Writing opportunities for all!

Writing Short Fiction is putting its mission where its mouth is and starting a new Debut Fiction section. Since the whole site is dedicated to helping new writers, it seems to make sense to offer writers not only questionnaires, advice, tips pieces, samples of prize-winning writing and resources, but also the opportunity to actually get into print themselves.

All through March, WSF has been taking submissions of pieces of 500 – 2000 words from people who have either never been published at all or whose writing ‘bio’ has only got to one or two items so far, and as of April 15th, the Debut Fiction section will launch with nine new stories , including an intriguing variety of styles, lengths and themes.

The site’s Champion Fiction section will also be updating with another five pieces, including two new contributors and additional items from Booker-listed Alison Moore and phenomenally successful short story competition entrant Andrew Campbell-Kearsey.

While the deadline for the Debut Fiction section’s launch has now passed, new and nearly new writers are still welcome to send in their unpublished material to bruce@bruceharris.org and it will be duly and seriously considered for the next Debut Fiction update.

We’re waiting for your call. This could be your first step on a long, fascinating and rewarding road.

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Five new contributors for Writing Short Fiction!

Well, how about that!  Two new writers in early February, and now an even bigger spring update for Writing Short Fiction at http://writingshortfiction.org   There are a total of six new pieces in the Champion Fiction section, all of them prize-winners, and contributed to the site by:

MAXINE ALTERIO, from New Zealand, who has sent

REGI CLAIRE from Edinburgh, contributing The Tasting

JO GATFORD, who has contributed Bing Bong

NINA KILLHAMfrom Melbourne, Australia, who has offered My Wife the Hyena

JONATHAN TAYLORLeicester writer and lecturercontributing  Ladies and Gentlemen, Tonight’s Performance will Commence in Fifteen Minutes

We also have a second, welcome contribution from JOHN HOLLAND called The Open Door.

Maxine, Nina and Jo have also made contributions to the Tips from the Top section, including Twelve Tips on Writing Short Stories, The Problem with Short Stories and Working with Procrastination respectively.

Lots of valuable additional material to add to the formidable collection of content already there! And all without fees, passwords, memberships, etc!  Go see!

New February Faces at Writing Short Fiction

Today is a start of the month updating for Writing Short Fiction, with two experienced and successful writers joining the already formidable collection of writers on site.

Sue Moorcroft is a successful novelist, short story writer, competition judge and fiction editor, most recently of Writer’s Forum.   She has been kind enough to contribute a piece called ‘Hints and Tips for short story competition entries’ to the WSF Tips from the Top section, and in view of her long experience of judging various competitions, her advice is well worth having.

Jeanette Sheppard is a successful short story and flash fiction writer, and she has contributed not only a prize-winning story called ‘No Glitter or Sparkle Allowed’ to the Champion Fiction section, but also a piece on ‘Writing in a Child’s Voice’ to Tips from the Top. All good stuff, and well worth checking out, for anyone with an interest in writing or reading good short fiction.

As for me, a welcome and interesting challenge has come my way, and I’ve taken the offered opportunity to join the editorial staff of the literary magazine, Linnet’s Wings, which has published both my fiction and my poetry in the past. I have a particular brief to encourage new writers, which is a role I think I will enjoy. 2015 well up and running!

A site for sore eyes

I’m Bruce Harris and I’m now, I’m happy to say, a published writer of short fiction and poetry. My collection ‘First Flame’ was published in 2013 and includes twenty five stories which have all won prizes, commendations or listings in U.K. competitions, and last year this was followed up by an anthology of published and award-winning poems called ‘Raised Voices’.

I’m also the editor and compiler of Writing Short Fiction, which is aimed at helping people who are where I was when I first decided to make a serious effort at creative writing. The sore eyes in my title can be the lot of aspiring writers everywhere when they’re up against it, as it’s so easy to be in the writing business. I was already retired when I started seriously writing fiction; I’d written educational research-based articles for various papers, including a couple of national dailies, and I thought transferring would be not too difficult.  Ahem. I needed help, particularly when my first efforts were greeted with the blank silence which the internet can do so well. Few of us can do it all on our own, and the more help sites there are around, the better. The short fiction scene is not exactly awash with them.

This one, Short Stops, offers enormous amounts of stuff in all sorts of ways, and my heartfelt congratulations to Tania for putting it together. Thanks also for allowing me to mention another help site, with advice, resources, questionnaires, and most recently, prize-winning fiction contributed by eleven writers. There is also a Tips from the Top section, in which these writers offer their thoughts, techniques, exercises etc. in many different aspects of the short fiction genre. Worth a visit?  Why not?  It’s right there at Writing Short Fiction – no memberships, no passwords required. Be my guest!