How to write a short story….and enter a competition
I recently came across the WikiHow entry on how to write a short story. The actual article contains good advice, but I arched an eyebrow when I read the introduction.
“While writing a novel can be a Herculean task, just about anybody can craft and, most importantly, finish, a short story.”
No, they can’t – unless the writer means that almost anybody can produce 1000+ words of grammatically correct sentences that somehow link up together, but that’s no more a short story than a roll of material pinned into a tube is a dress.
I resent the idea that short stories are an easy option. The very size means there’s nowhere to hide flabby ideas and weak sentences. A clunky phrase stands out as brashly as if it had been highlighted in neon yellow…
You can read more of what I have to say on the Hysterectomy Association’s blog – I’m writer in residence for the medical charity to support their 2014 writing competition – short story, flash fiction and poetry .
This is an international woman-only competition and and you can write about anything “relevant to women” EXCEPT erotica, horror or having an hysterectomy…
Stories can be up to 2000 words, flash fiction 200 words and poems up to 20 lines. Closing date is August 31st (it’s not that far away when you include thinking and editing time) and the cost is £5 per entry. Prizes are £150 for the short story, £75 for flash fiction, £75 for the poem plus publication in an anthology. As with all competitions, study the rules carefully
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