The WOtW challenge is the warm-up for our forthcoming Urban Flash competition where words and images will collide to create a new collaborative, creative universe.  Each week, we’ll be finding a word and inviting participants to submit their interpretation of that word either photographically or textually.

The word will be posted on our website every Friday.  Participants then have a week to get creative …


We’re looking for images that reflect the meaning of the word of the week – be as tangential and inventive as you like.  Post your image to:

EITHER:  The Urban Flash group on Flickr .  For the tag, use WOTWx where x is the week number.

OR:  Instagram using the hashtag #thisisurbanflash


Write a piece of fiction, non-fiction or poetry (maximum 250 words) that includes the word of the week. Paste the story into the body of an email and send to  If you’re looking for a real challenge, submit a story using fewer than 140 characters via Twitter using the  hashtag #thisisurbanflash.

Each week, we’ll be featuring our favourites on the TPRoL website and we’re holding a monthly prize draw.  The winners will receive a signed copy of Geoff Nicholson’s The London Complaint: A Celebration of the Capital’s Maladies.

Copyright remains with the author/photographer at all times.  By entering the WOtW competition, you agree that TPRoL reserves the right to use the content on its website.

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WOtW 7 : Fain

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This week's Word of the Week aka WOtW is fain which means to 'welcome (a person)' (The New Shorter Oxford English Dictionary).