For the September competition, we had eighteen entrants with twenty-four different 100-word stories… twenty-four ‘drabble’s. You can send up to three stories each per month so a potential there for fifty-four stories! Details of next month’s here.
Two stories were disqualified for being too short – 92 and 93 words (as per the rules, hyphenated words count as one, and another story seemed to stop too early) – and another two submissions had nothing to do with that month’s theme, which was ‘white’.
A couple had glaring errors – incorrect words, e.g. ‘in’ instead of ‘is’ – so weren’t disqualified but lost points. Mistakes happen but they should only happen in 10,000-worders or perhaps 1,000-word stories, not 100-word stories.
If you’re going to enter a competition – not just my one – read your story aloud… then get someone else (or your computer) to read your story, again ideally aloud. Once you’re both happy it’s perfect, only then click ‘submit’. It’s a shame because they weren’t half bad.
Because September was the first month I’d run this competition, the prizes were:
- First prize: winning all six of my online creative writing courses
- Second prize: winning three courses of his / her choice
- Third prize: winning two courses of his / her choice
- Up to five Highly Commended: winning my Entering Writing Competitions course.
With the first, second and third prized being published on this blog and the highly commended being listed by just author and title.
Hereafter the prizes will be: three courses, two courses, one course, then the EWC course respectively.
I know every judge says this but it was a tough choice (some tougher than others) to whittle it down to the top three (as you will see, it’s actually a top four!) and then only have five highly commended (another two fought valiantly to be on that list).
So without further ado, the winners are…. <opens gold envelope>