Wednesday, 10 February 2010

One-page short stories

You may already know this, but for those of us who enjoy writing short stories, there are currently two national competitions for one-page short stories. One is a new competition run by the prestigious Bridport Prize, and is a competition for stories of 250 words or less (first prize £1000). Fish Publishing run a similar competition. They ask for stories of up to 300 words, with a first prize of 1000 Euros, and publication in their anthology for the best ten.

I love writing these very short stories. The discipline and the challenge is exciting (and they make a nice change from the WIP...)

10 comments:

Matt Curran said...

Hi Frances
 
Thanks for posting this.  It's part of my new resolution/2010-writing-regime to write at least one short story a month, so this interests me.  I've already sent off January's effort to a writing competition, and February's short is almost done so it's good to know there is still an outlet for short fiction...

 
...And as we're talking about the short stuff, I've recently tweeted about the desire for a Macmillan New Writers anthology, something I've been thinking about for over a year now.  Macmillan weren't too keen on pursuing this due to financial considerations, but as an e-book published by this community, I don't see how we could go wrong.  It would be a great way of publicising the writers past and present on this imprint, and a good opportunity to flex those short writing skills.  I'll talk about it more on Monday and then post something here to stir up interest, but I reckon if most of the Mac New Writers here brought at least one story to the table we would have the makings of a good anthology that we could publish via Stanza which would cover such e-readers as the iphone, ipad and if memory serves, even the Kindle.

Frances Garrood said...

A really great idea, Matt! We could do poems too. Why not?

Neil said...

Thanks for posting that, Frances.

Ann Weisgarber said...

Frances, thank you for posting. Matt, I like the idea of an anthology and think we should give it a try.

Will someone please take pictures of Monday's gathering? I sure do wish I could be there.

Frances Garrood said...

We will, Ann, we will! But it'll have to be someone other than me otherwise all the heads will be cut off. Any offers?

Matt Curran said...

I'll be bringing a digital camera with me for the afternoon. Should get a few mug-shots of us all for the blog (if the camera works that is!)

Ann Weisgarber said...

Thanks. I'm looking forward to the mugshots.

Frances, you've pulled off the nearly impossble: rounding up authors from all over the country and herding them to one spot on the same day at the same time. Hats off.

Tim Stretton said...

Surely Neil's Kindle will take pictures?

Matt Curran said...

Just realised that I didn't mention the anthology thing yesterday at the London meeting. I'll write a blog post this week instead...

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