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Judging will be fair and unbiased. Experienced readers will assist the named judges in selecting the shortlists.


The organisers reserve the right to change the panel of judges without notice and not to award prizes if, in the opinion of the judges, such action is justified. Prize winners will be notified by Friday 27 September and invited to receive their prize and read their work at Artistic License on Sunday 6 October. The list of prize winners will be displayed on the website after 20 October Entry implies acceptance of all the above rules.

Failure to comply with the entry requirements will result in disqualification. Each to her own I suppose!

I really enjoyed reading this. Great tips. Thanks for sharing.

Short Story Writing

I finally completed my first short story last week not for a competition and am now slightly obsessed with them. I may look into entering some competitions in the future so will definitely take note of your advice. Not that there has ever been anything wrong with this, but it does feel like a fashion which is being done to death. In the end nearly all of it is personal preference. Thank you for this advice and for the link to the winners! I am a new writer but very old getting started and have been writing poetry for about a year.

This week I followed a few posts of flash fiction and today found your blog. It has made me want to try my hand at story writing! Thank you again.

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Hi Lesly. I was 40, with my first novel published when I was Get writing! What an interesting post and an eye opener. Thank you for sharing this with us. I am writing short stories for just a tad over a year now, and I can see myself using it to go back and rework things.

So helpful! Makes you wanna take a step back and re adjust your whole perception on writing. I think you can play on the human drive and curiosity without being solely introspective, and still have things happening in the story. So when I came across this piece I immediately saved it to my box of goodies. Thank you!

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Notify me of new comments via email. Notify me of new posts via email. Search for:. Lots spent too long on the backstory and justifying the actions of the characters. Have I mentioned forward motion? Some stories were too big for the word limit, which meant characters, plot and location were skimmed. Covering a lifetime in words is tricky to pull off well.

What a judge looks for in a short story

Real people have quirks, and ticks, and odd thoughts and mannerisms. I wanted to see these. Too many stories had too many typos. There were quite a few exclamation marks. And adverbs. The majority of the stories were written in the first person. Third person will open up more possibilities. But if the writer had decided first person was best, it was those with a really strong narrative voice that worked well for me.

I wanted to be intrigued, beguiled, puzzled and above all to have to read on. Some endings were lacklustre. A few stories started in the middle of a scene or with dialogue, and this is difficult to get right.

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She lived with us during a lot of my childhood, and she and I became very close. The story brings the reader right up close to passion and its loss, loneliness and despair.

A very unusual take on a subject we all think we know but this is fresh and exciting. Catherine teaches creative writing at the University of Waikato and is currently completing her sixth novel. Chris Edwards-Pritchard is a year-old writer. She teaches creative writing at Mary Ward Centre, Bloomsbury and has been employed as a short story competition sifter for The Society of Authors.

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