26 Flashes sparks new writing

Our experimental new writing strand on Instagram, 26 Flashes, has got off to a flying start under the leadership of Becca Magnus, Ed Prichard, and Tom Sharp. Every month, we’ll be launching a brief by an editor with a one-week deadline for your response. The idea is to write fast, play with words and design and get new ideas out there.

Our first brief by Becca Magnus saw writers respond to the invitation to ‘stay hungry, write foolish’ by playing fast and loose with their words and design, with three screens of the Instagram carousel as a constraint.

The brief in full:


The Fool

Something begins.

Something ends.

What do you bring with you?

What do you leave behind?

Three screens. One journey.

Weave us a beginning.

A trail of words in your wake.

Lead us by a thread of memory.

An image. A dream. A delusion.

Stay hungry. Write foolish.


Our writers took us from Beachy Head to Baku via Rangitoto, from simulacra to Americana with a little everyday tarot thrown in. We’ve loved seeing the ingenuity of 26 writers take us somewhere completely new from a simple writing brief. So why not join in and see where you can take us next?

Our next brief will drop in your inbox on 30th March. There’s a limited number of spaces every month to help us keep things agile, so please register your interest as soon as you can. If you’d like to be involved as an editor later in the year, please drop an email to admin@26.org.uk

– Becca Magnus

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