‘Home’ & Book Week Scotland

I thought I would make the effort and sneak in a last minute entry for this month’s theme of ‘memories’.  It’s a bit simplistic, granted, but I wanted to have a play with shapes and structure, and it hopefully still manages to get the (again simple) message across…..

By the way, happy Book Week Scotland 2014, which starts today.  Lots of exciting things happening, not least a trip through to Edinburgh with some writing group friends to pitch to an agent and publisher.  What a fantastic opportunity (if a slightly scary one!)  Pitch is prepared, so fingers crossed!

home

HOME

Home

A house

A dwelling place

Filled with children’s laughter

Warmth and safety

With love

Home

Home

Quieter now

Family all grown

With their own lives

But memories linger

And love

Home

 

(c) elizfrat

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And May’s winner is………………

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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.  🙂

And March’s winner is………………

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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.  🙂

And February’s winner is………………

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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.  🙂

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………

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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…  🙂 )

‘It Could Have Been Different’ by Jane Dougherty

man and dog

Followers of this blog will be pleased to welcome back Jane, with a true to form excellent (if very sad and slightly harrowing) entry for this month’s writing prompt.

Jane Dougherty says:

January 20, 2014 at 11:27 am

Thanks for the prompt, Elizabeth. I’ve written a short piece about an unpleasant experience I had yesterday. On the spur of the moment I wrote a short poem about it. Here’s a piece of flash fiction.
http://janedougherty.wordpress.com/2014/01/20/it-could-have-been-different/

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………

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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. 🙂

New Writing Prompt for December

Close up of a small Christmas tree inside a spherical glass

Thank you to those who took part last month and to all who voted for my entry. I appreciate you stopping by and taking the time to do so.

At the risk of being completely obvious, I am going to set December’s prompt as, ‘CHRISTMAS‘.

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 December (when I realise one or two of us will have a few other things on our minds 😉 ) and then people have between then and the end of the month to vote for their favourite.  The next competition will start in the New Year at the beginning of January, with the winner of this month setting the next writing prompt.

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