First year Creative Writing student selected for Flash Fiction anthology

12 July 2021

Katie Clark, a first year BA (Hons) Creative Writing student, has been selected to appear in the 2021 Serious Flash Fiction Anthology, to be published later this year.

The Serious Flash Fiction project challenges writers to submit a story on Twitter using just 269 characters. The best entries are selected to be published in an annual anthology. Inspired by a University module on ‘Audience’, Katie wrote no fewer than thirteen short stories for the competition!

Dr Karen Tobias-Green, Creative Writing Course Leader, said: “In her first year on the creative writing course, our student Katie Clark’s work is to be published in the Flash Fiction anthology. She impressed us all in overcoming her fear of entering online competitions to succeed in mastering this fun but demanding genre of fiction”.

Katie said: “I like to say that submitting my first entry was the hardest part of the competition. But as an impatient writer, the waiting was by far the worst part of the whole ordeal for me. My patience paid off when I got the notification that I was one of the winners. At least one (and possibly two) of my submissions had been accepted into the anthology, and I was absolutely thrilled. I’m going to be published! This is huge for me.”

Here's one of Katie’s flash fictions that will appear in the anthology later this year.

Every day when you wake up, the berry bushes are closer to the house. This is not unusual, as bushes will grow where they please. But when the breeze stills, you hear the soft call to ‘come buy’ and shy away from them. The goblin market is near. You must be careful.

The Serious Flash Fiction project was founded and is run by Ben Warden, an author who’s short stories have been included in multiple projects and online publications. Find out more about the project here and more about Katie's experience on the University blog