Hello everyone and welcome to the fifty-eighth month of this competition. There were 20 entries from 10 authors for the theme of ‘a Twitter conversation’… a really tough month so I’m not surprised the entries were down from the usual 30-40+. The ones that came in though were really fun to read.
Two stories were disqualified for not having the @ Twitter handles but fortunately the third story from that author had so it went through to the judging… and did well, so it’s always worth submitting the maximum three stories. Another was disqualified for arriving past the midnight (UK deadline) and it wasn’t in the full Twitter exchange format as per the example so wouldn’t have qualified anyway. It’s a shame because it was the solo entry from that author.
The winning stories are ones that I reacted most favourably to. They were clever, surprising, eek-making (in a good way), or gave me a warm fuzzy feeling (without being sickly). Sometimes a story beats another because it has a stronger link to the theme so it’s worth writing a story to the theme rather than tweaking a story you already have to loosely fit it. Alternatively there may have been several stories on with same topic so I chose my favourite of those. With any competition, much rests upon the judge’s preference.
You may have chosen a different order or indeed not placed one or more of them so if you entered and didn’t find your story / stories here, don’t lose heart. You probably only just missed out so do enter new stories this month*, next month, whenever you like (but not in advance!). It’s an ongoing competition and free, so you could win at any time. There were new and familiar names this month so anyone could win… it’s all dependent upon whether your story grabs me, for whatever reason (whether it be clever, funny, unusual, quirky, or sweet).
Apart from the top three and highly commended, there are some ‘Honourable Mentions’. They don’t win anything but they were so close to being Highly Commended that I wanted them to know how close they came. It’s still something for them to put on their CVs.
*The theme for July is ‘a mature student’ and you can submit your entries (and do send three) at any time up to midnight (UK time) on Friday 31st July. Details and entry forms on https://morgenbailey.wordpress.com/100-word-free-monthly-competition. So without further ado, below are the successful entries this month.
Darren York with ‘One Last Job’
@dennis hows things?
@gnasher had better days
@dennis got a job for us
@gnasher no good mate
@dennis pays well
@gnasher my legs have gone
@dennis no running required for this one
@gnasher can’t bark anymore
@dennis I can bark and carry you, if you want?
@gnasher not funny, I’m in a home
@dennis for good?
@gnasher till I die
@dennis you’ve got years left
@gnasher no, I don’t know how long
@dennis I can come and fetch you. one last job?
@gnasher a bone in it?
@dennis of course there is
@gnasher ok, but hurry
@dennis on my way
Diana Hayden with ‘Trending on Twitter Worldwide!’
@harrypot got him
@harrypot kind of disintegrated
@hermgraing If there’s no body then we can’t be sure
@weasley6 stop panicking Hermione
@harrypot before he died he went weird like he’d lost his power
@hermgraing That was Neville. He cut off Nagini’s head.
@weasley6 Nev’s a hero
@harrypot that explains it
@hermgraing Duh, Ron! Harry’s a hero too!
@harrypot What shall we do now?
@hermgraing Have a really good summer holiday!
@harrypot No, I mean will the world be safe? Do we need to do anything?
@weasley6 Reckon everything’s OK now Harry
@malfoyd hi kids
Sue Massey with ‘Lockdown Lyrics’
@popster Topical random prompts. Reply by song title.
@punkster OK. Social distancing?
@popster Don’t stand so close to me. Shopping?
@punkster I’m all lost in the supermarket. Present day?
@popster The times they are a-changin’. Education?
@punkster School’s out for summer. Next holiday?
@popster Fly me to the moon. Annoyed?
@punkster Get off my cloud. Where you live?
@popster Ghost town. Work?
@punkster Clampdown. Entertainment?
@popster That’s entertainment. Pub?
@punkster I wish! Two pints of lager and a packet of crisps please!
@popster Nice one! Wine?
@punkster Little ole wine drinker me!
@popster Wine o’clock. Virtual cheers!
@punkster Good health!
Lestie Mulholland with ‘Waiting for an Answer’
@Godot: what do you want for Christmas?
@Sally: my two front teeth
@Godot: no silly, what do you really want?
@Sally: a fudge car
@Godot: and what else?
@Sally: wish you weren’t so far away
@Godot: it’s only a 10 minute walk
@Sally: may as well be the moon
@Godot: don’t sulk Sally
@Sally: I’m not
@Godot: so what do you want for Christmas?
@Sally: the house is horrid, mom shouts a lot
@Godot: should I get those pink sneakers
@Sally: no, mom already got them for me
@Godot: so what can I do?
@Sally: come home dad, come home
- Adrian Deasley with ‘Clownclub’
- Astra Lowelle with ‘The Party Planner’
- Joyce Bingham with ‘Elvis has Left the Building Site’
- Paul Mastaglio with ‘Rover’s Return’
Honourable mentions (not winning anything but only narrowly missing out and still looking good on their CV) – in alphabetical order:
- Carmina Mcconnell with ‘Rarely Pure and Never Simple’
- Jane Broughton with ‘Staying Safe’
- Valerie Fish with ‘The Other Woman’
Congratulations, everyone. The entries for this month are already drifting in. Remember, you can send up to three per month so rather than miss out on a chance by sending one story, do submit more.
If you’ve enjoyed these stories and / or just want to leave a comment, please do so below and / or you can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org., although I won’t (can’t) discuss forthcoming entries unless it’s a general query.