Longlist announced for the 2016 OWT Short Fiction Prize 4

After numerous arguments, fallings out, and snide comments about each other’s judgement, we have a longlist! First, let me say a massive thank you to everyone who entered: it’s been a delight reading such a diverse range of writing from all over the world, and it’s been really hard to select just 30 pieces to go forward to the next stage of judging. There were several stories we agonised over and inevitably some of our choices came down to subjective factors: there are stories we couldn’t fit onto the longlist that I’m sure will find success in other markets. There were also some very strong pieces that we decided we had to exclude in the interest of fairness since they didn’t meet the stipulated 2000-5000 word limit.

However, for all the stories we’re sorry to lose at this stage, the thirty we have left form a mouth-watering selection. The list features experienced, many-times published and prize-winning authors, but also includes many exciting new voices. We have horror stories and ghost stories, magic-realism and slices of domestic life. The next round of judging won’t get any easier!

Congratulations to the following authors who have been longlisted for the 2016 Online Writing Tips Short Fiction Prize: More…

Featured Market: Leopardskin & Limes Reply

This week’s featured market is Berlin based English-language journal Leopardskin & Limes.

Leopardskin & Limes

Leopardskin & Limes want to bring out the very best stories and poetry that they can get their grubby little mittens on. (Their words, not mine!)

Writing that crosses borders (metaphorically and literally) effortlessly. That makes them feel things that they didn’t know they could feel, or simply just entertain the pants off of them.

Based in Berlin, amidst an ever-changing city that is wonderfully queer and diverse, they hope to find like-minded writers the world over and make one big, happy, global community of really amazing writers!

They’ll be publishing a new poetry piece on Mondays, a new short story every Wednesday, and every month they will have a guest writer.

Contact: info@leopardskinandlimes.com

Submissions are always open, and they note that they accept stories anywhere between 0-3000 words. ‘A few words more than that and we can be flexible about it if we love it. If you can write an amazing story in less than zero words, well, that would really impress us’.

You can see their full guidelines here.

Get your writing into them for a fantastic opportunity to get your work recognised on a brilliant international platform. Stop reading this now . Go on, get on with it!

 

 

Focusing on facial expressions & fidgets: another common writing mistake (tip 59) Reply

Continuing our series on common writing problems, D.D. Johnston considers why some writers become over-reliant on describing facial expressions and fidgets. Every minute our bodies do a thousand little things: we smile and twitch and scratch and fidget and sniff and lick our lips and blink and breathe and blow hair from our eyes. When we’re writing, every sentence impresses on our readers’ valuable time, and reading about the minutiae of human movement is rarely a rewarding use of that time. Of course, sometimes people’s gestures are full of meaning, and this is the time to describe them. After watching the video, have a look at Ernest Hemingway’s “Hills like White Elephants” in which Hemingway describes only a few expressions and gestures, and never describes them carelessly.

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Interview: Jo Unwin 2

This week we were grateful to have a chance to fire some questions at literary agent Jo Unwin.

Jo joined Conville and Walsh Literary Agency in 2008 and took to being a Literaryjounwin_resize Agent ‘like a duck to water’.  She was part of a shortlist of three for the Bookseller Industry Awards Literary Agent of the Year in 2010, and was picked out as one of the Bookseller’s Rising Stars in 2011.

Jo now runs JULA (Jo Unwin Literary Agency), working in close association with Rogers, Coleridge and White.  Here’s what she had to say!

 

 


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Ten Creative Writing pet hates from one of the judges of our short fiction prize (tip 57) 2

With just over a week left to submit for the inaugural Online Writing Tips.Com short fiction prize, one of our judges, novelist and writing tutor D.D. Johnston, lets you in on some of his pet peeves.

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