And July’s winner is………………

wiinners cup

Well, we have a bit of a problem…  For the first time since I have been running these mini competitions we have a draw, with Jane Dougherty and Jan Strickland both polling the same amount of votes.

As you may know, usually the winner is entitled to set the writing prompt for the next monthly competition, but we could have a fight on our hands! 😉

Jane and Jan – do you have any thoughts or suggestions?  Perhaps one of you could set the overall theme and the other come up with some key words or phrases or a beginning or ending or similar?

Have to admit, I didn’t have a contingency in the event of a tied vote. As such, please leave it with me and I will post the next prompt as soon as we have worked something out! 🙂

In the meantime, congratulations to you both.

 

‘The Dare’ by Kate Loveton

I am pleased to showcase the first entry in to this month’s mini writing competition – ‘The Dare’ by Kate Loveton, who also set the writing prompt.  This is a very atmospheric piece and well worth a read.

Just a reminder that all entries should be in by this Thursday evening given the shorter time frame for the competition this month, so if you are hoping to submit please try to post your entries on to the competition page sooner rather than later.  Happy writing 🙂

victorian house

Kate Loveton says:

July 20, 2014 at 4:12 pm

Here is my submission for July, called ‘The Dare.’
http://kateloveton.wordpress.com/2014/07/20/the-dare/

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.

(Extended) Voting for June is now open!

ballot box

What an interesting month and a heartening response to the 50 word micro fiction prompt.  Who knew you could get such a mix of complete stories, genres and topics in such a restricted word count!  I would like to thank all who took part and think you will agree that there are plenty of strong entries to choose from when it comes to casting your vote.  Remember, voting is open to all whether you entered something into the competition or not and the voting poll is now attached for you to vote for your favourite entry.

In a change from normal procedure, voting will remain open until the 12th of July as I am about to enter a cyber black hole…  As usual however, the winner will then get to set the next writing prompt.  Good luck to all who entered. 🙂

Who will you vote for?  Remember, voting is open to all, so make sure that your vote counts.

 

 

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.

 

‘A Letter’ by Ron McLaughlan

And now for something completely different!…… 🙂

Ron is a new contributor to this site and, as I said to him when I first read this, it is certainly a very unique take on the writing prompt!  Thank you Ron for your entry.

envelope

Ron McLaughlan says:

May 22, 2014 at 9:46 pm

  • A Letter

    It was on a Monday morning as I walked home from my dance lesson that I first saw the letter on the ground. It was just sitting there but it seemed to call to me. This could have been due the fact that it had two little hands and a mouth that whistled to me and formed the words, “Hey you handsome man”
    Now, this I was used to from handsome waiters with white teeth, but from a letter on the ground? Well, you can imagine… So I picked it up and took it home.
    Later that night while drinking some port and eating a bowl of pickled eggs I opened it. Inside was a ticket
    “You are invited to a Birthday Party”
    I was shocked, but I saw in my mind the date and place of the party. This could have been psychically transmitted, or simply due to the fact that it was written on the letter. So I got ready and put on my new boots.
    When I got to the location it was a dark building illuminated by a single blue light. No one was there. Was I early?
    The door opened and I went in and up a flight of stairs. I was scared but I sung a Beach Boys medley to myself in Swedish to keep up my spirits.
    Then I saw a huge room with lights and banners and the words ‘Happy Birthday’. But no one was there; just me.
    Suddenly music began and I felt even more nervous.
    As the happy dance tune played I felt in my pocket for the letter, but it had disappeared.
    What was going on? I checked my boots just in case it had slipped down the side of one.
    Then, suddenly, I could see it on the floor lying in front of me, the letter. I reached down for it, but before I could pick it up the letter began to move and out of the flap of the envelope came first one leg, then another, then a body and arms and, finally, a head. A man stood before me and he had the loveliest eyes I had ever seen. He smiled and I smiled back. He reached out with his hand and I reached out mine. We began to dance and I looked into his eyes.
    As the music brought us together I knew we would kiss.
    My body felt odd, and not the kind of odd that you get in a lift, but the kind of odd that is very odd!
    I fell and everything went black.
    When I awoke I looked at myself and I was a letter on the ground. Someone else looked at me and reached down to pick me up.

    (c) Ron McLaughlan

‘A New Start’ by Jan Strickland

In the last of today’s entries (so far) I am pleased to share Jan’s piece of memoir with you to round off three very diverse takes on the prompt of The Start of Something New. I always find it interesting to see the different interpretations of any prompt posted and hope that you enjoy sharing them too. 🙂

pad and pen2

A New Start

I have just had a birthday. Aries the Ram. On the same day I watched ‘This Morning’ on the TV and Russell Grant was doing an astrology slot. Now, I don’t really believe in all that but……… there was something about the new moon being in alignment with thingamajig etc. etc. then, “Arians Will be looking for a new start.” So I thought ‘new start’ – what can I write about that?
Having retired from life as a busy nurse and having become less able to do things over the years, I have had to find new interests and ones which I can do sitting down. So, to keep my mind active, I joined a creative writing group. Here we learnt such diverse things such as how to write plays (we have just finished one and are hoping to produce it in front of a real life audience at our community centre), short stories, flash fiction and poetry.
In fact, I found that I enjoyed writing so much that I joined another creative writing class and then became a member of the Scottish Association of Writers (SAW). I also joined a craft class. Although I’m generally useless with my hands, I have found that I can make jewellery, mainly earrings, so I now have hundreds of pairs of earrings in a large box stashed in my bedroom.
I would love to do something energetic, even if it was just being able to take the dog for walks, but at least I have something else to fall back on and I am immersing myself with like-minded people and really enjoying it. My past is past, never to be forgotten and often drawn upon as a basis for a lot of my writing. They say write about something you know so my childhood, all my nursing experience and my life as a wife of a Church of Scotland minister, as well as being mother to my three lovely children, all go into my stories.
I have been lucky enough to have had a few stories published in women’s magazines and poems published in anthologies, and these small successes spur me on.
So, my new start? I suppose you could say that it has been learning to devote time and energy to things that I enjoy and finding new hobbies……. albeit ones that you can do sitting down!

(c) Jan Strickland