Competitions

Leaf Nano-Fiction

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I’m in another Leaf anthology! My nano-fiction piece, “Think Tank”, has been commended in their latest competition. According to Leaf Books’ definition, nano-fiction is under 100 words long. No prize money, sadly, but there are one or two quite well-known names among the list, so I’m very pleased to be included.

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Sometimes You Just Can’t Resist

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So, right now I should be polishing my entries for the competitions that are closing at the end of the month (yeah, I know I’m late – tell me something new), and I should also be writing my entries for Round Two of the Whittaker Prize (especially after my rather surprising showing in both categories […]

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Leaf Poetry Competition

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I’ve just heard that my poem entitled (deep breath) “Pants Outside Trousers, Big Letter H On T Shirt, Here To Save The World” has been commended in the 2008 Leaf Poetry Competition. I am massively chuffed about this, because (a) I’ve always wanted to get into one of Leaf’s anthologies (having previously failed on more […]

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Longlisted at Cadenza Again

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So … for the second time running, I’ve been longlisted at Cadenza, this time with my story “Piss and Patchouli”. Whoo hoo! And for the second time running, I’ve failed to make the shortlist. Boo hoo! Clearly I’m doing something right, but not quite right enough. Still, I guess that’s my first hit of 2009. Now […]

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Fishermen’s Tales

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The judge’s report on the Milton Keynes Speakeasy Competition is now up on their site, as is my piece, “Fishermen’s Tales”. I’ve wanted to write a story with a protagonist called Milo ever since I read “The Phantom Tollbooth”. Which is quite a long time ago, now I come to think of it.

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Milton Keynes Speakeasy Competition 2008

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Just heard that I came second in this one, with my piece “Fishermen’s Tales” (or, as they refer to it in their e-mail, “Fisherman’s Tale”, which is probably better). This one has had an unbelievably tortuous life. It sort of started out as my first-ever entry for the (stop me if you’ve heard this one […]

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Back Again …

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… from a week and a bit in Hong Kong. Whilst I was away I managed to get to the shortlist for the Café Doom competition, with a final placing of seventh. I’m quite pleased about this, because the story I submitted, “The Future of Photography”, was a rather unpleasant sweary and violent first-person, present-tense […]

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Say Goodbye to Next Week

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A couple of weeks ago, Café Doom Ed was panicking that he’d received only ten entries for this year’s writing competition. He needn’t have worried. There are now 39 stories sitting there waiting to be read and voted on in the next ten days. And there’s the rub: all of the entrants are required to vote. […]