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Flash Fiction at a Readers’ and Writers’ event in Dorset

on March 13, 2012

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’.

Patrick Gale

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)

Flash Fiction World: a free resource for readers and writers of flash fiction. My flash fiction titled Yearning is on one of the pages.

#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.   

Good luck!

11 responses to “Flash Fiction at a Readers’ and Writers’ event in Dorset

  1. It was an excellent day, wasn’t it?

    Lovely to meet you too – and thank you so much for your support re my book.

  2. Snap Gail 🙂

    I have one of my stories up on Flash Fiction World too 🙂

    I am so jealous, sounds like you had a great time!


  3. Fiona Murphy says:

    I am gutted to not have made it. Too many great events to go to and my daughters birthday came first. Glad you enjoyed it. Maybe see you at the next event or coffee sometime?
    Fiona x

  4. Vic says:

    Hi Gail

    Your picture is no longer large. That one slipped through the net but it’s a reasonable size now. We don’t want a giant pic diverting attention from the story eh?

    It’s a lovely pic though, big or small.


    Vic – FFW editor.

  5. John Wiswell says:

    Kind of you to plug so many avenues for prose!

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