Hello. Back in December, I started a 500-word challenge and the latest deadline is midnight UK time (so the early hours down under or mid-afternoon in the U.S.) for you to get in your prompts. The details are listed on the 500-word challenge (free) page but to save you looking, I’ve replicated them below. There have been eleven entries this month (ten more than the first month) so make your prompts so outstanding that I pick yours!
If you’d rather write the story, there’s always the 100-word comp (free) where you could win some of my online writing courses (current theme: ‘a new start’, deadline 31st Jan). You’re welcome to enter both at any time and you can enter three stories for the 100-word competition, but only one set of prompts per person per month for the 500-word challenge.
Now back to the 500-worder, you can read the resulting story of the first story here: Portela or Sacavém perhaps and / or read the details to enter yourself. So without further ado…
Hi. I thought I’d do something different with this one… and like the 100-word Competition, it’s free to enter… except you don’t do the writing with this one, I do!
I launched a 100-word Competition back in September 2015 and it’s taking off nicely (with over twenty entries per month to-date) and I run Flash Fiction Fridays where I invite you to send me up to 500 words on any theme, and 6-word FFFs where I invite you to send me your six-word stories (and six-word biography), but for this ‘challenge’…
I’m inviting you to give me the components of a story (listed below) and once a month (finishing on the 15th of each month), I will write a piece of flash fiction (max. 500 words) and publish it on my blog on the first Friday of the following month, mentioning who supplied the components and if I pick yours you win a free <5,000-word full edit of a piece (or pieces) of your choice – worth £30 (€40 / US$45 / CA$ & AS$60) see Editing & Critique for details and testimonials – and I’ll also pick a second-placed and third-placed who won’t have their stories written but will win a free <2,000-word full edit on a piece (or pieces) of their choice – worth £12 (€16 / US$18 / CA$ & AS$24) per person.
If you don’t fancy entering (why wouldn’t you? :)) or you are unsuccessful (sorry about that!), I do already offer a free 1,000-word free full edit sample – take a look at the Editing & Critique page. And I also offer Online Creative Writing Courses for new writers and those looking to brush up on their skills… including entering writing competitions! Click on the link below for the rules and entry form…
- Keep it clean. I won’t include any swearing (although I don’t mind if I say that character swore) or overt sexuality.
- One entry per person per month.
- If you specify a genre, I will try and stick to that genre but I can’t promise it!
- If you win, I will email the relevant link to you for you to share with whomsoever you wish.
- The copyright however remains with me, Morgen Bailey, so you can’t publish the story elsewhere stating that it is your story or your creation. You may make reference to it provided that attribution reverts back to me / my blog.
- The judge’s (my) decision is final.
- Any entries received after the 15th (midnight UK time), will roll over to the following month.
- First placed wins a free max. 5,000-word full edit, and second and third placed each win a free max. 2,000-word full edit. Winners / runners up can send anything they like to me for my feedback (as a track-changed Word document and separate comments document) – an extract from a novel, one or more short stories, a script, piece of non-fiction or poetry – but only up to the word counts given. Anything over the word count would be charged (agreed in advance) based on the rates given on this blog’s Editing & Critique page).
- No cash / alternative prizes provided or offered.
- Hopefully that all makes sense but if not, feel free to email me.
So, complete the form below and see what happens!
NB. Please use the form below only for your entries. If you want to get in touch please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or you can leave a comment below. Thanks.