Friday, 5 February 2010


I love this challenge from Succour and I hope to try it. Eek! I'm breaking out in a sweat just thinking about the PRESSURE!

For the next issue of Succour, we would like to invite submissions which pertain not to a theme, as has hitherto been the case, but which adhere to a pair of conditions.
Condition 1: All submissions should be written on Saturday February 6th, 2010.
Condition 2: What you write should not be an attempt to execute an idea – for a story, for a poem, etc – that has previously occurred to you. Rather, we would prefer you to write whatever happens to come into your head at that particular time.
The idea for this issue was inspired by 20 Lines a Day by Harry Mathews, in which the author sets out to follow a rule Stendhal once set himself, to write ‘Twenty lines a day, genius or not’. Mathews undertakes this project in an attempt to overcome ‘the anxiety of the blank page’; it becomes part of his writing practice, his way of starting off, getting in the zone, before going on to whatever his main writing project may be. We would like submissions to February 6th, 2010 to be written in the same spirit.
We will be accepting submissions to February 6th, 2010 from Saturday February 6th 2010 until Monday February 8th 2010 – thereby allowing a couple of days for typing up etc.
Maximum word count: 400
Please send your work to:


Kar said...

Good Luck!
This sounds exciting, shall I give it a try, I think I just might...

Uiscebot said...

i'm intrigued by this - gonna give it a blast

Liz said...

Me too! - like the idea lots - will give it a go, might even set clock for early morn!


Go for it. It's daunting, I always think to HAVE TO write, but maybe it'll be fun and/or productive.
It'll certainly be interesting to see what the issue reads like.

Angela France said...

i think I'll try it too.


Great, Angela.

Now, the big day has arrived. I have a 3 hour Peer Group meeting today so maybe after that - if my brain is not sozzled with words - I'll have a go.
Good luck y'all.

Angela France said...

I failed - got caught up in other writing I need to get done.


At least it was writing, Angela, not shopping or some other rubbish.

I wrote a flash piece.

It'll be interesting to read the issue, one way or another, to see what people came up with.