Hello everyone. Last month I received 25 entries from 17 authors. Ten were disqualified for not being 100 words (three 101s, four 99s, a 98, two 97s and a 96), all but three being 100 INcluding rather than EXcluding their title. It’s a shame, especially as three were from one author. Fortunately their entries this month are spot on the 100. Yay. Two of the 101s were submitted as a 100-word stories but both were missing an ‘a’ before one of the noun (a plate in one, a mood in another) so corrected, would have pushed them over the limit. Two of the 99s (one of which was actually my favourite story this month) was disqualified as there was a word that had been split in two (and was flagged in the grammar check) and one of the stories had a similar word which had, correctly, not been so it amounted to 99 words. To be fair to everyone, I had to correct then disqualify them. 😦
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). 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 horror story’ and you can submit your entries (and do send three) at any time up to midnight (UK time) on Tuesday 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.
First place (winning free access to three of my online creative writing courses (currently worth £60 / $60) or a free edit and critique of up to 2,000 words (worth £14 / $18):
Steve Root with ‘Silent Running’
It wasn’t the tyres. Properly inflated, legally treaded, they still performed as per design as they incongruously sped down the road unattached to a vehicle of any kind.
It wasn’t the brakes. Recently tested, they had performed well, although in this time of crisis they were never troubled.
The tree was not to blame. It had stood for many years. Those years had made it big, strong, and most importantly utterly immobile.
No, the culprit was still in place, wide staring eyes still proving the old adage: the most dangerous part of a car is the nut behind the wheel.
Second place (winning free access to two of my online creative writing courses (currently worth £40 / $40) or a free edit and critique of up to 1,500 words (worth £11 / $14):
Jane Broughton with ‘Greener Pastures’
“And now, ladies and gentlemen, the Great Garibaldi will astonish and amaze. Prepare to gasp as he throws the knives, while blindfolded, at the lovely Dolores. Bobo, spin that wheel.”
Bobo the clown started to turn the glittery wheel.
Dolores looked at Graham, also known as the Great Garibaldi, in contempt. She couldn’t wait for the fool to finish so she could leave him for greener pastures.
Graham levelled the knife. The audience held its breath. Graham smirked and mouthed ‘goodbye’ to the horrified Dolores.
After the funeral, Graham and Bobo consoled each other during a long weekend in Whitby.
Third place (winning free access to one of my online creative writing courses (currently worth £20 / $20) or a free edit and critique of up to 1,000 words (worth £7 / $9):
Cathy MacKenzie with ‘Squeaky Runs’
Squeaky jumps off the wheel and rests.
When I stick a finger into his cage, he leaps at it.
I spin everyday on a wheel to nowhere. Squeaky races to nowhere on a trip to somewhere, unaware he’ll spin for eternity, not missing what he’s never had.
A breeze drifts through the open window where the forest beckons.
I unlatch Squeaky’s door. He glances at me, glimpses the open door and the window. He darts out of the cage and bounds out the window like a bullet whizzing into the forest.
“Bye, Squeaky,” I whisper. “Perhaps I’ll see you again.”
Highly commended (winning my Entering Writing Competitions course worth £20 / $20) or a free edit and critique of up to 1,000 words (worth £7 / $9) – in alphabetical order:
Honourable mentions (not winning anything but only narrowly missing out and still looking good on their CV) – in alphabetical order:
- Jane Broughton with ‘Red 7’
- Lestie Mulholland with ‘Wheel Not Meet Again’
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.