Upcoming Workshop – 31 May 2017

Lockerbie Writers are working in conjunction with Castle Loch, Lochmaben, to bring you our next exciting creative writing workshop!

This workshop is open to all. It’s free, and lunch is provided. All you need to do is book your place!

Full details and how to book can be found below, or please get in touch for more information.


Writing Challenge – April 2017

Writing prompts come in all shapes and sizes, from photographs and old documents through to lists of seemingly unconnected words. After the wonderful results of our first writing challenge in March, once again we’d like to provide the prompt – all you have to do is write the story in less than 100 words!

The best ones will be published here on our blog at the beginning of May. Entry details and terms are at the bottom of this page. Entries will be accepted until midnight, Sunday 30th April 2017.

There’s only one question – are you up to the challenge?


Writing Challenge – April 2017

Challenge: Write a story (in 100 words or less) inspired by this photograph.

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Entry Details and Terms

  • To enter, simply add your entry as a comment on this post, send it in a private message to our Facebook Page (Lockerbie Writers – www.facebook.com/groups/lockerbiewriters), or email it to kerrie_mckinnel@hotmail.com. Entries will be accepted until midnight, Sunday 30th April 2017.
  • The challenge is open to everyone, including members of Lockerbie Writers.
  • Entries should be fictional, maximum 100 words, based on the prompt. You can enter as many times as you like. All entries must be the entrant’s original work, must not infringe on the rights of any other parties, and should not contain anything which might be considered offensive.
  • By entering, you agree to allow Lockerbie Writers to publish your entry on this blog and on their Facebook page. You will retain the copyright to your work.
  • All entries will be read by at least one member of Lockerbie Writers group, who will decide which entries to publish here/on Facebook. Entries will be judged on criteria such as originality, plot, and enjoyment.
  • If you have any questions, please get in touch!

Writing Challenge Results – March 2017

I want to begin with a HUGE thank you to everyone who entered our March writing challenge! I received some fantastic entries, and I’m so thrilled to be able to share them with you here. The best pieces are included below. Nothing tests a writer quite like a tight word limit, and each of these pieces were completed in 100 words or less – definitely a challenge, but one which has produced great results.

Enjoy – and, if you like them, please remember to comment and share!

Inspired? Click here to view our April writing challenge and find out how you could see your own writing here on our blog.

Missed the original post? Click here for more information.

Challenge: Write a story which is inspired by this photograph of a rainbow over a motorway.



Dot gripped the wheel of her old jalopy, her foot pushed neat to the floor. ‘Come on, Tinny!’ She exclaimed, ‘Drive faster, or the Psych Ward’ll catch us.’ The car gave a groan in reply. ‘I asked Leo to cover for us. But you know what he’s like … scared of his shadow! He’ll cave!  And, we must get over that rainbow!’

Forty miles away, sirens blared to life, and a young woman sat into the police car. ‘Please hurry!’ she sobbed, ‘It’s my Grandmother, she thinks I’m the wicked witch of the west! And, she hasn’t driven in sixty years!’



Keeping the sun on my back, I tramp my shadow into shooting barley. Everyone knows that a rainbow is halved by the horizon, I mutter as I plough on. Millions of droplets, tears or rain; makes no matter as I can’t see the other half of the circle. I scan the field, nothing, not even puddles at its ends. My mind abseils; my eyes slide down the colour rush, a kaleidoscope of proliferating cells. Despair flees as my cancer becomes a pot of gold. I turn, face the storm; I still have a lot of living to do.



Pip sat in the car watching the world flash by: fields, houses, rainbow. Fields, houses, sheep. She’d never known Dave to drive so fast. She wondered why he was doing so now.

Even when he’d saved her from that brute, the one who’d turned her eyes black, the getaway had been sedate.

She felt sick. Her head throbbed, but the rainbow was pretty. Peaceful even.

The next thing Pip knew, she was laying on a metal slab, surrounded by people in masks, and a voice saying ‘I’m sorry, Dave. Her injuries are extensive. We’ll have to put her down.’



And then, glancing up from the dashboard, I see a streak of colour across the April-showers sky. A memory: the river cold and fast round my ankles, sun beating down on bare arms, no more than seven or eight years old but already knowing that this is living, this is lungs full of oxygen and eyes blinded by colour.

The car hits a pothole and I’m back to reality. ‘Another contraction,’ I say, but for a moment the pain is somewhere else because my eyes are fixed on the rainbow and the years and memories to come.


About the Writers

Deborah Redden is the proud mother of two young boys who inspire her everyday. For her, a day without writing/sketching is a rare commodity-ten minutes can always be snatched from somewhere. She has been interested in writing and illustration for as long as she can remember, and attributes a sizeable chunk of her passion in this area to the magical marriage that is, Roald Dahl and Quentin Blake.

Steph Newham took up writing when she retired from the NHS. She did a Cert in Creative Writing followed by an MA at Lancaster University. She is currently working on a collection of Short Stories as well as a historical novel.  She is chairperson of Lockerbie Writers and a member of Powfoot Writers. She has had articles published in newspapers and short stories in an anthology and on-line e-zines. She enjoys running workshops and encouraging others to develop their writing skills.

Kerrie McKinnel is a writer and student of the University of Glasgow’s MLitt Creative Writing. In 2016, her writing was published in magazines including Gutter and From Glasgow to Saturn. In March 2016, one of her poems was awarded third place in the University of Glasgow’s Alastair Buchan Prize, and she recently compiled, edited and published Lockerbie Writers’ Anthology on behalf of her local writing group. Kerrie writes a blog about her experiences of writing and her upcoming publications, which can be found at: http://www.kerriemckinnel.wordpress.com