The Good Life France Writing Competition 2014

Written by on March 3, 2014 in Book Reviews And Interviews

writing competition 2014

Calling all bloggers and writers!

The Good Life France is hugely excited to be holding a writing competition about France. There is no entry fee and some fabulous prizes – including a top prize of a ten week online creative writing course from the acclaimed Writing Classes school in the UK which can be accessed from anywhere in the world.

The ContestYour entry should be about France or French related and it is entirely up to you what you write about. Perhaps you’d like to write about your favourite place in France, where you live in France, your memories of France, the first time you saw the Eiffel Tower, gastronomy, a festival or event, culture, history, a French icon… maybe you’ve never even been to France but you dream of visiting… if it’s about France or French related, we would love to hear from you.

How to EnterWrite an article of up to 1000 words. The post should be sent as a word document.  We encourage you to make your submission online as early as possible before the deadline. (See The Rules for more information on how to enter).

We’d love you to include images to illustrate your blog post but we have a BIG library of photographs to help if you’d like that. If you use someone else’s photo, please get permission and tell us who to credit. (For more information see The Rules).

Send your entry to – we’ll notify you if you make the short list for the jury to discuss and judge.

The deadline for receipt of entries is: Friday 11th April

The winners will be announced: 28th April

Please read the competition rules– submitting your entry is taken as acceptance of the competition rules and the Terms and conditions.

JUDGINGJudging will be carried out by our panel of distinguished authors, writers and a publisher:

writing competition 2014writing competition 2014Deborah Lawrenson grew up in Kuwait, China, Belgium, Luxembourg, and Singapore. She studied English at Cambridge University and has worked as a journalist for various publications in England, including the Daily Mail, the Mail on Sunday, and Woman’s Journal magazine. Deborah has written several books and lives in Kent, England, and she and her family spend as much time as possible at a crumbling hamlet in Provence, France, the setting for her best seller The Lantern

Read our review of The Lantern and interview with Deborah Lawrenson

writing compeition 2014Janine Marsh is the editor of, a travel writer published in numerous magazines and newspapers and a member of The British Guild of Travel Writers. She writes about France and all things French and spends as much time as possible at her home in northern France with her 5 cats, 3 dogs, 8 ducks, 4 geese and 37 chickens!

More about Janine Marsh

writing competition 2014writing competition 2014Julia Stagg: Cursed from a young age with itchy feet, Julia has lived in Japan, Australia, the UK, the USA and more recently, France. She has worked as a waitress, a ‘check-out chick’, a bookseller, a pawnbroker and as a teacher of English as a Foreign Language. In 2004, tempted by a love of cycling and a passion for mountains, she moved to the gorgeous Ariège-Pyrenees region of France to run a small auberge with her husband where she was able to add chambermaid, receptionist, cleaner and chef to her CV all in one go. Here she was inspired to write her first book “ L’Auberge“ in 2011, a novel following the lives, loves and machinations of the inhabitants of Fogas in the French Pyrenees. “L’Auberge” and Julia’s ensuing Fogas books have won her a legion of fans around the world

Read our Review of The French Postmistress and our interview with Julia Stagg

writing competition 2014writing competition 2014Kimberley Petyt is the doyenne of French Wedding Style and author of “The Paris Wedding”, a full-color, idea-packed, go-to guide for globally minded trendsetters who are in love with the style and romance of Paris. For nearly a decade, she designed and coordinated weddings and events in Paris with her agency, Parisian Events, and has been featured in numerous publications. She currently lives in Paris.

Read our review of The Paris Wedding and our interview with Kimberley Petyt

writing competition 2014writing competition 2014Susie Kelly has written several books and at one time held the 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 spots in the Amazon best books about France Travel section! Susie has lived in south-west France since 1995 and is currently surrogate mother to two pygmy goats, two dogs, one parrot, three French hens and a partridge in a pear tree.

Read our review of Best Foot Forward, review of Swallows and Robbins – the guests in my Garden and our interview with Susie Kelly

writing competition 2014writing competition 2014Stephanie Zia started work BBC where she became a production assistant, researcher and director on TV arts documentaries. She wrote and directed an award winning film, has written four books, has been published in a variety of magazines and newspapers and is the founder of publishing group Blackbird Digital Books.

Find out more about Stephanie Zia and Blackbird digital Books

The Prizes

All of the posts will go through a review process with the aim of shortlisting five posts for final judging. There is no entry fee for the competition.

1st Prize: The winner may pick a ten week online course of his or her choice from the acclaimed online school of writing based in Edinburgh, Scotland, UK – They hold three sessions a year and the winner can pick any course in any session within a year after winning the competition. (See The Rules for more details).

See more details about the 1st Prize and other Prizes in The Competition Rules.

All of the winning features will be published on the Editor’s Pick of the Week in The Good Life France and will be promoted on our social media pages. We may also publish entries judged “Highly Commended”.

The Good Life France Writing Competition Rules, Terms and Conditions

More about our First Prize

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