The wedding (my partner’s daughter’s) was lovely. The weather was perfect and the sunflowers looked wonderful. I don’t know if it was because the groom was Irish so there were lots of Celts there, but, my goodness, I have never been to a wedding where everyone cried so much!
I had some good news while I was away, in the form of a voicemail message left on my phone during the wedding breakfast. Writing ‘successes’ are often like that, I find. If you think too much about a competition or a story you’ve submitted, you never hear. (It’s that ‘watched kettle never boils’ syndrome). It’s the ones you’ve completely forgotten about that suddenly pop up again, out of the blue.
Now, it’s not that exciting (sorry) but my entry for the Wells Literary Festival Short story competition has been shortlisted. And they want me to go along to the prize-giving on 14th October, when the winners will be announced. Now there could well be 20 shortlisted entries (shout out if you’re another one!) and the chances of me actually winning first, second or third prize are probably very slim but we’re going to have a day out in Wells anyway… and I will keep you posted!
And here, thanks to Louise Doughty, who has highlighted it on her Telegraph Short Story Club this weekend, I bring you news of a new, free, short story competition, sponsored by ‘Hush’ clothing. You’ve got until 31st October to email your (max 2000 word) entry, which has to be on the theme of ‘hush’ (hmm….)