Category Archives: Writing Competition

Enter the 2016 Brexit and Trump Christmas Haiku Competition. Win £25!

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AND THE WINNER IS: Finally got round to judging the competition – the winner is Melissa Yuan-Innes for all her entries.

We haven’t done one for a while, so here’s the Feckless Goblin Christmas Haiku Competiton. There’s a £25 voucher up for grabs and it’s free to enter. All you need to do is click on one of social sharing buttons on this page and spread the word to your followers.

What is a Haiku?

You can see some examples of the haikus the great British public did here.

Basically it’s three lines of Japanese poetry. You have seventeen syllables, comprised of five in the first, seven in the second and five in the last. We’re not going to be too hard on you so if you throw in an extra syllable here or there it doesn’t matter.

What’s the Subject?

Seeing as we’ve had such a weird 2016, what with Brexit and the Trump thing, we’re asking you to write about that. Whether you’re positive about the future or negative or just don’t give a monkey’s, let us have your best poetic efforts.

What’s the Prize?

You’ll get a £25 voucher (or your demonination equivalent) paid in any way you like, as long as we can send it to you.

How Do You Enter?

Simply post your haiku in the comments section below along with your social media tag so we can contact you if you win. There’s no cost to enter but if you could click on one of the social media buttons and spread the word, we’d be grateful. You can also enter as many times as you like up to a maximum of three attempts.

The haiku competition runs until the end of December and the winner will be announced in the first week of January.
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Enter The Feckless Goblin Halloween Haiku Competition and Win £20

PLEASE NOTE: THE COMPETITION IS NOW CLOSED.

And the winner is:

Slutty witches, ghosts
and bats fly high at night on
sugar overload

By @janetjosselyn1

A voucher will be wending its way to her very shortly.

You can read all the great entries in the comments section below.

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Halloween will soon be upon us so I think it’s high time for another competition.

Once again you need to utilise your rusty poetry skills because The Feckless Goblin wants you to produce a Halloween related haiku.

If you don’t know already, haiku is:

A Japanese lyric verse form having three unrhymed lines of five, seven, and five syllables.

Now, we don’t want it to be too restrictive for those of you who aren’t poetry orientated, so let’s say your haiku  should have no more than three lines and 13 words AT MOST and should instill a sense of Halloween.

An old, not necessarily Halloween haiku example is:

Endless corridor
Dark scream spears heart
Follow blood trail

Think you can manage that my little Gobliners?

Write your haiku and put it in the comments section below. If you have trouble adding it,  send it to me @ziggykinsella and I’ll add it manually with your ID. We’ll allow one entry per person and the closing date is 31st October 2013.

As a shameless bit of marketing, and because you love The Goblin, once you’ve posted your haiku, please copy the link below and tweet it to your followers so we can get plenty of entries:

I’ve just entered @ziggykinsella’s £20 Halloween Haiku Competition at http://fecklessgoblin.blogspot.co.uk/2013/10/enter-feckless-goblin-halloween-haiku.html

The winner will be announced the day after Halloween and will receive a £20 or currency equivalent prize payable either as a voucher or via paypal.

The Great Christmas Horror Haiku Competition

It’s nearly Christmas and time for the old competition to raise its ugly, malformed head.

For your Christmas challenge this year you’ll need to produce a bit of Haiku for the Feckless Goblin.

If you don’t know already, Haiku is:

A Japanese lyric verse form having three unrhymed lines of five, seven, and five syllables.

Now, I don’t want to be too difficult since some of you may already have had a few snorters to get into the Christmas spirit, so let’s say your little poem should have no more than three lines and 13 words AT MOST and should instill a horror emotion such as fear, terror or despair.

For example:

Endless corridor
Dark scream spears heart
Follow blood trail

Okay, what are you waiting for? As usual, post your entries in the comments section below. You can have as many goes as you like. The prize is a £20 Amazon voucher (or monetary equivalent to your country) to the winner.

Closing date is Christmas Day.

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The Feckless Goblin Writing Competition: Hell in a Hand Cart

Haven’t had a writing competition for a while (purse strings in a bit of a knot) so thought I’d get one going to start off your newish year.

Okay doods and doodesses, and those in between, the competition is this:

Describe Hell in one sentence.

Your job, most excellent writer, is to give a chilling feel for Hell in ONE, yes ONE, sentence. Brownie points will be given for brevity but the winner will be the one who can instill a sense of dread and damnation in a just a few words. HINT: You don’t have to describe a physical place.

PLEASE NOTE: I got this idea whilst drinking scotch.

But how do I enter Ziggy?

Put your entry in the comments section below. You can enter as many times as you like. Entry is, as usual, FREE. All I ask is that you let your twitter/facebook/cult followers know about the competition and link them to it.

And what do I get Ziggy? For these six hundred and sixty six hours of blood, sweat and tears trying to think of just one sentence to describe the underlying essence of Hell and chill your dear readers to the bone?

The winner will get a £20 Amazon Voucher (or exchange rate equivalent), e-mailed to them the day the result is announced.

So, get writing doods and doodesses, before I renew my subscription to My Dog’s Dead Weekly.

The writing competition is open until the end of February. Whence I will call on Satan to judge your miserable attempts to describe his domain.

Now…back to me scotch…mmmmmmm…much nicer than fishcakes and rocket….hic…

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The GOB Writing Competition

 There are old people roaming the street, ringing doorbells. They are in pairs, wearing gingham and tweed and they look quite frightening. My dad is huffing and puffing for no particular reason. I wonder if they are connected. 

Maybe they’ve come to take him away….Or maybe that’s just a good place to start a story.

As I’ve been away for a bit, I thought the best place to pick up again would be to have a writing competition.

And so here it is: Ta-Daaaaaaa!!!!

The Great Opening Bits Competition (or GOB comp for short)

You should know by now that all good stories have a strong opening hook which makes the reader read on.
Your mission, dear friends, is to write the first four sentences of a story that people will want to read. You can go scary, mystery, lovey-dovey, erotic, chaotic…the choice is yours.

But, my favourite Feckless Goblin, what will I win?

The GOB competition is open until the end of June and the person who writes best opening bit will get a £30 (or exchange equivalent) Amazon Voucher to spend on what they want.

How do I enter the GOB writing competition?

The competition is FREE to enter.

Just write your entry in the comments section below as per usual. You can enter as many times as you like. Remember, you only get 4 sentences per entry to entice your reader…

Once you have entered, and this is important peeps, Tweet your followers about the competition and include the hashtag #GOBcomp.

Who’s going to judge the GOB writing competition?

I dunno yet! Okay? I’ll find someone…maybe not someone famous but…definitely someone who’s still alive. I’ll update soon with a name (not one I’ve just made up).

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Ziggy’s 5 Minute Writing Challenge: More Horror Haiku

Oh, the horror, the horror, the horror…

Okay, you feel like a train just hit your brain and mashed it to a pulp…that’s New Year for you. So, to get you going again, to revitalise your dark creative juices, we’ll do a quick 5 minute writing challenge…let’s hit the haiku trail boys and girls…the year’s a wasting and you gotta get going with your creativity!!!!

But Ziggy? What’s a haiku? I hear you cry from under the ice pack.  Well it’s:

A Japanese lyric verse form having three unrhymed lines of five, seven, and five syllables.

Now, I don’t want to be too prescriptive, so let’s say your little horror poem should have no more than three lines and 13 words AT MOST and should be about something terrifying. Your choice. Your nightmare.

Okay, what are you waiting for? As usual, post your scary poems in the comments section below. No prizes this time as I’m skint as a bint. But, hey, good luck fellow scribes and a HAAAAPPPPYYYY NEEEWWWWWWWWWW YEARRRRRR!!!

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Christmas Horror Writing Competition

Okay, Christmas is fast approaching, so I think it’s time for a little writing competition to get you all in the mood. The prize is a £30 Amazon voucher (or your currency equivalent). It’s very simple to enter:

In a short paragraph (60 words or less), I would like you to describe a Christmas monster – a crazy Santa, an evil elf or even a zombie Scrooge – the choice is yours. The prize will go to the most original and most descriptive entry, but, above all, the most frightening.

The Christmas horror writing competition is free to enter and all you need to do is write your description in the comments box below, include your twitter name (or at least somewhere I can easily contact you should you win). Please give your monster a name as a heading for your entry.

The competition will be open until Christmas Eve and you can enter as many times as you like. The winner will (as long as I’m not too drunk) be announced around Boxing Day.

Happy writing my fellow demonic scribes….

The winner of the last competion The Great Twitter Experiment was @SanguMandanna.
PLEASE NOTE THE COMPETITION IS NOW CLOSED
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Lonely Goth Hearts: 5 Minute Writing Challenge

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Here’s your 5 minute writing challenge, a little earlier this week because I’m not in the mood for blogging. But it should keep you busy for a nano-second and give others a laugh.

What I’d like is for you to write a lonely hearts ad for your monster. It can be a well-known fiend or one you have created.  Here’s my less than subtle attempt (I bet you can’t guess who???) to give you an idea:


Pointy toothed loner seeks true love.
Me: Well-read night lover, favourite colour red.
You: Virgin looking to explore eternity
Must be willing to relocate.

As usual, write your attempts directly into the comments section. If it’s one of your own characters, please feel free to put a link to where readers can find out more.

Now, GET WRITING!!!!

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Ziggy’s Horror Haiku Challenge

haikuOkay, so here’s your 5 minute challenge for the week. Let’s all produce a bit of Haiku. For those who don’t know what that is:

A Japanese lyric verse form having three unrhymed lines of five, seven, and five syllables.

Now, I don’t want to be too prescriptive, so let’s say your little poem should have no more than three lines and 13 words AT MOST and should instill a horror emotion such as fear, terror or despair…yes, I can feel all you haiku aficionados turning in your very tiny coffins…please don’t take too much offense.

Here’s my very quick effort:

Endless corridor
Dark scream spears heart
Follow blood trail

Okay, what are you waiting for. As usual, post your scary poems in the comments section. Good luck!!!

BRILLIANT efforts so far!

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Ziggy’s Writing Challenge

writing challengeOkay, so I woke up this morning and thought you all needed a little challenge. You know, something to get your creative juices flowing.

Above is a picture (there’s a new picture every day so don’t worry if the other stories don’t match up). Take a look at it. Then write something. The rules of the challenge are:

  • Type directly into the comments section
  • Don’t think, just open your mind and get going
  • No rewrites or edits
  • Write for five minutes exactly without stopping, using the picture as your inspiration

Got it? Well what are you waiting for…start!!!!

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