Enter our June/July Flash Fiction Challenge for a literary assessment or a voucher
All About Writing’s latest writing challenge offers the winner a literary assessment on 5000 words of writing worth R 2750 / £ 150 or a voucher to the same value to use on one of our courses or programmes.
This time around, we’re seeking post-apocalyptic romantic flash fiction. Think teenagers making out in ruins, couples separated by shattered continents, robot-and-human couples… get creative and have fun!
Write no more than 250 words. Paste your entry into the body of an email and send to firstname.lastname@example.org by midnight on 31 July
- When showing emotion, or difficult human interactions, restraint works far better than over-writing.
- Readers are clever. If you explain too much or give us too much detail of intense emotion, we will be less able to experience that emotion for ourselves.
- Everything in your narrative is there for a reason and readers recognise this. Mention a touch, we realise it’s significant. It shows us the protagonist has noticed it. If you mention another, it means he’s intensely aware of it, and we feel that tension along with him.
- The trick is to make your reader experience emotion, rather than simply be told of it. The way to do that is to restrain yourself. Show us less, we’ll feel it more.