First Prize: How to Write for Competitions - and Win! course.
Five runners up received a copy of Cracking the Short Story Market
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.
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.
“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.
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!
Engagement. Marriage.Hell. Divorce.
A story in just four words - we thought this was very succinct.
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.
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.
“I’m currently working on my fourth book, have been paid for my writing by at least 15 different magazines, and now earn half my income from writing – all thanks to The Writers Bureau’s course."
Sarah Plater - Writers Bureau Writer of the Year 2017
"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."
"I always felt that I wanted to be a writer and write stories for children and novels for young adults. It was then that I did an enormous amount of internet research and discovered The Writers Bureau Writing for Children course. In eight months, I had two books under publication!"
"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."
“When I started The Complete Copywriter Course I wanted to be able to find a way to write for a living. With the help of The Writers Bureau that hope has become a reality.”
"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."
"I was so excited about the immense potential of the Internet that I enrolled for yet another Writers Bureau course, ‘Writing for the Internet'."
"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."