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COMPETITION: Win an acknowledgement in the sequel to A PINCH OF MAGIC!

Posted on April 10, 2019, tagged as A Pinch of Magic, Sequel, competitions

As many of you will know, I’m currently working on a sequel to A Pinch of Magic. It doesn’t have a title yet, although my editor has come up with something I LOVE. We’re just getting the thoughts of the rest of the team at my publisher, but I’m hopeful that it’s *the one* and that I’ll be able to share it with you all soon.

I can’t say too much about the story yet except that it involves a runaway, a secret island, and will-o’-the-wisps. And finally, a shipwreck – which I’d like YOU to name! As you know, names are very important to me, so I’m looking for something suitably spooky, mystical, magical, quirky, and everything you’d expect in one of my books.

This is a chance for you to put your stamp on the Widdershins sisters’ next adventure and receive a mention in the acknowledgements page at the end of the book (where I thank everyone who has helped me during the writing of it). You will also win a signed, dedicated copy of the book when it is published (which won’t be until next year, so you’ll have to be patient)!


1. You may send up to three suggestions for the ship’s name.
2. You may enter as an individual, a family, a class, or a school (this is for the purpose of the acknowledgement and whom I will sign the book to).
3. The competition is open to all ages worldwide, but entries must be written in English.
4. The signed book will be the UK edition.
5. The closing date is midday (12.00pm GMT) on 31st May 2019. Entries after that date will not be considered.
6. Entries must be your own, original idea.
7. The decision of the judge (Michelle Harrison) is final, and no discussion will be entered into.
8. The winner will be notified by email and announced in an upcoming newsletter.

Email your entry to mh[at] using the subject line ‘Shipwreck’. Remember to include your name, age, and full postal address. (If you’re under 18 make sure you have your parent/guardian’s consent).

• Do some research. Look at the names of historical or current ships for inspiration, do some brainstorming and try different combinations.
• Don’t rush it! You have heaps of time, and often the best ideas aren’t the first ones that pop into our heads.

I can’t wait to read your entries. GOOD LUCK!

10 comments on “COMPETITION: Win an acknowledgement in the sequel to A PINCH OF MAGIC!”

  • Rainer Stoyer says:

    Amphitrite’s Nemesis

  • Maya says:

    Hi I loved your book (A pinch of magic) so much! I can’t wait for the sequel!

  • Chantal says:

    Omg I just finished A Pinch of Magic and I am so in love with it. I am an avid reader but not many books have left me feeling the way this one did. It has everything I wished it would have in it. The characters were well deepened-out and so very lovely. The adventures and everything they experienced make me want to jump in and experience with them! I cannot wait for the sequel!!!!! I am an English teacher and I am going to make sure that some of my students will read this masterpiece!!!

    • mm Michelle says:

      Hi Chantal, thanks for your comment, I’m thrilled you enjoyed meeting the Widdershins sisters! They’ll be back early next year (currently scheduled for February).

  • George says:

    This book was AMAZING! I just finished it ,and i cant wait for the sequel!!Before i read this, i thought i would read it in a fortnight or so,but surprisingly i was so into the book that i read it in only 4 days!!!

  • Chelsea Ryniec says:

    Hello Michelle,
    My daughter (12 yrs old) and I have read all your books and you are very big inspiration to her. My daughter is an amazing writer herself and I am desperately looking for anyone or anyplace I could have her work read and possibly published? She is young, but very advanced for her age, I just don’t know where to begin?
    Thank you for your time and we are true fans of your work (especially 13 Treasures!!!).

    • mm Michelle says:

      Hi Chelsea
      I’m happy to hear you and your daughter have enjoyed my books, and it’s lovely to hear of her writing ambitions. I have to be realistic here and say that it’s extremely rare for children of that age to get stories traditionally published. The publisher I worked at a few years ago would always reply kindly, and in fact had a special letter that they would send to children who submitted their work, but they simply wouldn’t consider publishing work by children and I suspect it is the same for most traditional publishing houses. Aside from craft and experience, getting published has other factors that need to be considered, such as reviews which are not always positive (even with ‘popular’ books). A thick skin must be developed, and criticism and rejection are things most writers find difficult to deal with even as adults.

      That’s not to say it’s impossible, though. Some writers such as Christopher Paolini and Flavia Bujor were published very young (at about 16). If you want to pursue publication with a traditional press then check out The Writers’ & Artists’ Yearbook (they also have a website) which is full of valuable information such as publisher and agent contacts, as well as how to submit and prepare manuscripts. You will then be able to submit your daughter’s work. The other option is for you to self-publish, but again this is not an easy route, as you will need to fund the publication yourself which can be expensive. You’d also need to thoroughly research any vanity presses you were considering, as some of them can be unscrupulous and are not well-regarded in the publishing industry.

      Another alternative is to publish as an e-book through Amazon etc. This isn’t something I’ve done so I can’t advise on it, but I think it’s relatively low cost (the W&A Yearbook might also offer more info on this). In the meantime I’d encourage your daughter to keep writing and reading and to take part in as many competitions as possible. I wish her lots of luck and many happy hours writing!

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