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A Short Story is a like a knife…Michael Swanwick Quotes for Writers (and people who like quotes)

A short story…can be held in the mind all in one piece. It’s less like a building than a fiendish device. Every bit of it must be cunningly made and … Continue reading

February 28, 2016 · Leave a comment

What a good short story should do — Alice Munro Quotes for Writers (and people who like quotes)

I want my stories to be something about life that causes people to say, not, oh, isn’t that the truth, but to feel some kind of reward from the writing, … Continue reading

November 29, 2015 · 2 Comments

A CHAIN STORY for you to write….your go next

Same rules as last time…write up to two sentences at a time (and remember that Go! is a perfectly good sentence). You can have as many turns as you like … Continue reading

November 23, 2015 · 16 Comments

Writing about the beast within – get your pens out for this unusual competition

The more humanity advances, the more it is degraded (the always cheerful) Gustave Flaubert I’m posting news about this writing competition because of the subject you have to tackle – … Continue reading

August 18, 2015 · 5 Comments

Write a Short Story for Radio

Carried in Waves is a short story competition for radio organised by University College Cork. The brief is wide: the story can be on any subject, written in any style, … Continue reading

June 10, 2015 · 10 Comments

What women writers need…Lorrie Moore Quotes for Writes ( and people who like quotes)_

If I had a staff of even one person, or could tolerate a small amphetamine habit, or entertain the possibility of weekly blood transfusions, or had been married to Vera … Continue reading

May 10, 2015 · 4 Comments

Write for BBC Radio

Once a year a window opens for new writers with no experience of radio to submit a short story  to Opening Lines – BBC Radio 4’s showcase for short stories. … Continue reading

January 5, 2015 · 11 Comments

10 things Hilary Mantel knows about writing Quotes for Writers (and people who like quotes)

This list is an extract from a post by Hilary Mantel, the international bestselling author, and seems like a good and thought-provoking way to start the new year. It originally … Continue reading

January 4, 2015 · 2 Comments

A short story is a fiendish device: Sci Fi writer Michael Swanwick — Quotes for Writers (and People who like Quotes)

A short story…can be held in the mind all in one piece. It’s less like a building than a fiendish device. Every bit of it must be cunningly made and … Continue reading

October 26, 2014 · 2 Comments

The Seven Deadly Sins of Short Story Writing and how to avoid them

This post grew out of an article I originally wrote for the Hysterectomy Association when I was writer in residence of their annual writing competition earlier this year. I recently … Continue reading

October 6, 2014 · 11 Comments

How she did it. Kath McGurl’s 11 year Route to Publishing a Novel

The guest post this week comes from Kath McGurl and I am very glad to welcome her. I know Kath through her popular blog where she offers advice and information … Continue reading

September 29, 2014 · 2 Comments

A Criminal ADVENTure – call for Christmasy short stories with a twist

I’ve just been contacted by a former City Lit student to tell me that she is now part of a group of aspiring crime writers who want to create a … Continue reading

September 25, 2014 · Leave a comment

The clock is ticking….only four days left to enter this international writing competition

The August 31st writing competition deadline for Hysteria 2014 is approaching fast. Some writers need the adrenaline of a closing date hovering above their computer to kickstart their writing…. but if  … Continue reading

August 28, 2014 · 1 Comment

Free International short story competition

The RTE Guide/Penguin Ireland Short Story Competition is now open for entries. Winning stories will be published in the RTE Guide. (For those who don’t know, RTE is Ireland’s television … Continue reading

June 26, 2014 · 2 Comments