Homework turned Prize Winner


You may recall that some time ago I mentioned a story of mine had been short-listed in the Writers’ Forum short story competition. The story, Beyond Words, started out as an exercise set for one of my local writers’ groups, so you can imagine how delighted I am to see it in print in the current issue, having been chosen by Sue Moorcroft as the second prize winner.  Not only is having the story published itself very satisfying, but it’s also interesting to read the comments from Sue in her “Competition Round-Up” where she gives her reasons for choosing the winning stories.  And I don’t think there’s any shame in coming second to Fiona Dorchester’s Retail Therapy either – which is beautifully written.

Prize winners in the Writers’ Forum competitions each have to submit a photograph and a brief writer bio.  The bio wasn’t too tricky, but not being terribly photogenic, or having the luxury of my own publicist, I was faced with the choice of sending in a selfie (in which I always look startled, worried, or mad) or enlisting the help of my other half.  Obviously I plumped for the latter, and so was subjected to several minutes of “Try looking up a bit…..no, not that much.  Smile.  That’s not a smile, that’s a grimace.  Hmm…we’ll try with the flash.  Oooh, no…..that doesn’t do you any favours!”  Thanks, sweetie!

If you fancy having a go at the Writers’ Forum competition yourself, it couldn’t be simpler. Any genre is acceptable, stories just need to be between 1,000 and 3,000 words. The competition is run on a rolling basis, so any story arriving too late for consideration for the current competition is simply put into the pot in the next one – no closing date to worry about. There’s a fee of £6 (£3 if you’re a subscriber).  For more info, take a look at: http://www.writers-forum.com/storycomp.html



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