Why do we care so much about shortlists?

Someone recently asked, what’s the big deal about a shortlist? What’s the big deal? A shortlist groups together the best!  It acknowledges the most accomplished of a long and always healthy collection of entries. It’s also how we make competitions like the Scribbles Creative Writing Awards, manageable — both for the judges and for the competitors. Imagine if we only …

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Universalities. Those little pearls of wisdom…

In literature, universalities are statements that apply to everyone or to the human condition.

Sometimes they’re accurate, insightful and give readers, young and old, a lovely ah-ha moment.

Sometimes they’re grossly inaccurate.

Famous universalities in literature include:

It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife.Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice

All happy families are alike; each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.Leo Tolstoy, Anna Karenina

‘It’s been my experience that you can nearly always enjoy things if you make up your mind firmly that you will.’ L M Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables

And perhaps less famous but nonetheless…

‘Big ears. It’s a known fact, Mag. Men with big ears, they’re rarely courageous.’  Jen Storer, Tensy Farlow and the Home for Mislaid Children

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