Claret Press – Fundraising & Spreading Awareness for Motor Neurone Disease

I received an email recently from a small indie publishing house known as Claret Press, informing me they had just launched a short story competition. I thought it had a lovely incentive and story behind it, so I thought I would spread the word for them.

What you need to know

If you’re a writer and you want to take part, this is a little bit of background about their reason for the fundraise and how you can take part:

“We here at Claret Press are organising a fundraiser for the MNDA. We are a small indie publishing house and we have just launched a short story competition. One of our writers, Sarah Gray, suffers from motor neurone disease and the idea for this competition was sparked by her short story collection Half Life. The short stories will deal with all aspects of motor neurone disease: for people living with MND, carers, family members, heath and social care professionals, Association staff and volunteers and anyone else affected by MND. Winning stories will be published in a collection, and net proceeds will go the support people living with MND.”

Sarah Gray’s short story collection Half Life deals with aspects of physical and mental illness in innovative and original ways. The Judges will be looking for similarly engaging and novel stories of no more than 5,000 words inspired by these issues. Stories can be written from any perspective and in any format. This can include murder mystery, thriller, romance, post-modern, horror, etc.

I’ll certainly be giving this a go for a great cause, I encourage all you other writers to do so too!


Find out more by heading over to their website!

Interested in Writing? 

If you love writing then this free fantasy writing contest is for you! 

Whatever kind of genre you like to write, you can still take part. Use this competition as an opportunity to experiment with your writing. After all, it may turn out to be the genre that you are truly gifted with writing! 

Inkitt’s Horror Writing Contest – ‘Alive’ by T. J. Blake

Hello there!

I have just entered a writing competition. I would really appreciate it (if you have time of course) to have a look at my short story ‘Alive’.

‘Alive’ is actually a book idea of mine in which I have started writing. I wrote it as a short story first, but now I am planning to mould it into a full novel within the next few years.
‘Alive’ is a fantasy, horror and suspense story that follows Sarah, whose life has been turned upside down after she crashes her car into a lake.

For nearly a year now I have been living a lie. My husband Jack and my two daughters Lucy and Sam believe that I am dead.”
It would be great to know what you think of it. Please read ‘Alive’ and please give it a heart and vote on the site, here’s the link for ‘Alive’ on the Inkitt’s Horror Writing Contest: