Emerald Writing Workshops – Flash Fiction Competitions

It was my birthday on Sunday and the day was made even more special by receiving an email from Eddie Walsh of Emerald Writing Workshops to let me know that I was a runner-up in his Airport themed 500 word short story competition. A book of crime short stories is on its way to me – an unexpected ‘extra’ birthday present!

The winner was Tracy Fells from West Sussex. Her story was set around the baggage reclaim carousel and you can read it here. Congratulations Tracy!

Eddie Walsh is an Irishman living in Nottingham. He mainly writes fillers and letters but has recently become interested in fiction writing. In his competitions he is aiming to encourage the hobby writer and believes even getting on a shortlist stops a writer from giving up.  He provides critiques of entries whenever he can, as writers rarely receive independent feedback.

Eddie runs a 500 word story competition every three months with a £75 prize fund for each one (£50 first prize, £15 second prize, £10 third prize plus books for 3 runners-up). There are 3 competitions currently open to submissions:

  • First 500 words of a novel – closes May 31 2011
  • 500 words on an open theme – closes August 31 2011
  • 500 word ‘Riches to Rags’ story – closes November 30 2011

The entry fee is 5 second class stamps (or a cheque to that value). There are discounts for multiple entries into the same competition. Entries are acknowledged on receipt and periodically the site is updated with the number of stories received for each of the competitions.   

Eddie is also currently running a 4-sentence competition which is free to enter and has a £75 prize fund to be divided equally between the 3 best entries. However, entries will only be accepted from people who have previously entered one of the 500 word competitions.

So if you’re looking for a competition with a friendly feel try Emerald Writing Workshops . And remember that the cost of second class stamps will be going up in April, so buy them now to use for your entry fee or if you intend paying by cheque, get your entries in before the price increase takes effect.

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  1. #1 by Helen Yendall on March 17, 2011 - 3:08 pm

    Congratulations on being a runner-up in this competition, Sally! Have you thouoght about expanding the story and sending it off to a magazine, like Weekly News? I also wondered if you’d deliberately put on a post about ‘Emerald Writing Workshops’ run by an Irishman on St.Patricks Day?!

  2. #2 by susanjanejones on March 17, 2011 - 5:38 pm

    Thanks for this post Sally, and ‘Congratulations’ on your runner up prize. It’s true as you say that even getting mentioned in a competition can spur you on. I was a runner up in the Writelink Christmas Chillers competition last year. It gave me a real boost to think that I was considered worth a mention. Sometimes, we get so many rejections, (well I do) that it lifts you now end when you come somewhere. Hope you enjoy the book, and thanks again. Will have a go at all of those I think.

    • #3 by Sally Jenkins on March 17, 2011 - 6:51 pm

      Helen/Susan – thanks for your congratulations. I’d like to say that I’d carefully planned this post to appear on St. Patrick’s Day but unfortunately not – I hadn’t even realised what I’d done until you pointed out, Helen! Susan – well done on the Christmas Chiller and I hope you’re successful in the Emerald comps too, they’re a very reasonable entry fee, so worth having a go.

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