Submit flash fiction to 1000words

Gyllyngvase Beach cr Judy DarleyThis short story website has a rather fun premise. They invite you to go to their Pinterest boards, find an image that intrigues you, and write a story of 1,000 words or less in response to that photo.

I really enjoy visual writing prompts, and Natalie Bowers’ image (Some Rights Reserved) inspired me to write To The Horizon And Back, which you can read at

Boots and spade cr Natalie Bowers

I set the tale on Gyllyngvase Beach in Cornwall, but the close crop of the image means it could be almost any beach in the world.

My tale begins:

Kath gazed at the white-whiskered old man trudging along the curve of beach and tried to recognise him as the dad she’d grown up with. Each gust of salty air seemed to make him hesitate, as if searching momentarily for his sense of balance. He wasn’t dressed appropriately for an outing to the sea – heavy boots and jeans keeping every crumb of sand away.

Read on…

This kind of writing challenge is a fun exercise, and could lead to you being published on the 1000words website. I urge you to give it a go!


Creative inspiration

Lost Garden of Heligan geese cr Judy DarleyLooking for writing inspiration? Creative Writing Ink have come up with a rather nice idea whereby they post photo or illustration each Thursday. You are then invited to write a short story or poem prompted by the image and enter it in their free competition.

So not only do you get a prompt, but there’s a chance to win a gift voucher to use on any of their creative writing courses too. Of course, you don’t need to use the voucher, or even enter the competition – but the writing prompts are fun, free and who knows what they could result in?

Then again, you could just visit and let the randomness of my photos inspire you instead. If you take that route, please let me know!