Category Archives: General competitions

Flash fiction writers take note.

Whilst perusing the newspaper shelves in my local Sainsbury’s I was attracted to one of the smaller periodicals that tends to get overlooked on the magazine shelves in the  supermarkets and I was happy to see the lines I have looked for each month. I am pleased to bring to your notice that the Reader’s Digest 100-word short story competition is now promulgated. The first prize is £1000, and it’s free to enter. With three categories – one adult category and two for schools there is plenty of time to pick up your pens or  polish the keyboard, delve into your imagination and get a mark on next year’s diary as the closing date for entries is February 2018. If you wish to find out more about this annual competition why not visit their competition page at


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Deadline reminder for bi annual Dorset Fiction Award closing in 8 days

A reminder about the Dorset Fiction Award’s bi-annual short story competition! They’re looking for short stories, fewer than one thousand words in any genre and topic.

They want to help the great art of writing thrive, and welcome entries by anyone from anywhere. The winner will receive a £500 cash prize, and will be featured in their yearly anthology and on their website along with the next nine runner ups.

So if you are a fanatic writer, or perhaps have lying dormant within you the creative flare to produce something brilliant — then enter. So why not pop by and have a look at their full details page for all the information.

This turn, they are supporting First Story, as chosen by their previous winner Marie Gethins. First Story is a national charity who are dedicated to reducing gaps in literacy and attainment through creative writing.

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Get Ready to Rodeo! — Carrot Ranch Literary Community

Norah Colvin writes in the upcoming The Congress of Rough Writers Flash Fiction Anthology, Vol. 1: “Flash fiction is a form of short writing. In its various forms, it may be known as, for example, micro fiction, sudden fiction, or six-word stories; the length may vary from as few as six to as many as […]

via Get Ready to Rodeo! — Carrot Ranch Literary Community

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Colleen’s weekly poetry challenge #49 Tanka 

Evening balloon.jpgThe balloon soars high

all the waiting is over

up to the heavens

Checking  the pressurised suit

ready for freefall descent

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#Colleen’s Weekly #Poetry Challenge 35 – PAST & FUTURE



Generations past

saw only a bright future

plundering the earth

We look over our shoulders

but we stumble blindly on

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