WIN the Mum Life Stories Anthology for Mother’s Day!

*This competition has now ended*

It’s competition time again and I have one brand new copy of the very first Mum Life Stories: Micro-Fiction anthology to give away.

In 2020 we ran 6 micro-fiction writing competitions and collected 60 beautiful stories from talented writers all over the world. Those stories were compiled into this inspiring anthology and represent just a tiny number of the millions and millions of untold stories of brave, strong, determined and captivating mothers throughout the ages.

Just in time for Mother’s Day, you could get your hands on a FREE copy of this awesome anthology and make your Mother’s (or your own) day! Entering is super simple.

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The Book

In just 500 words or less, these writers from around the world skillfully capture the heart and imagination, with 60 stories dedicated to mothers of all varieties. $1 from every sale goes toward our friends at Kingdom Lighters Ministries and their orphanage in Uganda. You can read more about them HERE.

Please note: Prize will be a paperback not a hard cover

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How To Enter

Entering is easy. All you need to do is sign up to our email list and share our Twitter or Facebook posts to your own profile. Subscribing will mean you receive all our latest news, stories, and competition information (including giveaways and writing competitions) plus a FREE eBook!

STEPS:

  1. Subscribe – Sign up to our email list HERE or using the form below. If you’re already on our email list then you’re already halfway there, proceed to step 2.
  2. Share – Go to either our FACEBOOK page or our TWITTER page and share the post about the competition on your own profile. Don’t forget to set it to ‘public’ so I can find it.
  3. Tag at least 3 friends

It’s that easy, but you must follow all three steps to be eligible.

T & C’s

By entering this competition you are agreeing to our T & C’s as outlined below.

Competition dates: Starts April 20th 2021 and Ends April 25th 2021 at Midnight AEST, winner drawn and announced on April 26th 2021.

Entry details:  Eligible entries are those who follow all 3 steps listed above. Winners will be chosen using a promotion manager app that chooses randomly a winner from a list of entrants that meet all entry requirements. All decisions are final and not open to debate. The winner will be notified via email and given 24 hours to respond. If a response is not received within this timeframe, a new winner will be chosen. The prize (one paperback copy of Mum Life Stories:Micro-Fiction, Vol 1)will be sent by express mail as soon as the winner responds to the confirmation email with a postal address. The winner will also be announced on both social media platforms April 26th 2021.

All decisions are final.

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Micro Fiction Writing Competition: Round 6 – Cash Prizes!

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*Please Note: This competition has now ended. Please see our competition page for info on all our latest competitions*

Final Round

It’s on a rather sad note that I announce this round. This competition has been a huge part of this blog for the last year and announcing this round as the FINAL round seems rather disappointing. So many great stories have been submitted and published etc, and great connections have been made with some amazingly talented people.

As sad as it is, it’s also extremely exciting  because we are that much closer to the first anthology to come out of Mum Life Stories. There’s a lot of work to do, but I’m hoping after this round, it will get underway and be ready for release by Christmas or at the latest, early January. Yes, the plan was for the end of 2020 but lots of extensions and other unforeseen events have put a bit of a delay on the process, but never fear it will happen and it will be awesome. I’m thinking about a little competition to name the anthology, so keep an eye out for that in a month or so. Subscribe to the mailing list if you’d like to be notified when it happens.

If you missed out on reading the winning entries for round 5, you can find them right HERE along with the shortlist HERE and don’t forget to visit our competitions page for all the past winners of our previous rounds.

The theme of this round is ‘Foster Mother’, a challenging topic I believe but I’m sure it will be the one with the most interesting storylines.  You could score yourself $50 (AUD) for first place or $20 (AUD) for 2nd or 3rd place. Exciting right?

Competition opens midnight AEST tonight, the 20th of September!

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Micro Fiction Competition Themes

This Competition is the fifth of 6 Micro Fiction Writing Competitions run over the year of 2020, ending with an anthology publication, hopefully sometime before November 2020 (exact dates will be known closer to the time). Each competition will have a slightly different theme but revolve around the idea of Motherhood. The 6 different sub-themes are:

  1. Mother (November/December ’19 COMPLETED)
  2. GrandMother (January ’20 COMPLETED)
  3. Single Mother (February/March ’20 COMPLETED)
  4. Step-Mother (April/May ’20 COMPLETED)
  5. Great GrandMother (Aug/Sept ’20 COMPLETED)
  6. Foster Mother (Oct/Nov ’20 COMPLETED)

The comps will be run in this order and competition start and finish dates will be released at the end of each preceding competition. Competitions will run for 14 – 20 days (unless extended), judging for 2 weeks, at the commencement of which, the winners will be announced!

Sign up to our mailing list to be notified when a new competition has begun.




About This Months Micro-Fiction Competition

This month’s theme is ‘Foster Mother’ (September ’20) and it can be interpreted any way you like. You don’t have to include the words ‘Foster Mother’ but it must be clear your story is about, you guessed it…a foster mother.

Whilst I’d love to keep the competition free to enter, administration costs have started to take their toll on my bank account and it’s become necessary to charge a very small fee (to cover costs) of just $2 AUD. I do lose a bit of that to Paypal fees so what I’m getting is very minimal and doesn’t even completely cover the prize money that I give away so please don’t be put off by the small entry cost as you are helping contribute to your’s or someone else’s success and publication as an author. A noble deed indeed!

Please read the competition rules below and then follow the link to our competition T & C’s where there will be an entry form to fill in with your story. Good Luck!

 

Competition Rules and Guidelines

‘Foster Mother’ Competition Dates: September 20th 2020 – October 10th 2020 (Extended to October 24th) @ midnight AEST. Judging will commence on the 11th October 2020 (Extended to October 25th), with the shortlist being announced by the 25th of October 2020 (Extended to 10th November) and the winners announced shortly thereafter.

Open to: Worldwide (but must be written in English), 16 years or older.

Rules:

  1. 500 words or less.
  2. Narrative Fiction (no poetry please).
  3. Must be about a Great Grandmother.
  4. No gratuitous violence, sexual content, blood & gore or profanity.
  5. Must agree to the T & C’s.
  6. Your story must not already be published anywhere else.
  7. The $2 AUD entry fee must be paid via Paypal to mumlifestories@gmail.com and must clear before the competition end date in order for your entry to qualify. Please also insure you enter the email address you use for PayPal into the section provided on the entry form so we can match your payment to your entry.

Submission:

  1. Story to be typed in a doc, docx, pdf, rtf or txt formatted document.
  2. 12 point, Times New Roman or Georgia Text.
  3. The title of your story should appear at the top of the document and in the file name.
  4. Your name should not appear on the document (submissions will be read blind so if your name is on the doc it will not be accepted).
  5. Click HERE to go to the form where you can attach your story file, or go to the T & C’s page and enter there.

Judging:

There will be 2 judges, myself and one of our regular story contributors Fiona M. Jones.

  1. Stories will be read ‘blind’ without author names attached so as to avoid bias.
  2. We will not be giving feedback on stories at this point in time, apart from general opinions on the winning entries that will be published on the blog.
  3. While our opinions and personal taste will play a small role in the judging, we will be looking at the structure, form, originality and storytelling technique of each submission.
  4. We both have different tastes but will work together, discussing all elements of the story to come up with 10 stories for the shortlist and then 3 winners.
  5. All decisions are final and will not be open to discussion.

You can read more about the judges on our ‘About page.

Prizes:

1st Place – $50 (AUD), published on mumlifestories.com & in anthology + a printed copy of the anthology + digital copy of the anthology.

2nd Place – $20 (AUD), published on mumlifestories.com & in anthology + digital copy of the anthology.

3rd Place – $20 (AUD), published on mumlifestories.com & in anthology + digital copy of the anthology

Shortlist (Top 10) – Published in anthology + digital copy of the anthology

Submit:

Click HERE to go to the entry form.

Go to the T & C’s page.

Sign up to mailing list to get a reminder when the competition is about to close & keep informed of upcoming competitions, plus receive a FREE Ebook.

Good Luck and Have Fun Writing!


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Micro Fiction Writing Competition: Round 5 – Cash Prizes!

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*Please note: This competition has ended and winners have been announced. Please check our competitions page for info on the next round*

It’s Back

I know, I know, “finally”, I hear you say. Yes, at last Round 5 of the Mum Life Stories, Micro Fiction Writing Competition is here. Let the crowds go wild, woot woot.

I’m sure I’m not the only one who has been eagerly anticipating the return of our competition, and I sincerely apologize for keeping you all hanging, but all good things come to those who wait, so I’m expecting this to be our best round yet!

If you missed out on reading the winning entries for round 4, way back at the beginning of June, you can find them right HERE along with the shortlist HERE and don’t forget to visit our competitions page for all the past winners of our previous rounds.

The theme of this round is ‘Great Grandmother’, so all those entries that featured 100-year-old grandmothers in round 2 (which didn’t make it to the shortlist) can be re-hashed with this new theme. You could score yourself $50 (AUD) for first place or $20 (AUD) for 2nd or 3rd place. Exciting right?

Even more exciting is that this is our second last round for the year, which means we are just one more round away from our 60 stories and our very first Mum Life Stories anthology. The top 10 shortlisted stories from each round, will be featured in this anthology to be published (all being well) by the end of 2020.

Competition opens midnight AEST tonight, the 1st of April!

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Micro Fiction Competition Themes

This Competition is the fifth of 6 Micro Fiction Writing Competitions run over the year of 2020, ending with an anthology publication, hopefully sometime before November 2020 (exact dates will be known closer to the time). Each competition will have a slightly different theme but revolve around the idea of Motherhood. The 6 different sub-themes are:

  1. Mother (November/December ’19 COMPLETED)
  2. GrandMother (January ’20 COMPLETED)
  3. Single Mother (February/March ’20 COMPLETED)
  4. Step-Mother (March) COMPLETED)
  5. Great GrandMother (CURRENT)
  6. Foster Mother

The comps will be run in this order and competition start and finish dates will be released at the end of each preceding competition. Competitions will run for 14 days (unless extended), judging for 2 weeks, at the commencement of which, the winners will be announced!

Sign up to our mailing list to be notified when a new competition has begun.


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About This Months Micro-Fiction Competition

This month’s theme is ‘Great Grandmother’ (August ’20) and it can be interpreted any way you like. You don’t have to include the words ‘Great Grandmother’ but it must be clear your story is about, you guessed it…a great grandmother.

Whilst I’d love to keep the competition free to enter, administration costs have started to take their toll on my bank account and it’s become necessary to charge a very small fee (to cover costs) of just $2 AUD. I do lose a bit of that to Paypal fees so what I’m getting is very minimal and doesn’t even completely cover the prize money that I give away so please don’t be put off by the small entry cost as you are helping contribute to your’s or someone else’s success and publication as an author. A noble deed indeed!

Please read the competition rules below and then follow the link to our competition T & C’s where there will be an entry form to fill in with your story. Good Luck!

Competition Rules and Guidelines

‘Great Grandmother’ Competition Dates: August 1st 2020 – August 14th 2020 (extended till 24th of August) @ midnight AEST. Judging will commence on the 15th of August 2020 (extended till the 25th of August), with the shortlist being announced by the 29th of August 2020 (extended till the 7th of September) and the winners announced shortly thereafter.

Open to: Worldwide (but must be written in English), 16 years or older.

Rules:

  1. 500 words or less.
  2. Narrative Fiction (no poetry please).
  3. Must be about a Great Grandmother.
  4. No gratuitous violence, sexual content, blood & gore or profanity.
  5. Must agree to the T & C’s.
  6. Your story must not already be published anywhere else.
  7. The $2 AUD entry fee must be paid via Paypal to mumlifestories@gmail.com and must clear before the competition end date in order for your entry to qualify. Please also insure you enter the email address you use for PayPal into the section provided on the entry form so we can match your payment to your entry.

Submission:

  1. Story to be typed in a doc, docx, pdf, rtf or txt formatted document.
  2. 12 point, Times New Roman or Georgia Text.
  3. The title of your story should appear at the top of the document and in the file name.
  4. Your name should not appear on the document (submissions will be read blind so if your name is on the doc it will not be accepted).
  5. Click HERE to go to the form where you can attach your story file, or go to the T & C’s page and enter there.

Judging:

There will be 2 judges, myself and one of our regular story contributors Fiona M. Jones.

  1. Stories will be read ‘blind’ without author names attached so as to avoid bias.
  2. We will not be giving feedback on stories at this point in time, apart from general opinions on the winning entries that will be published on the blog.
  3. While our opinions and personal taste will play a small role in the judging, we will be looking at the structure, form, originality and storytelling technique of each submission.
  4. We both have different tastes but will work together, discussing all elements of the story to come up with 10 stories for the shortlist and then 3 winners.
  5. All decisions are final and will not be open to discussion.

You can read more about the judges on our ‘About‘ page.

Prizes:

1st Place – $50 (AUD), published on mumlifestories.com & in anthology + a printed copy of the anthology + digital copy of the anthology.

2nd Place – $20 (AUD), published on mumlifestories.com & in anthology + digital copy of the anthology.

3rd Place – $20 (AUD), published on mumlifestories.com & in anthology + digital copy of the anthology

Shortlist (Top 10) – Published in anthology + digital copy of the anthology

Submit:

Click HERE to go to the entry form.

Go to the T & C’s page.

Sign up to mailing list to get a reminder when the competition is about to close & keep informed of upcoming competitions, plus receive a FREE Ebook.

Good Luck and Have Fun Writing!


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With this ebook you will learn to approach your days in another way, reducing stress and getting results through prioritizing, leveraging and focus!

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Micro Fiction Writing Competition: Round 4 – Cash Prizes!

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*UPDATE: Round 5 has begun. Details HERE!*

Our first three Micro Fiction Writing Competitions have been a wonderful success and we were very impressed by the quality of entrants. We are getting very excited about the anthology and the quality of stories that will be featured. The winners and shortlist for round 3 have been published (you can read the results HERE) and now it’s on to round 4.
If you fancy yourself a bit of a writer and enjoy telling a tale then why not have a go at this competition. You could score yourself $50 (AUD) for first place or $20 (AUD) for 2nd or 3rd place, plus the top 10 shortlisted stories, including the 3 winners (from 6 competitions, so 60 stories in total) will be featured in an anthology to be published by the end of 2020.

Competition opens on the 14th of April

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This page contains affiliate links which may earn me a small commission if you click through and make a purchase. Affiliate links are how I keep this blog running, thank you.

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FLASH: Writing the very short story by John Dufresne


Themes

This Competition is the fourth of 6 Micro-Fiction Writing Competitions run over the next year, ending with an anthology publication sometime between July and November 2020 (exact dates will be known closer to the time). Each competition will have a slightly different theme but revolve around the idea of Motherhood. The 6 different sub-themes are:

  1. Mother (November/December ’19 COMPLETED)
  2. GrandMother (January ’20 COMPLETED)
  3. Single Mother (February/March ’20 COMPLETED)
  4. Step-Mother (CURRENT)
  5. Great GrandMother
  6. Foster Mother

The comps will be run in this order and competition start and finish dates will be released at the end of each preceding competition. Competitions will run for 10 days (unless extended), judging for 2 weeks, at the commencement of which, the winners will be announced!

Sign up to our mailing list to be notified when a new competition has begun.


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This Months Competition

This month’s theme is ‘Step-Mother’ (April ’20) and it can be interpreted any way you like. You don’t have to include the words ‘Step-Mother’ but it must be clear your story is about, you guessed it…a Step-Mother.

Whilst I’d love to keep the competition free to enter, administration costs have started to take their toll on my bank account and it’s become necessary to charge a very small fee (to cover costs) of just $2 AUD. I do lose a bit of that to Paypal fees so what I’m getting is very minimal and doesn’t even completely cover the prize money that I give away so please don’t put off by the small entry cost as you are helping contribute to your’s or someone else’s success and publication as an author. A noble deed indeed!
Please read the competition rules below and then follow the link to our competition T & C’s where there will be an entry form to fill in with your story. Good Luck!

Competition Rules and Guidelines

‘Step-Mother’ Competition Dates: April 14th 2020 – April 24th 2020 (Extended till 14th May) @ midnight AEST. Judging will commence on the 25th of April (Extended till the 15th of May) 2020, with the shortlist and winners being announced on the 8th of May (Extended till the 25th of May) 2020.

Open to: Worldwide (but must be written in English), 16 years or older.

Rules:

  1. 500 words or less.
  2. Narrative Fiction (no poetry please).
  3. Must be about a Step-Mother.
  4. No gratuitous violence, sexual content, blood & gore or profanity.
  5. Must agree to the T & C’s.
  6. Your story must not already be published anywhere else.
  7. The $2 AUD entry fee must be paid via Paypal to mumlifestories@gmail.com and must clear before the competition end date in order for your entry to qualify. Please also insure you enter the email address you use for PayPal into the section provided on the entry form so we can match your payment to your entry.

Submission:

  1. Story to be typed in a doc, docx, pdf, rtf or txt formatted document.
  2. 12 point, Times New Roman or Georgia Text.
  3. Title of story should appear at the top of the document and in the file name.
  4. Your name should not appear on the document (submissions will be read blind so if your name is on the doc it will not be accepted).
  5. Click HERE to go to the form where you can attach your story file, or go to the T & C’s page and enter there.

Judging:

There will be 2 judges, myself and one of our regular story contributors Fiona M. Jones.

  1. Stories will be read ‘blind’ without author names attached so as to avoid bias.
  2. We will not be giving feedback on stories at this point in time, apart from general opinions on the winning entries that will be published on the blog.
  3. While our opinions and personal taste will play a small role in the judging, we will be looking at the structure, form, originality and storytelling technique of each submission.
  4. We both have different tastes but will work together, discussing all elements of the story to come up with 10 stories for the shortlist and then 3 winners.
  5. All decisions are final and will not be open to discussion.

You can read more about the judges on our ‘About‘ page.

Prizes:

1st Place – $50 (AUD), published on mumlifestories.com & in anthology + a printed copy of the anthology + digital copy of the anthology.

2nd Place – $20 (AUD), published on mumlifestories.com & in anthology + digital copy of the anthology.

3rd Place – $20 (AUD), published on mumlifestories.com & in anthology + digital copy of the anthology

Shortlist (Top 10) – Published in anthology + digital copy of the anthology

Submit:

Click HERE to go to the entry form.

Go to the T & C’s page.

Sign up to mailing list to get a reminder when the competition is about to close & keep informed of upcoming competitions, plus receive a FREE Ebook.

Good Luck and Have Fun Writing!


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Writing Flash – How to craft & publish flash fiction for a booming market (Kindle Edition)


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Accomplish more IN a fraction of the time

The pace and intensity of our lives, both at work and at home, leave many of us feeling like a person riding a frantically galloping horse. Our day-to-day incessant busyness — too much to do and not enough time.

With this ebook you will learn to approach your days in another way, reducing stress and getting results through prioritizing, leveraging and focus!

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Micro Fiction Writing Competition: Round 3 – Cash Prizes!

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*PLEASE NOTE: THIS COMPETITION HAS ENDED AND WINNERS HAVE BEEN ANNOUNCED. CLICK HERE FOR INFO ON OUR NEXT ROUND STARTING SOON*

 

Our first two Micro Fiction Writing Competitions have been a wonderful success and we were very impressed by the quality of entrants. We are getting very excited about the anthology and the quality of stories that will be featured. The winners and shortlist for round 2 have been published (you can read the results HERE) and now it’s on to round 3.
If you fancy yourself a bit of a writer and enjoy telling a tale then why not have a go at this competition. You could score yourself $50 (AUD) for first place or $20 (AUD) for 2nd or 3rd place, plus the top 10 shortlisted stories, including the 3 winners (from 6 competitions, so 60 stories in total) will be featured in an anthology to be published by the end of 2020.

Competition opens on the 24th of February

Photo by Florian Klauer on Unsplash

This page contains affiliate links which may earn me a small commission if you click through and make a purchase. Affiliate links are how I keep this blog running, thank you.

9780393352351

FLASH: Writing the very short story by John Dufresne


Themes

This Competition is the second of 6 Micro-Fiction Writing Competitions run over the next year, ending with an anthology publication sometime between July and November 2020 (exact dates will be known closer to the time). Each competition will have a slightly different theme but revolve around the idea of Motherhood. The 6 different sub-themes are:

  1. Mother (November/December ’19 COMPLETED)
  2. GrandMother (January ’20 COMPLETED)
  3. Single Mother (February/March ’20 CURRENT)
  4. Step Mother
  5. Great GrandMother
  6. Foster Mother

The comps will be run in this order and competition start and finish dates will be released at the end of each preceding competition. Competitions will run for 10 days (unless extended), judging for 2 weeks, at the commencement of which, the winners will be announced!

Sign up to our mailing list to be notified when a new competition has begun.


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This Months Competition

This month’s theme is ‘Single Mother’ (February ’20) and it can be interpreted any way you like. You don’t have to include the words ‘Single Mother’ but it must be clear your story is about, you guessed it…a Single Mother (biological, adoptive or otherwise).

We managed to keep the last two months of submissions free to enter, but administration costs have started to take their toll on our founder’s bank account and it’s become necessary to charge a very small fee (to cover costs) of just $2 AUD.

Please read the competition rules below and then follow the link to our competition T & C’s where there will be an entry form to fill in with your story. Good Luck!

Competition Rules and Guidelines

‘Single Mother’ Competition Dates: February 24th 2020 – March 2nd (extended to 23rd March), 2020 @ midnight AEST. Judging will commence on the 3rd of March (extended to the 24th of March), with the shortlist and winners being announced on the 4th of April.

Open to: Worldwide (but must be written in English), 16 years or older.

Rules:

  1. 500 words or less.
  2. Narrative Fiction (no poetry please).
  3. Must be about a Single Mother (biological or adoptive).
  4. No gratuitous violence, sexual content, blood & gore or profanity.
  5. Must agree to the T & C’s.
  6. Your story must not already be published anywhere else.
  7. The $2 AUD entry fee must be paid via Paypal to mumlifestories@gmail.com and must clear before the competition end date in order for your entry to qualify. Please also insure you enter the email address you use for PayPal into the section provided on the entry form so we can match your payment to your entry.

Submission:

  1. Story to be typed in a doc, docx, pdf, rtf or txt formatted document.
  2. 12 point, Times New Roman or Georgia Text.
  3. Title of story should appear at the top of the document and in the file name.
  4. Your name should not appear on the document (submissions will be read blind so if your name is on the doc it will not be accepted).
  5. Click HERE to go to the form where you can attach your story file, or go to the T & C’s page and enter there.

Judging:

There will be 2 judges, myself and one of our regular story contributors Fiona M. Jones.

  1. Stories will be read ‘blind’ without author names attached so as to avoid bias.
  2. We will not be giving feedback on stories at this point in time, apart from general opinions on the winning entries that will be published on the blog.
  3. While our opinions and personal taste will play a small role in the judging, we will be looking at the structure, form, originality and storytelling technique of each submission.
  4. We both have different tastes but will work together, discussing all elements of the story to come up with 10 stories for the shortlist and then 3 winners.
  5. All decisions are final and will not be open to discussion.

You can read more about the judges on our ‘About‘ page.

Prizes:

1st Place – $50 (AUD), published on mumlifestories.com & in anthology + a printed copy of the anthology + digital copy of the anthology.

2nd Place – $20 (AUD), published on mumlifestories.com & in anthology + digital copy of the anthology.

3rd Place – $20 (AUD), published on mumlifestories.com & in anthology + digital copy of the anthology

Shortlist (Top 10) – Published in anthology + digital copy of the anthology

Submit:

Click HERE to go to the entry form.

Go to the T & C’s page.

Sign up to mailing list to get a reminder when the competition is about to close & keep informed of upcoming competitions, plus receive a FREE Ebook.

Good Luck and Have Fun Writing!


413QErUcQ5L

Writing Flash – How to craft & publish flash fiction for a booming market (Kindle Edition)


Get your FREE Ebook

Accomplish more IN a fraction of the time

The pace and intensity of our lives, both at work and at home, leave many of us feeling like a person riding a frantically galloping horse. Our day-to-day incessant busyness — too much to do and not enough time.

With this ebook you will learn to approach your days in another way, reducing stress and getting results through prioritizing, leveraging and focus!

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Micro Fiction Writing Competition Winners: Round 1

They’re finally here, the results you’ve been waiting for, the winners of our very first Micro Fiction Writing Competition.

The theme was “Mother”, the word limit was 500 and the entries were awesome. The decision was a tough one but after much collaboration we picked our top 3.

I don’t want to keep you waiting any longer, so here are our 3 winners:

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Winners

1st Place ($50 prize) – SEAN FALLON of Australia with “The Burning Library”

2nd Place ($20 Prize) ALEXIS ARROWSMITH of Australia with “The Whole Mother”

3rd Place ($20 Prize)  ALIYAH ORR of the UK with “Blankets to Banners”

All of our top 10 short listed stories will be published in an anthology at the end of this year (2020) and all writers will receive a digital copy as part of their prize. The top 3 stories will be published on this blog in the stories section (over the next few days) and are included in this post also (scroll down to read). First place also receives a physical copy of the anthology once it’s been published.

We’d like to congratulate all our winners, and would like to thank once again all those who participated in the competition. We hope to see everyone back again for our next round and hopefully some new entrants as well. Click Here to check out the details of Round 2 and enter your story for your chance at a cash prize and publication.

Short List

In case you missed the announcement about the short list, I have included it here again (in alphabetical order).

  1. ‘At Sears Department Store’ – By Sarah Russell of the USA
  2. ‘Blankets To Banners’ – By Aliyah Orr of the UK
  3. ‘Conversations With Mum’ – By Connie Boland of Canada
  4. ‘I Demand To See The Manager’ – By Bett Willett of the USA
  5. ‘Midnight Reverie’ – By Maureen McVeigh of the USA
  6. ‘Preparations’ – By Nancy Leinweber of Australia
  7. ‘She Carries On’ – By Samantha Adair of Australia
  8. ‘Talismans’ – By Catherine Gillespie of the USA
  9. ‘The Burning Library’ – By Sean Fallon of Australia
  10. ‘The Whole Mother’ – By Alexis Arrowsmith of Australia



Stories

1st Place – Sean Fallon

What we liked: This is a very well written story about a relatable topic. The author draws us into the main character’s experience with the metaphor of the burning library, with a library as the setting of the story as well. Everything connects together in a pleasant flow, entertaining and touching at the same time. 

Bio: Sean Fallon is from the UK and, after many years teaching abroad, now lives in Melbourne. He is currently working on his first novel, and he has been published in The Big Issue, Reader’s Digest, Film Inquiry, Writer Loves Movies, Yabangee, Audiences Everywhere, the Melbourne Writer’s Festival Blog, Defenstration Mag, and The Talk Film Society.

Authors Statement: The inspiration for this story was the death of my grandmother who passed away at the end of last year from Alzheimer’s, and how my mum had to watch her gradually disappear. My mum and nan have both been huge inspirations for me in my life and my writing, and I know my nan would be very happy to see me win this competition.

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THE BURNING LIBRARY

When an old woman dies, it’s like a library has burnt down.

I think of that a lot as I watch the old woman lose her mind. It is ironic maybe that I’m watching her deterioration from behind the loans counter at the library she has visited every day for forty years.

It started slowly. Forgetting where certain shelves where. Mixing up westerns and fantasy so when she went looking for a book with a cowboy on the cover, she found a dragon instead.

Then she began forgetting to return books. For a few days, then a week, then twelve weeks. At first, I would politely remind her of her fines, and then, when I saw what was happening I started paying them off myself.

As it became clear what was happening, the old woman would fall into moods. Pungent with anger and fear, she would lash out at those seeking to help her. Her brain dull, but her words sharp as broken glass.

Eventually, a sort of calm fell over her. The doctors had her on antidepressants which removed the fear but also everything else, until the old woman was just shuffling into the library each morning to sit in her favourite chair and read a book she had already read. The letters that had once been so familiar, now becoming treacherous and cruel as they evaded understanding.

I watched her today. She sat in the chair, reading or at least looking at the book. There was so much in that head and every day we lost a little more. Memories of first loves, a recipe for Yorkshire pudding, funny stories, sad stories, any stories. The fire that consumed the library wasn’t picky. It didn’t hesitant or leave anything untouched. It burnt everything and left nothing for the survivors to find.

She closed her book and walked to the counter.

‘Has my reserve come in?’ She asked. She hadn’t put a reserve on for eight months.

‘Not today,’ I said after making a full show of looking it up on the computer.

She nodded, ‘Maybe tomorrow.’

‘Maybe,’ I said.

‘Okay. See you then,’ she leant forward to read my nametag. ‘Alex.’

‘Yeah, seeya then,’ She walked away. ‘Mum.’





2nd Place – Alexis Arrowsmith

We felt this story opened very well, with an intriguing scene and some real tension. A story that gives us enough to get a sense of the situation and create a mood but doesn’t explain too much, leaving us to use our imagination. An original story with an inspiring character.

Bio: Alexis Arrowsmith is a historian and writer based in Melbourne, Victoria. She has a particular interest in 20th century Russian and Eastern European social history and has spent time living, travelling, and studying in that region. Alexis has further professional experience as a policy adviser on history, heritage, and international legal matters, and as a teacher. She writes fiction and non-fiction on these topics. Her work has been published and presented in Australia and internationally.

Author Statement:  My inspiration for The Whole Mother came from a combination of my research into the House on the Embankment in Moscow, and my grandmother who remained an activist for women and the working class her whole life while also raising children. 

I write because I have always written and it helps me make sense of life, the world, and the people in it. 

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THE WHOLE MOTHER

My mother didn’t sleep for 6 days before she disappeared. She wore an enamel comb in her hair, her eyes were deep brown, and her left index finger was crooked at the top knuckle from a childhood accident. This is the collection of memories I have of her. My mother, who was a whole woman before she was a mother, and more complex than I have ever understood.

On the last day I saw her she dressed us in our uniforms, her crooked finger looping the red scarves around our necks. She sent us out to safety with smiles and kisses, an extra long hug we took as a sign of happiness about the holiday.

I have played her day in my mind all my life. I don’t remember my own. She would have looked out of her bedroom window at the white, almost solid, river below, feeling trapped by that ice in our house of privilege. She was unrepentant.

She would have seen soldiers and party members gathered on the square. As I heard her do on those sleepless nights, she would have walked out of her room, through the silent hall, living room, parlour. She could see men’s shadows under the front door. She knew they were men because they were always men. Sometimes they were dressed as tradesmen, sometimes in suits, sometimes servers in the cafeteria. But their faces were the same. She’d seen them by other doors. I’d seen them too, coming for other mothers, other fathers. I’d heard in whispers about the shadows under the doors. She faced the door and waited.

Her name was Larissa. She was gone when we returned.

I used to think she could have stopped it happening, if she’d just stopped herself. But instead, she had kept reading the newsletters, kept saying things she shouldn’t. She kept having other mothers over to our apartment, lively evenings with gritty tea, when the women spoke in code. She kept poking and provoking when she had us, me, to think about.

I used to think she was selfish. She was supposed to be my mother, and mothers put their children first. It took years to understand that love takes many forms and our mother loved us by being herself though it cost her herself and us.

Decades later I met with the children of other mothers who disappeared, but we hardly had anything to say. We live with the regrets of what we never asked these women, our mothers. We all admire them now, but we still fail to understand them. Can any child ever really understand their mother?

My mother was 36 when she disappeared, and she had lived a whole adult life, with us and without us. On that day I know she faced those men and made them see her as that whole woman, the before and the after.

It was only when I, too, saw her that way that I could begin to know my mother.




3rd Place – Aliyah Orr

We liked the poetic expression of this story whilst keeping with the narrative form. The end was particularly relatable because of its emotional realism and we felt there was a lot to learn from the message in the story that is a reflection on a life lived from birth to early adulthood.

Bio: Aliyah Kaitlyn Orr (pen name A.K Nephtali) is a British college student inundated with homework, coffee, and dreams in equal measure. They’ve been inspired by the power of words ever since a novel helped them realize their gender neutral identity, and they write inclusive fiction that aims to empower LGBTQ+ people world-round. (Rather, world-vaguely-pear-shaped, to be precise.) This is their first official award. They’re shocked enough to power a motor.

Authors Statement: ‘Blankets to Banners’ was inspired by an in-depth conversation with my mother on loving someone enough to let them go.

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BLANKETS TO BANNERS

I loved you before you were born, when you were nothing more than a bump that occasionally wriggled. My little fish ninja, I called you, swimming and kicking about in the womb. A fighter you were. Premature, fragile as ice in the sun, but you refused to melt.

Soon the length of your torso became the length of your arms, and your babbling sounds turned into babbling. I hung onto every word, wished I had recorded them.

You commandeered our living room to live out your wildest fantasies, your enthusiasm so vivid I believed in them too. Almost. A scientist has limits, and while I was fine with your talking clouds and fairies, I couldn’t believe when you said you’d grow up.

But you did. Soon you began to teach me; explained why all plants under my inaptly named ‘care’ withered, told me facts from that podcast you adored. You dreamt of learning philosophy, pouring through dusty tomes brimming with wisdom, of the humanities, but those subjects don’t earn. I dissuaded you.

The light usually brimming in your blue eyes dimmed, but I stifled the guilt. It was for your own good. You repurposed the blanket forts into banners as you campaigned for human rights, as you became a better person than I was, than I am.

Then you spoke of becoming an aid worker in impoverished villages, eyes alight with passion or anger or both. Stay, I screamed. It’s not safe for you there. Stay. I tried to hide your passport, found you’d hidden it from me. You left, stretching the line of our connection taught until it snapped. The door swung open and let in frigid gales. I stood silent as snow drifted, washing you away with white.

You changed your number, my countless calls addressed to someone you had ceased to be. I had nothing left but images which I framed like Picasso’s art, but I wished I could do more. Your smile is more beautiful than any masterpiece. I keep the photos in a box under my bed, run my hands over the pixelated memories each morning in some nameless ritual. I’m afraid I’ll forget who you are. I breathe in sharply. Who you were.

Then you knock on my door. It’s summer. It’s been ten years. Who are you now? This new dignified woman in a blue blouse, whose accent is tinged with Spain and Russia, the story of your life untold. You bring your girlfriend with you: a warm-hearted vet with a doctorate in philosophy. You seem as much of a stranger to me as she does.

I smile and tell you to come inside for tea, start for an embrace, but the weight of time pulls down my arms. We shake hands. Cordially. It’s better than I deserve. I open my mouth to speak, and begin the process of learning who you are all over again.


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Further Rounds

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