Well, I Did It!

Okay, I know my presence here is not something more than a wee speck of dust that is so easily over looked. That’s my own fault, allowing myself to become far too enthusiastic about far too many things.

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I came on here for the first time in weeks this morning and noticed my previous post here was about the Flash Fiction story I intended writing and submitting for a local competition. Well, I thought maybe I should report, with pride i might add, that I managed to write the story and get it entered it on time.

Now I’m caught up with this whole Flash Fiction genre. I’m hooked. It’s not easy writing a story in less than 300 words. It’s challenging, but I loved every minute of it.

My next challenge is even shorter, 250 words, on the topic of Sugar. Sugar? What story can be constructed with sugar as a theme in less than 250 words? I have no idea, but as I have less than a week to write the story something had better pop into my mind soon!

http://www.bubblews.com/news/3485894-when-one-door-closes-another-opens

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Flash Fiction Competition for New Zealand Writers

For all New Zealand writers who haven’t heard, the NZ Flash Fiction Competition for 2014 is open. You have about a month to enter this competition. For guidelines, click on the following link. It’s open to New Zealand citizens and residents.

http://nationalflash.wordpress.com/competition/

I love writing Flash Fiction. I like the discipline of choosing words carefully, making each one count. Not that I’m good at it at all, I simply get pleasure from writing it. This is so different from the daily writing I do here on my blog and other sites, where my thoughts spill onto the page without much precision at all. It’s definitely time for me to be disciplined again. If you’re at all interested in some of my ramblings the link below is as good a place as any to start.

http://www.bubblews.com/news/2886864-the-200-word-challenge-was-simply-a-warm-up

So, my thinking cap is on, my pencils sharpened, paper at hand – I’m ready to write.

Writing Competition for All New Zealand Writers

This blog post is a challenge for all New Zealand writers and those who wonder if they dare call themselves writers. I apologise if aiming a competition at one nationality seems restrictive, but we’re only a small country and need to encourage all our local writers. I believe in the value of writing competitions enough to encourage all Kiwi writers to enter.

Manawatu Women Writers is a group of energetic, dedicated writers based in Palmerston North, New Zealand. We meet once a month to share our writing and support each other in our writing endeavours.

Every second year the group runs a writing competition to encourage fellow writers to extend writing skills and submit their best work. The competition is for poets and short story writers, no matter where in New Zealand you live. There are no age restrictions and prize money is available in both the Open and Young Adult sections.

Writing competitions are great motivation. They can extend us all as writers, challenging us to have a go at new genres or attempting to lift our skills to the next level.

This year’s Manawatu Women Writers Association writing competition closes 30 September 2013. So there’s no time to waste.

Entry forms and conditions of entry can be obtained from Dorothy Alexander, e-mail alexdor@vodafone.co.nz . Find out more and support this small group in our effort to encourage New Zealand writing by sending for your entry form now. Then start writing.

We look forward to receiving your entry before the closing date.