Monthly Archives: October 2012

Museo de la Palabra Short Tales Contest


“Words and Freedom”

Entries for the third Museo de la Palabra (Museum of the Word) Short Tales Contest for International Flash Fiction are now being accepted. The Flash Fiction stories must not exceed 100 words; can be written in Hebrew, English, Arabic or Spanish and fit the slogan “Words and Freedom” – deadline on the International Day of Words,  23rd November 2012.

  • $20,000 top prize
  • $ 1,000 will be awarded to three runners up for the best stories from the languages supported in the competition

More information from Museo de la Palabra – Fundación Cesar Egido Serrano


Home-Start Bridgewater Short Story Prize


The Home-Start Bridgewater Short Story Prize 2013

Entries are now invited for the Home-Start Bridgewater short story prize 2013. Stories, on any theme, must not be more than 2,200 words in length, should be the original, unpublished work of the author and not have won a prize in any previous competition- closing date 21st January 2013.

Judge: Dame Margaret Drabble

  • 1st Prize – £500
  • 2nd Prize – £200
  • 3rd Prize – £100

Entry Fee £7 per Story (All proceeds going to the Charity’s work)

Further details can be found at Home-Start Bridgewater

Creative Writing For All


Creative Writing for All – Short Story Contest

Entries are now invited for short stories of up to 2,000 words and poems of up to 40 lines on the theme of ‘Childhood Memories’ – Closing Date: 31st January 2013

  • Short Story Prizes: £60, £30, £15
  • Poetry Prizes: £60, £30, £15
  • Entry fee: £5, additional entries £3.

All profits made will go to ‘Women’s Aid’

More information from Creative Writing For All

Idyllic Bliss


Student Writing

Following on from The Art of Writing Short Fiction course at the Lakeside Arts Centre, I am delighted to post the first piece of  student writing on the site. Rosemary Jarrett used the paintings of Dame Laura Knight in the exhibition as inspiration for her story Idyllic Bliss.

I particularly enjoyed the way that the paintings of Dame Laura Knight create the background for the story and become a vital part of it.

To read the story (and post a comment) click here. I am looking forward to posting many more pieces of writing from Rosemary and the rest of the group…