Back from a wet and windy October break in Arran so Voting for October is now open!

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I’ve just returned from a rather damp short break on the Island of Arran, where I grew up as a child, and thankfully the weather did nothing to dampen my memories of such a special place.  What made it even more special was introducing my young children to the place where I lived when I was their age.  I always found it fed my imagination and I loved coming full circle and sharing it with my own family.

Reflecting the busy time of year perhaps there were only two entries to this month’s competition, so it shouldn’t be too difficult to choose a winner, …… although both were entertaining so it could be hard to choose between them!  Voting is now open so please vote and ensure that your favourite wins.  As usual, voting will remain open until the end of the month.

Who will you vote for?

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Send me your questions for Claire Hennessy, children’s editor at Penguin Ireland

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May be of interest to fellow children’s writers out there……

Originally posted on Lou Treleaven, writer:

I’m delighted to say I will be interviewing the children’s editor at Penguin Ireland, Claire Hennessy, in the next couple of weeks.   As some of you may have read on my Twitter feed, Penguin Ireland are accepting unsolicited children’s and YA manuscripts.  With that in mind I thought it would be nice to get some questions together from all of us rather than just me, so if you’d like to send a question, please put it in the comments section below, or if you prefer to be all mysterious and anonymous (perfectly all right if you do), you can email me your question at lou.treleaven@sky.com.

Claire is also the author of ten young adult novels and a historical children’s novel, plus she teaches creative writing, so I’m sure she won’t mind if questions veer on to general writing advice as well as Penguin.

Claire’s website is at www.clairehennessy.com and…

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The Ghost by Jan Strickland

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Thanks to Jan for her entry in to this month’s writing prompt of ‘Halloween Night’, which is a bit gentler than some stories that I’ve read for this time of year!  No spooky witches or zombies here, just a blast from the past!  I hope you enjoy :).

The Ghost

“So, I had just zapped my micro meal for one, changed into PJs and put my slippers on when the doorbell rang.

“Jamie, good grief!  Oh my god,  I heard you had died. Thought you were in heaven and all that?”

“Yes, well almost Gemma. But do you remember we made a pledge to each other, that whoever went first we would try to come back and tell the other what it was like? Remember?”

“Yes of course I remember, but I didn’t expect to be haunted by my ex Fiance, who I hadn’t seen for a couple of years, just because it’s Halloween! Plus, you look too good to be a ghost!”

“Well when we come back  still look like ourselves,” he chuckled.

“Oh, I see. Well, whatever, it’s nice to see you after all this time. So spill, what’s it like? Is it how we’d always imagined?”

“It’s wonderful! No clocks, so we don’t need to know the time, and in some parts, no windows, so we don’t need to worry about what’s going on in other places. Bright lights, dancing, lots of laughter, a few tears. So many interesting people too. Elvis, Frank Sinatra; well all The Rat Pack actually, and the food’s great!”

“Great food? In Heaven?”

“No you twit, what do you mean Heaven? I thought you were joking. No, I’m talking about Vegas!  I’ve been living there for the past year and it’s all I ever dreamt of! My idea of Heaven!”

“B b but I thought you were dead!”

“Dead? You numpty, I’ve never felt more alive! So alive that I thought I’d come back and tell you all about it! Well, what do you say? Fancy joining me in Paradise?”

– © Jan Strickland

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‘Scorton Spectre’ by lassfromlancashire

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Please welcome lassfromlancashire with the first entry into this month’s mini competition. She said that she wasn’t sure whether it counted as ‘spooky’, however I think it definitely qualifies!  Why not pop over and see what you think?………

© Esme

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New Writing Prompt For October….

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Thank you to AC Elliot who, as last month’s winner, has come up with this month’s writing prompt.  Given the time of year he has suggested ‘Halloween Night‘.  (I know, October already – yikes!)

As such, I invite you to submit a piece of flash fiction (under 500 words) or poetry on ‘Halloween Night’ and look forward to reading some spooky entries over the course of the month (lucky I’m not too easily scared ;) )

The closing date for submissions will be the 24th of the month as usual, and you will be able to vote for your favourite between then and the end of the month, with the winner setting the writing prompt for November.

Good luck to all who (dare to) enter :).

 

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And September’s winner is………………

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Congratulations to A C Elliot who has won last month’s micro flash fiction competition (and btw – can’t believe it’s October already!)  As winner they are now entitled to set the writing prompt for this month, so watch this space….

I will post the new prompt shortly once I have heard back, and thanks again to all who took part this time. :)

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Voting for September is now open!

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A big thank you to those that took part in this month’s micro fiction mini competition and I really enjoyed reading through the entries.  Voting is now open so please vote and ensure that your favourite wins.  As usual, voting will remain open until the end of the month and the winner will then get to set the next writing prompt.

Who will you vote for?

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50 Word Micro Fiction – And here’s another…

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Welcome to a regular contributor, Jan Strickland, with her entry for this month’s micro fiction competition – 50 words (or under) on the theme of magic and mystery.  I’m told this is a true story, in which case it’s a bit spooky!

By Jan Strickland

My husband was snoring.  My sister, dead nine years, stood at the bottom of my bed, dressed as I had last seen her.

“Are you alright Violet?”

“Yes Rose, I am.  And so will you be!”  Then she was gone.

The war raged on; but we would survive

 

 

 

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50 Word Micro Fiction – Two more…

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Welcome back to Tom F and Kate Loveton for their take on this month’s micro fiction competition – 50 words (or under) on the theme of magic and mystery.  Thanks for joining in again and good luck to you both.

There are still a couple of days left if you would like to take part this month – you can do so by clicking on the September Monthly Mini Competition page of this blog and posting an entry in the ‘Leave A Reply’ box at the bottom of the page.

By Kate Loveton – ‘That Old Black Magic’

Hi Elizabeth, here’s my entry: ‘That Old Black Magic’

By Tom F

It was 3 am, I was asleep when he called my name. “Write it, now!”  I found my pen and pad, and began to write. His story.  But he had died nine months earlier…. Four hours later I woke again, pen in hand, shocked by the scrawl I had written…..
Tom F.

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50 Word Micro Fiction – First 4 Entries

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Apologies for the late post (I have been battling the cold and feeling a bit sorry for myself), but I am now very pleased to bring you the first 4 entries for this month’s micro fiction competition – 50 words (or under) on the theme of magic and mystery.  It is also lovely to see some new participants – welcome to you and thank you for taking part.

Don’t forget that if you would like to give it a go, you can do so simply by clicking on the September Monthly Mini Competition page of my blog and posting an entry in the ‘Leave A Reply’ box at the bottom of the page.

By Jane Dougherty

https://janedougherty.wordpress.com/2014/09/09/flash-fiction-mini-competition/

By denmaniacs4

The dark sky sank into the sea. The drifting raft clung to the sliver of moon just above the horizon. His legs barely moved as he swam, slowly, at snail speed. The woman on the raft stretched to the gloomy sky. “Return to me,” he could almost hear her command.

By Joanna Fay

He cradled the rose in his hands, and whispered the command. Spells shimmered in its petals, suspending its life. This one wouldn’t die. If he could hold them all, his world might be saved. Another bloom wilted on the bush. He cupped his palm around it. This time, he shouted.

By A C Elliot

http://elliottamc.wordpress.com/2014/09/09/magic-and-mystery-needed/

 

 

 

 

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