I am pleased to showcase the first entry in to this month’s mini writing competition – ‘The Dare’ by Kate Loveton, who also set the writing prompt. This is a very atmospheric piece and well worth a read.
Just a reminder that all entries should be in by this Thursday evening given the shorter time frame for the competition this month, so if you are hoping to submit please try to post your entries on to the competition page sooner rather than later. Happy writing 🙂
Kate Loveton, the winner of last month’s mini writing competition, has now set the writing prompt for this month’s competition. As such she has set the challenge of writing either a piece of flash fiction (up to 500 words) or poetry utilising either all, or at least three, of the words/phrases below:
photograph; special summer; heart; dachshund; pearl necklace
I would therefore invite you to post any entries in the usual way, i.e. directly in to the comments boxes on the designated July Monthly Mini Competition page.
The last entry date for this month is the 24th as usual, albeit I realise that this will be a bit tighter than previous months given the extended voting for last month – there’s a challenge for you! 🙂 People will subsequently have between then and the end of the month to vote for their favourite. The next competition will start at the beginning of August, with the winner setting the writing prompt for next month.
Good luck to everyone who would like to take part (and I hope you can write quickly!) 😉
What an interesting month and a heartening response to the 50 word micro fiction prompt. Who knew you could get such a mix of complete stories, genres and topics in such a restricted word count! I would like to thank all who took part and think you will agree that there are plenty of strong entries to choose from when it comes to casting your vote. Remember, voting is open to all whether you entered something into the competition or not and the voting poll is now attached for you to vote for your favourite entry.
In a change from normal procedure, voting will remain open until the 12th of July as I am about to enter a cyber black hole… As usual however, the winner will then get to set the next writing prompt. Good luck to all who entered. 🙂
Who will you vote for? Remember, voting is open to all, so make sure that your vote counts.
Apologies for the slight delay in posting this month’s writing prompt, but I think it may well be worth the wait. I have now spoken to Emma who, as winner of last month’s mini writing competition, has suggested a bit of a challenging writing prompt for June. This is to write a story in 50 words (or less). The subject matter of your story is open so the word limit is the only restriction.
As such I would invite you to post any entries in the usual way, i.e. in the comments boxes on the designated competition page.
The last entry date for this month is the 24th of June, and then people have between then and the end of the month to vote for their favourite. The next competition will start at the beginning of July, with the winner setting the writing prompt for next month.
Good luck to everyone who would like to take part 🙂
Thank you to all those who took part and I think there was something in there for everyone. The voting poll is now attached for you to vote for your favourite entry, whether you entered something yourself or not. Voting will remain open until the end of the month and the winner will then get to set the next writing prompt. As always, good luck to all who entered.
Who will you vote for? Remember, voting is open to all whether you have contributed an entry or not, so make sure that your vote counts.
In the last of today’s entries (so far) I am pleased to share Jan’s piece of memoir with you to round off three very diverse takes on the prompt of The Start of Something New. I always find it interesting to see the different interpretations of any prompt posted and hope that you enjoy sharing them too. 🙂
A New Start
I have just had a birthday. Aries the Ram. On the same day I watched ‘This Morning’ on the TV and Russell Grant was doing an astrology slot. Now, I don’t really believe in all that but……… there was something about the new moon being in alignment with thingamajig etc. etc. then, “Arians Will be looking for a new start.” So I thought ‘new start’ – what can I write about that?
Having retired from life as a busy nurse and having become less able to do things over the years, I have had to find new interests and ones which I can do sitting down. So, to keep my mind active, I joined a creative writing group. Here we learnt such diverse things such as how to write plays (we have just finished one and are hoping to produce it in front of a real life audience at our community centre), short stories, flash fiction and poetry.
In fact, I found that I enjoyed writing so much that I joined another creative writing class and then became a member of the Scottish Association of Writers (SAW). I also joined a craft class. Although I’m generally useless with my hands, I have found that I can make jewellery, mainly earrings, so I now have hundreds of pairs of earrings in a large box stashed in my bedroom.
I would love to do something energetic, even if it was just being able to take the dog for walks, but at least I have something else to fall back on and I am immersing myself with like-minded people and really enjoying it. My past is past, never to be forgotten and often drawn upon as a basis for a lot of my writing. They say write about something you know so my childhood, all my nursing experience and my life as a wife of a Church of Scotland minister, as well as being mother to my three lovely children, all go into my stories.
I have been lucky enough to have had a few stories published in women’s magazines and poems published in anthologies, and these small successes spur me on.
So, my new start? I suppose you could say that it has been learning to devote time and energy to things that I enjoy and finding new hobbies……. albeit ones that you can do sitting down!