Cathy Bryant worked as a life model, civil servant and childminder (among other jobs) before writing full-time. She has won nine literary awards, including the Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Prize in 2012, and blogged for the Huffington Post. Cathy’s work has been published all over the world in such publications as The Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine and Midnight Times. She co-edited the anthologies Best of Manchester Poets vols. 1, 2 and 3 and her first book, ‘Contains Strong Language and Scenes of a Sexual Nature’ was published recently. Cathy lives in Manchester, UK.
Cathy tells us: “When I started out as a writer, I was helped loads by other writers – advice, free workshops, and gig slots. I decided that when I could I’d pass the help forward, so to speak. This is why I decided to start Cathy’s Comps and Calls, a monthly listing of free writing contests and calls for submission, all with easy, free, electronic entry. That way any writer who can access the internet has a fair shot at them. The first listings went up/will go up (depending when this is published!) on 1st March, 2014 and you can find them at http://compsandcalls.com/. Good luck to all my fellow writers!
“I’m also working on my second poetry collection, ‘Look At All the Women’, which will be coming out later in 2014, and a book on how to wn writing competitions, as all the most useful info doesn’t seem to be included in any of the books I’ve read on the subject. So please keep an eye on my website at www.cathybryant.co.uk/news, and visit Comps and Calls for inspiration.
Incidentally, I only sent off my first pieces of work to magazines because my best friend blackmailed me into it six years ago. I did it to prove to him that no one would want to publish them – and I was delighted to be wrong, wrong to the tune of several hundred publications and many awards. Please don’t let lack of confidence prevent you from submitting your work – as long as you follow submission guidelines to the letter and respect the reader and editor, then you have as good a chance as anybody.”