Your challenge, should you choose to accept it, is to respond to the image below with a piece of creative writing – any form, maximum 500 words. Please observe the usual rules – you don’t need me to spell them out. Essentially, be respectful of others.
Send your entries to me at firstname.lastname@example.org by 5pm (UK time) on Friday 3rd February. Subject line: Jan 2023 Writing Competition.
Entries will be anonymised on receipt. I will choose one winner, who will be offered publication of their work on this site, plus a surprise book and chocolate. Open to writers worldwide but I can only post the book and chocolate within the UK, sorry. Shortlisted entries may also be published.
As all writers know there is a plethora of online literary magazines out there. Some are long-established and greatly respected; others short-lived. Some are curt in their rejections; others promise more than they deliver.
I have found a home for my work in quite a few of these places and particularly appreciate those that offer a personal response, whether to accept or reject my work.
My online litmag of the year, for its commitment to the writers it publishes, and generous promotion of their work, is