Delighted to announce my name is on here! The ten stories shortlisted for the Willesden Short Story Prize 2022 in alphabetical order by author Thanks to all who entered for making our … Announcement: Shortlist for the Willesden Short Story Prize 2022
I’m in the middle of a break during a ‘Embracing the Strange’ workshop with KM Elkes – and here’s a master flash doing just that
Nobody understood this could be a thing, until they saw jumpers at a certain height, five hundred eleven feet, tumble upward. Unlike fallers, upfurlers didn’t make spectators jerk their shoulders in revulsion or crunch up faces to stave off crying.Seeing upfurlers made the emergency responders slack-jawed the way a miracle can. Like if you woke up and had the 20-inch curling fingernails: it made no sense, but you’d seen pictures and here they were. Philippe Petit kind of lay down in the air up there once, but this?There was one woman in a skirt suit, hounds-tooth-checked, who spun like a saucer without rising or falling. Her hair swished behind her, swish, swish, like a sickle. They call her Frisbee now, but her name is Andrea Masterson Giacobazzi, and whatever magic, whatever science, whatever god held her spinning like a barefoot plate, dispersed when the first tower fell, creating voids. Floor…
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I’d like to share some ideas on beginnings that occurred to me after a recent run through the slush pile.
REM wrote a great song called Begin the Begin on their album, Life’s Rich Pageant. It started: Birdie in the hand for life’s rich demand.
A rich, demanding opening is extremely critical to flash fiction. I don’t think you can overestimate the importance of the first few sentences or the opening paragraph. After reading a dozen of these in a row, they can accumulate similar issues. Stories with strong openers rise to the top. It’s a striking difference. Trumpets have been known to sound.
Here are two things that seem to go wrong with many starts:
- Lack of urgency
- Lack of clarity
These qualities are often inherent or implied. You can’t always just insert urgency here, but many stories without it act as if you can simply insert reader…
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No, this isn’t anxiety—anxiety is defined by uncertainty. But she is certain.Fiction: Skywatch by Jessie Lovett Allen
Here are five flash fiction writers we recommended reading and why:Beginner’s Guide to Five Flash Fiction Writers and Their Unique Styles by Mandira Pattnaik
Last month my short (short) story got shortlisted for a prize with Retreat West. I'm delighted as I've entered this a few times and not even been long-listed and I mostly entered on a whim, thinking at least my entry fee would support the community a bit (as you can imagine, times are hard for … Continue reading Micro fiction: The Collector’s Wife
Hey there. I’m re-blogging this edition of Microfiction Monday Magazine because my story - Practically Asking For It - is in it. Do please have a look. What a kick, seeing my name in print! Practically Asking For It by Jackie Morris Nadine is shopping for a new boyfriend – she’s looking for a two-takeaways-a-week, … Continue reading Microfiction Monday – 140th Edition — Microfiction Monday Magazine
By Melissa Ballard Don’t worry. You won’t be asked to remember those three words. This is not part of a cognitive assessment. It’s how I start my …Robe, Coffee, Crossword
By Gabriela Denise Frank Can we strike shitty first draft from our vocabulary? No wants to do a shitty job at anything. Writing time is precious and …Against the Shitty First Draft
In which another Jackie nails exactly how Easter works in the UK There are certain times of year where I find my homesickness levels for England rise. One of these is the Easter weekend. I have lovely memories of …Easter in England: Bigger eggs, hot cross buns and more days orf!