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A Lush, Leaf-Green Challenge

Happy March everyone!

The time has come for daffodils, spring onions, March hares, and... Saint Patrick's Day!

In celebration of all things green, I invite you to a challenge:

Write a piece of flash fiction set in Ireland that contains something green!

The green top hat found under the table at the back of the pub, the flash of a green dress on a crowded street, the memory of a green..... [fill in the blank with an item of your choice], or anything else you can imagine!

Stories can be set at any time during history (we love historical fiction!) or in the present day.

Although we won't be able to pay for submissions, the top stories will be published on the Iridescent Words website and promoted on twitter.

If you sign up to our occasional newsletter, you'll receive some extra tips on writing flash fiction.

Submit stories up to 500 words, in Times New Roman, 12 point, double spaced, British spelling. If your story is a good fit but happens to be a bit longer, drop us a message!

The deadline 16 March so we can start publishing stories on St Patrick's Day!

Here are a few quotes from Irish literature to get inspired.

“The past beats inside me like a second heart.” – John Banville, The Sea

“The tears of the world are a constant quantity. For each one who begins to weep, somewhere else, another stops. The same is true of the laugh.” – Samuel Beckett, Waiting for Godot

“You use a glass mirror to see your face: you use works of art to see your soul.” – George Bernard Shaw, Back to Methuselah

"May the Irish hills caress you. May her lakes and rivers bless you. May the luck of the Irish enfold you. May the blessings of St. Patrick behold you." - Irish blessing

Best o' luck to ye!

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