Hello everyone. This month we had 17 stories from 11 authors. I’m pleased to say that only one story this month was disqualified – for not being an Easter theme but fortunately the author had submitted two others that were.
Every other story submitted was on the Easter theme, and every story was exactly 100 words long… er, short. Some stories only narrowly missed out on being placed, and most of those were the only story submitted by that author so it really is worth sending me the maximum of three per theme per month.
Despite only having received 17 stories, it didn’t make the choosing any easier… just quicker. I picked the winning and second placed stories because I’m a sucker for… no, I won’t say… I’ll just let you read it and let you work out why I picked them.
So without further ado… clichéd drum roll please…
His clerical collar and sombre gown were instantly recognisable as indicating he was someone people could show their real selves to and be accepted.
With kind, quiet nods he truly listened and gave space for honesty; allowing folk to acknowledge their sins and fears, to speak of becoming a better person.
There had been plenty of souls to save that Good Friday on Blackpool pier. He carried their secrets in his heart, bringing peace through absolution. He found his own peace too, warmed from experiencing deep human connection.
Undressing that night, Ralph wondered what costume to wear the next morning.
I let out a low growl when I see April’s stockinged legs. Hungrily, my finger traces the pencil-thin seam from the heel of her impossibly high red stiletto, up along her shapely calf past the contours of her perfect thigh . . .
Her amber eyes never leave mine, never blink, a coquettish smile painted on her lips.
‘Man alive, why did women abandon stockings?’ I mutter, careful not to let my words be heard.
‘Lights out!’ barks the prison guard.
I kiss the calendar girl’s bare rump.
‘Happy Easter, babe,’ I say, then turn over and close my eyes.
Third placed (winning one of my online courses): Kathy Beach with ‘The Chocolate and Parma Violet decorated Easter Egg’
A bell jangled as Annie entered the sweet shop.
“I’ve saved ’nuff pocket money for me mam’s egg.”
Annie’s sweaty fist deposited six large coppers onto the glass-topped counter.
“Well done. Your mam’s very lucky.”
Mrs Jones popped the egg into a white paper bag.
On the way home, Annie opened the bag, untied the pretty purple ribbon and cellophane and took a deep breath of the seductive chocolate and Parma violet creation. Heaven!
She sat on the swing, her small hands clutching scrunched-up paper, a purple ribbon lay discarded on the ground, and tears ran down her chocolate-smeared face.
Highly Commended (each winning my Entering Writing Competitions course)… in first name order:
- Christine Tapper with ‘Start from Scratch’
- Jeremy Chotzen with ‘Vitas meets an Easter bunny’
- Laura Besley with ‘The Easter Egg’
- Paul Isaac with ‘When Rabbits Lay Eggs’
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