighton Festival is a celebration of music, theatre, dance, circus, art, film, literature, debate, outdoor and family events – taking place in venues both familiar and unusual across Brighton & Hove for three weeks every May. Since 2009 Brighton Festival has attracted inspiring and internationally significant Guest Directors who bring cohesion to the artistic programme including visual artist Anish Kapoor (2009), musician Brian Eno (2010), poet, author and former Children’s Laureate Michael Rosen (2013), and pioneering artist and musician Laurie Anderson (2016). This year’s Guest Director is the acclaimed recording artist, poet, playwright and novelist Kate Tempest.

The competition is officially open on 31 March 2017. Details on how to enter will be posted on this blog together with, entry terms and conditions, profiles of the judges and extracts of some of the short listed stories. Alternatively you can email for the competition entry rules.

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Announcing our new UK based Marketing and PR services to support indie-authors and small publishers

We are delighted to announce that we have launched a new UK based book and marketing service to support UK an Ireland based authors in helping to bring your works to a larger audience. We are delighted to have joined forces with Authoright who are a UK based marketing and publicity agency with strong industry links to help you build the buzz about your book.

We choose Authoright because we know that marketing and publicity ‘combined packages’ don’t work for every book and every author; sometimes only a flexible and bespoke campaign will work. Authoright offers a ‘pick and mix’ selection of services to help to get the pitch just right without breaking the bank. So if you are great at your own social media, for example, why pay for it again as part of a marketing package when you don’t have to.

By partnering with a UK based company you can be assured that they have their finger on the pulse of the UK publishing and promotion scene. And, since Authoright is UK based this means you can contact their publicists within UK working hours.

The new UK services can be viewed by visiting and selecting the United Kingdom or Ireland shopping carts as your preferred cart.

We will be regularly featuring success stories from authors using this service on this blog – be it a radio interview, book signing tour or an author that has just launched a great new website with cutting edge design we will be sharing these success stories. 

How does it work?

When you submit the marketing enquiry form it will be reviewed by Authoright staff who will contact you directly with more information on the services you are interested in together with their Terms and Conditions. You will naturally have a lot of questions. We try and capture as much information as we can so that the Authoright team can give you the best advice.

The Authoright team is very experienced with a good feel for which types of publications fail or succeed in the book market; they will assess your publication and give you their honest view of your possibilities for media success and if they feel that they can take your publication on and market it for you. They want the books they represent to be a success too.


Patti Boulaye chose LULU to indie publish her autobiograhy The Faith of a Child

PattyLulu is delighted that such a high-profile star as Patti chose to publish her autobiography The Faith of a Child with us. The Faith of a Child is the account of her courageous journey from poverty to celebrity from her roots in Nigeria. Perhaps Patti Boulaye’s decision to indie-publish, rather than through a large brand publisher (who I am certain would have been hotly bidding for the manuscript),  is also testament to her brave and independent spirit. It is a great sign that celebrity authors like Patti have made a conscious decision to move away from the ‘me too celebrity’ publishing of the main publisher brands and, in doing so, makes this account of her life even more personal and courageous.

Today’s Daily Mail spotlights The Faith of a Child so it’s worth taking the time to take a few minutes to read the link below.  Patti’s book can also be purchased from Lulu’s independent online bookshop at:…/the-faith-of…/paperback/product-22883196.html

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BUGGLEPUFFS author CL Bennett attempts a Guinness World Record for the ‘Longest chain of paper hearts’- Shropshire Kids Festival 13th & 14th May

It’s going to take a creative ‘heart to heart’ community effort with lots of glittering art and technicolour drawings to make it a DAZZLING Guinness World Record achievement!

So, make sure you visit the Compost Kids Creative Tent at the bottom of the Quarry and help us to create Bugglepuff and Shropshire Kids Festival history by being a record breaker!
spreadYou can enjoy entering the fun world of the Bugglepuff family and their extraordinary adventures and meet CL Bennett the author for a Bugglepuff book signing afterwards.

More details on the festival and how to get there can be found by clicking here

Keith Farrell, Fallen Rook Publishing, chats to us about why he became an indie-publisher

How long have you been publishing and what made you decide to enter this business?

blackwatchI have been involved in publishing since about 2011, when my friend and I began writing a book together. We were researching the fighting methods of Johannes Liechtenauer, a 14th or 15th century German fencing master who left a record of his martial art. We were trying to understand these historical documents and learn how to train it as an effective martial art today. Since we were amassing quite a lot of research material in our efforts, we decided to turn it into a study guide for other people with the same interests, and so we decided to create the AHA German Longsword Study Guide.

However, the publishers we approached with our proposal did not even respond to our emails, so, along with a third colleague, we decided to set up our own publishing house to deal with these kinds of books ourselves. Thus we set up Fallen Rook Publishing, and published our first book in 2013. Since then we have brought out several more titles, and I am very happy that we decided to take the step to set up our own publishing company!

The main reason why I became a publisher was most probably that there were very few other publishers working in our subject area, and those we approached with our proposal did not seem particularly good at communicating with us, so it was a relatively simple step for us to decide to do it ourselves.

What genres do you publish? 

We mainly publish two genres, both of which are quite closely interlinked. Our main focus is the subject of historical European martial arts (often abbreviated to HEMA) and historical fencing. Our secondary focus is publishing transcriptions, translations and facsimiles of pertinent source material and historical documents, such as memoirs or scholarship from the 18th century.

Who are your customers?

rookThere is a growing community practising HEMA across the world; mainly in Europe and North America, but there are clubs and schools in South America, in Australia and New Zealand, in China and Japan and other countries in Asia. People tend to become interested at first because, to be perfectly honest, swords are cool! Then they find out that there are actually historical methods for fencing with these different swords, according to books and manuscripts written by fencing masters throughout the centuries. Once people start training, they usually become more interested in finding out about the source material that describes the martial art they train, and so there is quite a healthy demand for books on this subject.

Why did you decide to use the Lulu platform for your publishing needs?

In the beginning, we decided to use Lulu because it was simple enough for me to learn how to use it relatively quickly and easily. Then we kept using it because it was simple and produced a satisfactory quality of results, and also because the customer service is excellent. If there is ever a problem with one of our orders, I know that Lulu will go to great lengths to sort the problem and make it work out well in the end. This has been the greatest factor in our decision to continue working with Lulu rather than investigating other printing options.

Lulu has been described as a platform and community which provides the tools to allow publishing and distribution – are you using all of the Lulu services for a complete end to end or only some of them?

I would say that we are utilising most of the services, although not all. There’s no need for us to use Lulu’s services to help with editing, for example, because we already have people who can do that well. There are some other services we may want to begin using at some point, but mainly I haven’t had enough time to play with them and become familiar enough to make a proper decision.

As a small publisher have you found that using one publishing platform helps reduce your overheads, provides better time management with handling less suppliers, less staff needed, allows you to concentrate on the process of author acquisition v logistics and production focus?

Yes, definitely. This way, I just focus on bringing each book up the quality of writing and content that I want to see from our titles, and then I can buy in whatever stock is needed for our upcoming events and for our online shop. Lulu is probably our slowest sales channel, but that is mainly since the customers in our market tend to prefer buying books in person at the national and international events where they gather to train, spar, and exchange ideas.

Do you use both print and ebook services from Lulu?

Just print, for the moment. We may begin to use the ebook services more in the future.

Do you supply your own isbn’s or use Lulu allocated ones?

We use our own ISBNs.

Do you use Lulu marketing services?

No, we do all of our own marketing. Again, because our market is exceptionally niche, and personal relationships are so important in our subject area, we can deliver much more effective marketing ourselves.

World Book Day – How do you get kids to read? by CL Bennett

For #WorldBookDay #WorldBookDay20 here’s my 10 BUGGLEPUFF tips to inspire kids to read books…


  1. Buggleden – Make a book play den with the kids. Throw in their favorite toys, blankets. Take time to decorate it whether it’s under a table, behind a sofa, make glitter banners and create a multi-coloured Buggleden of silliness and eye candy colours. Kids love creating their own zone and with a book in your hand you are sure to have hours of #wordmagic time. cover
  2. Bugglepairedreading – Instead of doing all the reading yourself for the kids get them to read a page with you. Maybe get them to act it out or encourage them to be a character with silly voices and plenty of laughter.
  3. Bugglepatience – Never be too strict when listening to a child read. Let them make mistakes, tumble over words because the longer you can get them to read the more every sentence will eventually come together. Bugglepatience is very important for a child to feel excited about turning a page!
  4. Bugglefood – Nothing beats a hot chocolate and book time together. If a child associates a treat with book reading it may help them to feel that bit more engaged and excited in books.eating
  5. Buggleinterest – Before choosing the book think about what your child is interested in. They may not want to read a traditional story or classic and find a history book, nature book more fun! Take them to the #library and let them choose their own book – you might be surprised what they want to read or what you learn from them:-)
  6. Bugglepets – Without a doubt my favourite if you have a pet encourage story time next to the family pet. They enjoy listening and will happily cuddle up next to you will a child reads a book aloud. Watch out for parrots though as our Albert tends to eat more books around the Bugglepuff house than read them!!!!pig
  7.  Bugglepicnic – When the rains stop and the summer sunshine glitters the sky go on a picnic with the kids. Take books to read and you’ll all find it very rewarding sharing a tale or too while enjoying a food feast.
  8. Buggledressingup – Dressing up for story time is hilarious fun – whether a brave knight, rascally pirate or sparkling fairy. Then open a book and share in the land of adventures. Before you know it, they will be reading.
  9. Buggleatsea – There is something very gloriously magical about the sea and I think it’s one of the happiest places to share story time and put a child at ease. So, drive to the coast, grab an ice cream, throw sand between your toes and read over a wave or too!
  10. Bugglelight – Soft lighting, or by candlelight can be a wonderfully calming way to get a child to read or in the dark by torchlight to add a book world atmosphere where everything is focused on the story.

spreadReading is not always a natural joy but encouraging reading from an early age does give a child’s mind a wonderful foundation stone for what if?


World Book Day #thinkbigimagination by opening a book! by CL Bennett


The glorious world of the paperback, hardback or eBook enables kids from a very early age to #thinkbigimagination and learn how the written word comes alive in stories. As parents, carers, teachers and adults showing a child their first book is the stepping stone to ‘what if’ in a child’s mind. By book example we are giving them the gift of independence, knowledge and drive to explore their own imagination. A book is a secret world of adventures and children feel encouraged and inspired when they learn new words, turn new pages and grow their vocabulary.

Books are an emotional roller coaster of different genres and themes that glitter a child’s brain and can shape who they may become. No matter how many pennies we have in our pockets we should be offering all children in the world books and celebrating how important they are everyday but especially on #worldbookday

WBD_Children_63.jpgSo, when your reading books with them and they shout, “Just one more story, one more!” know that you are helping them start their own adventure, their path into the world, what they might do and where they may go.

Books open a world of word magic delights and a happy glow of sensory excitement. Buy a book, share a book, read a book , borrow a book, or give a book to children and #thinkbigimagination for all.


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