Hello lovely peeps and thank you so much for all the wonderful good wishes for my birthday and most importantly for your generosity in crafting all the forty word stories.
I now have the pleasure of announcing the winners from the following shortlist.
FORTY WORD SHORTLIST
(in no particular order)
Ed Hickey: The woman took the chalk…
Anne Tyler Lord: Seize. Chains…
Darla: “He thrusts his fists…”
Lady Scribbles: A ghost agreed to be photographed..
Roma Diaz: Entering the raucous party…
Helen Williams: Cold to his aching bones…
Rebecca: As the red mist cleared…
Jane Travers: Her toes curl around the lip…
Barbara Scully: Excited chirping from the nest…
I really wanted to say in a heartfelt way and honestly that there was little to distinguish the final entrants from each other and that I loved so many of the entries. In the end I went with those that struck me on first reading and also lingered longest. I chose Anne as the winner because her piece resonated on many levels including its structure. Well done to you all and thanks again for participating! Can the winners please email me their addresses in order to receive your prizes. Email alison@brierwell dot com
Anne Tyler Lord
First entrant prize:
Anne Tyler Lord:
Chains and shackle the monsters, so
Screams of terror subside, as
Breaks and sun evaporates horrors of regret, revealing
Children in cages and all whine turned to wine, as
Wishes are granted by magic serpentine.
Cold to his aching bones. Body juddering, fingers and toes numb. Daggers of icy air piercing his lungs, breath ripped away by the freezing blizzard. Behind him, a warm sleeping bag. But today he was going to reach the summit.
The woman took the chalk and began to write her life’s story on the wall. The chalk wore down to a nub, then vanished, her work unfinished; she sighed. But in the box were more sticks for her to use.
“He thrusts his fists against the posts and still insists he sees the ghosts.”
The stuttering boy’s vocal exercise ran through the nervous man’s mind like a mantra. He could do this. He knew his presentation. He needed the promotion.