New Writing Prompt for February – Waiting For News

waiting

Thank you to Jane Dougherty who, as winner of last month’s mini competition, has set the writing prompt for February as, ‘Waiting For News‘.  Jane has suggested that this could be any kind of anxiety from waiting in a hospital, for news of a death or a birth, for news from a war front, of a lost child, for good news or bad.   I think that gives us all good scope to interpret the prompt in many different ways and I look forward to reading the entries that come in.

As such, I invite you to submit either a piece of flash fiction of under 500 words or a poem on the theme on the designated competition page.

Last entry date for this month is 24th of February 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 March in the usual way, with the winner of this month setting the next writing prompt.

Once again, thank you in advance to all taking part and good luck!  (I’m waiting to see your submissions… (sorry!! :)))

HOURGLASS

And the first winner of 2014 is………

wiinners cup

Congratulations to Jane Dougherty who, at over 45% of the vote,  won January’s mini writing competition with ‘It Could Have Been Different’.

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

Thank you again to all who took part this month and as usual I was impressed by the quality and variety of the submissions. 🙂

(Also, apologies for the slight delay in announcing the result, but I have been battling the cold and generally feeling sorry for myself.  I can’t afford to be ill this week though as I am heading down to London for a one day conference on How to Write for Children and Young Adults and Get Published at Bloomsbury Publishing, and am starting to get very excited!  It should be an amazing day…  🙂 )

The first vote of 2014 is now open!

voting donkey

I hope that you enjoyed this month’s entries and the voting poll for January’s competition is now open.   Please 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 February.  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.

‘If Things Had Been Different’ by lassfromlancashire

Another warm welcome back in 2014 for lassfromlancashire with her entry for this month’s mini competition. (Although, as she reminds us, we probably shouldn’t go with strangers in this day and age 🙂 )

missing bus

lassfromlancashire says:

January 21, 2014 at 10:19 pm

Here’s a link to my entry. Hope I’ve got it right this time!

http://wyrewitterings.wordpress.com/2014/01/21/if-things-had-been-different/

‘I Wonder’ by Jan Strickland

A very warm welcome to a regular contributor with a heartfelt poem, which I’m sure many a mother will relate to.

London

I Wonder

I sometimes lie awake at night and think of you
and I wonder if only, and why?
I think of where you are and what you do,
and I wonder if only, and why?

You have been shielded at home by love and strength,
but you wanted to go it alone.
You felt stifled; hemmed in and decided to go
the length of Britain to find a new home.

You’re enjoying your freedom, your new job and your friends,
but I worry you may be let down.
You’re too much ‘the giver’, and people just take,
so be wary, my son, in that town.

You’re our baby, our lad, our young man, our son.
We love you so much and time flies.
So I think of you often, where you are, what you do.
And I wonder if only, and why?

(c) Jan Strickland

‘If Things Had Been Different’ by Catherine Paterson

Dandelion_sun

I am very pleased to welcome a new blogger, Catherine Paterson, to January’s mini competition with her refreshing interpretation of this month’s writing prompt. A big thank you to Catherine for entering and I hope you enjoy her poem as I did. I’m sure you’ll agree that she had no need to be nervous! 🙂

catherinepaterson says:

January 14, 2014 at 9:32 pm

Very first attempt. Don’t laugh.
http://catherinepaterson.wordpress.com/2014/01/14/if-things-had-been-different

‘If Things Had Been Different’ by Tom F

To kick things off for this month’s writing competition we have a contribution from Tom F, the winner of last month.  Thank you to Tom for providing the prompt and getting things started and I’m sure you will enjoy his poem. 🙂

LA skyline

If Things Had Been Different…….

……..I wouldn’t be here like this,

Stood on the threshold thoughts of her kiss.

We grew up together full of our dreams,

Somehow not the same, as now it seems

She hit the big time, she made it good,

West End to Broadway, and now Hollywood.

I wanted HER, our kids and a semi,

Now she rubs shoulders with Angelina & Demi.

 

If things had been different, I could have gone too,

But I wouldn’t listen, too much to do.

Not one for dancing or learning my lines

I turned down the road of cautions and fines,

Too many pills, too much to drink.

If she saw me now what would she think?

A young man so worn, so broken, so bruised.

A body once vital, now so abused.

 

The water so swift and cold far below,

One small step, to oblivion I’ll go.

I’ve heard the impact will take me away,

If I close my eyes my body will sway.

I’m falling now, but I’ve gone the wrong way.

Flat on my back, in the road, in the dark,

I want to sit up but the pain is so stark.

I’ve done it again, made the wrong choice,

But back to normality I hear a voice.

 

“Get up Georgie, What the hell you been doing?

Get up from the dirt or that shirt you will ruin.

Jump in the car, here use my phone.

You ring your mam, I’ll take you home”.

Now who was this girl with the beautiful face?

And the soft chiding voice I just couldn’t place?

We stopped by my house “Will I see you again? “.

“Get some rest,” she replied “In the morning, at ten”

 

We sat in the Costa having muffins and coffee,

I had the chocolate, for her the sweet toffee.

“I watched you for years “she said eyes cast down.

“Please smile “I pointed, “It doesn’t suit you  …the frown “.

“I was the young one, you just didn’t see.

My sister the bright light, overshadowing me.

If things had been different……”

My finger to her lips, I stopped her right there.

The tears rolling slowly, I just couldn’t bear.

She took my hand gently, and walked me outside.

We held on so tightly, stood there and cried.

 

Now things are different, two years have flown past,

She put me together, a father at last.

A son for me, and his perfect mother.

Life is so good now, but what of the other?

Her star not so bright, bad choices she made,

Her friends all deserted, ‘cos she’s in the shade.

Now things are different, no Angelina or Demi.

See, I’ve got her, our kid, and our semi.

 

© Tom Frattaroli  07/01/2014

 

New Writing Prompt for January – If Things Had Been Different

rolling dice

Thank you to Tom F who, as winner of last month’s mini competition, has set the writing prompt for January as, ‘If Things Had Been Different‘.

As such, I invite you to submit either a piece of flash fiction of under 500 words or a poem on the theme on the designated competition page.

Last entry date for this month is 24th of January 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 February in the usual way, with the winner of this month setting the next writing prompt.

Once again, thank you in advance to all taking part and good luck! :)

Happy New Year! And the winner is………

wiinners cup

Congratulations to Tom F who, at over 36% of the vote, and after a hard-fought battle with second placed lassfromlancashire, won December’s mini writing competition with ‘So Here It Is’.

As winner, Tom is now entitled to set the first writing prompt of 2014 for January’s competition and I will notify you all once I have more information on this.

Thank you again to all who took part this month and once again I was impressed by the quality and variety of the submissions. 🙂

Merry Christmas – the voting is now open!

seasons greetings

I hope you all had a lovely Christmas and here is the (slightly delayed) voting poll for December’s competition, with apologies for the late posting.  In light of this, the voting will be open until the 4th of January and, in the usual way, the winner will then get to set the first writing prompt of the New Year.  Good luck to all who entered and thank you for entertaining us over the festive season 🙂

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

I would also like to take the opportunity to wish all my fellow bloggers the very best for 2014.