Free Short Stories: Rapunzel’s Lament

Aaron Mullins. Author, Writer, Books. Tips. Guides.

The second free short story that i’m going to share with you was actually the second assignment on my Creative Writing module at the University of Northampton, when I had just started writing again as an adult.

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Free Short Story: Rainy Day in Paris

Aaron Mullins. Author, Writer, Books. Tips. Guides.

Rainy Day in Paris is the first free short story that I would like to share with you. It is far from being my best writing. In fact, it was one of the first short stories I wrote as an adult!

Even though I was majoring in Psychology for my undergraduate BSc, I was allowed to choose two elective modules. I could have picked something more academic, or further psychology modules, but my love of writing made my choice for me. And an opportunity presented itself that was too good to pass up.

Which is how I found myself sitting in a classroom at Northampton University, studying Creative Writing under the tutelage of published author and The Guardian columnist Alan Smith. His skills, experience and insights helped shape my own writing for years to come. Unfortunately for him, this meant he had to read (and grade) my early short stories, poetry and other writing assignments, as he attempted to hone my skills as a writer. And now those stories are presented here as free short stories.

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How to Win Writing Competitions

How to Win Writing Competitions Author Writers UK Contests

Writing competitions are a great way to give yourself a deadline, focus your mind and produce your best writing.

How to win writing contests: this guide is for authors who are ready to submit their short stories, poetry and books into writing competitions. Short story competitions are usually for writers to submit their stories of around 1,000 to 3,000 words length. Poetry contests usually request poems for submission to be around 40 to 60 lines. There are also many young writers competitions, with age restrictions on accepting submissions, as well as flash fiction writing competitions, who usually accept stories up to 500 words.

This author guide will give tips and advice on how to win creative writing competitions.

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