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FlashTag collective launches writing contest for Chorlton Arts

The FlashTag writing collective is delighted to announce its participation in the 2012 Chorlton Arts Festival, the second year the two organisations will have teamed up to present a flash fiction writing competition, open now for submissions.

FlashTag consists of five flash fiction writers, all Manchester Blog Awards winners: David Hartley, Tom Mason, Benjamin Judge, Sarah-Clare Conlon and Fat Roland (left to right in the image provided). The collective has collaborated on a number of writing projects, including the popular Flash Mob short story competition and spoken word evening at Chorlton Arts Festival 2011 and the sell-out Quickies: Short Stories For Adults anthology and associated Smut Night at Didsbury Arts Festival 2011. The group regularly performs together at spoken word events and their work is published through various literary magazines and websites, including The Pygmy Giant, Flax, Spilling Ink Review, Paraxis, Duality, Ferment, Rainy City Stories and 330 Words.

FlashTag writer Sarah-Clare Conlon says: “We wanted to introduce a new kind of literary event to Chorlton Arts Festival last year and, as we all write flash fiction, we came up with the idea of running a competition followed by a special awards evening with readings and fun activities. The response was great, with over 80 entries to the competition and people coming to the do from as far afield as Edinburgh and Bristol, so when we found out that our proposal had been accepted for the second year running, we were absolutely made up. Hopefully it will become a regular event!”

The FlashTag Writing Competition is now open for submissions with the closing date set for midnight on Friday 27 April. Stories are invited from anyone over the age of 18, be they published authors or first-time storytellers. Entry is free and the only rules are that stories must not exceed 500 words and must not have been published previously. No multiple or simultaneous submissions please. All entries will be judged anonymously and the shortlist will be published on Friday 11 May, with the winner announced in a glittering awards ceremony during a free fun-filled literary evening on Wednesday 23 May at a soon-to-be-revealed venue.

Full competition entry details are at flashmobmcr.wordpress.com with updates on Twitter @flashtagmcr. The group can be contacted via flashtagmcr@gmail.com.

Chorlton Arts Festival is a showcase for visual and performing artists and one of the largest multi-arts events in the north of England, with over 200 events last year and record attendance figures of 28,000 people. Tickets are now on sale for CAF, which runs 17-27 May 2012, and more details can be found at chorltonartsfestival.com.