reviews (for the first edition)
"An informative book for the writer at any
level to hone their skills in short story writing. Written
in plain English and easy to understand. This is the only
guide you need to fulfill your dreams of first prize accolades.
I highly recommend this book to have pride of place in
Great Xmas gift."
– Frances Johnson
Member and ex-Vice President of Gold Coast Writers’ Association,
"This book delivers more than its title
promises. I read it to find out if I wanted to pursue short
story contests … but I also found some real gems
for improving my writing and chances of being published."
"Written in conversational style, this book for
me is like having a private lesson with two experts in
the field. Easy to follow and understand. It contains very
useful inside information for anyone wanting to enter (and
win!) short story competitions. It is divided into easily
absorbed chunks and I would say it covers just about everything
one would need to know on the subject."
"The marking scheme for short story competitions
opened my eyes and it will definitely change my approach
when I plan a story in the future. Lots of fantastic information
packed into a quick and easy read. Highly recommended."
Dave Haslett is the founder of ideas4writers,
the ideas and inspiration website, and has judged several
competitions on the site, some of which attracted
hundreds of entries.
Geoff Nelder is an award-winning short
story writer and novelist, and was the fiction judge for
the Whittaker Prize
in 2009 and 2012, and the FunFic international fiction contest