Back in May (or was it April?) my boss approached me, a copy of The Lancet in her hand, and suggested I enter their short story competition.
Huh, I thought. The Lancet is a medical journal isn't it?
But sure enough they were running a short story competition called "From Fact to Fiction" and were asking for short stories of approximately 2,800 words and on the theme of "medical science". The winners would be published in a special end-of-year issue (illustrated with commissioned artwork/photographs) and receive £200 each.
I'm one of the winners!!!
I'm so, so, so pleased. The money is fantastic of course but being published by The Lancet will look fantastic on my writing CV and I can't wait to receive my copy.
The story I entered is called "Monocular Man" and is a story I started last year but abandoned after a couple of paragraphs. After I read about the competition I thought hmmm, I've got the start of a story that fits that theme and dragged the incomplete story out of the 'abandoned openings' folder on my laptop and continued the story. If there's one thing I've learnt from this fantastic news it's - don't ever delete anything you write - you never know when you might be inspired to finish it!