Watling Street Writers

Tuesday, August 24

A short and saucy competition

Just browsing Kat's list of flash fiction competitions and conscious that we have not set a theme for the Watling Street Writers weekly meeting homework for a week or so....

This leads me to a suggestion for this week/next week.

The Dirty Dozen is a 12 word micro fiction contest run by the online flash fiction magazine Vestal Review.

Entries need to be "somewhat risqué, but not X-rated."

The competition rules for entry can be found here along with some examples of previous winners.
Note that you will be directed to their submission manager to upload.

Prizes aren't huge but it could be a bit of fun!

Friday, August 20

Meeting 19th August

Hi all

We had a good meeting last night. Thanks to those who prepared something for us to discuss.

It was great to see Phil again last night and hope that he will be able to attend on more regular basis.

Next week meeting at the usual place (Duke of Marlborough) between 7 -7.30pm.

Hope to see as many of you as possible (with something to read out)



Wednesday, August 18

Competition - Win £20K!

Noticed this Monopoly competition on the prize magic website. It's not strictly a writing competition but you do have to wite a bit of fantasy in 75 words (I.e what you would do with the money if you won it) .

Visitors to the web site vote on your ideas for spending the money and the most popular get shortlisted...

Have a look and think about what you would do with all that money...!

Competition closes on 3rd September 2010.

Monday, August 16

Next Meeting 19th August 2010

Its been a quiet couple of weeks at the Watling Street Writers with members allowing their creative juices to stew whilst taking time out to move, have holidays and do the other important things in life.

However the weekly meetings continue and the next one is on Thursday 19th August at the Duke of Marlborough pub. It will be a regular manuscript/ideas/news catch-up meeting so look forward to seeing you all there!

Thursday, August 5

Genomics Poetry Comp

Genomics poetry competition

Looking for a poem of no more than 50 lines on the theme of ‘improving the human’.

First prize is £500, 2nd is £200 and 3rd is £100.

Entry is free.

The deadline for entries is 7 October 2010 (National Poetry Day)

Tuesday, August 3

Congratulations to Matt - txtlit competition

Congratulations to member-in-spirit Matthew King on being shortlisted for the June txtlit competition!

On the theme 'The Mistake', Matt's entry was:
Found at the coast, these undulating banks of wind-blown sand are often topped with wispy clumps of tall grass. This is the Dune competition, right?

From the Txt Lite web site:
Txt Lit is a new literary genre of creative writing using a mobile phone texting system, or SMS (Short Message System). A single mobile phone text message contains just 160 characters, including spaces and punctuation. We like to call stories written within these parameters Micro Stories.

Prize for winning is £50.

Monday, August 2

Flash Fiction Markets

Flash fiction is usually defined as stories of less than 1,000 words but is sometimes capped at as little as 150 words. Despite their brevity, these stories follow the usual fiction rules in that they have a plot rather than being vignettes or interesting observations. Below are some competitions and web sites that publish flash fiction. I've tried to focus on those which pay for stories.

1000 words or fewer
All genres
$3 token payment

1000 words or fewer
They don't appreciate romance stories, nor work with excessive gore or violence, "goth" vampire tales, hard-core science fiction, rhyming poetry, or works of a religious nature.
$5-25 payment
Submissions are quarterly

500-1000 words
Any genre
$50 payment

Up to 500 words
Stories up to 100 words (excluding the title)--10 cents a word.
Stories between 101 and 200 words--5 cents a word.
Stories between 201 and 500 words--3 cents a word.
Their reading periods are:
1. February-May
2. August-November

Up to 150 words
Subject for stories varies, check web site
£20 payment
Print magazine for women, women only submissions

Under 1000 words
Special Sci-Fi, Horror and Fantasy issue
Closes Aug 31st
Feedback with their rejection letters
£25 payment

Up to 1000 words

Up to 1000 words
Literary fiction

250-750 words
400 - 500 entries. 90 - 95% of those entries of an extremely high standard
£1000 first prize
Competition closes 14th September
£9 entry

Up to 500 words
£250 first prize
£5 entry
Closing dates of 31st March, 30th June, 30th September and 31st December.

300 words or less
£1000 prize
£14 entry
Close March 20th 2011

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