Christmas is over, 2019 has arrived and our short story competition is running. Time to sharpen your wits, put fingers to keyboard and craft those fabulous phrases you know you want to write.
We’re looking forward to receiving your entries – several of you have already e-mailed us stories and our judge is enjoying reading them.
For those who’ve not yet done so here’s a simple fact. You can’t win unless you enter. I have writer friends who struggle to submit to magazines or to send their work to competitions. Some ask,’ what’s the point?’ They doubt they’ll even be on the long list, let alone making the short list or gracing the winner’s podium. (We don’t actually have a podium but I like the idea of our writers being lauded as loudly as sports people are.)
So maybe you won’t be placed, but even sending a story out is a success. It takes time and patience to write, it takes courage to share your work with others. And one of you out there will win the competition – someone has to, so why not you?
Here’s another fact. Last time we ran the short story competition we included several of the short and long listed stories in our magazine. So you’re not only entering our completion you may also be published.
So get writing and send us your stories. You have until 31 March but don’t leave it too late; dates have a habit of arriving before you’re ready for them. Like Christmas for example.