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Flash Mob: Flash Fiction At Chorlton Arts Festival 2011

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Flash Mob is delighted to announce its participation in this year’s Chorlton Arts Festival. This will be the first-ever flash fiction writing competition and event in the festival’s ten-year history and the group behind the idea are looking forward to working with the festival team.

The five published flash fiction writers and award-winning bloggers behind the successful bid are: Sarah-Clare Conlon, of arts blog Words & Fixtures (Best New Blog, Manchester Blog Awards 2009); Ian Carrington, aka Blogger Of The Year 2010 Fat Roland; Tom Mason, whose collaborative flash fiction site 330 Words scooped Best New Blog in the 2010 Manchester Blog Awards; David Hartley (who runs the film review site Screen150 and has had his work published in Bewilderbliss, Bad Language and Litfest's Flax), and Benjamin Judge (of short story website Roy Keane's Lucky Scarf and published in Spilling Ink, Rainy City Stories, 100 Stories For Queensland and others). All five regularly read their works of flash fiction (also called micro fiction or short short stories) at literary events and open mic nights in Manchester, and have performed as part of Manchester Literature Festival as well as appearing as a pop-up literary salon at Manchester Twestival 2011.

As a result of working on stories and reading as a collective, the group decided to submit a proposal to run a writing competition and event as part of Chorlton Arts Festival 2011. Sarah-Clare Conlon says: “We really wanted to introduce a new kind of literary event to Chorlton Arts Festival and, as we all write flash fiction, we came up with the idea of running the Flash Mob Writing Competition followed by a special evening for announcing the winners, doing some readings and just having some fun. We were absolutely made up when we found out that our proposal had been accepted for this year's programme.”

The Flash Mob Writing Competition is now open for submissions with the closing date set for Friday 29 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 rule is that stories must not exceed 500 words. All entries will be judged anonymously and the shortlist will be announced on Friday 13 May. The winner will be revealed in a glittering awards ceremony and fun-filled literary evening set to take place during Chorlton Arts Festival on Thursday 26 May at a soon-to-be-revealed venue. Full details of how to enter the competition can be found on the website at flashmobmcr.wordpress.com with updates via Twitter @FMWComp. The group can be contacted via flashmobwritingcompetition@yahoo.co.uk

Chorlton Arts Festival is one of the largest multi-arts events in the north of England and a showcase for visual and performing artists, with record attendance figures in 2010 of over 25,000 people. This year runs Chorlton Arts Festival runs from Thursday 19 May to Monday 30 May; more details can be found on the website at chorltonartsfestival.com