Eagle-eyed readers may be aware that my short story The Cloud, which is my first foray into post-apocalyptic fiction, is currently password-protected and hence unavailable to read on my website.
I’ve had to make The Cloud unavailable because I’ve recently submitted it for consideration for the next series of BBC Radio 4 series “The Time Being” which aims to showcase short stories by unpublished writers. I found out about this opportunity through Twitter where my good friend Si posted a link detailing the submission process. After a lot of careful thought I decided that The Cloud was worthy of slight modifications to be eligible for entry. After a bit of procrastinating and umm-ing and ahh-ing I finally submitted The Cloud on Friday.
However, one of the stipulations was that stories being submitted should “ideally not be available in print or online”; hence the story is temporarily inaccessible to cover my bases. If I don’t hear anything within around 4 weeks I’ll assume my submission has been unsuccessful and allow access back to The Cloud on this website, with the additions and enhancements I made for submission included.
It’s been quite an experience and definitely food for thought. Now I’ve made one submission I really feel better exploring and exploiting further opportunities to get my work out there. I also feel that in The Cloud I have some really strong submission material that I’m really proud of. I’m certainly now game also to writing bespoke short stories purely for the purpose of submitting to contests as an alternative to plundering my own back catalogue.
Finally, I’ve some great plans for The Cloud. I’m really proud of what I achieved with it and had great feedback, so it’s going to become my premier contest submission material for the medium term at least, until better falls from my brain. I’m also pleased to announce that I feel it’s worthy of expanding into full novel format at some point in the future. Preparatory work has already started – though that’s a post for another day!