Wednesday Write-in #12

Welcome to the Wednesday Write-in!

CAKE.shortandsweet runs a write-in every week to writers to practise their skills, and get chatting to each other about their work. Everyone is welcome to join in, and the more people you tell, the more everyone will get out of it.

We hope everyone is getting on well with NaNoWriMo, those of you brave enough to try!



carpet burn  ::  disagreement  ::  woodsmoke  ::  melt  ::  tie pin


There are no hard and fast rules, but here are some brief guidelines:

  • You can use the prompts as inspiration or try to work them into your story somehow. Use as many as you want.
  • When your story is done, post it online (your blog/twitter/in a comment here), tag with #wednesdaywritein and comment with a link so we can read it. You can write as many stories as you like.
  • Please take the time to read and comment on as many other stories as you can.

Featured Story

We’ll feature our favourite story on the blog with a review of it and links to the author’s blog/twitter/facebook if relevant.

Posts will generally go up at 9am(ish) on Wednesday – stories are due by 10am Thursday (UK) to be considered for the featured story. You can keep posting your work after this, it just won’t be featured.

The winner will also be eligible to publish on our special CAKE.shortandsweet genre through Ether Books.


We’ll keep track of who takes part in the write-ins, and you earn points for different things.

  • Take part in a write-in = 1 point.
  • Comment on other people’s stories = 1 point.
  • Share/reblog this post = 1 point.

When you reach ten points the editing team will give detailed feedback on a story of your choice. This only counts for separate sessions—so if you write five stories for one write-in, that counts as one, and if you share on both facebook and twitter, that’s one.


Please look for us on Facebook or Twitter to keep up with the write-ins, or click the follow button to get blog updates!

Don’t forget to read our Previous Issues and check out the Submissions page if you’d like to be a!


Any questions? Otherwise, have fun writing!

Advertisements announcement

Some of you may remember us putting a call out several months ago for writers to contribute to a book.

This has been bubbling along in the background of all the issues and write-ins, and we’re delighted to announce that our first official CAKE.shortandsweet collection will be published in the new year. It will feature brand new short stories by Sarah Grace Logan, Naomi Racz, Jacky Hillary and Helen Dring.

We will be sharing excerpts from the book at our special writer’s circle meeting on Sunday 18th November. If anybody would like a review copy before release, please let us know!

CAKE.writers celebrate, literary style

If you have some time on Sunday 18th November and you’re lucky enough to be located in or near Manchester, you should come and join us for a special bumper Writers’ Circle meeting.

We’re going to celebrate both NaNoWriMo and National Short Story Week in style with some workshops, some friendly discussion about our writing, and some free cake!

We also have another exciting announcement coming in the next few days, which you’ll be able to hear much more about at the meet up.

You can find out more and RSVP here on the facebook event page. Or download the flyer here.

CAKE.writers meet from 1 – 3 pm every first and third Sunday at Nexus Art Café on Dale Street in the Northern Quarter.

Featured writers weeks 9, 10 & 11

Apologies for missing this recently, I was frantically busy preparing to go on holiday, being on holiday, and being in bed with a cold! Not to mention getting ready to write NaNoWriMo…

Now that I’m back, sane, and feeling better (ish), here are the stories we’ve chosen to feature from the last three write-ins. Massive thanks go to co-editor Naomi who has spent the last four hours reading all these stories and comments to help me decide! 

Week 9

We decided to go with In Her Eyes by Krystal.

This is a really sweet little love-story-but-not. I don’t want to give too much away about the relationship but this will definitely grab at your emotions, and I really love the darker edge that surrounds the sweetness of the piece, ready to intrude in time.

Please take a moment to read In Her Eyes and leave Krystal some feedback.

Week 10

This week was really strong and it wasn’t an easy choice, but we’ve settled on Vegetable Box by Jenbee.

This story really touched us. It was quietly humurous, but also very sad. Jen has some beautiful phrasing, for example when she talks of an illness in terms of limbs ‘becoming useless and rusted’. Really recommend this poignant little read.

Please take a moment to read Vegetable Box and leave Jen some feedback.

Week 11

It was very, very difficult to choose this week with a lot of really beautiful, heartbreaking stories. In the end we went for the opposite, celebrating Halloween with Coffee Apocalypse by Rebecca Dudley.

This starts out innocently enough and gradually spirals into the ridiculous and terrifying. Rebecca has worked in some delicious dark humour, and has great fun playing around with the horror genre. Think Shaun of the Dead meets The Office.

Please take a moment to read Coffee Apocalypse and leave Rebecca some feedback.

Honourable mentions this week go to Elaine and Krystal for tugging at my heartstrings, but every story was fantastic. Give yourselves a pat on the back!


Read the other entries here: Week #1 :: Week #2 :: Week #3 :: Week #4 :: Week #5 :: Week #6 :: Week #7 :: Week #8