Writing competition – Final results

Winner

David Abbott, for The Next Good Joy That Mary Had

Runner-up

Dudley Martin, for Spoor

Also shortlisted

Catherine Edmunds, for Winter Needs Watching

Darren Gillen, for Spider, Spider

Carolyn Stockdale, for Chapter 39

Special mention

Samuel Dodson, for The taste of champagne

Lucy Kaur, for The Illustrator

Sarah McPherson, for Ice Age

The runner-up’s story will be published on Saturday, 18th February,

The winner’s story will be published on Sunday, 19th February.

MANY CONGRATULATIONS ALL!

Writing competition – Update – Deadline extended

I think I may have fallen foul of the new Twitter algorithms, so that some (many?) of those who might be interested in entering my competition didn’t read about it until recently – or at all!

So I’m extending the deadline by a week.

You now have until Friday 10th February, 5pm, UK time.

See my previous post for the picture prompt and all the details.

Send me your best. Any form. I’m looking forward to reading your words.

Writing competition

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 cath.barton@talktalk.net 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.

Happy writing!

Photo: Cath Barton

My twelve days of Christmas – 3 – Online Litmags

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

Moonchild Magazine

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