Maynah Lewis Short Story Competition 2018 Winner
So to follow up on our March post - the winner of this years Maynah Lewis Short Story Competition is, Mike Wood.
Congratulationsto Mike on another wonderful story and on winning the cup.
This year's competition was based on postcards - a blind selection. The stories entered ranged from an unusual train journey in Prague to rescue refugees, a murderous painter and the discovery of a vintage postcard that leads the protagonist on a journey to discover the original recipient.
Mike's story - based on a picture of a nest of sleeping leverets - called 'Indocilis Privata Loqui', under the nom-de-plume, Pierre Lapin (see what he did there?!), told of a young female magician who entertained at children's parties, who was invited to join The Magic Circle - the world's premier magic society, having previously been refused access on the grounds of being a child at the time.  But the young woman magically produces a hat out of a rab…

Maynah Lewis 2018

Maynah Lewis Short Story Competition

Now is the time to start writing for the Maynah Lewis competition; if you haven't already started. Long standing members are familiar with the arrangement, but for newer writers -  All you have to do is write a story in 1500-1600 words about the postcard you took from the 'Lucky Dip'.

Usual rules apply:

Printed on one side, double spaced, pages numbered with title. 
Use a font style and size that is easily read, for example Ariel or Times Roman, 12 point.                                            
On separate sheet print title, your pseudonym and word count.  
Put your own name on a slip of paper inside a sealed envelope.   Put everything into an A4 envelope addressed Wirral Writers Short Story Comp 2018.
Handing in for final pieces is May (exact date to be confirmed). Our judge will be external; as usual, and will be given the batch of stories to select 1st, 2nd and 3rd places. You too can be cup-holder for a year! Good luck everyone.


New Yorker fiction podcast

If you listen to podcasts, this is a good one....

A writer reads a favourite story by another writer, then discusses why it works. Great stuff. I got mine from iTunes, but if you don’t worship at the Apple altar, it’s available on the above link.

I loved the one where David Sedaris reads Mirand July.

New Year - New Start

Happy New Year everyone.Well the holiday season is over and it's back to work/school/college. 
This is just a gentle reminder that we start Wirral Writers Club again tonight -  Friday 5th January.
19:30 at Bebington Civic Centre.
Bring along your sacrificial offerings, ahem, I mean stories, to share and critique. Up to 2000 words. Please remember, if there are many of us, we might need to read shorter sections or miss a go until next time.
 Even the act of reading aloud is a helpful exercise for the writer, as we can listen to the rhythm of the prose and/or poetry, notice those jarring words, pick up those names that are unpronounceable, and see where we have written a word twice in a row (surprising how often people write and and)
Newcomers are always welcome.

“It ain’t whatcha write, it’s the way atcha write it.”
—Jack Kerouac, 

Writing Advice

Here's the kind of writing advice I like – something you can boil down into one or two sentences but which will stand you in good stead for all manner of plotting and characterisation problems. It's an article in Clarkesworld magazine by the excellent Kelly Robson.

'Magic Dan' on free download 18th - 22nd December

My novel about musical life on the road in the 1980s is on free download for a week at Amazon, if you fancy it for a Christmas read. It follows the fortunes of keyboard player Jonnie Cole as his band tour Europe over Christmas 1985.

A tale of sex, drugs and synthesisers, it is not for the prudish!!

Wirral Writers Autumn Sunday Dinner

Doesn't time fly? 
Here we are again approaching Christmas. We had an early Sunday Dinner this year as our 'Lunch Calendar' became a little fuzzy round the edges - like after drinking too many G & Ts.
We ate at our usual haunt; Brook Meadow Hotel, Childer Thornton. This year saw 13 of us, sat down to dinner together; including new-comers/first-timers, Mick and Amy. Some brought their partners or friends, some came alone.

As is our custom, we all brought a piece of Flash Fiction - 200 words on the theme of Sunday Dinner. This year we had an interesting mix including poems from Nick, Mick and myself (though not a natural poet, I like to flex my rhyming muscles on occasion!)
After dinner we read our offerings then played a written version of the Exquisite Corpse -Each collaborator adds to a composition in sequence, either by following a rule or by being allowed to see only the end of what the previous person contributed.

The results were interesting and in one case, hilarious.