• Create 50

    What is Create 50?

    Create 50, www.create50.com is the brainchild of Chris Jones who runs the London Screenwriters’ Festival www.londonscreenwritersfestival.com

    I first came across the concept of Create 50 when Chris launched the ’50 Kisses’ competition in 2012. If you submit a story you are expected to critique at 3 others. I wrote a story for it and duly critiqued a minimum of 3 other stories. In reality I critiqued many more as once I started I really enjoyed the reading process. I received several critiques for my story too which bearing in mind the comments and suggestions I received and using these for the re-writes greatly helped to improve it.

    My short script ‘Love Across Time’ I think was long listed but was not chosen for the film. However, I re-wrote it and entered it in to a script writing competition organised by Film Expo South 2017 which took place in February this year and I was one of 10 finalists. It goes to show, nothing is wasted.

    When Create 50 Twisted was launched I relished the idea of trying to write for the horror genre, something I had never done before. My short ‘The Small Print’ received some encouraging feedback but was not chosen for the book. Again I critiqued more than the required amount of stories and learnt so much from reading the work of different people.

    Due to the popularity of the first Twisted volume it was decided to have a Create 50 Volume 2. I wrote and entered two stories, ‘The Way He Walks’ and ‘Dead Ringer’ in to Vol 2. The deadline for this was 28th February. Now I have tried writing for this genre I really enjoy it.

    A different type of story was needed for Create 50 The Singularity. They wanted 50 science fiction stories exploring the moment when technology overtakes us. The deadline for this was 31st March this year. I submitted two stories for this, 'The Emperor’s New Clothes' and 'With a Little Help from A.I.' Again this was a genre I had never written for before but I enjoyed the experience.

    These writing opportunities that Chris has created are both challenging and liberating. I have gained much from reading other peoples’ short stories and scripts, some good some not as good but all adding to my writing knowledge.

    A big thank you to Chris for your enthusiasm and creativity.

    Watch out for www.create50.com and the books when they come online as well as other writing opportunities.

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