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June 3, 2015

Twisted Tales 2015 Judge Spotlight – Iain Maloney

Filed under: Writing Tools — Annie Evett @ 10:59 pm

Twisted Tales is an anthology of the best Flash Fiction for the year and celebrates one of the shorter forms of short stories; with entries under 750 words. Published by Raging Aardvark Publishing, it also works with the mobile phone app ether books in order to expose the entries to new readership and further promote flash fiction as a form of choice for readers.

The competition forms part of the celebrations for (inter) National Flash Fiction Day held across the globe in writers circles and groups on the last weekend of June. The Anthology is in its 4th year and has attracted hundreds of entries along with a panel of esteemed judges each year, who volunteer their time and expertise to mark the entries and choose the top 13. Its an extremely difficult job as stories are of high quality with many respected and published authors entering alongs side emerging writers. 

Over the next two weeks, I will be interviewing the judging panel for this years competition and hope that it sheds some light on the mechanism of judging as well as giving you some insight on how to best present your next entry.

Our first judge in the spotlight is Ian Maloney.ian mloney

Iain Maloney was born in Aberdeen, Scotland and now lives in Japan. In 2013 he was shortlisted for the Dundee International Book Prize. His debut novel First Time Solo was shortlisted for the 2014 Guardian Not The Booker Prize. His second novel Silma Hill is out June 2015.

Q: Coffee, tea, wine or a beer while you judge?

A: Wine, please.

Q: What is one of the worst blunders or crimes a submitter can commit in a writing competition?

A: Not reading the brief. Having a set of unpublished stories that you just send to whichever competition is next in the calendar is a waste of time. If you don’t have something that fits, write something new that does. Don’t hope the judges won’t notice. We will.

Q: How important is a title to a piece? Can a writer be too clever with words or titles?

A: Some of the best short stories and novels have had the most basic titles. Moby-Dick. Great Expectations. The Dead.

What’s your story about?

– It’s about a garden party.

– What have you called it?

– The Garden Party.

Shakespeare got away with naming a large number of his plays after the main character. Never did him any harm.

– Have you seen Henry V?

– Is that the one about Henry V?

Q. Can you be too clever with titles?

A.The new James Bond novel is called Trigger Mortis. Seriously. That’s what they named it. So, yes. Yes, you can.

You can find me at or @iainmaloney

Twisted Tales competition is still open till the 9th of June. For more information and submission guidelines pop over to Submittable. 

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  1. […] of the process Head Editor Annie Evett posted a short profile / interview with me. You can read it here and learn more about the competition here. It closes on June 9th so get […]


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