Sarah Potter Writes

Pursued by the Muses of prose, poetry, and music.

Guest Storytellers


Each month, I will invite a guest storyteller along to my blog to tell us a little about themselves (preferably in less than 50 words and written in 3rd person) and to showcase 100-600 words of their writing: either a stand-alone piece of flash fiction or an extract from a longer work that reads as a tale within a tale.

Also, from September 2014 there’s a new little extra (although not compulsory): to provide a two-sentence story hook. For those who don’t know what this is, it’s describing your story or novel in a couple of sentences to hook the reader. And if you’re intending to submit your piece of work to a publisher or agent at some point, you can use this same hook in your query or covering letter, so it’s not a wasted exercise.

If possible (but again not compulsory) I like to post a picture of the guest storyteller along with their bio. The image needs sending as a jpg attachment, preferably in 92 pixels to the inch resolution.

I will post each story on the first Saturday of the month.

On this page, I will post the links to their stories, so that later visitors to my blog can do a catch-up read of story posts they have missed.

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FUTURE GUESTS

The monthly Guest Storyteller slot is now in its 4th year. Thank you to all those fabulous people who have showcased their writing here during that time.

Over the summer, I am taking a break from posting this monthly feature, but hope to return to it in the autumn.

If you’re visiting this page for the first, please do check out some of the stories and novel excerpts posted so far. As you will see, there is a wide selection of genres represented here, which means there’s something for everybody.

I will post an update towards the end of September about my October guest storyteller, whose story will feature on the first Saturday in the month.

Wishing you all a wonderful summer 🙂

PREVIOUS GUESTS

2017

1st April: May Be Sometime  is a speculative flash fiction by Robert C Day, an MA student of Creative Writing who used to blog but vanished overnight without explanation.

4th March: Paying the Ferryman by Björn Rudberg is a dark and disturbing piece of flash fiction that cleverly interweaves Greek mythology with the horrors of contemporary human trafficking.

7th January: Novel excerpt from William D. Holland’s scary and dark serial killer/supernatural thriller, Shadows Over A Hangman’s NooseWilliam blogs at Artistry with Words as Billybuc.

2016

3rd December: A Blue Coat for Christmas by Sherri Matthews is a touching story about a girl who loves her father, despite his weaknesses.

5th November: Dream Girl is a tender and haunting story of enduring love by Rochelle Wisoff-Fields, who facilitates the internationally popular flash fiction challenge known as Friday Fictioneers

1st October: I Take Thee is a companion piece to 21-year-old author, J. S. Strange’s exciting zombie apocalypse novel Winter Smith: London’s Burning.

2nd July: System Timeout is a science fiction story of the cyberpunk/genetic engineering variety, written by Allie Potts as a companion piece to her published novel The Fair & Foul.

7th May: An extract from the breathlessly exciting standalone crime thriller Distress Signals by Catherine Ryan Howard published by  Corvus/Atlantic in the UK and Ireland on May 5th.

2nd April: An extract from Damp Dogs & Rabbit Wee, an entertaining non-fictional account of Cee Tee Jackson’s work as a pet professional.

5th March: The Gingerbread House , a short story with a wickedly humourous twist. 

6th February: An extract from Shizzle, Inc, the hilarious chic-lit humour novel by Ana Spoke.

2nd January: The Trek , an inspirational story by Dale Rogerson.

2015

5th September: The Mountain Road, a dark fantasy story by Joshua Munns.

6th June: Accidents Happen, a crime story with a delicious twist by Louise Jensen.

2nd May: ‘Twas all astonishment and Unhinged, two 100 word stories on the subject of reincarnation by Douglas MacIlroy.

4th April: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly Sentences, Leigh-Ward Smith’s Bulwer-Lytton style speculative microfiction, plus a little challenge for my readers.

7th March: A children’s story-in-rhyme by Penny Howe, Horton hears a TARDIS, is written in the style of Dr Seuss in celebration of his birthday in the first week of March.

7th February: An extract from Geoffrey Gudgion’s second novel Catherine Bonnevaux (a mystery fantasy) that is presently with his agent. You can read about his first novel, Saxon’s Bane, here.

3rd January: An extract from David Milligan-Croft’s novel Peripheral Vision , about a young boy blinded by his father and his subsequent descent into a life of crime and drugs.

2014

6th December: Chocolate Umbrella , Sherri Matthew’s poignant story about a little girl’s discovery that she isn’t the only one in her family who is keeping secrets.

1st November: Shoveling Conversation, Christy Birmingham’s multi-layered portrayal of when the same words mean different things to a man and a woman.

4th October: White Feather, Andrea Stephenson’s poignant story about a questionable method they used to shame men into enlisting in the First World War.

6th September: The Enhanced, the prologue to Leigh Ward Smith’s work-in-progress, a science fiction novel about genetically enhanced humans with canid capabilities.

2nd August: Extract from The Beautiful Prisoner, Blondeusk‘s thriller story about two women — a hostage and her captor — befriending each other.

5th July: Extract from Parson’s Creek , Richard Sutton’s young adult novel that’s semi-memoir.

7th June: Extract from The Range & Chapter 2 called 2.47Dave Farmer‘s speculative type “what-if” novel with an apocalyptic slant.

4th May:  An Extract from Niamh’s dream journey (Tales of the Tuatha)Cybele Moon‘s magical folk tale, accompanied by some of her unique photo-illustrations: an ongoing work she’s publishing on her blog.

5th April: YAAD , a humourous take on the subject of road maintenance by Gary Bonn. 

1st March: Freedom Climbs on Logs Rooted, a quirky and colourful piece of prose poetry by Benjamin F Jones.

1st February: Hidden Courage, a medical tale by I. J. Sarfeh, who is a retired surgeon and Professor Emeritus, now pursuing his passion for writing.

6th January 2014: The Most Noble Story, a traditional-style tale by professional storyteller, Naomi Baltuck. You can also find a word and picture version of the same story at her blog Writing Between the Lines.

36 thoughts on “Guest Storytellers

  1. Pingback: March’s Guest Storyteller — Benjamin F Jones | sarahpotterwrites

  2. I love story telling and have been looking for other writer blogs!!! ( I also do photography!) So glad to have found you!

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  12. I am excited to be coming up soon! I will share my post with you soon, Sarah 🙂

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  18. Dear Sarah,

    I am honored to have been asked to be a guest storyteller for May. How often would your require that I post? I understand 600-800 words is the preferred length. Is that true. How kind of you. you can e-mail me at dmmacilroy@gmail.com. I’d love to help out but don’t want to make a hash of it.

    Aloha,

    Doug

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