#AskAgent tonight at 7pm EST

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Ask Agent Twitter session with Carly Watters…..

Originally posted on Carly Watters, Literary Agent:

Writers on Twitter, I will be hosting an #askagent session at 7pm EST tonight.

Come with your questions about submissions, publishing industry, query letters and more! Remember to use the hashtag so that I’ll see it and respond.

If you’re not on Twitter, you can still follow along by searching the #askagent hashtag in the search box in the top right corner.

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‘The Dare’ by Kate Loveton

I am pleased to showcase the first entry in to this month’s mini writing competition – ‘The Dare’ by Kate Loveton, who also set the writing prompt.  This is a very atmospheric piece and well worth a read.

Just a reminder that all entries should be in by this Thursday evening given the shorter time frame for the competition this month, so if you are hoping to submit please try to post your entries on to the competition page sooner rather than later.  Happy writing :)

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Kate Loveton says:

July 20, 2014 at 4:12 pm

Here is my submission for July, called ‘The Dare.’
http://kateloveton.wordpress.com/2014/07/20/the-dare/

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New Writing Prompt For July – Word Inclusion

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Kate Loveton, the winner of last month’s mini writing competition, has now set the writing prompt for this month’s competition.  As such she has set the challenge of writing either a piece of flash fiction (up to 500 words) or poetry utilising either all, or at least three, of the words/phrases below:

photograph; special summer; heart; dachshund; pearl necklace

I would therefore invite you to post any entries in the usual way, i.e. directly in to the comments boxes on the designated July Monthly Mini Competition page.

The last entry date for this month is the 24th as usual, albeit I realise that this will be a bit tighter than previous months given the extended voting for last month – there’s a challenge for you! :) People will subsequently have between then and the end of the month to vote for their favourite.  The next competition will start at the beginning of August, with the winner setting the writing prompt for next month.

Good luck to everyone who would like to take part (and I hope you can write quickly!)  ;)

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And June’s winner is………………

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Congratulations to Kate Loveton who has won June’s micro flash fiction writing competition with ‘A Righteous Man’, proving that last is definitely not least! :)

As winner, Kate is now entitled to set the writing prompt for the next monthly competition and I will let you all know once I have more information on this.

Once again, thank you to all who took part this month and I hope that you, like me, enjoyed the many varied and clever entries that were submitted.

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With apologies to Kate……..

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I seem to have missed Kate’s entry which she wrote on June 20th before the deadline for the 50 word micro flash fiction, so I’ve updated the voting poll to include Kate’s name and you can now also vote for her.  Her entry, A Righteous Man, is detailed below and again, big apologies to Kate for my original omission. :(

By Kate Loveton

Title of Story: A Righteous Man
Link (picture attached to story) http://kateloveton.wordpress.com/2014/06/19/a-righteous-man/

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After hymns finished, Brother Hackendorf got a determined look in his eye.  We saw the spirit was upon him.

That’s when the snakes came out.

Brother picked one up and held it high.  “Rebuke the Devil! Lucifer’s bite can’t harm a righteous man!”

Brother wasn’t as righteous as he thought.

 

 

 

 

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(Extended) Voting for June is now open!

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What an interesting month and a heartening response to the 50 word micro fiction prompt.  Who knew you could get such a mix of complete stories, genres and topics in such a restricted word count!  I would like to thank all who took part and think you will agree that there are plenty of strong entries to choose from when it comes to casting your vote.  Remember, voting is open to all whether you entered something into the competition or not and the voting poll is now attached for you to vote for your favourite entry.

In a change from normal procedure, voting will remain open until the 12th of July as I am about to enter a cyber black hole…  As usual however, the winner will then get to set the next writing prompt.  Good luck to all who entered. :)

Who will you vote for?  Remember, voting is open to all, so make sure that your vote counts.

 

 

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50 Word Micro Fiction – Final 2 Entries

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Here are the final two entries in the micro flash fiction competition for June and voting will open shortly.  (It will be a slightly extended voting period for this month as we hit holiday season, but more on that shortly).  Anyway, here’s two more strong entries in the meantime for you to enjoy. :)

  By First Night Design

THE FINAL NAIL

She closed the lid over her father and knocked the final nail into his coffin. “Sorted. Let’s party!” she said, ignoring the look on her brother’s face. The hammer crushed her skull in an instant.

  

By Sherri

STOLEN KISS

“Kaylie! Sam’s dad is here!” called Mia as she opened the door to Ken. He grabbed Mia’s hand before she could turn away, planting his lips on hers. Her heart thumped, she couldn’t pull away even as everything inside her screamed no.

“The girls….”

“Mummy, why are you kissing Ken?”

 

 

 

 

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50 Word Micro Fiction – Next 8 Entries

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For some reason I seem to be posting these in groups of eight….  So here are the next eight, which are as diverse as the first ones posted.  There is still time to enter if you would like to give it a go.   Entries should be posted directly on to the June Monthly Mini Competition page of my blog in the ‘Leave A Reply’ box at the bottom of the page. Once again, happy bite-sized reading! :)

By Tom Frattaroli

His name was Thomas, he died, struck by lightning working in the fields. His nephew’s name was Thomas, killed in Normandy 1944, ambushed by a Tiger tank, lightning flash on its turret. I am Thomas. I do not go out during thunderstorms. I am the last Thomas in the family.

By Suemoorhouse

THE MAN

His trousers were unzipped. ‘Like to stroke it? My little girl does.’ A polite 1950s child, I said, ‘No, thank you,’ and trotted off. I never told anyone. You didn’t discuss unpleasant things then. But I had a safe home, unlike his ‘little girl’. Can she forgive my silence?

By Andrew Geary

AT THE BAR

The eyes entered and breathed silence into the room. Samuel turned and saw the image through the mesh of faces. Samuel gulped down his drink and stood. But then he saw the eyes glaring at him, their blueness deepened. Suddenly, he learned that he wasn’t good enough, and disappeared.

By Bree Salyer

SOMETIMES THEY COME BACK

They buried his body that day along with her broken heart. Darkness whispered to her that if God wouldn’t bring him back, she could. She cried his name over white candles laced in black magic, breaking his eternal sleep. In the dead of night, there was a knock at her door.

By Jan Strickland

She sat by the cool, inviting waters of the azure blue pool, watching the sun-tanned bodies, some swimming, most lying on loungers trying to look stylish and drinking Mojitos. She tried to pluck up courage to join them, then she removed her prosthetic limb and dived gracefully into the water.

By Vaibhav

I went mesmerized as our eyes met on the wedding day. I recalled the memories of eight years old Natasha; how once she became so stubborn to get married to me. I walked her to the groom and at every step till we reached…I wished we turned eight again.

By Emma

It had been raining all day, the sort of rain that drenched everything, the wind fierce, blowing umbrellas inside out. She needed to look good; her first interview for a Receptionist post. Sitting in line with more rain-soaked women, she felt they needed a notice “No drowned rats need apply!”

By elizfrat

THE MISTAKE

She shuffled up the hospital corridor, her crimson-stained nightgown left crumpled on the bedside chair. She pressed her palms and forehead to the glass and looked in. She knew there had been a mistake; he was alive. But… so alone and vulnerable. Nobody noticed her leave with the infant.

 

 

 

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50 Word Micro Fiction – First 8 Entries

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The 50 Word Micro Fiction prompt seems to have sparked something off in a lot of you and I’m happy to share the first 8 entries that have come in. If you would like to give it a go, please click on the June Monthly Mini Competition page of my blog and post an entry in the ‘Leave A Reply’ box at the bottom of the page. Happy bite-sized reading! :)

By Jane Dougherty
SLEEPOVER

She took the dog out early as the first thunder growled, grumbling about the youngest who, as usual, wasn’t answering her phone. Kids. Never think their parents might worry. She stopped. In the gutter. Case smashed. With that cheery sticker on the back. The sky darkened; the heavens opened.

By Frank

Nails, stiletto sharp, talons, digging, slicing, into their prey, into me, holding me close, tight, no escape, demanding, insistent, my back wet with blood, neck wet with blood, veins cut open, soft lips red, tender, hungry, devouring me, crying with need, moaning with pleasure, victorious, possessive, merciless, stealing my life…

By mmpearson

An old man glares at the storm building on the horizon. Fishing pole in hand, he weaves his way toward town. Darkness leads to confusion. Doors are shut tight. Rain pelts his sparse hair. Coldness sets in as thunder roars. A park bench looks inviting. A long, cold nap ensues.

By Maryanne

She finally had the strength to leave her slavery to be free. A freedom she was fearful to take back. It took all her courage to leave. But it didn’t last long. Unable to cause anyone pain, because of what she’d experienced, she again became enslaved to fulfill another’s dreams.

By andrewjoyce

I heard his footfalls, as I do every day. He stopped in front of my cell and smiled his evil smile.
“Are you ready boy?”
“Yes.”
“Today, I want you to write a story. It must be exactly fifty words and have a plot and characterization.”
“Damn you to hell warden!”

By marthakeimstlouis

Life so far: born, grew up in a great old neighborhood of a steel town, attended a state college close to home, raped, bred, married, divorced, married now thirty years. I am a watercolorist, disabled; spouse an arborist, now disabled. Please like my words and art.

By Christie’s Fan
Superhero Jack

He stares at his school shirt. He’s missed a button.
‘Jack be nimble!’
He pulls up the zip of his jacket. It’s stuck.
‘Jack be quick!’
Everybody is far ahead.
He closes his eyes.
He had two superpower legs. He’d jump over the candlestick and many many heads.

By Sally Cronin

Head back he closed his eyes before take-off. He had made the biggest mistake of his life and lost her number. Sarah, she was the one and he would never see her again. ‘Would you like a paper sir?’ He opened his eyes and she smiled. ‘Fancy meeting you here!

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New Writing Prompt For June – 50 Word Micro Fiction

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Apologies for the slight delay in  posting this month’s writing prompt, but I think it may well be worth the wait.  I have now spoken to Emma who, as winner of last month’s mini writing competition, has suggested a bit of a challenging writing prompt for June. This is to write a story in 50 words (or less).  The subject matter of your story is open so the word limit is the only restriction.

As such I would invite you to post any entries in the usual way, i.e. in the comments boxes on the designated competition page.

The last entry date for this month is the 24th of June, and then people have between then and the end of the month to vote for their favourite.  The next competition will start at the beginning of July, with the winner setting the writing prompt for next month.

Good luck to everyone who would like to take part :)

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