Hello everyone. This month I received 31 entries from 16 authors. There was a mixture of amusing and entertaining but the ones I chose were, for me, the ones that summed up the prompt of ‘comic’.
Four were disqualified for only being 99 words (no obvious reason why) and sadly three were the only entries by those (new to this competition) authors. One should actually have been 98 as two words weren’t hyphened that should have been.
Every month, I say to check your word count (both via whichever document software you use and manually) and DO send in more than one entry because if you’re disqualified for your one and only story (or two and only) then you’ve missed out for the whole month.
One lost a point for having a ‘gong’ instead of a ‘going’*. That may sound tough but most, if not all, competitions will do this. It’s only fair to the other entrants. So please read, re-read, and read your stories again. *It’s a shame because that story particularly tickled me as it featured a character (even the same name) that featured in one of my novels.
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.
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 (there were originally eight highly commended then I whittled down to the maximum three) 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).
A new recent feature… 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 June is ‘German’ and you can submit your entries at any time up to midnight (UK time) on Friday 30th June.
So without further ado, below are the successful entries this month: