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Marvellous Micro-Fiction
Monday 8th December, 2008

WIGAN’S library service is hoping their latest competition will uncover a micro-fictional masterpiece.

In a test for even the most succinct wordsmith “Cre8 a Story” challenges people to write their own mini story in no more than two text messages.

Organised as part of the National Year of Reading, stories must be based around the theme of “Christmas Future”.

Carole Ogden, Reading Manager for Wigan Leisure and Culture Trust, said: “There is a certain skill to writing so concisely but it doesn’t necessarily mean it’s hard or you have to be profound.

“The world’s shortest poem called Lines on the Antiquity of Microbes simple reads ‘Adam Had ‘em’.

“While Ernest Hemingway once wrote a six word story that read ‘ For Sale: baby shoes, never worn’ – and he considered it his best work!

“We’ve already had some wonderful entries but there’s still time left, so get writing and get texting.”

The competition ends on Tuesday 16th December. The most original entry will win £50 worth of high street vouchers.

Text abbreviations are allowed but ultimately the story must be readable.

Entries only - with no personal information - should be sent to 07531509197 and shortlisted entries will be contacted.

Full details, and more examples, appear on Wigan Leisure and Culture Trust’s website: www.wlct.org.

One of the entries received so far.

“Christmas is cancelled. I’m in the bad books. No piles of presents. No Christmas pudding. But still I sit awake this Christmas eve, waiting. Because I know that when I wake up there will be presents under the tinsel tree. Wrapped in ribbon, with my name on. Because Santa knows I’m a good girl really.”

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