New ‘Hunger’ Challenge and More…

The ‘breath’ challenge has now closed and our guest judge, Ara Jansen, is hard at work reading the submissions. Good luck to all who entered – picking the winner will be tough. *evil laugh of someone with no judging responsibility*

If you didn’t enter the ‘breath’ round, you missed out on an opportunity to win The Writer’s Journey: Mythic Structure for Writers by Christopher Vogler.

But all is not lost. Waxings is insatiable when it comes to short fiction and is dangling more book-bait in the next 500-word challenge, which is now open.

The new theme is ‘hunger’. Write up to 500 words around the theme and send them to by midnight, 1 November 2011 (AWST, GMT+8) for a chance to win Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life by Anne Lamott.

If you’re feeling particularly kind, please spread the word about the 500-word challenge among your writing friends. This handy link will tell them all about it.


Recent Waxing

Melinda Chapman set out to write a 500-word piece for ‘breath’ but the story she came up with needed a few more words. So we’ve published Max and his Incredible Underwater Adventures in Short Fiction. It’s a great read – let us know what you think.

Otherwise, it’s been a little quiet of late. If you have any words you’d like to post and get some feedback on – poetry, prose, fiction, non-fiction – send it to We’d love to read it.

Don’t forget to have a wander around the other words we’ve already published and give the writers some feedback. What goes around…


Opportunities for Writers

If you want more of these kinds of links, faster, follow @waxings on Twitter and/or ‘like’ Waxings on Facebook, where we share these bits and pieces as soon as we spot them. (*Bear in mind that we don’t know any more than you do about these offerings – just pass on interesting-looking links.)

If you hear of any other opportunities for writers in your part of the world, please share them with us via email/Facebook or Twitter.

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