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National Flash Fiction Day

June 25th, 2021

First, thanks to Pamela for last week’s post. I know exactly where she’s coming from because I have a ‘water compulsion’ too. I love going to the seaside, whatever the weather. One of my favourite trips to Dunstanburgh Castle in Northumberland was accompanied by black clouds, raging seas and rain. Where I live, we’re surrounded by high moorland reservoirs – one of them even has a sandy ‘beach’ – and a network of canals; so local walks usually involve water! I can’t think of anything more inspirational or relaxing.

Perhaps there are more of us than you would think – or how else to explain the popularity of The Salt Path by Raynor Winn which was on the Sunday Times best-seller list for 80 weeks. And if you want a really raw read then try Where the World Ends by Geraldine McCaughrean. It’s the story of a group of boys and men stranded on a remote sea-stack in the early 1700s while their home island of Hirta was ravaged by smallpox.

Moving on, tomorrow marks the 10th National Flash-fiction Day.  To celebrate the event they are holding a Novella-In-Flash Competition which closes on 31st August. The winner will receive £300 and publication. There will be a second prize of £100 and a third prize of £50. The word count should be between 6,000 and 12,000, with individual flashes not exceeding 1,000. The entry fee is £14.

Now…  after reading that  you may, like me, be wondering what exactly is a ‘novella in flash’? To find out go to the website where you will find a question and answer session with the judge – Sophie van Llewyn – who explains just how it works and gives some good examples of the  genre. Plus you can see more examples at 12 Great Flash Fiction Novels/Novellas.

Finally, we’re still accepting entries to our 2021 Poetry Competition until 31 July, and you can read the winners of last year’s competition here.

If you’ve not already entered then you can get a discount by becoming a member of the Association of Freelance Writers. Instead of paying £5.00 per entry you only pay £4.00 and there are lots of other advantages to joining. You get a free appraisal of up to 120 lines of poetry or 2000 words of prose with your annual subscription; you get a free online course worth £149 (choose from Effective Time Management, Writing Memoirs and Family History, Report Writing or Living and working with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder). You can also obtain 20% discount off Institute of Counselling courses and 10% off The London Art College Courses. And in your first year there is half-price subscription to Writing Magazine, the UK’s biggest and best selling writing magazine. Finally, something that we’ve just introduced, get together with other writers in our Writing Lunch meetings on Zoom on the 3rd Monday of each month!  As you can see, the benefits of membership far outweigh the annual subscription which is only £24.99.




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