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Flash Fiction Competition Winners!

May 27th, 2016

Alyson-Hilbourne-photo-blogLast week I promised that we would be announcing the winners of our Flash Fiction Competition soon… and here they are:

1st Prize (£300 and a course of her choice) – Alyson Hilbourne with ‘Searching’.

2nd Prize (£200 and a course of her choice) – Gail Armson with ‘Heaven and Earth’.

3rd Prize (£100 and a course of her choice) – Maxine Sinclair with ‘Blind Date’.

You can view them all on our website and I’m sure you’ll agree that they all pack a great punch in a small number of words. Both Gail and Maxine are students of the Writers Bureau, which just goes to show that our methods really do work!

Alyson (pictured) says: “I am delighted to win the 2016 Writers Bureau flash fiction competition. Although I usually write longer short stories I enjoyed experimenting with the form of this story. I hope you enjoy it too.”

There was no deliberate bias, but I notice that all our winners are female – so come on chaps, show us what you can do in our next competition. It’s a limerick competition so it should give you plenty of scope!

As some of you may already know, our monthly newsletter, Freelance Market News, has ceased publication but we’re continuing The Association of Freelance Writers, and adding a host of new benefits. Amongst these is half price subscription to Writing Magazine. And one of the things that they’ve just introduced is a section on their webpage where you can showcase and sell any books you have written.

They say “Whether traditionally, electronically or self-published, one of the most difficult tasks facing the modern writer is: How do I market and sell my book.”  Once you’ve subscribed all you have to do is send an image of your book cover, with a teaser sentence (10-15 words), a brief synopsis of your book (approximately 200 words) and a link to where buyers can purchase it. Your book will be featured free on their website for two months – or longer on payment of a small admin fee.  So if you’ve written a book and it’s languishing, rather than flying off the shelves, then you might find this a help.

Finally, when I was reading the flash fiction entries I noticed that a lot of you like to write ghost stories. So here’s one for you. Iron Press is currently putting together an anthology, to be called Cold Iron. You can submit up to two ghost stories (between 1500 and 3000 words) by post only. If your story is accepted you will be paid £50 and receive a free copy of the anthology. But please have a look at their website to see exactly what they are looking for before submitting anything.

Until next week…





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