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What I learned from judging a flash fiction competition

A few weeks ago I received an email with the subject ‘WINNER!’. Like any  intelligent email user, I immediately dismissed this as spam until… I noticed the sender: Zeroflash. It turned out I had been selected as the winner of September’s Zeroflash competition. What!? And they wanted me to judge next month’s competition. What what!?… Continue reading What I learned from judging a flash fiction competition

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My very own story artwork – by Jon Stubbington

I’ve ticked off another writing first this week. I’ve had some wonderful bespoke artwork created to accompany my flash fiction ‘His Chair’, which won first place in last month’s Zeroflash competition. (I still can’t quite believe that one). It’s amazing to see how someone else has interpreted my words and the images the story conjured… Continue reading My very own story artwork – by Jon Stubbington

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My story in Ellipsis Zine

After a few weeks of struggling to find the time, energy and head space to write, I’ve just had a wonderful motivational kick courtesy of the brilliant Ellipsis Zine, which has published my flash fiction piece, The Angel Dress. Having been truly moved and impressed as each week goes by and new stories are added, I’m… Continue reading My story in Ellipsis Zine

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Planning my DIY writing retreat

I keep fawning over adverts for writing retreats in beautiful remote places, dreaming of the escapism, the torrent of ideas I’d come up with and the pages of stunning prose I’d produce away from the daily grind. Whilst unfortunately I don’t have umpteen hundred pounds and unlimited days to spend researching and drafting, I have… Continue reading Planning my DIY writing retreat

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How to write flash fiction

Earlier this month I had the pleasure of attending an inspiring workshop on flash fiction, led by the brilliant Linda Grierson Irish, whom I met on the Comma Press short story course. I have dabbled with the form before, naively assuming that because of short word counts, flash fiction pieces would be quicker and easier… Continue reading How to write flash fiction

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Revisiting old writing – ‘Waiting for Bill’

This is the first complete piece I ever wrote. I entered it for a competition organised by Liverpool writing group, The Poised Pen. They required flash inspired by the ‘Another Place’ sculptures at Crosby beach. I was absolutely flabbergasted when my name appeared on the long list. It was such an important confidence boost as… Continue reading Revisiting old writing – ‘Waiting for Bill’