Win a free writing assessment with our October/November Flash Fiction Challenge

 In Tips for Writers, Writing Challenge, Writing Competitions, Writing Exercises

All About Writing’s latest flash fiction challenge offers the winner a literary assessment on 5000 words of writing worth R 2900 / £ 170 or a voucher to the same value to use on one of our courses or programmes.

Write a scene in which two former friends meet for the first time since a major conflict ended their friendship. Hint at what this conflict was without outright stating it.

Write no more than 250 words. Submit your entry here or paste your entry into the form below by midnight on 30 November 2023.

Writing Tips:

  1. Don’t write “on the nose”. Try to be subtle. Always remember that readers are clever.
  2. When writing dialogue, remember to give your characters something to do. It’s more interesting than ping pong dialogue, and you can tell a lot about people and how they feel from the way they do something.
  3. Use subtext in the interactions between these characters to reveal details about their relationship and the conflict between them.
  4. Write from the perspective of one of the characters (either in first person “I”, or in third person “he”, “she” or “they”). Don’t jump between them. Allow us to see the world through the thoughts and observations of only one of them. The other character and their reactions we’ll see only from the outside.

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