This page will display any works of fiction that I have had published.
I will also put up information about forthcoming writing competitions, and anything else of interest to an aspiring writer. Feel free to add any details of your own!
My second short story, entitled ‘Sea Monster’ has just been published in Issue 35 of Blankpages Magazine.
Follow Blankpages:Issue 35 to read the story.
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I am really excited to have my first work of fiction published. Please follow the link below to see my short story, entitled ‘Moth’ and read work from other writers in the Ones to Watch section of the website.
Moth by Rosalind Kent
Taking your leave or waving off a loved one, setting off on a mini-break or the journey of a lifetime: Where are you going?
Deadline: 17 September 2010
Poets, send up to four poems (strictly up to 40 lines each). Fiction writers, up to two stories (strictly under 2,200 words apiece). Please label your envelope ‘Departures’, and enclose a stamped addessed envelope. Also include a cover sheet complete with your name, address, daytime telephone number and email, the title(s) of the work submitted and a full word count, your name should only appear on the cover sheet and not on the poems/stories themselves. All prose submissions should be double spaced. We promise a response for New Writing submissions within three months of the closing date.
Please Note: Emailed submissions will only be accepted from writers living overseas. If you are submitting by email, please include your land address and telephone number. Send submissions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Travel Writing reviews by Rosalind Kent on Orkney.
Outside Kirkwall, the capital of Orkney, there is space, and the isolation of an occasional house both thrills and worries you. There is an absence of trees or any shelter at all, mostly due to the strong winds that sweep the island.
From the road you are afforded glimpses of a coastline that would be beautiful, as well as bleak. One day the rain and cloud lifted and the sun made an appearance. The coastline was amazing, the sea bright blue, the sand perfect.
From the warmth of the car the water looked almost inviting, and you could imagine that if it ever, ever got really hot on these islands, they would be in trouble. This isolated beautiful place might suddenly find itself inundated with tourists, beach towels and hotdog stands.
The towns have a comforting timelessness about them. All old men look like fishermen, locals talk excitedly about ferries to Scotland and annual shopping trips to Aberdeen.
A tourist attraction, an aquarium, summed up the special charm of Orkney for me. There was a note on the door advising customers not to bother complaining about the price if they weren’t satisfied. It was expensive and there was a measly selection of fish, displayed in what looked like someone’s front room and hall.
The piece de resistance was a large tank in which there dwelt a lobster that appeared to have been painted blue. The attendant informed me that only one in two million lobsters are genetically predisposed to be blue, and he was rightfully proud of their lucky find. Suitably impressed I continued around to the other side of the tank, and spied, languishing behind a stone, another blue-painted lobster.
Respectfully taking heed of the sign on the door I took my leave, and walked out into the refreshing, cold, uplifting air. I welcomed the accompanying sheets of pelting rain with a smile on my face, and looked forward to travelling onwards through this remarkable group of islands, suspended in a stretch of ocean where the North Sea meets the Atlantic.
There is history everywhere in Orkney, Scotland. There are a plethora of ancient sites and artefacts, in impressive states of preservation: from Skara Brae on the curved shore of the Bay of Skaill, a Neolithic village exposed by a massive storm in 1850 which ripped away the earth that had covered it for so long, where you can now gaze out to sea and believe that time has stood still for 5,000 years; to Maeshowe, a Neolithic tomb that is famous throughout the world, with stony passages and burial chambers which bear inscriptions on their walls, telling how the treasures they once contained were plundered by Vikings.
It is not difficult to imagine how hard life was when you see these bleak remnants. It is well worth coming to Orkney to explore its vast array of beautifully named places, just forming these words in your mouth makes you feel as though you are speaking in an ancient voice.
There is also more ‘modern’ history to view first hand, such as the World War I battleship graveyard in Scapa Flow, old mastheads visible above the sea-line as you island hop over the causeway. This historical and eerie site holds a huge draw, not only for those who want to view a physical reminder of the past, but also for divers who come in their droves to see this underwater ship resting ground. For them the winter is an ideal time to visit Orkney, as visibility in the water is at its best at this time of year.
It wasn’t an easy trip: a plane from London to Aberdeen, then a five hour wait, desolate over my organisational shortcomings. Eventually I boarded another, worryingly small, plane and flew across choppy sea to the capital of Orkney, Kirkwall. Disembarking, I ran across the tarmac through special Orkney ‘wet’ rain, and arrived, dripping, at a tiny airport bereft of bustle or urgency.
Kirkwall is grey and fairly small, as you might expect from these compact islands. It is a sea of pebble-dashed houses, uniformly unpainted and unadorned; maybe such frivolity is frowned upon. In summer the islands are bathed in sunlight (comparatively speaking), skies remain light until midnight; only to fade to the ‘summer dim’ as the sun lingers just below the horizon. I would have loved to see this, but inexplicably I had decided to visit in winter; another organisational shortcoming. There is, in theory at least, good reason for visiting in the winter: the possibility of seeing the Northern Lights, or the Merry Dancers as they are eloquently known locally. I didn’t see them. But, it’s an exciting reminder that this far flung group of islands are only fifty miles from the coast of Greenland, famed for its Aurora Borealis.
International Short Story Competition with Chapter One Promotions
Closing date: 14th January 2010
Short stories up too 2,500 words, any subject. £10 entry fee.
1st prize: £2,500 and publication in the Chapter One Promotions Anthology. Runners up are also published and receive cash prizes.
See : International Short Story Competition for further details.
Short Story Competition for Women
Closing Date: 25th January 2010
Mslexia Publications Ltd
Stories to be a maximum of 2,200 words, any topic, any theme. First prize: £2000 and a one week writing retreat at Chawton House Library, plus a day with a Virago editor. Winning story to be published in Mslexia magazine.
See Mslexia short story competition for further details.
This is an excellent magazine for women writers – loads of help, advice and information and great articles, short stories and poems. Well worth subscribing to.
Leaf Books Writing About Writing Competition
Enter online or by post. If sending entries by post, please note that we are unable to return submissions. If entering online, please pay via PayPal (see the competitions page on the website) and send your work as an attachment to email@example.com as a .doc or .rtf file (please don’t send .docx or .wps documents because we can’t open them).
£3.50 per submission, 4 submissions for £10
Prize: One winner will receive £100 and publication in the pilot edition of the Leaf Books Magazine (see several inches down for further information on this exciting new venture). Further selected entries may also be published in the magazine: successful entrants will receive a free copy.
Closing date – January 31st 2010
Writers’ & Artists’ Yearbook 2010 short story competition
Enter the Writers’ & Artists’ 2010 short story competition and you could win:
a cash prize of £500
a place on an Arvon Foundation residential writing course worth at least £575*
publication of your story on the Writers’ & Artists’ Yearbook website
Writers’ & Artists’ Yearbook and the Arvon Foundation have both helped numerous successful authors and artists on the way to their big-break. Now it could be your turn. We’re offering you the chance to win £500, plus a place on an Arvon writing course worth up to £575 and to have your work published on the web!
All you have to do is write a short story (for adults) of no more than 2,000 words, on the theme of ‘Unity or Union’ and email it to firstname.lastname@example.org with ‘WAYB10 competition’ as the subject line.
Arvon provides residential creative writing courses at four beautiful, historic houses around the UK. Their courses – tutored by professional, published writers – are world famous for the inspiration they provide to writers at every stage of their writing lives.
*Courses are subject to availability at the time of booking.
The closing date is 14 February 2010.