Our Writer in Residence at Max Gate, Boris Starling, is running a writing competition entitled ’88 Words’, where people are encouraged to take part in the Writing Places project by writing a story in no more than 88 words on the subject of ‘Life’s Little Ironies.Both the word count and the subject are a nod to Hardy: he was in his 88th year when he died, and he wrote a short story collection called Life’s Little Ironies.

If you would like to take part, the competition runs until 5pm on Friday 20 November, and the entries that Boris deems to be the top three best stories in just 88 words will all receive prizes. You can send your 88 words to Boris at:

We may also put your writing up on the Writing Places website!

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