Saturday, February 04, 2012

Flash...and more flash!

So, it was a week of good flash fiction-related news for me last week - a win at the Light Reading comp, semifinalist in another comp which hasn't declared yet, and then a shortlisting for the 2012 Unbound Press/Spilling Ink Holiday flash fiction Prize. My shortlisted flash story, Into the Waiting Arms of God, will be published in the prize anthology.

Huge congratulations to the winners and other shortlistees, especially Gail Aldwin, who tweeted me and Vanessa Gebbie to thank us, because she had taken part in the flash fiction workshops we ran in November as part of the Bridport Open Book festival. Most of the participants had not written flash fiction before, so Gail's shortlisting is really heartening, congratulations! And congratulations also to another of the workshop participants, Juliet West, whose flash story, Deep Hum, a draft of which was written during the workshop, has just been published on Ink, Sweat and Tears!

This leads me on to say that Vanessa and I will be running another flash fiction workshop for New Writing South in April, more details soon. But in the meantime, you have a chance to win copies of Vanessa's fabulous novel, The Coward's Tale, by entering the flash fiction competition on the Writers and Artists website. Here are the details:
To coincide with our recent interview with Vanessa Gebbie, author of The Coward’s Tale, we’re hosting a competition for you to showcase your literary skill.
We’re asking you to write up to 300 words (as a reference, not much longer than this page!) of flash fiction to be judged by Vanessa Gebbie. The best entries will win some very exciting prizes:
  • First place winner will receive a signed copy of The Coward’s Tale in hardback, a copy of the Writers’ and Artists’ Yearbook 2012, and also have their work featured on our website.
  • Second place winner will receive a signed copy of The Coward’s Tale in hardback and also have their work featured on our website.
  • Highly Commended- two highly commended entries will also have their work featured on the website.
If you think you are up to the challenge, read Vanessa Gebbie’s flash fiction article for inspiration and submit your entry to writersandartists@bloomsbury.com by the 22nd February 2012. Winners will be announced on the 7th March – good luck!

Happy flashing!

4 comments:

Vanessa Gebbie said...

Isnt it all whizzy? Congrats to all on the many flashy successes - and just to say I am looking forward to reading the entries for the W&A comp - the theme is 'the writers journey' - interpret it as you will, writers out there!

Elaine Chiew said...

Congratulations Tania on yr recent wins. I can't wait to read, and how brilliant that you and V are running these flash fiction workshops. I love the fact that flash fiction is gaining such traction among the writing community here, thanks to your efforts both. Onward!!

Tania Hershman said...

V - isn't it just? I hope you get loads of wonderful entries.

Elaine -thank you! There does seem to be something "flashy" in the air right now!

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