Winter Chill Anthology

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Sue Dawes’ flash fiction ‘The Undertaking’ has now been published in the Museum of Walking’s Winter Chill anthology.   The idea for ‘The Undertaking’ came after Sue read a fascinating internet article about the life of a mortician, which then led to further research and the question: ‘What if?’ which is always a great place to start a story. It began as a much longer piece about a man who could only find love in death and was then reduced to flash fiction.  The challenge was balancing the uncomfortable description of the studio and mortuary procedures, whilst leaving enough details of the crime for it to work.

 

Writers’ Forum – second place

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Sue’s story ‘The out’, won second place in the April edition of the Writers’ Forum (out now).  The judge described it as ‘a chilling tale  of a woman torn by past loyalties and present dread.’  Originally shortlisted for a local crime competition, and with a year of drawer time, Sue rewrote it extensively before submitting. There’s a lot to be said for distancing yourself from a piece of writing in order to be able to look at your work critically.  It also helps to have a judge that understands what you’ve tried to do.