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Flash Fiction Writing Competition 2009



First Prize: How to Write for Competitions - and Win! course.

Five runners up received a copy of Cracking the Short Story Market

What is Flash Fiction

Thank you to all that entered our Flash Fiction competition. We had a fantastic response with entries making us laugh, cry and screw our faces up at the pure grisliness of the story. Some of you have very violent imaginations!

But finally we made our choices and we both agreed that Terry Prince should be the worthy winner.

Winner – Terry Prince

A nudge, a dip in the pocket – the mugs never saw me coming. Until I dipped Mad Ron. Didn’t recognise him. Big mistake. I miss my fingers.


Runners up


Amanda Hyatt

“Please,” she begged. Over the fence, she handed me her son. Aaron. A guard dragged her to the train. “Aaron? Not anymore,” I thought.

The poignancy of this one made it a ‘must’ for the runners up list.

RP Singh

A staunch believer in astrology, he was nearly 70 when he discovered his true date of birth. Whose life had he lived so far?

A very clever concept here!

Eileen Clifford

Engagement. Marriage.Hell. Divorce.

A story in just four words - we thought this was very succinct.

Sarah Stuart

FLASH, pain, lost limbs. Fallen mates, laughter stilled; my guilt, my shame. Your brave love, our baby’s cry; my salvation, my survival.

Several of you sent in entries with this theme - which is not surprising with war constantly in the news.


Mary Jones

Turning from the eyes that had wooed her so passionately to her anniversary present, a Hoover, her heart sighed away a million dreams.

... and this one brought a smile to our faces.


Theresa Gooda Writers Bureau's Student of the Year 2021

“I began my first Writers Bureau course (Comprehensive Creative Writing) in 2007. Having more than covered the course fees from published pieces I have never looked back. Initially my ambitions were to get going. I knew I wanted to be a writer, I just didn’t know how to go about it, or, if I’m honest, quite what I wanted to write. Since, I have gradually blended a teaching career with writing, first with articles and short stories, then increasing the writing commitment dramatically when I secured an agent in 2016 to ghostwrite a series of memoirs. This year I have undertaken The Art of Writing Poetry course to really hone my skills in what I now realise is a genre I love - and have already had my first poems published.”

Theresa Gooda - Writers Bureau Student of the Year 2021

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Tommy Cloherty"I wanted to learn proofreading and copy editing as I'm changing my career at the end of the year. I'm going into writing and publishing (both my own and other people's work) as well as teaching creative writing at F.E Institutions.

"The course reminded me how much I'd forgotten! It made me revise my punctuation and grammar and it also helped me to build a client base."

Tommy Cloherty

Lou Carter"After completing the course I began writing as much as I could and in 2014 I was finally signed by my agent and within two months I had a contract with Bloomsbury.

To date I have nine picture book contracts all at various stages of publication. There Is No Dragon In This Story (Bloomsbury) and Pirate Stew (Orchard) both published last summer and Oscar The Hungry Unicorn (Orchard) is due to be released on Sept 20th 2018. "

Lou Carter

Sarah Leavesly"Since starting The Art of Writing Poetry course, I have been published many times under my pen name Sarah James, won competitions and made money."

Sarah Leavesley


Lisa Harrison

"I’d just like to say thanks. If it wasn't for your lovely tutor giving me some really positive feedback, I wouldn't have dared to try and become freelance copywriter and leave a full-time job. Since I've started out on my own, my quality of life has improved dramatically. I'm happier, my little boy is happier and I'm excited to grow my business over the next year. I've earned £1940 in just under six months working on a part-time basis. '’I've got three regular clients. I'll always be grateful to them for taking me on despite being new to this profession."

Lisa Harrison

Lizbeth Crawford"My debut novel, Hate To Love You, by Elise Alden (my pen name for contemporary and historical romance), received three offers of publication. I went with Harlequin Carina Press.

"So, thank you Writers Bureau, to which I am extremely grateful. The Novel and Short Story course gave me the tools I needed to write my first novel."

Lizbeth Crawford

Noel Gama"I was so excited about the immense potential of the Internet that I enrolled for yet another Writers Bureau course, ‘Writing for the Internet'."

Noel Gama


Gilian Atack

"The course has helped me write a story that evokes strong emotions; the constructive but motivational feedback I received from The Writers Bureau has helped me knock down the barriers to self-doubt. Recently, I held my first book launch where I talked about how and why I wrote my story."

Gillian Atack

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