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Feeling Creative in a Flash Fiction Way?

By 16th May 2020October 22nd, 2020No Comments

How to Participate

Create a piece of flash fiction using Spirits of a Painted Forest © Helen Sear as the prompt.

  • Maximum 250 words, excluding the title
  • One challenge: The opening sentence must be “If you go down to the woods today …”
  • You are welcome to share up to five pieces
  • Submit as an attachment to an email to
  • (Optional) include your social media handles and/or link to your website
  • Deadline – 18:00 (BST) Tuesday 26th May 2020
  • A selection will be published on our website over the next few weeks

Helen’s Inspiration for Spirits of A Painted Forest

I began these pictures when France went into lockdown and access to the forests close to my home was prohibited. I have been photographing the marks painted by the foresters on trees for many years, exploring my fascination with relationships between painting, photography and our human relationships with nature. The situation of confinement due to COVID 19 has prompted a more playful approach to the idea of space and territory, surface and perspective. The painted marks, excavated from the photograph, have multiplied, escaping the fixity of their original position, activating the picture plane with the fluidity of the digital toolbox.

Small Print

  • By entering your work, you agree that it can be published on our website and used to promote the Cabinet of Remedies initiative.
  • You will be credited as the author of the work on our website.
  • You retain the copyright over your work at all times.