Faclan: the Hebridean Book Festival will return to An Lanntair from Wednesday 30 October to Saturday 2 November, with a top line-up of author events, film screenings, and more.
In the run-up to the festival, An Lanntair is seeking entries from across the Hebrides for our first Faclan Flash Fiction Challenge, responding to this year’s festival theme, ‘human nature’.
Flash Fiction is a form of writing that generally contains some character and plot development but is very short – 1000 words maximum. Variations on the genre include six-word stories, 280 character stories (aka ‘twitterature’), 50 word mini-sagas, microfiction (100 words) and sudden fiction (750 words). One of the most famous examples is the six-word story pictured above and usually attributed to Ernest Hemingway.
You are welcome to submit pieces of any length up to a maximum of 1000 words but the more you can do with less, the more impressed we will be. We are happy to accept entries in both English and Gaelic.
You can respond to the ‘human nature’ theme in any way you wish, from tales of heroism or villainy or nature vs nurture to explorations of formative experiences, mental health etc.
The winner of the challenge will receive a free Faclan festival pass, granting you entry to events across the whole festival, plus dinner for two in An Lanntair’s café bar. You will also be invited to read from your work at one of our festival events.
Two runners up will receive tickets to one Faclan event of their choice.
The best entries will also be showcased on An Lanntair’s Facebook and (if short enough) Twitter pages in October, as well as on the Faclan website (www.lanntair.com/faclan)
Entries should be sent to Andrew@lanntair.com no later than 30 September.