Xmas Competition & Successes

There’ll be a Friday Flash Fiction competition in December (100 words and a small cash prize) so start thinking up entries now, but in the mean time – have you ever entered any writing competitions and have you ever won anything or been placed?

(Started by Emma)

25 thoughts on “Xmas Competition & Successes

  1. Gordon Lawrie

    OK, I’ll spill the beans.

    You’ll be invited to submit a classic 100-word flash fiction story on any subject whatsoever, although we recognise that there may be a few Christmas entries. The story must be original, your own work, all the usual stuff, and mustn’t have been previously published anywhere, including LI, before 1st December 2014. The story judged to be the best will receive US$50 in cash paid by PayPal (good payment at a dollar every two words!) and there will be some “Highly Commendeds” as well.

    Emma and I will be the sole judges, which means that the rest of you will all be eligible to enter. (I think she and I are disqualified.) But we hope to spread the word a bit and attract a whole load of new people, too. That’s the idea, really.

    The competition opens on 1st December and closes at 23.59 GMT on 20th December 2014 and will be open to absolutely anyone, anyone at all, not just LinkedIn members. That means that all entries must be submitted via the website, http://www.fridayflashfiction.com/, which will have a special entry form. (It’s already all set up, it’s just that the relevant pages aren’t live yet.) But there’s no entry fee, you can enter as often as you like, and naturally… our decision will be final.

    You will have absolutely nothing to lose at all. Obviously we’re being a bit more adventurous here. We’ve no idea at all what this will lead to, but hopefully a lot of people will have a bit of fun.

  2. Russell Conover

    Sounds like fun. I look forward to crafting the perfect story–in my mind, anyway–and then submitting it via the link on the website. Guess I’ll have to keep this story separate from my usual postings, too.

    This contest could, hopefully, inspire some good entries. Can’t wait to see which ones come in. Putting on my personal thinking cap now …

  3. Gordon Lawrie

    Not at all, Russell – carry on posting as many stories as you possible to your blog. And there will be nothing to stop anyone posting their competition entries to LinkedIn, your blog, or both – in fact I’d positively encourage it.

    I’ve absolutely no idea how many entries we’ll get. Could be three, could be three thousand.

  4. Gordon Lawrie

    Jerry, the answer to the first is that “exactly 100 words” can cause disputes, according to the wordcount system used. We’d rather keep it simple this year if we can, although we’re open to improvements for the future. It could be a disaster, we know that. We’ll learn.

    And the answer to the second is… but of course. Emma and I are not committing ourselves as to the number, though.

  5. Jerry Stamatelos

    Fair enough. A limit then of 100 will do. I entered a couple “exactly” competitions with specific themes back in the day and I found them fun. A few rules were laid out to avoid word count disputes. Looking forward to submitting one…two…

  6. Gordon Lawrie

    Both of your suggestions might happen in the future, Jerry, I promise. This time, however, we’re sticking with the original “100-word maximum” rules that started FFF off in the first place.

    I think it’s reasonable to assume that “The cat sat on the mat” will not win any prizes, though! Incidentally, as far as I’m aware, every one of my own stories so far has been exactly 100 words, so personally I’m sympathetic.

    Look forward to hearing from you! (And yes, as often as you like.)

  7. Eric Smith

    As a colleague of mine used to say (until I told her what it meant), I got really “jazzed” about the Christmas competition. I’ve already written my entry. Maybe I can write some more entries before the deadline since, I think, Gordon said we could submit multiples.

  8. Brief Encounter by Alison McHarg

    (Also posted on the main story thread …)

    Branches adorned with glittering ribbons, shimmering in the down draught from the door, lights shining like meteors on its needles. Gasps and exclamations from everyone as it displays its raiment. A brief spell in the spotlight for the humble fir – grown for a two week extravaganza; the ultimate in convenience retailing.

    No thoughts of recycling as it shivers, unadorned on the pavement, skeletal and desiccated as January declines into February and red hearts grip the nation.

    Unnoticed but burrowing deeper in the frozen garden, blown there by a winter gale, a small cone grips the soil. Resurrection.

  9. Janette Jorgensen

    whoa… interesting theology here…
    4 days! oh my goodness, I think I will not be able to make it … yikes…
    although from what Ive seen, I wouldn’t stand a chance… bravo, dear writers!

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