Wednesday, 31 May 2017

Wordy Wednesday!

This week I've got a fun word for you;


- A random string of letters and symbols typed out as an expression of exasperation.
- A string of actual gibberish signifying intense emotion.

So next time you type 'sdflkg' to show your character having a bit of a breakdown, you can proudly say that you know what it's called.

Keysmash is a relatively new word, combining the existing words 'key' and 'smash'. It is thought to have first been used in the mid 1990's.

'Anna typed out the sentence, then deleted it, for a third time. Something about it still didn't feel right, no matter how many times she'd tried to reword it. Frustrated, she let her fingers fall against the keyboard with a resounding clatter. 'aksdlhf', the keysmash spelled out at her. Anna sighed.' 

Can you use this word in a short piece of prose, flash fiction or poetry?
Comment your creative piece below and share the inspiration!

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!