Toot Your Flute! Writers’ HQ Member Wins – May 2022

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Well, here we are again, an almightly list of WHQ member toots to blow our collective minds and indeed our flutes.

We’ve got story acceptances, publications, longlistings, shortlistings, prize-winnings, and writing goal smashing all over the shop. Seriously, the WHQ is amazing, and we are so proud of not only how much you guys manage to achieve each month, but how much you support and lift one another up along the way.

So please put your hands together for the very best writing community in town!

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Anika has a story up at Free Flash Fiction and was awarded the ‘surreal and beautiful’ medal by Serious Flash Fiction for her micro! πŸŒŸ

One of JP’s favourite FFO stories is out in Moss Puppy magazine, AND she had an extended FFO piece accepted for Bear Creek Gazette’s Body Fluids issue, along with SarahKat! πŸŒŸ πŸŒŸ

MattG had a FFO story accepted for Myth and Lore issue 2 after some excellent critique from fellow WHQer SarahKat and MattG got an acceptance for a poem he submitted over a year ago to a print zine! πŸŒŸ

Julia, Fiona, Kati, Caroline, Katie, Sarah OakesSarahKatKarenSarahinchinaMichelle DDenise, Emma R and Sumitra all have stories forthcoming in the National Flash Fiction Day #FlashFlood (blimey there are a LOT of you)! πŸŒŸπŸŒŸ πŸŒŸ πŸŒŸ πŸŒŸ πŸŒŸ πŸŒŸ πŸŒŸ πŸŒŸ 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟

Claire SchΓΆn has a story in Funny Pearls! πŸŒŸ

Barbara has a story in Litro! πŸŒŸ

Heather had her first attempt at a magical realism story published by Black Moon Magazine and a piece published in print in the Anansi Archive ‘Gambles and Balances’ anthology! πŸŒŸ

After finishing Plotstormers, Glowlight finished the zero draft of their children’s novel! πŸŒŸ

Natalie Archer got an honourable mention in the NYC Midnight Short Story Challenge! πŸŒŸ

Joyce, SarahKat and Heather are buddying up together on the Retreat West ‘Forest’ shortlist! πŸŒŸ πŸŒŸ πŸŒŸ

Emma R is in the City of Stories Home anthology after writing the winning story for her borough AND a piece that was published on CafΓ© Lit has been chosen for their ‘best of’ anthology for 2021;! πŸŒŸ

Our very own Jo Gatford had an acceptance from The Forge! πŸŒŸ

And by our last count, a grand total of SEVEN WHQers will be in the next Soor Plums print edition! Congratulations to SarahKat, Kendra, Emma Robertson, Emily, Stephen K, Karen and MattG! πŸŒŸ

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Julia was longlisted for the Urban Tree Fest writing competition and is a Featured Creator over at Full House Literary! πŸŒŸ

And SarahKat is also a Full House Featured Creator – double whammy WHQ excellence right there! πŸŒŸ

Mallika, Fiona, Claire SchΓΆn, Denise and Julia! all have stories on the Strands International longlist! πŸŒŸ πŸŒŸ πŸŒŸ πŸŒŸ πŸŒŸ

Heather, Kathy, Julia, Denise, Danielle and Fiona were on the Flash500 longlist, Denise made the Flash 500 shortlist, Heather got a special mention (for her chicken vs egg story that was hatched in FFO), and Julia won 3rd prize overall! πŸŒŸ 🌟 πŸŒŸ 🌟 🌟 🌟

Darren has a story in the latest Anansi Archive anthology! πŸŒŸ

Fiona had an acceptance from Books Ireland Magazine for a FFO piece! πŸŒŸ

Rebecca had a story, Extracts from the Mission Log of Dr Alex Wilson, accepted for the Professor Feiff’s Compleat Pocket Guide to Xenobiology for the Galactic Traveller on the Move anthology! πŸŒŸ

Kirsti completed the second draft of her novel! πŸŒŸ

Kathleen received a great review for her book! πŸŒŸ

Jan has a blog post up at Pen & Sword, and is reading an extract from their book in Exeter on Mon May 2nd as part of the Baedeker commemoration! πŸŒŸ

Heather had a very nice acceptance from Panoply for a piece that was born in a Tuesday morning write-along session with Kathy! πŸŒŸ

Alexandra has had a translation extract published in an academic journal after winning second prize in the 2021 John Dryden literary translation competition! πŸŒŸ

Rachel Marie came 2nd in the Propelling Pencil competition and Jo C came 3rd! πŸŒŸ πŸŒŸ

Emma was longlisted Globe Soup 7 day challenge! πŸŒŸ

Kelly had a poem accepted at Streetcake magazine and an interactive, experimental piece is now up for viewing at Voidspace! πŸŒŸ

Lily had a poem published in Makarelle! πŸŒŸ

Katesf had a story, The Night Watch, accepted for publication in an anthology that will be published online and in print this autumn as part of the Rediscovering the Antonine Wall project! πŸŒŸ

Sarahinchina won second prize in Nottingham Writers 100 words competition! πŸŒŸ

Rowan sat down at the WIP for the first time in months and knocked out 500 words straight off! Marvellous work. πŸŒŸ

Emily has a piece up at Hyacinth Review β€” the first piece of published writing since she was a young teen! Amazing! πŸŒŸ

Clairey typed those two special words, The End, on her WIP! Woooo! πŸŒŸ

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Julia had a flash accepted by Miniskirt Mag and is on the NFFD Micro Madness longlist! πŸŒŸ

Lizzie read a story at Birnam Book Festival and had some lovely feedback from the audience (it’s also published in an anthology here)! πŸŒŸ

Jo Clark and Terry are both in Daily Drunk Mag’s little Zine ‘All the SMOL Things‘ – a smol collection of micros under 100 words! πŸŒŸ

The 81 Words Anthology by Victorina Press got a Saboteur award for Best Anthology, containing many WHQers’ stories – collective win! πŸŒŸ

SarahKat and Jimmers both had acceptances from new lit mag Spare Parts! πŸŒŸ

Jill Korn had a short script accepted for publication by Some Scripts Literary Magazine Issue #5! πŸŒŸ

Kate had a shape poem, Dawn by Lindisfarne, published in the Love The Words 2022 Anthology! πŸŒŸ

Rachel O’Cleary has a story in Milk Candy Review! πŸŒŸ

Rani won the Globe Soup ‘show don’t tell’ flash fiction contest and Sumitra got an honourable mention! πŸŒŸ

Joyce has had a gothic ghost story snapped up by FlashBack Fiction β€” her first acceptance of 2022! πŸŒŸ

Sumitra won the WOW Women on Writing winter flash contest AND the Queenscliffe Literary Festival microfiction competition! πŸŒŸ

Terry had a story published by Stereo Stories! πŸŒŸ

Katie C has been collaborating with a composer to develop a piece of music based on one of her poems β€” it was performed for the first time on Friday at the RNCM and won the Rosamond Prize! πŸŒŸ

Judith had a shoutout from Curtis Brown Creative for a Twitter flash! πŸŒŸ

Erica was published in Reflex Fiction! πŸŒŸ

Kathy had a story highly commended in the Free Flash Fiction competition! πŸŒŸ

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Ginormous congratulations to everyone on this amazing list. We are SO proud to call you WHQers and it absolutely toots our flutey bits to see all your successes.

Can’t wait to see all the gold stars a’comin’ in April…


Wanna join these fabulous peeps on the Toot Your Flute wall of fame?

Well, here are a few things to help get you there:

  1. Join in with our FREE weekly Flash Face Off challenge – get inspired by some prompts, write a story, post it up on our forum for feedback, and be in with a chance to read it aloud at our Friday online open mic night!
  2. Take your writing to the next level with one of our online courses – from flash fiction to novel writing and everything in between.
  3. Check out our monthly listings of writing competitions and submission opportunities to find the perfect place to send your work and set yourself a #Submit2022 challenge!
  4. Keep yourself accountable and get all the support and writerly love you need from our awesome community!
  5. Post up your wins on our monthly Toot Your Flute forum thread, or tag us on Twitter with #WHQCommunity
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