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Prize Flash Fiction Contest
« on: September 23, 2014, 05:45:41 AM »
Prize Flash Fiction Contest

We’ve decided it’s high time to hold another prize flash fiction contest here on myWritersCircle.

To enter, you have to submit a story of exactly 100 words, including three specified words - jade, conduit, effervescent. In addition, you should give your story a title of up to 15 words. The words in the title will not count towards the 100 words in the story. A maximum of two stories may be submitted per author.

The winners will be chosen by novelist, illustrator and long-time MWC member Patrick Fox (best known on the forum as Foxy). I have included a short biography of Patrick (in his own words) below...

"I was born and brought up in Coventry in England. I now live in south Wales with my wife. Our children have both grown up and flown the nest, but they still continue to make us proud. I worked in the computer games industry for over twenty years as an artist and games designer. My debut novel draws on my experience of the industry. I now work as a graphic artist/illustrator, and some of my work can been seen on the covers of various books available on Amazon. In my spare time, I'm a keen amateur detective, and can often be found searching for clues in the local bars and pubs."

You can read Patrick’s blog here, and see samples of his artwork here. Here is a universal link to his novel Trinity on Amazon.

Patrick will select the winners from a shortlist selected by MWC moderators Mairi (Ma100), Dawn, and Jeanette (Distant Sun). The closing date to enter is Friday 10 October at 10 am EDT / 3 pm BST.

The contest is free to enter, and the first-prize winner will receive a copy of the CD-based course Write Any Book in Under 28 Days, also known as the Nick Daws Course. The second prize will be a copy of the downloadable course Blogging for Writers, while the third prize winner will receive a copy of Essential English for Authors. All shortlisted authors will receive a $10 discount voucher that can used against the price of any WCCL course or product. We are grateful to our forum sponsors (and owners) The WCCL Network for donating the prizes.

The judges will be looking for a complete story with a beginning, middle and an end, which follows all the contest rules. It should incorporate the three words mentioned above in as natural a way as possible. The three words should not stand out from the rest of the story. Please do not capitalize them or do anything else to draw attention to them, therefore.

How To Enter - Please Read Carefully!

Submit your entry by PM (Personal Message) to moderator Laura H, who will forward all entries anonymously to the short-listing judges. You can send Laura a PM by clicking here to go to her profile page and clicking on the link 'Send this member a personal message' near the bottom.

Use the subject line Prize Flash Fiction Contest and please avoid including your name or any other identifying information in your entry. You will, of course, need to be a registered member of the forum and logged in to be able to enter. It is very easy (and free) to join if you haven't already. Just click on Register near the top of the forum homepage and follow the on-screen instructions.

Please do NOT post your story as a reply here. If you do this, it will have to be disqualified as we will not be able to judge it anonymously. On the other hand, if you have any queries, please post them as replies below, and either I or another moderator will do our best to answer them. It is best not to send queries by PM, as there may be a delay in getting them answered.

We will post the results of the contest here as soon as possible once it has been judged. The winning entries will be posted on the forum and on my blog and also possibly in Trent Steele's writing newsletter (which is sent by email to MWC members by our sponsors). It is a condition of entering that you accept this. All contestants will (of course) retain copyright in their stories.

Good luck, and have fun!

Nick  :D
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Re: Sticky: Prize Flash Fiction Contest
« Reply #1 on: September 23, 2014, 05:52:57 AM »
Come on everyone. Great way to hone your skills for Nano.
Time to take it serious and get the job done

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Re: Sticky: Prize Flash Fiction Contest
« Reply #2 on: September 23, 2014, 07:04:08 AM »
Can't wait to read some fantastic entries. Pencils up  :D
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Re: Sticky: Prize Flash Fiction Contest
« Reply #3 on: September 23, 2014, 07:22:34 AM »
Right you are, you lot.

Get those pencils sharpened, those minds honed.

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Re: Sticky: Prize Flash Fiction Contest
« Reply #4 on: September 23, 2014, 08:38:57 AM »
And read the information Nick has posted. Do not post your entries here. PM them to me  ;)
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Re: Sticky: Prize Flash Fiction Contest
« Reply #5 on: September 23, 2014, 11:12:21 AM »
Blimey 100 words! And three of them already taken!   :o

Good challenge, every word will have to count.

At some point will we get to read all of the submissions or only those of the winners?
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Re: Sticky: Prize Flash Fiction Contest
« Reply #6 on: September 23, 2014, 11:31:03 AM »
We will publish all entries received (anonymously) in a document that anyone is welcome to download.
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« Reply #7 on: September 23, 2014, 12:31:29 PM »
We will publish all entries received (anonymously) in a document that anyone is welcome to download.

Cool, look forward to reading them.  :)
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Re: Sticky: Prize Flash Fiction Contest
« Reply #8 on: September 23, 2014, 12:57:06 PM »
I have just made a small addition to the rules:

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In addition, you should give your story a title of up to 15 words. The words in the title will not count towards the 100 words in the story.

Apologies that this information was omitted initially. If you have already submitted an entry without a title, feel free to resubmit to Laura with a title as well. Otherwise we will accept your story without a title, but all stories submitted from now on should have a title as well.
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« Reply #9 on: September 23, 2014, 01:03:31 PM »
:)

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Re: Sticky: Prize Flash Fiction Contest
« Reply #10 on: September 23, 2014, 02:17:16 PM »
Done one, but not submitting until I edited it fifty times.
Rough draft, and it came to 100 words which I wasn't expecting.
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Re: Sticky: Prize Flash Fiction Contest
« Reply #11 on: September 26, 2014, 12:41:35 AM »
Roger that.
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Re: Sticky: Prize Flash Fiction Contest
« Reply #12 on: September 26, 2014, 08:39:14 AM »
Writers,

Be sure to include a title for your entry. It doesn't go toward your word count, but it is required.  ;)
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Re: Sticky: Prize Flash Fiction Contest
« Reply #13 on: September 26, 2014, 09:25:06 AM »
Lots of lovely entries coming in. Come on, writers, great way to practice and warm your fingers for Nano.
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« Reply #14 on: September 26, 2014, 03:59:45 PM »
Just realised why I missed this originally. I became a granddad that day  ;D
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