I'm going to highlight a few writing magazines now and then, as I think it benefits all writers to have access to a good magazine which keeps us up to date and provides advice and opportunities.
The first one I would recommend is the monthly Writers’ Forum Magazine. Full of interesting articles on the craft of writing and the experiences of published writers, it also offers a monthly short story and poetry competition.
From the March 2010 issue, Sue Moorcroft takes over as head judge for the story competitions, with Jan Jones. To mark the change, subscribers to the magazine can have FREE entry to the story competition by email for a trial period, with the option of a personal critique for £5. Non-subscribers may enter for £6. There is good payment for 1st, 2nd and 3rd prize winners!
The poetry competition entry is £5, with a monthly first prize of £100. There is also the fun ‘First Draft’ section on the letters’ page, where readers have the chance to receive £25 for ruining a passage from a famous novel - an exercise in proof reading. Every published letter on the page receives a lovely Moleskin notebook.
Full details of Writers’ Forum here. You can also buy it in most large newspaper shops.