The writing website http://www.readwave.com has launched a new initiative – writing “themes”. There are 48 themes in total, ranging from familiar genre categories (e.g. Crime Fiction, Sci Fi & Fantasy, Literary Fiction) to the more unusual (People Watching, Change the World, and the intriguingly titled Ludicrous Lists!). Stories of up to 800 words can be uploaded to any one of these themes, and will appear on the website. OK, there’s no money in it, but there is opportunity for feedback, which is the next best thing, don’t you think?
Having decided to upload a short piece under the theme of “Loss”, I was contacted by Rob at the site who asked if I could supply a photo illustration for the story. Since my piece features the narrator catching herself putting the teapot in the fridge, clearly a photo of a teapot in a fridge would be appropriate. Of course, on closer inspection, my fridge was not in a fit state for a photo shoot – hence a hurried clean up. (Funny how motivation can come from the most unusual sources!) If you want to see the finished result (or indeed, read the short piece), you can find it here: http://www.readwave.com/forgetting_s19432
If you prefer to submit a piece of short fiction with the chance of a prize, The Fiction Desk are running a flash fiction competition for stories between 250 and 1000 words. Closing date is 31st Jan, and the full details are on their website: http://www.thefictiondesk.com/submissions/flash-fiction-competition.php