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CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR ‘TIME’ CONTEST WINNER:

‘THE FIRST PHOTOGRAPH’
by Alek Gorbaty

And also to our four finalists: 

PERSONAL EFFECTS 
by Alexis Wolfe

THE PERILS OF PUNCTUALITY 
by Sharmila Shankarkumar 

IN SEARCH OF MURAKAMI 
by Alicia Sometimes 

WAITING FOR THE ENVELOPE 
by Deborah Huff-Horwood 

EXCERPTS FROM THE FINALISTS AND THE FULL WINNING STORY CAN BE READ ON THE HONOURS 2021/WINNER 2021 PAGE 

MANY THANKS TO EVERYONE WHO TOOK PART. IT WAS A POWERFUL EXPERIENCE TO READ SUCH A COLLECTION OF TALENT. 
PLEASE KEEP AN EYE OUT FOR OUR AUTUMN CONTEST WHEN WE ARRIVE ON OUR BRAND NEW WEBSITE.

“When I delve into a good short story, I always come out on the other side with a little more understanding of the world around me. A great short story gives me a lot more understanding and makes me love that world.” - R. Cummings 


 
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Contest Theme: ‘TIME’


‘Time is an illusion’ - Albert Einstein 

‘If time travel is possible, where are all the tourists from the future?’ - Stephen Hawking 

‘Time is what we want most, but what we use worst’ - William Penn

‘Have you ever tried to eat a clock? Well, don’t. It’s very time-consuming’ - Fritz Borge

‘You may delay but time will not’ - Benjamin  Franklin 


 
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READ KURT VONNEGUT’S COLOURFUL TIPS ON WRITING A GREAT SHORT STORY: 

Use the time of a total stranger in such a way that he or she will not feel the time was wasted. That way you’ll keep your audience and your friends. 

Give the reader at least one character he or she can root for and make sure they know they should be rooting for them.

Every character should want something, even if it is only a glass of water or freedom.

Every sentence must do one of two things–reveal character or advance the action.

Begin as close to the end as possible.

Be tough. No matter how sweet and innocent your leading characters, make strange things happen to them–in order that the reader may see what they are made of.

Write to please just one soul. If you open a window and make love to the world, so to speak, your story might blow away.

Give your readers as much information as possible as soon as possible. Forget about suspense. Readers should have such complete understanding of what is going on, where and why, that they could finish the story themselves, should cockroaches eat the last few pages.

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