Friday, 10 June 2011

June Flash Fiction Competition Now Open!

Maximum: 250 words
Phrase for this month: Usual Suspects.
Deadline: Midnight on 1st July 2011

Entry is FREE!

Each month we will be holding a flash fiction competition where the winner will win What the Dickens? goodies to the value of £10.

Submissions must be in by midnight on the 1st of the month and the winner will be announced 2 weeks later. The winning entry will be posted up on our website for all to read.

Please submit your entry to

The usual standard applies: A4 double spaced, title of story at the top. Remember: DO NOT put your name on the story itself! In your e-mail, send a separate cover note with your name, e-mail address, title of your story and word count. If you are the lucky winner, we will send you an e-mail to tell you so and ask for your postal address to send you your lovely things.

The theme this month is: 'Usual Suspects' and to help you along we've found the meaning and origin of the phrase:

'The people you would expect, the customary lot. At the end of the 1942 US film Casablanca, 'Round up the usual suspects' is a line spoken by Claude Rains as Captain Louis Renaud, the Vichy French police chief in the Moroccan city, who is, in his cynical way, appearing to act responsibly in the light of the fact that a German officer, Major Strasser, has been shot. In fact, Renaud knows full well that the killing has been commited by Rick (the Humphrey Bogart character) because it was carried out but a few moments before in front of him.' (Cassell's Dictionary of Word and Phrase Origins, 2002)

Good luck!

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