Fletchski has a new site!

Greetings all you wonderful Lobsterites.

I’ve a lovely new blog over at http://fletchski.wordpress.com Why don’t you pop over and have a look at all the stuff I’ve been up to lately?


Made Up Words

Cool Competition

Grabbed from their website…

English PEN and Arvon join together to give you a chance to win a place on an Arvon creative writing week!

For this year’s Arvon brochure competition, English PEN has teamed up with the UK’s leading creative writing charity to run a competition called Made-Up Words.

We’re giving you the chance to win a full place on an Arvon course at one of the three English Arvon centres, plus travel to the Arvon house (the equivalent of a second class train ticket within the UK). Arvon run an exciting and broad range of courses for writers at all stages.

How To Enter

All you need to do is write a poem (maximum 14 lines) or a piece of flash fiction (maximum 100 words) with a title that is a made-up word.

Submit your entry in the body of an email to competition@englishpen.org by 29th March 2013.

Good luck with your entry! You may only submit one entry and you may not alter or amend the entry once it’s been sent. See below for further terms and conditions.

What’s a Made-Up Word?

All words, in a way, are made up, and we want you to feel as free as possible, but you might also be interested in exploring words that people make up and use in their families and friendships (think of Paul Muldoon’s poem Quoof, his family’s strange word for a hot water bottle) or nonsense words (think of Lewis Carroll’s Jabberwocky) or perhaps combinations from words of other languages, or onomatopoeic words, or words that are somewhere between sound and sense, or… Good luck exploring your own Made-Up Words!


Writer Femi Martin is the judge of the competition. Femi is a writer and performer who is best known for her flash fiction. She was appointed the Dickens 2012 Young Writer in Residence.

Be Inspired!

Femi Martin – the judge – has written some inspiring words for you to help you come up with your entry! Have a read and get writing!

Competition Partner

Made-Up Words is part of europolyglot, an English PEN festival of events, workshops, night classes and roundtables that celebrates multilingualism and active ageing in the UK, in partnership with the European Commission Representation in the United Kingdom.

Terms and Conditions

1. To be eligible, entries must be received on or before the competition closing date, as stated above.

2. You may only submit one entry (either a poem or a piece of flash fiction) and you may not alter or amend your entry once it’s been submitted.

3. The competition is open to all aged 16 or over. Winners aged 16 and 17 must be able to provide a consent form from a parent/guardian.

4. The prizewinners will be decided by the judge and the judge’s decision is final.

5. The competition ends as specified on the competition page; no entry received after that time will be considered. The winner will be announced on this web page. There is one prize of a full place on an Arvon course at one of the three English centres, plus travel to the Arvon house (the equivalent of a second class train ticket within the UK). A selection of the best entries may be published on the English PEN and Arvon websites.

6. The promoter reserves the right to amend the specification of the prizes or offer alternative prizes of equal or greater value.

7. The prizewinners will be notified by email. If any of the selected entrants do not meet all of the contract conditions, other entrants will be selected from the remaining eligible entries.

8. The competition is not open to employees of English PEN or Arvon and their sponsors or their immediate families.

9. The right is reserved to terminate or withdraw this contest at any time.

10. Entries must be submitted by the named entrant and will be invalid if found to come from a third party. Multiple entries from a single source (e.g ‘competition entry’ website/company) will be disqualified. Entrants may only submit one entry.

11. Entry to the competition is conditional on acceptance of these terms and conditions.

12. The email address you provide to enter the competition will be used by us to contact you if necessary, and will not be shared with other companies. English PEN and Arvon will only use your email address in compliance with the provisions of the Data Protection Act 1998 and in accordance with our privacy policy.

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BBC National Short Story Award

This looks well worth having a go at, get typing!

BBC National Short Story Award 2013 returns

14 December 2012

After a year spanning the globe for the finest international talent, the BBC National Short Story Award returns for 2013 to celebrate the very best in home-grown short fiction.

The Award, now in its eighth year, is one of the most prestigious for a single short story, with the winning author receiving £15,000. The runner-up receives £3,000 and three further shortlisted authors £500 each.

Journalist and broadcaster Mariella Frostrup will chair the judging panel, joined by novelist and short story writer Mohsin Hamid, novelist and short story writer Peter Hobbs, screenwriter, novelist and short story writer Deborah Moggach, and BBC Radio Editor of Readings Di Speirs.

Submissions for the Award are now open, from publishers, agents and published authors from the UK; please pass this message onto colleagues and your authors. The closing date for entries is 10am on 11 March 2013. Read the terms and conditions and entry guidelines carefully and submit your story in a Word document, along with a completed entry form. The maximum length for the short story is 8,000 words.

For all the info just click on the link below.

BBC National Short Story Award

Short Story Competition for Arc Magazine

I’ve grabbed this info straight from the Arc website. Sorry it’s a bit late but I’ve been busy escaping snow and finishing my entry.

Arc, in collaboration with The Tomorrow Project, is looking for new, original stories – between 3000 and 5000 words – set in the near future. What do we mean by that? Near enough to be recognisable, but not so near as to be boring. Technology, in whatever guise – from robotics 
to synthetic biology to geoengineering – 
should feature prominently, but we’re looking for stories, not theses, and the human element will have to be compelling. The current theme for submissions 

You’ll find our own approaches to that theme throughout 
Arc 1.1. Distinctive, thoughtful visions inspired by this theme are more likely to be successful, so it’s very important that you follow the first rule of writing and read the magazine first! Issue 1.1 also explains the nature of the Arc-Tomorrow Project collaboration, which you might find useful too.

Arc’s editors will select one story for publication in the next issue, due out in May. We will pay £500 for that story and £200 for each of five shortlisted stories.

You retain all rights over your story until it’s selected as a winner or is shortlisted, at which time we’ll ask you to sign Arc‘s standard fiction agreement. The Tomorrow Project may also ask to use shortlisted stories to stimulate conversations about the future on its own website. All entries must adhere to the competition’s general terms and conditions. Entries must be received by 23:59 GMT on 8 April 2012 and only one submission is allowed per entrant.

The Arc/Tomorrow Project collaboration has been made possible by the sponsorship of Intel.

2012 Bristol Short Story Prize Launched

Have just sent my entry off for the Bristol Short Story Prize so fingers crossed. The link below will take you to BS5’s info page. Entries need to be in by midnight tomorrow (Sat 31st March.) There are no restrictions upon theme or format but entries should be no longer than 3000 words and there is a £7 entry fee.

Here’s some info grabbed straight from the site:

The 2012 Bristol Short Story Prize is now open.

Stories can be entered online or by post. The closing date for entries is 31st March 2012. Please read the rules and competition details before entering.

First prize is £1,000. 20 stories will be published in the Bristol Short Story Prize Anthology Volume 5. The winning story will, also, be published in Bristol Review of Books and Venue magazine.  The 2012 Bristol Short Story Prize awards ceremony will be the final event of our 2nd ShortStoryVille festival which will be held next July.

The 2012 judging panel will be chaired by former Random House editor, Ali Reynolds, who now runs her own Literary Consultancy in Bristol. Ali will be joined on the panel by the writer broadcaster and critic, Bidisha, Anna Britten, writer and contributing editor to Venue magazine, and the celebrated novelist, Chris Wakling, whose latest novel  ‘What I Did’ was published by John Murray in September. Ali Reynolds says: “I’m thrilled to be chairing the judging panel for the 2012 Bristol Short Story Prize. Over the last few years the prize has celebrated diverse, heart-wrenching and powerful stories of such high calibre and I’m certain 2012 will build on this success. It will be a joy and a privilege to be involved in a prize with such international scope.”

2012 Bristol Short Story Prize Launched.

Biscuit Publishing: Competition rules

Those nice people at Biscuit Publishing have just opened their annual short story competition. Details can be found at the link below. 1st prize a whopping £1500 but hey, we don’t do it for the money, do we?


Biscuit Publishing: Competition rules.