Writing prompt – ghost pond

Victoria Park ghost-pond by Judy DarleyIn a local park, a pond was dug, only to be filled in again after it became overwhelmed by fly-tipping and nefarious dealings.

Only the circle of trees gives away this fleeting attempt at a bit of inner-city natural beauty.

I loved discovered that someone attempted such a hopeful act, even if it failed that time. Perhaps people are more nature-aware a decade on and a fresh try could have a better chance!

Now that I know what was once here, I find myself imagining ghost fish and ghost frogs paddling about through ghost water only visible on certain moonlit nights.

What optimistic yet perhaps unsuccessful ventures haunt your neighbourhood? Can you weave them into a short story or work of art about what might have been and might yet be?

If you write or create something prompted by this, please send an email to judydarley (at) iCloud.com to let me know. With your permission, I may publish it on SkyLightRain.com.

Writers’ & Artists’ Yearbook 2021 Short Story Competition

Beautiful skies, Victoria Park cr Judy DarleyThis annual competition is one of my favourites on the literary calendar. There’s no theme for you to base your story on – all you have to do is make sure you’re registered with the website www.writersandartists.co.uk, that the subject line of your email reads ‘W&A Short Story Competition 2021‘ and that you send it to waybcompetitions@bloomsbury.com.

Your story must be no more than 2,000 words long. There is no theme this year, so let your imagination run free! The deadline for entries is midnight BST on 12th February 2021.

The winner of the competition – along with two runners-up – will be announced on the W&A blog pages in March 2021.

Entry is free, but don’t forget to register before submitting your story. Continue reading