Earlier this month the online (and occasional) print journal Notes From the Underground ran a short story competition: write a fewer-than-800-words piece to complement a specific photograph. The deadline was tight and the prize pretty tempting – picture and winning story would be combined and exhibited with other commissioned pieces at the Saatchi & Saatchi gallery at the end of May.

I didn’t scoop the top spot but NFTU were kind enough to name-check my effort when they announced the results: please do read about the competition and the deserved-winner Philip James Maughan’s entry here: it’s weird but stimulating to be able to directly compare and contrast responses to a set image. I’ll be attending the exhibition’s launch on Thursday and will be sobbing bitterly into the more absorbant pieces of art interested to see how the projects look pasted up on the walls.



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