‘The Day of The Storm’ by lassfromlancashire

newborn baby 

I’m pleased to bring you the first entry into this month’s mini competition, courtesy of lassfromlancashire, with her very atmospheric poem.  I think the linking of the physical storm and the storm of giving birth works really well and I hope you also enjoy the piece.

The Day of the Storm

Morning, but the sky is darkening
Heavy clouds pregnant with rain.
I start at the sound of distant thunder
Blink as lightening flashes across the window.
Storm coming.
The first contraction hits with the first drops of rain,
Large heavy blobs of water,
Then a sudden gush as the waters break
And a desperate dash to the hospital
Dripping and panting,
Trailing muddy water along aseptic corridors
Contractions coming at ever closer intervals
Trying to recall the breathing techniques I learnt.
Midwife leans in to reassure me.
Thunder crashes, lightening flashes
“Can I push?”
“Not yet, dear.”
I gasp and groan
The lights go out.
Thunder crashes, lightening flashes
Have I been struck blind?
The emergency lights come on.
And you are born into a surreal world
Of dim lights and sudden flashes.
And we name you Thora
After the thunder god.

© Esme

New Writing Prompt For August….

storm cloud

I have now spoken to our joint winners for last month, Jane and Jan, who have suggested that I set the prompt on this occasion.  As such, I invite you to submit a piece of flash fiction (under 500 words) or poetry on ‘The Day of The Storm’.

Freedom of interpretation is, as always, in your hands; by no means does it have to be a literal storm, but instead it could be a sense of mood or a dramatic event – I’ll leave it open.

I hope that some of you will again be able to take part and I will look forward to reading your entries.

The closing date for submissions will be the 24th of the month as usual, and you will be able to vote for your favourite between then and the end of the month, with the winner setting the writing prompt for September.

Good luck to all who enter.

 

New Writing Prompt For July – Word Inclusion

dachshund

Kate Loveton, the winner of last month’s mini writing competition, has now set the writing prompt for this month’s competition.  As such she has set the challenge of writing either a piece of flash fiction (up to 500 words) or poetry utilising either all, or at least three, of the words/phrases below:

photograph; special summer; heart; dachshund; pearl necklace

I would therefore invite you to post any entries in the usual way, i.e. directly in to the comments boxes on the designated July Monthly Mini Competition page.

The last entry date for this month is the 24th as usual, albeit I realise that this will be a bit tighter than previous months given the extended voting for last month – there’s a challenge for you! 🙂 People will subsequently have between then and the end of the month to vote for their favourite.  The next competition will start at the beginning of August, with the winner setting the writing prompt for next month.

Good luck to everyone who would like to take part (and I hope you can write quickly!)  😉

And June’s winner is………………

wiinners cup

Congratulations to Kate Loveton who has won June’s micro flash fiction writing competition with ‘A Righteous Man’, proving that last is definitely not least! 🙂

As winner, Kate is now entitled to set the writing prompt for the next monthly competition and I will let you all know once I have more information on this.

Once again, thank you to all who took part this month and I hope that you, like me, enjoyed the many varied and clever entries that were submitted.

New Writing Prompt For June – 50 Word Micro Fiction

lightening bolt

Apologies for the slight delay in  posting this month’s writing prompt, but I think it may well be worth the wait.  I have now spoken to Emma who, as winner of last month’s mini writing competition, has suggested a bit of a challenging writing prompt for June. This is to write a story in 50 words (or less).  The subject matter of your story is open so the word limit is the only restriction.

As such I would invite you to post any entries in the usual way, i.e. in the comments boxes on the designated competition page.

The last entry date for this month is the 24th of June, and then people have between then and the end of the month to vote for their favourite.  The next competition will start at the beginning of July, with the winner setting the writing prompt for next month.

Good luck to everyone who would like to take part 🙂

And May’s winner is………………

wiinners cup

Congratulations to Emma who has won May’s mini writing competition with ‘Enlightenment’.

As winner, Emma is now entitled to set the writing prompt for the next monthly competition and I will let you all know once I have more information on this.

Once again, thank you to all who took part this month.  🙂

Voting for May is now open!

voting slip

It’s good to be back! 🙂

Thank you to all those who took part and I think there was something in there for everyone.  The voting poll is now attached for you to vote for your favourite entry, whether you entered something yourself or not.  Voting will remain open until the end of the month and the winner will then get to set the next writing prompt.  As always, good luck to all who entered.

Who will you vote for?  Remember, voting is open to all whether you have contributed an entry or not, so make sure that your vote counts.

 

‘Enlightenment’ by Emma

Welcome also to another past contributor, Emma, with her fun and very visual poem on ‘the start of something new’.  Thank you for sharing! 🙂

glasses

Emma says:

ENLIGHTENMENT

Did you know that leaves have veins?
That flowers hold their heads up when it rains?
That the spider’s web is round and spun like lace?
That lovely little pansies have a face?

Did you know that Mum, have you seen?
Everything around us is so green!
Everything before was a blurred mystery
but now I have new glasses I can see!

(c) Emma

New Writing Prompt For May – The Start of Something New

Butterfly 2

I am very pleased to be back after a month’s hiatus with a new writing prompt for May’s mini monthly writing competition.  Thanks for sticking with me over the short blogging break and I hope that some of you will pick up where you left off and participate once again.

Thanks to Jan who, as winner of last month’s mini writing competition, has suggested the new writing prompt for May. She says she was inspired by Spring and the ‘newness’ all around us and has therefore suggested a prompt of ‘The Start of Something New’. This can obviously have quite a wide interpretation and I look forward to the usual diverse range of submissions.

Once again I would invite you to submit either a piece of flash fiction (under 500 words) or a poem on this topic. This should be posted on the designated competition page, in the usual way.

The last entry date for this month is the 24th of May, as before, and then people have between then and the end of the month to vote for their favourite.  The next competition will start at the beginning of June, with the winner setting the writing prompt for next month.

Good luck to everyone who would like to take part 🙂

And March’s winner is………………

wiinners cup

Congratulations to Jan Strickland who has won March’s mini writing competition with ‘First Love’.

As winner, Jan is now entitled to set the writing prompt for the next monthly competition and I will notify you all once I have more information on this.

However, I will be taking a break for April as it has become an incredibly busy month for me, so I will post the next writing prompt in May and hope that you will come back and join me then, as I always look forward to reading the entries.

Once again, thank you to all who took part this month.  🙂