Short Stories

14 Tips For Entering Short Story Competitions

We’re super excited about the 12 Short Stories competition. Tomorrow is the first, optional deadline. You can still enter the competition until the final deadline on 6 December 2017. If you want to do well when you sign up for a short story event, consider…

6 Ways To Experiment In Short Stories

One of the best things about a short story is that you have the opportunity to experiment. It gives you the chance to do something you have never done before. Here is a list of suggestions if you want to try something different. You can…

12 Short Stories – Competition Time!

At last, it is time to put your writing skills to the test. We are thrilled to announce the first 12 Short Stories Writing Competition. The competition is open to everyone, but please read the Terms and Conditions and familiarise yourself with the 12 Short…

5 Ways To Sneak Setting Into Short Stories

We need to convey a sense of setting in our short stories, which is a tall order, because of the length of the story. Hehe, see what I did there? We need to make our writing to work harder. We need it to do “double-duty”.…

Cut The Strings – Submit Your Ninth Short Story Today

Nine down and three to go in our short story challenge! Well done to everyone who made it. Submission process:  I will accept and approve posts for Cut The Strings (Word count: 1000 words) from 4 October 2017, 8:00 (Johannesburg time), until 5 October 2017,…
How To Show And Not Tell In Short Stories

How To Show And Not Tell In Short Stories

‘Show, don’t tell’ is good advice for any writer, but even more so for a short story writer. The limited word count means our writing has to work harder. We really need to pack a punch. Here’s how: 1.  Express emotion as action: 2.  Choose…
How To Make The Most Of Sequels In Short Stories

How To Make The Most Of Sequels In Short Stories

In a previous post, I discussed scenes in short stories. Scenes have specific structures that help us tell our stories. We discussed action scenes specifically. There is, however, another kind of scene that you can use. We call them sequels or reaction scenes. They follow an…
Mastermind Short Story

Mastermind – Submit Your Eighth Short Story Today

I can’t believe that we have already written eight short stories. Congratulations to everyone who made it. Submission process:  I will accept and approve posts for Mastermind (Word count: 1000 words) from 6 September 2017, 8:00 (Johannesburg time), until 7 September 2017, 8:00 (Johannesburg time)…
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