We’ve counted the dead and erected the monument in the memory of the slaughtered brain cells. Yes, we are all quite, quite hungover, but we are also very happy indeed with last night’s battling. Eleven hardy souls took to the stage at The Albert Club in Didsbury and bravely bashed and boshed through our cruel, cruel tournament of words. Eleven became seven became three in a mathematically confusing tussle, and one won the crowd and emerged the victor.
So congratulations again to Trish Starbrook – a true star. Trish had never performed on an open mic stage before last night and she left seasoned pros and published writers in her wake. A stunning victory.
Massive thanks are due to Didsbury Arts Festival for having us again, and to all our contestants: Joy France, Nija Dalal, Joe Daly, Stephen McGeagh, Abi Hynes, Sian Rathore, Zach Roddis, Hugo Lewkowicz, Lee Moore, & Michael Conley. You were all superb, you really were.
We also announced the winners of the Didsbury Arts Festival #DAF140 One Forty Competition, held on Twitter during the week running up to the festival. We had a great laugh judging these story tweets. We were stunned by the range of storytelling skills on show – its no mean feat telling a complete story in such a short space so well done one and all. Our winners get lovely book tokens courtesy of Didsbury Arts Festival:
3rd: @ClareKirwan (Clare Kirwan): We buried the dog in the garden, disturbing dahlias, soiling the patio, muddying the hall carpet. It’s what he would’ve wanted.
2nd: @SwiftTwit (Ralph Swift): He couldn’t shake the feeling he’d forgotten something, as he stepped out of the Batmobile, the wind ruffling his hair.
1st: @Clenpen (Cathy Lennon): She saw the ring in her dessert and squealed. Her dad shook his hand. He blanched and the waitress he’d groped looked on, smirking.
Congratulations Clare, Ralph and Cathy!
We will be back soon with more literature shenanigans. But for now; at ease, soldiers.
Can you tweet a story in 140 characters or fewer… including the competition hashtag?
Closing time is this Saturday at 10am. The Flashtag writers will judge the competition and announce the winners as part of the Short Short Story Slam we’re running on June 28.
Top prize for the Twitter competition is a £50 book token (second and third get £30 and £20 tokens). Not bad for a super short story, and it’s free to enter too! Meanwhile, in case you’re wondering, there is also an exciting prize for the champion of our Short Short Story Slam. Well. Sort of. Um. We think Ben’s finished making it…
Get tweeting. Click here for more about the One Forty Fiction competition.
This year, the Flashtag writers are doing something a little bit different for Didsbury Arts Festival.
On Friday 28th June, we’ll be hosting a Short Short Story Slam, a live event which will pit writer against writer in a knockout competition to discover the true champion of the short short story.
A panel of contestants will take to the stage with their best very-short stories, battling other fiction-writing foes in a series of tense but hilarious head-to-heads. With voting cards under their seats, the audience decides who stays and who goes.
And we want you to take part….
If you want to be in with a chance of winning the coveted Goblet of Fiction*, you must be able to take part in the live event in Didsbury (all details here). You must bring with you three short fiction pieces (details below) and you must be prepared to be randomly drawn out of the hat to perform your work against another writer.
There are three rounds and the audience will decide which stories they like the best. If you win, fortune and glory will be yours.
If you want to take part, throw down your gauntlet of intent by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Places are on a first-come, first-served basis, so get them in soon.
Words are coming…
Short short story requirements
Please bring three short fiction pieces you can perform: one no more than 100 words, one no more than 150 words and one no more than 200 words. These are for rounds one, two and the final respectively, depending on how long you ‘survive’. (Just short stories: no poetry, please.)
*There is no goblet of fiction. Sorry.
The Flashtag Writers’ will host a live literature battle for Didsbury Arts Festival where you, the audience, are the judge.
In the Short Short Story Slam, a panel of plucky contestants will take to the stage with their best very-short stories, battling other fiction-writing foes in a series of tense but hilarious head-to-heads. With voting cards under their seats, the audience decides who stays and who is deleted… there can only be one ultimate Short Short Story Slam gladiator of grammar.
Just to add to the excitement, the event also includes the grand results of the Didsbury Arts Festival Twitter fiction competition (launching on June 15th).
Join us for the contest of a lifetime!