Sunday, 5 December 2010

Words With Jam

A small "hurray" from me this week. The latest issue of 'Words With Jam' came out and I discovered I made it to the shortlist in their first annual short story competition. I was particularly pleased with this because the story I entered was one of those that arrived in my head out of nowhere. Even now I could not tell you what inspired it. Often I seem to do better with those types of stories than ones where the idea has been a long, slow struggle to figure out. Well done to the winners of the competition, whose stories are published in December's magazine (or I should say e-zine, as it is only available electronically).

If you haven't seen 'Words With Jam', subscription is free. All you have to do is go to the website and complete a short form, then you will receive an email with a link to the current issue. You can either read it online, or download it as a PDF. And in December's issue you have the chance to win a four day writing retreat in Cornwall. I love Cornwall! That's another one for my personal competitions calendar.

15 comments:

Ellie said...

Congratulations! That is wonderful news!

Janel said...

Congrats! I love it when a story comes out of nowhere. :)

bazza said...

The muse must have laid her finger on your brow! Congratulations on the recognition Joanne.
Bazza’s Blog ‘To Discover Ice’

Old Kitty said...

CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Fabulous news!! Off I go to join up!! Thanks for the link!! Take care
x

Laraine Eddington said...

Congratulations and thanks for the link. I will definitely have a look.

Morton S Gray said...

Hi Joanne,
Congrats on your shortlisting! I won the first ever short story competition I antered and haven't got anywhere since. That short story just appeared too - as if it had been downloaded! Here's to many more wins in the future for both of us. Mx

joanne fox said...

Thank you all. xxx

Suzanne Jones said...

Fabulous news. Well done.

XX

Maria said...

Well done, its a great feeling to be short listed, at least you know you've come close. Its a good thing when competitions publish a short list.

Best wishes for next time.

Maria

joanne fox said...

Yes I always enjoy looking at the shortlists, whether I've entered that particular comp or not. You nearly always spot a name or two that you recognise. And if, like this time, it was my own name that I spotted then that's even better. At least if you're shortlisted you know that story was in the ball park, and worth working on further ready for submission to another suitable comp.

Joanna said...

Congratulations, Joanne, that's fantastic news. Well done! I shall go and take a look at the website.

joanne fox said...

Thank you Joanna. Doing pretty well in competitions yourself, I notice! ;-)

THE SNEE said...

Congratulations, Joanne. You must be really excited. I agree that it is sometimes the spontaneous ideas that seem to gel the best. It must have something to do with 'not overthinking it', I think? Now, I'm going to check out the site that you referenced and see what it's all about.

joanne fox said...

Oh thank you Snee. A shortlisting may not seem a big deal to some people, but the writing world is so competitive that any bit of encouragement is most welcome and is to be celebrated. x

Madeleine said...

WOW CONGRATULATIONS!! Yes it is a big deal being short listed that is amazing. Good for you. :O)