Segora vignette competition 2019
Deadline June 15th and results early August
First prize 100 or equivalent in Euro.

Roisin McAuley

I served my long apprentice in narrative as a reporter in newspapers (The Irish Times, The Examiner, The Times), radio and television (File on 4, Newsnight, Panorama, The World this Week). I learned to compose stories quickly in a telephone box, uncomfortably close to a riot, coins at the ready, dialling, dictating my copy from scribbled notes. I learned how to signpost a story on film and on radio. The latter being the best apprenticeship of all. Radio listeners are rarely seated, except in their cars. You have to make them listen. Paint pictures for their imagination. Choose the right number of voices, the most compelling bits of interviews. You want the listener to become absorbed, to stop ironing or loading the dishwasher, to sit a bit longer in the car outside. That's what I want to do with my novels, keep the reader turning the pages, wanting to know what happens next.

Now I live in Belfast and present a radio programme on religion and ethics ( My five novels are published in all English speaking countries as well as in Germany, The Netherlands, Poland, Portugal and Brazil. I'm currently writing my second crime novel. You'll find my tips about writing on my website

The vignette appeals to me because it is concentrated and needs a sharp focus to tell a story or paint a memorable word picture from an unusual angle.

Vignette guidelines and payment

Segora vignette competition 2018
The winner

The winner of the 2018 vignette competition chosen by John Sherwin


Out of the Ordinary:  Sue Kindon, Seix, France
Sue Kindon lives and writes in The Pyrenees, where she challenges her French by attending the local
Atelier de Slam (Slam Workshop). She graduated from Hull University in English and French, and started writing by accident many years later when she lived in Cumbria. She has much for which to thank Brewery Poets, Kendal. Her first pamphlet, She who pays the piper, is available from Three Drops Press.