600 Followers, Free Writing Competition!

planet-260009As promised and to celebrate reaching 600 followers, I’m running another of my little writing competitions, which is free to enter and open to everyone.

I have used this handy ‘random word generator’ to come up with 4 words and I’ve added the word ‘six’ for obvious reasons and, well, it’s the usual: I’d like you come up with a flash fiction story OR poem, max 100 words, (plus a title), that includes all 5 of the words.

The words are:

• key
• planet
• soup
• sardine
• six

The words can be used more than once and can be used in the title as well as, (or instead of), in the body of the story. And you can use ‘extensions’ of the words – eg: ‘sixth’ or ‘planetary’.

Check if you’ve used them correctly by doing a search on your finished document for the 5 words. As long as they come up, then you’re OK.


The prizes are significant! I’m giving away a £25 Amazon e-voucher as first prize and a £10 Amazon e-voucher as second prize. Yoo hooo! And then, of course, there’s THE GLORY (oops, I just typed ‘THE GORY’) of being the winner, which is priceless.

1. One entry per person.
2. Open to anyone, anywhere and it’s free to enter
3. Maximum 100 words (you can submit less), plus title.
4. Please don’t copy or plagiarise. You will be found out! (and it will be embarrassing and shameful)
5. Your story/poem’s title is in addition to the 100 words
6. Any theme or genre is acceptable (but anything too graphic or ‘sweary’ is unlikely to be shortlisted, as I won’t want to publish it here, so do consider that!)
7. Your entry must not have won or been placed in another competition.
8. Judge’s / judges’ decisions are final.
9. Email your entry in the body of the email, NOT as an attachment, to: helenyendall600@gmail.com by midnight on Friday 12th February 2016 (3 weeks today), along with your name.
10. By entering, you agree that your entry, or an extract, can be posted on this blog if it’s one of the shortlisted stories.
11. I will shortlist 5 entries and someone else will choose the winner, anonymously. I am being vague about the ‘someone else’ because
I don’t know who it will be yet, but someone other than me and someone who will take their task seriously.

If you have any questions, feel free to post them as a comment, so that everyone can see the response! Thanks – and good luck!

PS: My tips are: don’t go for the obvious use of the words. Your first idea will be lots of other people’s. Take your time! It’s tempting to dash something off, before you forget and miss the deadline but the entries that start zapping in within a day or two tend to be weaker than those that have clearly been ‘worked on’.

PPS: If you want to see the kind of thing that wins my little comps, then look at a couple of the shortlists from some earlier ones, here and here.


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8 Responses to 600 Followers, Free Writing Competition!

  1. Wendy Clarke says:

    Good luck to all the entrants 😄

  2. philippabowe says:

    Congrats on attracting another 100 happy followers. And yay! for the new comp – am trying to stay focused on novel-writing, but may well be enticed and have a go, I just love your random word comp, it’s always a fun challenge. 🙂

  3. shirley muir says:

    Dear Helen, I’m having a go at this, thanks! When do you expect to announce the shortlist please? S

    • Hi Shirley! The closing date is midnight on Friday 12th Feb, so obviously nothing will happen until after that but as I’m home that weekend (for once!) I should be able to look through all the entries and then announce the shortlist early the following week. So I won’t keep you waiting for too long!

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