I have just ordered the Mslexia Writer's Diary. Yesterday I realised that I need to keep better records of work. I do have a notebook where I write what I have sent out, the date it went and to whom and sometimes I write when the winners will be informed (if it's for a comp). I also record rejections and acceptances but it's those deadlines for up-and-coming submissions that get me. I read them and mentally record them which means I either check back too late and the deadline has passed or I find I have a day or two left and then panic to find something suitable!
Yesterday afternoon I dug out the OU Poets stuff to get my votes in for the Anthology and saw that I actually had until nearly the end of February to do it....BUT the deadline for poetry for the next workbook was 6th January! So began a hectic search through my files. I can submit up to three poems but this time I submitted two along with my comments on the last editions poetry. Thank heavens for email! Good girl that I am I then sorted out my votes and sent those out and renewed my subscription.
Some years ago my hubby bought me the Mslexia Diary and I loved it so I know I shall enjoy this years one when it arrives as it brims over with information, resources and contacts as well as space to record all those submissions and deadlines. Maybe I will finally get my writing life a little more organised!
I've put a new list of competitions up here on the side with deadlines! The list covers poetry, short stories, flash fiction and pamphlets. Good luck.