I’m very pleased to say that the winner of November’s mini writing competition is Jane Dougherty with ‘In the fields of the flat lands’. Well done Jane and thank you for submitting such a moving and evocative piece of writing. I will get back to you in the New Year for the next writing prompt if that is agreeable to you, and in the meantime I hope you have a lovely festive season.
Thank you again to those who took part in this month’s mini writing competition with the writing prompt of ‘Memories’. Voting is now open so please vote and ensure that your favourite wins. As usual, voting will remain open until the end of the month and the winner will then get to set the next writing prompt.
As December is shaping up to be a bit of a busy month and, given that most people will have more than enough to keep them occupied over the festive season, I would propose that the mini competitions take a break until the new year. Therefore the winner of this month will be setting the first writing prompt of 2015, and good luck to all.
Who will you vote for?
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!
A dwelling place
Filled with children’s laughter
Warmth and safety
Family all grown
With their own lives
But memories linger
I am happy to share another entry for this month’s mini writing competition on the theme of ‘Memories’ from regular contributor, Jan Strickland, with a nostalgic trip down memory lane. Thanks Jan and don’t forget that if you would like to join in, there are still 6 days left to contribute an entry for November.
IN THE BLINK OF AN EYE
I sit, saddened by the passing of time
but strangely not alone, not lonely
My life’s been a wonderful kaleidoscope of rhyme –
a positive life, not a question of ‘if only’
Holidays, jolly days of fun and laughter by the sea
Intimate meals with special people
All these are happy memories for me
I sit content in my special chair
and count my blessings, for I see
a lot of people within whose care
I am so very lucky to be
My family all grown up now
with lives and loves of their own to see
My clock ticks on, the grandchildren gather
“Tell us a story Nana”, they jump on my knee
So forget rheumatics, the odd aches and pains
The brain shutter clicks open to shower the wains
with memories of long ago, the funnier the better
Of their Mum or Dad, they want to know
Of the naughty deeds so long ago
And so I remember every small detail
to pass on to the children for this is their history
Part of their being is wrapped in my memory
Its life I am telling and not just a fairy tale.
(c) Jan Strickland
Thank you to lassfromlancashire who has provided this month’s writing prompt of ‘Memories’.
I am now pleased to invite you to submit a piece of flash fiction (under 500 words) or poetry on ‘Memories’ and hope to see some thought-provoking pieces come in over the course of the month.
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 December.
Good luck to all who enter :).
Thank you to AC Elliot who, as last month’s winner, has come up with this month’s writing prompt. Given the time of year he has suggested ‘Halloween Night‘. (I know, October already – yikes!)
As such, I invite you to submit a piece of flash fiction (under 500 words) or poetry on ‘Halloween Night’ and look forward to reading some spooky entries over the course of the month (lucky I’m not too easily scared 😉 )
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 November.
Good luck to all who (dare to) enter :).
With one day to go before the deadline, I thought I would squeeze in one of my poems to fit in with the prompt of The Day of The Storm. This is based on a tree in the garden of one of my old houses – I was always very nervous when it was windy, but then it had been standing for over a hundred years so I’m sure there was nothing to worry about……
A FORCE OF NATURE
The large sentry creaks,
battered by gale;
its branches twisting
and folding in on themselves.
As if to protect the trunk –
A symphony whistles through
early evening air
as leaves dance and spar
and let the wind pass through.
Their music all but drowned out by
the relentless breath of wind.
I watch as ground around me
is ripped up;
a cacophony of noise and destruction.
Empty plastic bags ride the gusts,
and garden debris stings my eyes.
I catch a movement
out the corner of my eye
and note a light in
I still sense their trepidation;
their nervous watchfulness
as tree sways
Advances and retreats,
Advances and retreats.
The majestic oak
becomes a threat.
And I catch my breath
That the wind will die down soon.
(c) Elizabeth Frattaroli
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.