Wednesday, 16 May 2018


To dissect is to cut into pieces. Often this means a plant or animal, for the purposes of examination, but cakes can be dissected to. The person carrying out the dissection is known as the dissector (or Patsy, in the cases of cakes).

Not all dissections are physical. the term can also be applied to analysing, criticising or studying in detail. For example a competition judge may have to dissect the entries in order to decide which is most deserving of a prize.

Perhaps you can work a dissection into your entry from one of these two short story competitions from Wordsmag? With themes of Christmas and Murder, it shouldn't be too difficult. Both are free to enter and have a first prize of £50.


  1. I can definitely work cake into any story, but dissecting gives the impression of having to share... :-)

  2. Hi Patsy ... love bakewell tart too!! and Dissect is a good word for a cake or a pie - cheers Hilary

  3. Mmm, that dessert definitely needs to be dissected, posthaste! :)

  4. He he - I like dissecting cake too! But, enough of that distraction: thanks for the short story comp link. :)

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