Thursday, 11 May 2017

Dinesh Allirajah Prize For Short Fiction

I received an email yesterday telling me all about this brand new short fiction competition, and I thought you guys might like to know about it, so here it is.

Comma Press and University of Central Lancashire have teamed up and launched their first short fiction competition, in honour of Dinesh Allirajah. Dinesh, who lectured in creative writing at the University for 8 years, and who was a long-term director of Comma Press, passed away suddenly in 2015. 

In honour of Dinesh the theme for this years competition will be 'cafe stories', so chosen because of Dinesh's 'Cafe Shorts' series, which he posted regularly on his blog; Real Time Short Stories.
He believed cafe's to be 'fertile ground for the short story,' saying that 'the reason the cafe setting works is because we understand what goes on there, without the gauze of a local or historical context.' 
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This competition is open to anyone over the age of 18, as long as the story submitted has not been previously published - including online and in print. 
The closing date is the 31st of October 2017. 

The winning entries will be announced on the 8th of May 2018, Dinesh's birthday. 
The overall winner will receive a prize of £500, and, along with another 9 shortlisted stories, will be published in an ebook anthology which will then be sold online. 

To find out more about this competition, or to enter, visit the Comma Press website here. 

Happy Writing & Good Luck

Tuesday, 9 May 2017

Writing Prompt!

This week's writing prompt is a series of six words. You can use these words in any order you like, but you must use all of them throughout your writing.

'Scribble, Path, Tempt, Yellow, Flash, Melody'

Don't forget you can post your response to this prompt in the comments section below or send it in as a submission for publication on this website!

Happy Scribbling!

Thursday, 4 May 2017

Call For Submissions

Breathing For Words is looking for exciting and original creative submissions!

I'm looking for works that are a bit out of the ordinary, that leave you questioning what you just read, and that send tingles down your spine. Use your imagination, break the boundaries, and push reality.
Think hard sci-fi, high fantasy, alternate realities, mazes and magic, weird and spooky, spine tinglingly dreadful. 
I want stories that leave a mark on you mind.

Submissions can be poetry, flash fiction, or short stories. 

I accept submissions in any genre except erotica. Although it is important to note that whilst I will accept submissions of children's stories, the audience for this page is predominately adult.  

Please send all submissions to, with the title 'BFW Submission'.

Please see the Submissions page for guidelines and rules. 

Happy Writing! 


Tuesday, 2 May 2017

Writing Prompt!

Today is Tuesday (I keep confusing myself thinking that it's Monday because of the bank holiday yesterday), but it's definitely Tuesday. And that means that it's time for a writing prompt!
So, today's prompt is...

What if you woke up one morning and no one remembered who you were? Everyone could see you, and hear you, and speak to you, but none of them knew you anymore. What would happen, what would you do, where would you go, how would you set about solving this bizarre occurrence?
Or would you even want to solve it? 

Have fun scribblers! And don't forget you can post your prompt response in the comments section below to share more great inspiration for other readers, or if you're particularly proud of your piece you can send it in for publication on this site. Just visit the Submissions page.

Happy Scribbling! 

Friday, 28 April 2017


Dazzling green and flickering red,
The spaces between your heartbeats,
Filled with fire and storm,
It's a sound that roars,
And a sound that sighs,
A green light in the sky,

The earth is soft and supple,
Bending and moving,
Each footfall shapes and moulds it,
Each depression sponging outwards,
Losing form before gaining it again,

The sky ripples,
Ocean waves,
Clouds foam and shift as they collide,
In desperate attempts to cross their blue desert home,
Dark shapes flit in the spaces between,
Catching and flickering and whirring,

Buzzing drifts through the air,
Like so much chatter in a darkened room,
Tension like held breath,
Poised in a half crouch,
Waiting for an opportune moment,
Daylight shifts into the soft dusk of twilight,
Day draws towards it's end,
Though in the deepening darkness I am bright as the mid day sun,

Are we whole,
Or do we lay in pieces,
Scattered on the dark earth floor,
Slipping into the mud like shells sinking into the ocean,
Resigned to our existence,
Benign with the mundane,
Given up the dance,
Reflecting our surroundings like so many pieces of broken mirror,
Carefully watching all around us,
Without ever stopping to look inside.

Thursday, 27 April 2017

We Are Writers

Why do we write?

Why do I write? 

Why do you write? 

Why do some of us love to write, and some of us hate to write?

Why doesn't everybody love writing?

Why doesn't everybody hate writing?

Is it possible to both love and hate writing at the same time? 

What makes us love writing?

What makes us hate writing?

What makes us good at writing?

What makes us want to write?

What makes us happy when we have to write no longer?

What pushes us every day to pick up that pen?

What inspires us to make the words dance across the page?

Why do we write?

Why do we love to write?

What is it about the flow of words that brings us so much joy, even when we know that no one else may ever read them? 

Why are we so powerless to stop ourselves from writing? 

I love to write. 
I am powerless to stop myself writing.
I rejoice in the flow of words when they fall from my mind like ripe berries from a bush.

There are so many words, and so many combinations of words, isn't it beautiful?
Isn't it beautiful how much we love to create?
How much joy we find in creating.
We are the dreamers, the creaters, the designers, the builders of worlds and people and histories.
We are writers.