Twitter Hashtags for WritersTwitter has over 500 million users around the world, with everyone from pop stars to politicians signing up to join the social networking and micro-blogging site.

For writers, Twitter has the potential to greatly benefit your career. Twitter can better connect you with your readers, provide you with networking opportunities with other creative wordsmiths and, importantly, help you to find new audiences for your work.

Hashtags play a very important role in effectively communicating through Twitter. People use the hashtag symbol # before a relevant keyword or phrase (no spaces) in their Tweet to categorise those Tweets and help them show up more easily in Twitter Search.

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A guest post by Brian McDonald

Ever since Quentin Tarantino’s film Pulp Fiction was released, people have talked in awe about how that film and others have played with traditional notions of story structure. That film tells its story out of sequence and is therefore innovative, or so the reasoning goes. This is a mistake. Telling stories out of sequence is actually as traditional as it gets.

The idea that story structure is ruled by linear chronology is a common error. As I have often written, and told students, one must look at how stories are told in real life. One must study stories not in their written form, or some other medium like TV or films, but in their natural habitat.

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“There is magic in reality if you can unlock it, if you can release it.”

Howard Jacobson, the Man Booker Prize-winning author of The Finkler Question, shares his tips for successful writing as part of the BBC Radio 2’s Chris Evans Breakfast Show.

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Opportunities for Writers: May 2013

Here is our collection of prizes, publication opportunities and other events happening in May 2013 for both emerging and established writers.

Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Don and Gee Nicholl Fellowships
award up to five aspiring screenwriters with fellowships of US$35,000. The final entry date is 1 May. The fellowships are open to writers worldwide.

St. Francis College Literary Prize
awards a mid-career author US$50,000 for their 3rd to 5th novel. The prize is open to writers based anywhere in the world and self-published entries are eligible for entry. Closes 1 May.

Stan and Tom Wick Poetry Prize
awards $2,500 and publication by the Kent State University Press to a poet who has not previously had a collection published. Entrants should submit 50 – 70 pages of poetry. Closes 1 May.

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The Most Loved Children's Books Infographic

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