The Exchange at Sturminster Newton was a busy place on Saturday with workshops and talks by authors and a good chance to meet and chat with other readers and writers. I finally got to meet fellow blogger Patsy Collins who has recently won a competition to have her first novel published. Watch this space for more details of her book titled ‘Escape to the Country’.
I loved reading Notes from an exhibition by Patrick Gale and opted to join his workshop on flash fiction. I was interested when he said that a character’s back story from a novel can make an excellent piece of flash. This was reassuring as several of my latest attempts have been just that.
Patrick was also keen to promote entry into the Bridport Prize ( he is the judge for the flash fiction and short story categories) and
details of this competition along with other opportunities to publish flash fiction are found below:
The Bridport Prize: 250 word flash fiction (you can also enter competitions for short stories and poetry). There’s a Dorset award for the best local winner or runner up
National Flash Fiction Day: several free to enter competitions and opportunities to have your work included in online or print anthologies (including an antholgy for West Country/Writers from the South West)
#fridayflash: an internet meme to increase your visibility as a fiction writer
And finally, although there isn’t a flash fiction competition in The Yeovil Prize, it does provide an opportunity to submit the opening chapters of a novel and a synopsis for consideration, alongside short story and poetry categories.