DNA – what does it mean to you? It’s the reason why some of us have curly hair and other have none, and helps some of us run faster than others. It contributes to our personalities, our strengths and weaknesses and how our lives will pan out. That’s a lot of power for a squirling double helix, and it’s now 60 years since Francis Crick and James Watson made the discovery that changed our understanding of ourselves forever.
To mark this anniversary, Creative Industries Trafford and Manchester Literature Festival are collaborating to host a Flash Fiction Competition to coincide with the festival that runs from 7-20 October 2013.
You’re invited to create a piece of flash fiction inspired by the theme of DNA. They say: “We are interested in all genres of fiction and themes of creation, mutation, evolution and transformation.”
Stories should be no longer than 500 words and you may enter more than once. Entry is free.
Email submissions to firstname.lastname@example.org by 5pm on Monday 16th September 2013.
Looking for inspiration? Read The DNA of Bats, a specially commissioned short story by author Jane Rogers.
The winning entries will be featured online during Manchester Literature Festival 2013 and short-listed authors will be invited to read their stories at a special event on Saturday 12th October at Waterside Arts Centre. The overall winner will receive £50-worth of book vouchers.