BeaconLit’s 500-word comp is open for December

And my 100-word competition is too! December theme: a winter job.

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Hello everyone. Yes, November’s theme of ‘the fifth’ has closed and December’s competition is now open. The theme is ‘a reunion’, to be used in any way you would like. Rules, prizes, entry form etc. via https://beaconlitblog.wordpress.com/500-word-competition.

NB. If you have stories ready for future themes, please don’t submit them until the relevant month as the entry will be disqualified with no refund given, and you won’t be able to submit it in the correct month (because we will have seen it). It’s rule number four. 🙂

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BeaconLit Third Year 500-word comp Round 2 – Oct 2019 winners announced

Drumroll please… round two results in BeaconLit’s flash fiction competition.

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We are delighted to announce the top three stories from October’s entries are (in alphabetical order):

  • Adult Behaviour
  • A Sticky End
  • Time to Speak Out

The three top stories will now go through to the final judging and the top ten prize-winning authors (not necessarily the same as the top ten stories as no author can win more than one prize) will be announced at the 2020 BeaconLit literary festival on Saturday 11th July. As with most months, there were more than three stories that could have made the top three but those that did were either closer to the theme or stronger (provoked more of a reaction after reading) so don’t be disheartened if yours hasn’t been mentioned.

If your story for this month isn’t listed in the above three, you are welcome to do whatever you like with your submission hereon in. If your story is listed, it’s…

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BeaconLit’s 500-word comp is open for November

And for those of you who like writing longer flash fiction…

BeaconLit

Hello everyone. Yes, October’s theme of ‘sweet revenge’ has closed and November’s competition is now open. The theme is ‘the fifth’, to be used in any way you would like. Rules, prizes, entry form etc. via https://beaconlitblog.wordpress.com/500-word-competition.

NB. If you have stories ready for future themes, please don’t submit them until the relevant month as the entry will be disqualified with no refund given, and you won’t be able to submit it in the correct month (because we will have seen it). It’s rule number four. 🙂

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Morgen’s free 100-word competition is now open for November!

*** PLEASE check your word count (100 words exactly – no more, no less – EXcluding title) and do submit more than one story to give yourself a better chance of being placed. ***

Hello everyone. Yes, October’s competition is closed, with the results due to be announced in the next few days. The theme for November is ‘not her / his fault’ which you can submit any time until Saturday 30th November (midnight UK time).

And remember, you can send up to three stories per month (individually or at the same time). It’s worth doing because some people have missed out because of errors (usually not 100 words exactly) in the only entry they send so they are immediately disqualified. This happens almost every month. <sigh>

There are lots of rules so please read the 100-word competition page carefully but the two most important are:

  1. Your story must stick to the theme (which varies each month).
  2. Your story must be no longer or no shorter than 100 words. This excludes the title which can be as long or as short as you like. Any stories of less than or greater than 100 words will be disqualified so please check before submitting. Hyphenated words (e.g. well-known) count as one word so 99-word stories because of a hyphenated word will be disqualified. This may sound harsh but it’s then fair on everyone. Also bullet points do not count as words so do not include them in your word count. Neither do ellipses (e.g. ‘and… we’ counts as two words), ages, e.g. ‘a two-year-old child’ also counts as one word (according to Word, which is what I use).
  3. You can send up to three stories per month.
  4. Please don’t submit your story / stories (or a variation of them) elsewhere until the results are announced. I score them as they come in (to longlist them then go through them again when the comp closes) so I don’t want to then be told that you need to withdraw the story because someone else wants it. The most you’d have to wait is six weeks (the competition month plus two weeks max. to the results being announced mid-month).  Thank you.

And the prizes?

  • You could win one or more of my online creative writing courses, or free editing and critique of your writing up to 2,000 words (worth up to £20 (€24 / US$28 / CA$ & AS$36)). There’s no time limit for you to complete the courses, or use the critique so you could save them up for your novel!

Good luck and I look forward to reading your stories.

#BookReview #DeadlyHarm Owen Mullen @OwenMullen6 @BloodhoundBook

Another fabulous book from the Bloodhound Books ‘pack’. 🙂

chapterinmylife: Scottish Crime Fiction Blogger

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I’m delighted to be sharing my thoughts on Owen Mullen’s latest novel, Deadly Harm.

Before I share my thoughts, here’s what the official blurb says:

A Story That Will Leave You Gasping For Breath


It’s been five years since Mackenzie Darroch was abducted and held captive in a derelict house.She thought she’d found her way out of the darkness. She was wrong.When she witnesses a car crash and saves the driver’s life, it sets in motion a chain of events that will alter both their futures.The two women get involved in a high profile police case and draw the attention of a ruthless reporter. Gina Calvi is convinced Mackenzie is not what she appears and is prepared to do anything to prove it.

Meanwhile, across the city, Kirsty McBride, a young single mother, is persuaded to leave a violent relationship. Her partner, Malkie Boyle a Glasgow hardman, is due to…

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