Results of Morgen’s first 100-word competition – September 2015

competitions 677265For 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.

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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.

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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>

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Post-weekend Poetry 106: Lucky by Mark Morris

Welcome to Post-weekend Poetry and the one hundred and sixth poem in this series. This week’s piece, continuing last week’s unlucky theme, is by poet and short story author Mark Morris.

Lucky

My rabbit’s foot has broken, I think,
Though it didn’t serve the bunny well
’Cause a burrow-dweller equipped with four of them
Still managed to bid its life farewell.

Then I dug away at the rainbow’s end,
Finding there nothing but mud.
And the wishing well, into it I fell
Coming up wet and covered in blood.

My lucky horseshoe is exhausted too
And I’ve got comprehensive proof,
For the time I first took possession of it
The horse kicked me with its hoof.

So I’m giving up on superstitious things,
Throwing away my last lucky bean,
Stepping onto every crack on the footpath,
And moving house into number thirteen.

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I asked Mark what prompted this piece and he said…

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Flash Fiction Friday 110: 6-word stories

DCF 1.0Welcome to Flash Fiction Friday and the one hundred and tenth in this series. This week’s is the fourth bunch of 6-word stories by a variety of authors, together with their 6-word biographies! These stories will be podcasted in episode 35 (with three stories or sets of 6-word stories) on Sunday 29th December.

6-word stories

by William Bortz, afreshnewview.blogspot.com, writer, barista, dreamer.

  • Photographs don’t age, but grow tired
  • Your words stand tall as skyscrapers

by Caroline Cannons of Canterbury Yarns 2

  • Explosion: studio audience’s own life drama!
  • Confronted in court: Jon’s childhood nemesis.

by Laura Rittenhouse, www.laurarittenhouse.com, writer, gardener, traveler

  • Sweat confirms his guilt. Oh, heatwave.
  • Puppy love sought, men needn’t apply.

by Ken Magee, embraces magic, relatively literate*.

  • Joined a woodwork class. Made friends.
  • Magic? Me, a pig? Ha. Oink!

Coincidentally, Ken did a short piece on his blog about 6-word stories and included some guest pieces including one from ‘BJT’ whose story followed on from Ernest Hemingway’s ‘For sale: baby shoes, never worn.’… For sale: baby – already have several.

by Mark Morris; Mature and mostly professional.

  • Older. But not wiser. Resigned. Aware.
  • Remembrance. Fallen heroes. Tear-stained faces. Respectful.

by Kimberly Sperling Mom, Realtor, Writer, Friend

  • Categorically true, moreover bizarre, and unceasing.
  • Realization, as life was snuffed out.

by Karen Bate, https://www.facebook.com/TalesofLakeofTwoMountains, author of memories

  • Six word stories are a challenge!
  • The rubber chicken created many questions.

by Mark K, a writer?… trying hard

  • Male masseur available, no extras, sorry!
  • Fisherman’s rod working again, thanks Viagra.

and then two from yours truly… Morgen Bailey, https://morgenbailey.wordpress.com/me, With an E

  • Stolen: my heart. Give it back.
  • Car rattling. Not old. Squeaky earrings. (inspired by an old VW advert)

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Thank you, everyone.

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