‘Mid-winter’ by Jan Strickland

I am very happy to welcome back Jan with her take on the writing prompt of ‘in the bleak mid-winter’.  It is perhaps a less literal take on the theme, but one that works equally as well and has a glimmer of hope at the end.  Thank you Jan for taking part once again.

barn

Clutching her little, well-loved Teddy bear that she had been given for her 3rd birthday, 7 year old Tracy hid beneath the sacking in the barn.

It was cold, mid-winter, but at least she was out of the biting wind and lashing rain.

“We will be fine here Toby until the morning, then we can creep out of the village;they won’t know where we are until later. After all, the party will go on late and they will be too smashed to notice I’ve gone. Sorry Toby, they won’t notice WE have gone.”

Toby seemed to nod sagely, his glass eyes staring blankly at her.

“Why do you think they don’t love me Toby? I love them, even when they yell at each other. Is it something I’ve done do you think?”

She snuggled down and tried to sleep, clutching her beloved bear. The rain beat down on the corrugated roof, the sound eventually helped her to drift off to sleep.

Tracy woke up to the sound of sirens, and people calling out her name.

“Oh, thank the Lord, Bob, she’s in here. Tracy why did you run away? We were frantic with worry.”

Tracy looked up solemnly at her mother and a large solitary tear escaped and trickled down her cheek. “Mummy, you and Daddy are always fighting and yelling at each other, and it’s all my fault.”

“No, oh no it’s not your fault darling. Daddy and l have been having a few problems, but we are trying to work things out and it’s nothing to do with you, I promise. Please pet, don’t worry us by running away again, we both love you so much.”

At that she swept her Daughter up in her arms and carried her to the waiting car.

 

 

(c) Jan Strickland

 

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‘In The Bleak Midwinter’ by lassfromlancashire

I am very pleased to share with you the first entry for this month’s mini competition, which I think has addressed the writing prompt perfectly!  Thank you and welcome back to lassfromlancashire.

winter tree

lassfromlancashire says:

In the bleak midwinter
Friends are apt to moan
“My fingertips are frozen
My feet feel like a stone
Snow and hail are falling fast
Snow piles up on snow
If only it would melt away
If only it would go!”

“Come now, Winter’s not so bad
And if you wrap up warm,
A good thick coat and woolly scarf
Will shield you from the storm.
Come out and see the lovely trees
All decked out in snow
The skaters and the sledges
See how swift they go.”

Winter can be beautiful
Don’t sit at home and sigh
A Winter Wonderland awaits
Come out, you’ll soon see why!

(c) Esme

 

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.

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.

 

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.  🙂

Voting for the March mini writing competition is now open!

Man voting

Once again I hope that you enjoyed this month’s entries.  There are only 4 to choose from so that might make things a bit easier than it has been over the last few months.  The voting poll is now attached for you to cast your vote for your favourite entry. This will remain open until the end of this month and the winner will then get to set the next writing prompt.  Good luck to all who entered and thank you for taking part 🙂

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.

‘Love At First Sight’ by lassfromlancashire

boy on bike

I’m happy to share an entry from a regular contributor to the mini monthly competitions, with a charming take on the theme of ‘love at first sight’. Thank you lassfromlancashire for taking part again this month and for the link to your entry. 🙂

lassfromlancashire says:

March 19, 2014

http://scortonwriter.wordpress.com/2014/03/18/love-at-first-sight
here’s my entry for the March mini competition

And February’s winner is………………

wiinners cup

Congratulations to Vaibhav Hassija who has won February’s mini writing competition with ‘The Silence’.

As winner, Vaibhav is now entitled to set the writing prompt for March’s competition and I will notify you all once I have more information on this.

Thank you to all who took part this month and once again I enjoyed the quality and diversity of the submissions.  🙂

Voting for the February mini writing competition is now open!

girl crossing fingers

I hope that you enjoyed reading the entries for February and it was great to get such a diverse mix of stories.  Choosing just one winner will be difficult, as always.  The voting poll is now attached for you to cast your vote for your favourite entry from now until the end of this month and the winner will then get to set the writing prompt for March.  Once again, good luck to all who entered and thank you for taking part 🙂

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.