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This is not a synchrotron

I’ve just written a short story for a competition being run by Diamond Light Source, the UK’s national synchrotron facility.

What? What’s a synchrotron?

Come on, everyone knows what a synchrotron is.

Anyway. They’re running a competition called Light Reading, which is calling for stories of up to 3,000 words (or flash fiction) that incorporate the Diamond Light Source. The deadline for entries is the end of October, so you’ve still got time if you want to enter. The prize is real actual cash, plus publication in an anthology (like the Extinct one that was so awesome).

So, I just sent my story out to my beta readers – you’ve got to have beta readers – and initial feedback has been very positive. I’m going to put it to one side for a week then come back to it and give it an edit – you’ve got to put it aside and then come back and edit – and then I’ll submit it.

I can’t tell you what it’s called or what it’s about as it’s supposed to be judged anonymously, and there’s a vanishingly slim but non-zero chance that the judges could search the internet for clues, but when I win/lose I’ll tell you all about it as I either rub it all in your faces or bitterly slag off the judges for being nothing but a bunch of stupid amateurs.

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