That Killer First Page – Submitting to Competitions and Journals
In ‘That Killer First Page’ you’ll find out what competition judges and journal editors look for in a short story and how to avoid the rejection pile. You’ll write a short piece and get feedback on that crucial story opening. In a form where every word counts, get tips on staying focused on your story and where to start the action. You’ll also look at submission opportunities; how to find them and where you should be sending your stories.
How to get the attention of competition judges and editors
Writing fiction with emotional impact
Writing that killer first page
How to edit your story
Where to send your work
Paul McVeigh’s short fiction has been published in journals and anthologies and been commissioned by BBC Radio 4. He has read his work for BBC Radio 5, at the International Conference on the Short Story in Vienna, Belfast Book Festival and the Cork International Short Story Festival.
Reviews for his writing:
“Absolutely loved it. The voice of that story is so arresting.” Jackie Kay
“Beautiful and very moving.” Booker shortlisted Alison Moore
“How moving and stunning that story is. It’s so raw and incredibly human.” Costa shortlisted Jess Richards
“Its such a clever story, gentle, poignant, emotionally straight as a dart.” Vanessa Gebbie
“(one of) Ireland’s most exciting and talented writers. Incredibly moving; poignant but utterly real, funny and beautifully observant.” BBC Radio 4
“Paul McVeigh’s story stands out. Funny, moving, poignant. Brilliant.” Metro Newspaper
Paul’s short story blog shares writing opportunities and advice and gets 40,000 hits a month internationally. He’s interviewed short story masters like Kevin Barry, Cate Kennedy and George Saunders and upcoming Laura van den Berg and Elizabeth McCracken.
Paul is Director of London Short Story Festival and Associate Director at Word Factory, the UK’s leading short story literary salon. He is a reader and judge for national and international short story competitions. This year Paul is a reader for the London Short Story Prize and judge for both the Holland Park Press Short Story Competition and the Bare Fiction Short Story Prize.
This event sold out in Melbourne at Writers Victoria and Waterstones Piccadilly, London.
Comments on this class:
“Fantastic! Practical, targeted advice like this is wonderful!”
“This was my fav course yet! Informative, entertaining, and engaging. Hard to beat.”
“I emerged from the sleepy hamlet of my writing infancy last Saturday and was sky-rocketed, hurricaned, tsunamied, autobahned and g-forced out of my head by Paul McVeigh’s “That Killer First Page” Masterclass at Waterstones, Piccadilly. He’s on top of his game, gives instinctive, constructive criticism and in a few short hours, had conveyed the essence of how to make a story compelling and unputdownable from the first few lines. Get on one of his courses if you can.”
Paul’s debut novel ‘The Good Son’ is out with Salt Publishing in April.
‘A work of genius…’ Pulitzer Prize-winning Robert Olen Butler
‘Outstanding.’ Granta Best Young Novelist Toby Litt
‘I was blown away… A wildly important new talent.’ Laura van den Berg
‘One of those characters you believe in with all your heart.’ Booker shortlisted Alison Moore
‘Establishes McVeigh as an important new Irish voice.’ Lucy Caldwell
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