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2019 First Chapter Competition Shortlist

April 24, 2019
2019 First Chapter Competition Shortlist Ta da, we have our shortlist! Thanks again to everyone who submitted and to all of the writers on the longlist for their patience while Louise and I made the decision on which 10 stories would go through to the next round for literary agent, Sarah Hornsley

New comp: Win flash writing courses and writing maps

April 4, 2019
It’s been a while since we had a one-off comp to win a place on our courses so here we are with a new one! We’ve also got some gorgeous Writing Maps as a prize too. What can you win? 1st Prize: A place on the group online Fantastic Flashing Course (3-16th June 2019) 2nd Prize: The start

2019 First Chapter Competition Longlist

April 3, 2019
Louise and I are excited to announce our longlisted chapters for the 2019 competition. We have read 311 chapters over the past couple of months and 40 of those have been longlisted. We will now re-read these to choose the shortlist of 10 that will go to the final judge, literary agent Sarah Hornsey

Running Away Themed Flash Results

March 1, 2019
Thanks to everyone on the shortlist for your patience while I read your stories again. It’s been a tough decision but I now have the results…   Winner: The Names Of Stars by Rosie Garland Why I chose it: The unexpectedness of what happens when the narrator hides in the loft during