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That elusive thing: subtext, Sophie Duffy

For this blog I want to talk about that elusive thing: subtext.

Subtext is the magic ingredient that can add layers and depth to any piece of writing. It can make your story, flash, or poem rise like a fluffy fairy cake. Without it, your story, flash, or poem, might just remain flat, with or without a soggy bottom. (Yes, that is a really bad metaphor but imagery and symbolism have their part to play in subtext, to which I will return.)

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Meet Tessa Foley – poetry judge for 2016

Which writers or poets inspire you and why?

Pablo Neruda is one of my all-time favourite poets; he was able to take seemingly ordinary words and phrasings and regenerate them in to something amazingly seductive yet fragile. His poetry seems to me to be a contradiction in itself – the Marilyn Monroe of verse!

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Meet Marcia Woolf – short story judge 2016

Which writers or poets inspire you and why?

I find that the best storytellers are the ones who genuinely want to draw you in, engage you, fascinate you, amuse you, make you feel and understand and learn. They’re the ones who bring the reader and the story together in such a way that you almost forget the writer was ever there. I’m much less excited by writers who have a style that shows off their storytelling skills. I hate to be distracted by the mechanism.

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Meet Alex Reece Abbott – flash fiction judge 2016

Which writers or poets inspire you and why?

I read widely and across forms. Without doing a fan-list of short, short fiction, I particularly admire Kathy Fish’s stories – honed and very complete, yet they retain impact and emotional power. Lorrie Moore for memorability; Etgar Keret for his dark humour; Lydia Davis for her concise writing. Gay Degani for the resonance she achieves in her stories. Eavon Boland for capturing a moment. And, Katherine Mansfield for her observation and timelessness.

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