Wednesday, 22 June 2022

Short Story Competition

Category: Fiction - Short Story  

No set theme or subject matter, write what you like to write!

Words: 1000-2000

Opens: 22nd June at 8am (UK time)

Closes: 21st July at 8pm (UK time)

Winner announced: 31st July

Entry Fee: Free

First Prize: £30 + Publication

Second Prize: £10 + Publication

Third Prize: £10 + Publication

5 Runners-Up: Publication

Winning stories & Runners-up will be published in the Slingink Magazine



Ready to send your entry?

Maximum of 3 entries per writer, per month.


Tuesday, 21 June 2022

Write From The Heart

Write from the heart - that's all you really need to do.

Never try to second guess the market or try to be clever with your audience - or those who would help you achieve your aims.

Be true to yourself and be honest with your readers - because that's the only way to create anything of value and to sustain an artistic career of any kind.

It's easy to get fooled by the system into thinking that you work to get paid, therefore you can write anything for money - but it doesn't really work like that.

Not with art anyway. Not with anything creative.

Creativity requires more than just turning up and punching the clock.

Writing, painting, sculpting, playing an instrument, making movies, anything that requires personal expression, needs a soul at work.

Your soul - your time and passion and commitment.

That's what creativity of any kind demands:


It's intimidating, sure, when you see so much finished stuff around - you know, finished books, completed movies, and mastered songs that just glow with semi-perfection - all neatly packaged and oozing confidence and, well, some kind of stature.

And all available for sale...

It's hard when you want to be one of those people who has a book out there or a song or a film - and you know you haven't even started or worse actually, you're half way through something that feels like it's never going to be completed let alone recognized and available as a finished product.

It can be extra intimidating to see so many people with finished products who are social networking constantly - trying to get themselves and their own books, films and music seen and taken seriously.

Especially when on the same page some fabulously famous people are doing exactly the same - and they have the fame, the kudos and the riches to do it well!

How can you possibly compete in a world where just about everyone is shouting, "Look at me, look at me!"

Thing is, it's not about competing.

It's just about being there - and being yourself and being honest.

People might criticize you (but actually they rarely do).

Most likely people might appear to ignore you.

But that's okay too.

How many times have you seen people online and not said anything - just stored away their image or their 'thing' in your brain and moved on?

That's pretty much what everyone else is doing.

They may never contact you or involve themselves with you but they know you're there.

And there is just where you need to be.

You gotta be in it to win it, as they saying goes.

That doesn't mean you spout bollocks all day though.

People respond best to sincerity.

Consistent sincerity - the kind you can't fake.

Do what you do, feel what you feel, and write what you write...

Love what you do and do what you love.

And get it out there.

And the world, my friend, will know.

Trust in yourself and your dreams.

And write from your heart.

Till next time.

Keep writing!

Rob Parnell's Writing Academy

Monday, 20 June 2022

Fiction Editing

Fiction editing requires a totally different group of skills than your solid foundation of English language expertise. Editing fiction requires expertise that is seldom innate. No matter how good your grammar expertise might be; instead, you’ll have to study what it is to write fiction, and also what it is to publish fiction. If you need to become fiction editor, seek out fiction producing and fiction editing training. Googling “how exactly to create fiction” or “how exactly to edit fiction” should offer you enough material as a starting point to learn and research for several weeks.

Similarly, editing memoirs, for which presently there is a huge market for, requires specific editorial skills. Memoir editing isn’t unlike fiction editing, for the reason that it requires the advancement of an intriguing story line, frequently partially fictionalized , whether it’s chronological or not. Research your options thoroughly if that is a genre you intend to pursue.

You couldn’t choose a better target time to become freelance editor. Self-publishing has turned into a huge and genuine market, no longer stigmatized by the words “vanity publishing.” Right from the start the discipline of indie publishing is growing, I dare say, exponentially. Research and find out about this niche. In general, it’s an astoundingly good time to enter this business.

Yes, it’s a real goal oriented job, but there’s a good caveat. Don’t imagine for another moment that editing is not fun. It’s quite interesting to deal with literature all day, although sometimes it really is a challenge. It’s mostly about reading, examining, and critiquing poor or worse, sometimes incredibly bad writing. It’s frequently on subjects you may never be thinking about. If you increase your reading and writing as a result it’s captivating for you to learn more about foreign subjects. Trying to decipher somebody else’s poor composing and adapting to their design, or adding some design if none is obvious, is exceedingly difficult, and surely puts the mind to work. And sometimes it could be all about fact checking or formatting footnotes and reference lists and bibliographies effectively, which requires another very different expertise, usually employing either Chicago, APA, or MLA styles.

Whatever else it might be, freelance editing isn’t a hobby job. It’s not at all something you can merely start doing because it appears like a simple method to improve your income. Learning to be a professional freelance editor necessitates as a lot of experience and real life education. Do not pass up chances to upgrade your expertise by attending conferences, taking courses, reading greatly, and joining discussion forums with your colleagues.

If that is a career path that interests you, you’ll have to have a love for English words and for dealing with the written expression. Passion is certainly key to this line of work. The very best freelance editors have great passion for this work. Nevertheless, you probably do as well, or you wouldn’t end up reading this. In the event that you think freelance editing may be the right profession for you, I wish for you all of the best in your trip to becoming an editor.

© Brian J White

Sunday, 19 June 2022

How To Write Engaging Fiction

This is a question every writer or new writer has asked themselves from time to time. How to write fiction that people will not only want to read, but enjoy and remember a long time after they have finished the book.

This article although aimed at novels can easily be applied to short stories.

The first thing to appreciate when constructing engaging fiction is to start with a strong main character or protagonist. You want your main character to stand out and be able to carry your story right through to the end. This is even more important for longer fiction as you obviously have to engage the attention of your readers for longer.

What makes a memorable character can be many things. Unusual physical appearance can help such as for example, a very tall man who has a lot of tattoos and a bald head. However, it is the personality of your main character that will stay in the minds of your readers more. Readers want to be able to identify with your main protagonist or at least sympathize and root for them when they are presented with obstacles or opposition.

Your main character does not have to be perfect by any means, but they have to be likable, appealing and believable. They need to seem almost real. Even if your main character has many flaws, their good points should still outweigh them.

Another aspect to bear in mind when writing engaging fiction is your plot. Good fiction should contain conflict, that is, a hurdle or obstacle that your main character needs to overcome in order to achieve what they want. It would be very difficult to write engaging fiction without a strong plot. Regardless of the genre you are writing in, the same rule applies.

A good plot should aim to grab the reader's attention from the beginning of the book and should contain sufficient tension and cliff-hangers. This is especially true when writing thrillers or crime fiction. When writing engaging fiction the plot should not be predictable but should keep your readers intrigued until the end. However, even if you are writing romance fiction for instance, the plot should not be obvious. It could even include a credible twist.

Your style of narration is another way to write engaging fiction. Third person narrative is popular for good reason. It allows you to follow the thoughts and view the world of all your characters both major and minor. Third person narrative also assists with plot as you can better understand the actions and motivations of the antagonist, for example.

By contrast first person narrative although restricted to your main character has the added advantage of you seeing the story unfold closely through the eyes of your main protagonist. This intimate view of storytelling can add excitement and tension, thus making writing more thrilling.

Finally, the time span of your book or short story can make your work more compelling. Obviously, the shorter the time span, then the more tense your story is going to be, again very useful for thriller writing. However, a longer time span will allow you to include more details thus creating vivid memorable fiction.

© S P Wilson

Sharon Wilson is an aspiring writer who is serious and passionate about the art and craft of creative writing. She has undertaken several courses in this field and has gained extensive knowledge of writing novels and short stories. Sharon has a keen interest in poetry and is an avid reader. Her blog is dedicated to all writers, especially the new writer: