Annie On Writing

June 14, 2015

Twisted Tales 2015 – Judges Spotlight – Ayalla Buckanan

Filed under: Writing Tools — Annie Evett @ 1:43 am

ayaliaAyalla Buckanan is a first time poet and author.

A poem about my psychotic cat, Norman Bates, was in Purrfect Poetry and short fiction No Choice But Chosen was in Short Story Sunday. I live in New Zealand with my cats, the aforementioned Norman Bates and Tesla the genius kitten, and a crazy rabbit named Straightjacket.

What space do you create when you judge?

Usually at night, tucked up in bed, laptop on my knee. And the TV on mute because I gotta concentrate.

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

Coffee. I’d mainline it if I could.

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

Grammatical errors. They scream bloody murder into my eyes.

How important is a title to a piece?

So important. Sad but true.

Can a writer be too clever with words or titles?

No, I think never. Too pretentious maybe, but that’s not the same as clever is it?

Last tips or advice for new submitters?

Submit and submit forever until you hate it.

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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.

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