Wednesday 18 October 2023

Can you provide the cover picture for the 2024 LAA anthology?

our 2023 cover 

We are looking for an image that represents Lancashire. This can be a photo or a piece of art. Your illustration  must be of something within the  Lancashire Palatine – see map for details:

Last year we had Blackpool Tower and in 2022 Lancaster Castle, so please avoid those two. Other pictures of Blackpool or Lancaster are welcome.  

The winning illustration will be used on our cover and the winner will receive £50.00.   



1.  Please make your illustration landscape with the focal point on the right hand half of the picture. See examples here. 
2.  Bear in mind this is to make a book cover. There must be room on the right-hand side for us to print our title and subtitle. The backgrounds on the left hand side, which will form the back cover, must have an area where we can print a blurb.  For instance, an area of pathing, grass or sky.  Look at a few books in your favourite book shop to get an idea. We do find that covers work better if the picture wraps around the whole book.   
3.  Be careful with blue.  If you have large areas of blue, sea or sky for instance, you may have to accept that it may look a little different on the printed book cover.  Bright blues (ultramarine) will be replaced by either cyan, magenta or grey. 


  1. Entries must be received by 23:59 BST on 30 June 2024
  2. Please do not include your name on your photo. Label your file by location and the date the photo was taken e.g. LythamShore240617.
  3. Please provide a copy of your illustration as jpg file emailed to  . In the subject line put PhotoCompetition and the name of your file. In the body of the email repeat your photo name and provide contact details – name, phone number and email. If your picture is too big to email, please use a file-sharing system such as We Transfer.       
  4. Illustrations should be devoid of identifiable people.   
  5. By entering the competition you are agreeing that your illustration may be used by Chapeltown and the LAA for the book cover and for promotional activities to do with the book. The copyright remains with you and you may use the illustration in any other way you wish.
  6. You are also agreeing to provide a picture with a minimum size of 3600 pixels wide by 2700 pixels high that we can use for printing should you win the competition. 
  7. Entry to the competition is free of charge.
  8. Entry is open to anyone anywhere as long as the illustration is of somewhere within the Lancashire Palatine. 
  9. Entry to the competition is limited to one per person.           

Time line

  1.  Entries received by 23.59 BST 30 June 2024
  2. Chapeltown will short-list the entries. All photos that will work without too much manipulation will be short-listed by 7 July 2024.
  3. Members of the LAA will be asked to vote for their favourite photo.  The vote will close on 14 July 2024.
  4.  Should there be a tie, the LAA Committee will vote on the tied entries by 21 July 2024.
  5. If there still is a tie, Chairman Judith Addison will make the casting vote by 25 July 2024.  

Thursday 12 October 2023

Lancashire Writers of Today 2023


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Friday 6 October 2023

Playing Together by Linda Flynn and Caroline Casali

Brother and sister enjoy playing together. Join in the fun and see all of the interesting things they do.

Be inspired by Linda Flynn's simple text and Caroline Casali's enchanting illustrations.

In this book there are plenty of ideas for games that children can play with friends, and which get them away from phone, television and computer screens.

A percentage of the royalties from Playing Together will support Medical Detection Dogs. This is a charity that trains dogs to detect the odour from disease in the fight against cancer, Parkinson's disease and bacterial infections, as well as training Medical Alert Assistance Dogs.

RRP £7.00 

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