Friday, 21 March 2014

Our latest newsletter


Welcome to the newsletter from the team behind the Global Short Story Competition.
Search is on for annual story prize winner

The team behind the Global Short Story Competition has launched a vote to find its annual winner.

The monthly competition, run by Inscribe Media Limited from the North East of England, was launched in December 2007 and, in addition to £125 of monthly prizes, an annual award of £250 is made.

The award is normally selected by a panel including monthly judge Fiona Cooper and competition administrator John Dean, and goes to one of the writers who was successful in the previous twelve months of competitions.

This year, the company is asking people to vote by reading each of the twelve monthly winners then selecting their favourite for the sixth annual prize. We know people enjoy reading the winning stories and we thought it would be a good idea to let them choose the 2013 winner.

Voting is open until March 31 at where the latest competition can also be entered.

January winners announced

Judge Fiona Cooper has selected her winners for the Global Short Story Competition and writers from the UK and Australia have taken the honours.

The £100 first place prize goes to Colin Hodson, London, England, for The Stranger. Our highly commended £25 runner up prize is being divided between Florence Child, Forest Range, Australia, for Revenge, and Pam Plumb, Darlington, Co Durham, England, for Patient 129191.

The writers on the shortlist are:

Deborah J Ledford, Scottsdale, Afghanistan

Petra McQueen, Colchester, Essex, England

Kylie Orr, Upwey, Victoria, Australia

Gillian Brown, Peyriac de Mer, Aude, France

Virginie Tozzo, France

Esther Newton, Thatcham, Berkshire, England

Paul Freeman, United Arab Emirates

Honours go to writers from Spain and France in December competition
Judge Fiona Cooper selected her winners for the December Global Short Story Competition and writers from Spain and France took the honours.

The £100 December Global Short Story Competition first place prize went to Johanna Bergstrom, of Malaga, Spain, for The Bitch Next Door. Our highly commended runner up was Ann Hebert, of St Andre-de-Najac in Aveyron, France, who won £25 for The Letter.

The writers on the shortlist were:

Thomas Smith, Sunderland, England

Alex Reece Abbott, York, England

Eowyn OConnor

Winning stories will be posted on Well done to our successful writers. You can enter the latest competition at the same address.

Flash fiction winner
Our judging panel, chaired by John Dean, selected the winner of our free flash fiction competition launched in October 2013. The challenge was make us feel something in more than 20 words. The £50 prize went to Lesley Marshall with:
A boy!” my husband exulted. “We’re a perfect family!”
Which we were.
Until he discovered the imperfect chromosome... and left.
Special mention to Its a Girl by Asharika Jaward: "A girl?" they sneer. Its fate is sealed. Hers, but not hers to keep; to love, to mother

Eileen R Mueller: Scraps of rotting pumpkin, cast-off shoes.... A bitten hotdog! Starving, he shovels it down, stumbling to the next bin.

And Kirk Nesset: Catastrophe Measure The sky is on fire, our buildings bright pink. We wait where the ground shakes least, endlessly repeating our names.
Our free comps run at our Facebook page at

New free flash fiction competition

The team behind The Global Short Story Competition has launched its latest free flash fiction competition. The challenge to writers for this one is produce a story with a beginning, middle and end in no more than 100 words. The deadline is May 13.Prize £50 and you can enter at

Hotel to stage residential writing course

Got a story to tell? Keen to be a writer? Then this residential weekend course in the North East of England at The Blackwell Grange in Darlington, County Durham, UK, could be for you.

Experienced creative writing tutor and novelist John Dean, who has had eleven crime novels published by Robert Hale and has appeared in a number of short story anthologies, will run a writing workshop on the weekend of May 16-18 2014 as part of the second Darlington Arts Festival. The weekend includes:
* Two nights Accommodation (Friday 16th and Saturday 17th May 2014), two breakfasts, two dinners and one lunch

* Day-long writing workshop on the Saturday followed by a morning workshop on the Sunday, including how to create characters, structure stories and invoke a strong sense of place.

The cost for the weekend is: £205 per person based on double for sole occupancy, this rate includes VAT. To reserve your place and book your accommodation : Call the Blackwell Grange Hotel on 01325 509955 , their email is Bookings must be made by Friday 18th April and paid in full to the hotel by Friday 23rd April 2014. Please note that minimum numbers are required for this course to run if this event needs to be cancelled you will be given a minimum 4 weeks’ notice.

Free stuff

Theres loads of free hints on writing at our blog at and you can also check out our free writers toolbox, which can be downloaded off the home page at


You can check out our Facebook page with its news, views and free competitions at

Mentoring and courses

For information on our online writing courses and mentoring packages at

Nurturing new talent through our e-books

A reminder that, as part of our efforts to support and showcase new writing talent worldwide, we have published seven e-books

Lost Souls by Roger Barnes When young women start to go missing in Africa, an International Strike Force is assembled to rescue them.

Harry’s Torment by Michael Beck Set in the fictional east coast port of Thirlston and centred on investigators tackling the heroin trade.

Previously published were:
Cyber Rules by Myra King. The novel by Australian writer Myra tells the story of a farmer’s wife in isolated rural Australia. Caught up on the addictive side of the Internet, she holds a secret which may prove to be deadly.

Global Shorts - an anthology of short stories taken from the early years of the Global Short Competition.

Vegemite Whiskers - a selection of some of the finest writing from Australian authors who have entered the Global Short Story Competition.

White Gold by Roger Barnes A thriller by Roger Barnes taking the reader into a world of intrigue and danger set amid the poachers of Africa.

Haghir the Dragon Finder by John Dean, a comic fantasy for older children. Haghir

and his hopeless comrades are dragon slayers seeking a new challenge.

All the titles can be obtained by keying their titles into the search field of the Kindle shop at Australian readers will have to purchase via Amazon US at

* If you don’t have a Kindle, there is a free Kindle reading app for your PC at

* You can find more about the books on our website.

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Thank you for all your support

John Dean

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