What I’ve gained from entering the flash fiction competition and why you should as well

I did something last month I said I would never do — I didn’t enter the Ballarat Writers Flash Fiction competition. I let life get in the way.

After winning so many of the monthly challenges last year, you might have thought a lack of wins this year might have made me give up. However, it was the month after I finally had a win that I failed to write an entry in time. Continue reading

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Pamela Miller Memorial Prize now open

BW_logo_flashfiction_longThe winner of the October flash fiction contest, keyword monkeys, was Maureen Riches.

The November contest, for Ballarat Writers members only, is the Pamela Miller Memorial Prize. The prize is $100 and a certificate. The winner will be announced at our final Members’ night for the year on Wednesday, 30 November.

The process for submission is similar to the monthly Flash Fiction competition:

Genre: open, however, poetry and non-fiction pieces will not be accepted for this competition

Theme: everyone is welcome

Words: 350–400 words

Key word: corner (remember to include this word in your story)

All entries are to be submitted to competitions@ballaratwriters.com by Sunday, 20 November. Your email must include author’s name, story title and word count.

Voting will open the next day on the flash fiction competition website.

Pamela Miller was a very active and productive member of Ballarat Writers. She wrote short stories and poetry and won the ‘Murder at MADE’ short story competition held in conjunction with the Sisters in Crime Festival in 2014, and in early 2015 was part of the ‘Poetry Pathways’ ekphrastic project. She was also the winner of a number of Ballarat Writers monthly Flash Fiction competitions. Pamela died in June 2015 after a short illness.

Words Out Loud – November edition

words out loud in ballaratWords Out Loud returns to Babushka lounge in Ballarat on Thursday, November 24, 7-9pm, for its next session of spoken word.

To mark the final event of the year, Jessica Wilkinson will headline. Jessica is the founding editor of RABBIT: a journal for nonfiction poetry, which celebrates its 20th issue in November. She has published two poetic biographies, marionette: a biography of miss marion davies (Vagabond 2012) and Suite for Percy Grainger (Vagabond 2014). She is currently writing up a third, on choreographer George Balanchine, research for which was undertaken at the NYC Public Library and Harvard under the Marten Bequest Travel Award. She is Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing at RMIT University, Melbourne.

Writers, readers, poets — all word lovin’ folks with a hankering to share the love are invited along, with five-minute open mic spots on offer. Babushka has excellent sound and backing tracks can be accommodated. You won’t find a friendlier venue. Sadly, Babushka has announced it is likely to close at year’s end, so this a chance to farewell this most excellent host.

The event has a nominal theme of “on the edge”, but as always, performers are encouraged to take the theme and run with it for their 5-minute slots — or ignore it altogether!

Entry is free.

Keep up to date at the Facebook page: www.facebook.com/wordsoutloud/.

October Flash Fiction Comp

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Congratulations go to Linda Young, September’s Flash Fiction winner, for her story, “The Gatherers”.

The October competition is now open.

Genre:    open

Word count:    45-50 words

Keyword:    monkeys

Entry Conditions:

You must be a Ballarat Writers member to enter.

Entries will not be accepted if they exceed the maximum word limit – even if by a word, and must comply with all the stated parameters.

All entries are to be submitted to competitions@ballaratwriters.com by Friday, 21st October. Your email must include author’s name, story title and word count.

Voting will open the next day on the website.

Come along to our Members’ Night on Wednesday, 26 October, 7pm at the Bunch of Grapes Hotel to hear the winner announced. (Results will also be posted on the flash fiction website the day after.)p

July Flash Fiction Comp

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Genre:    comedy

Word count:    45-50 words

Keyword:    election

Entry Conditions:

You must be a Ballarat Writers member to enter.

Entries will not be accepted if they exceed the the word limit – even if by a word, and must comply with all the stated parameters.

All entries are to be submitted to competitions@ballaratwriters.com by Friday, 22 July. Your email must include author’s name, story title and word count.

Voting will open the next day on the flash fiction blog.

Come along to our Members’ Night on Wednesday, 27 July, 7pm at the Bunch of Grapes Hotel to hear the winner announced. (Results will also be posted the day after.)

June Flash Fiction Comp

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Genre:    fable

Word count:    200 words

Keyword:    owl

Entry Conditions:

You must be a Ballarat Writers member to enter.

Entries will not be accepted if they exceed the the word limit – even if by a word, and must comply with all the stated parameters.

All entries are to be submitted to competitions@ballaratwriters.com by Friday, 24  June. Your email must include author’s name, story title and word count.

Voting will open the next day on the flash fiction blog.

Come along to our Members’ Night on Wednesday, 29 June, 7pm at the Bunch of Grapes Hotel to hear the winner announced. Results will also be posted the day after on the flash fiction website.

June Flash Fiction Comp

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Genre:    fable

Word count:    200 words

Keyword:    owl

Entry Conditions:

You must be a Ballarat Writers member to enter.

Entries will not be accepted if they exceed the the word limit – even if by a word, and must comply with all the stated parameters.

All entries are to be submitted to competitions@ballaratwriters.com by Friday, 24 June. Your email must include author’s name, story title and word count.

Voting will open the next day on the flash fiction blog.

Come along to our Members’ Night on Wednesday, 29 June, 7pm at the Bunch of Grapes Hotel to hear the winner announced. (Results will also be posted the day after.)

May Flash Fiction Comp

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Genre:    horror/gothic

Word count:    50 words

Keyword:    cloud

Entry Conditions:

You must be a Ballarat Writers member to enter.

Entries will not be accepted if they exceed the the word limit – even if by a word, and must comply with all the stated parameters.

All entries are to be submitted to competitions@ballaratwriters.com by Friday, 20th  May. Your email must include author’s name, story title and word count.

Voting will open the next day on the flash fiction blog.

Come along to our Members’ Night on Wednesday, 25 May, 7pm at the Bunch of Grapes Hotel to hear the winner announced. (Results will also be posted the day after.)