New writing project asks authors to eavesdrop - best to be published in October

A new initiative encourages writers to pen poems, stories and flash fiction based on overheard conversations, with the best to be published in an anthology in October.

On 1 July, writers across the UK are being asked to eavesdrop and to (discreetly) collect snippets of conversations. Once they've done their collecting, the Bugged initiative wants them to write a new piece of work based on what they've heard – poems of up to 60 lines, stories up to 1,000 words, flash fiction up to 150 words, scripts up to five minutes long – with the best to be posted on the Bugged blog, and the very best to be published in October in a printed anthology.

The judges are National Poetry Day director and Glastonbury festival website poet-in-residence, Jo Bell, and novelist and playwright David Calcutt.

Example riffings off eavesdroppings are provided here by Bugged, if you need help getting started.