April 11th, 2021, Lahore (Pakistan): Authors Alliance will celebrate World Book and Copyright day on Friday, 23rdApril 2021, with an online reading session featuring flash fiction work of up to fifteen authors in association with Zuka Books, Ananke and The Writing Institute.
Flash Fiction is a short form of fiction writing as authors have been asked to submit a one A4 size page story to firstname.lastname@example.org no later than 20th April 2021.
New writers are encouraged to submit. The event is open to all however, the slots are limited so authors are encouraged to submit their work in time. Selected authors will have a chance to read their stories at the event. Live feedback will be provided on the stories by editors at Zuka Books.
Mehr Hussain, founder of Zuka Books said, “In the next few years I am very hopeful about Pakistani literary scene, I get submissions on a daily basis from writers, people are writing and their stories are important, they want to express so we want this to be open to everyone, all voices are important and all stories are important. It is about time Pakistan asserted itself on the global publishing scene.”
Nida Usman Chaudhary, one of the founding members of Authors Alliance said: “With this event, we will also be marking one year of the germination of the idea that is Authors Alliance and we are very excited to be doing this by promoting the work of new writers whose stories we will also feature on our social media pages after the event.”
The reading session is scheduled to take place on 23rd April from 3:30 to 5:00 pm. It will feature five to seven slots for children’s flash fiction and 8 stories of flash fiction by those over the age of 18, that are selected by Authors Alliance. Additional stories shall be featured in writing on our social media pages subsequently, if accepted.
|Children (aged 13-17)||5-7 slots available|
|Adults (18 and over)||8-10 slots available|
Flash Fiction is a short form of fiction writing. Flash fiction stories share a number of common characteristics:
- Flash fiction compresses an entire story into the space of a few paragraphs. There is no defined word count for flash fiction, but some commonly used word limits in flash fiction range from just six words on the short end to around 1,000 words on the longer end.
- A complete plot. A flash fiction story is indeed a story, with a beginning, middle, and end. This sets it apart from a prose poem or vignette, which can explore an emotion, memory, or thought without a plot.
- Great flash fiction often incorporates surprise, usually in the form of a twist ending or an unexpected last line. This is not a gimmick: the aim is to prompt the reader to think deeply about the true meaning of the story.
Authors are required to submit a one A4 size page story to email@example.com no later than 20th April 2021.
The event will be live on Authors Alliance Facebook page on 23rd April 2021 from 3:30 pm onwards.
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