I’ve decided I much prefer Easter to Christmas! No pressure to buy presents/have a marvellous time and there’s no 2 month ‘build-up’! What’s not to like?
I still felt guilty though.
Not enough of this:
And too many of these:
Anyway, onwards and upwards!
The results of the Writers’ & Artists’ Yearbook short story competition are now on line.
There’s a judge’s report, along with the complete stories by the winner and two runners-up, which is very pleasing. (Don’t you hate it when competition organisers don’t publish the results but make you fork out for an ‘anthology’ for the pleasure of reading the winners?).
Interestingly, all 3 stories are called ‘Joy’ and all 3 are by men. Hmm, so that’s where I went wrong. (Also, I didn’t have any swearing in my story. Big Mistake).
Anyway, when I first told you about the competition here I wrote “I’ve read the winning entries for this competition for the past two years and they’ve been.. how can I put it? ‘Different’. Think experimental, outrageous, striking, memorable! (easier said than done, I know but trust me on this one! When the results come out, you will see what I mean…)” and, well, I hate to say I told you so.. but I told you so!
Read them and see what you think. And then come back and tell me. (One of them, by the way, does have some humour in it! Praise be! See previous post, Make ‘Em Laugh).
Win Your Way To Swanwick (8 – 14 August 2015)
If you want to win a writing holiday in Derbyshire, at Swanwick (worth over £500), then you’ve got until the end of this month to get your entry in! They’re looking for poems, short stories and children’s stories on the theme of ‘at the heart of it’. It’s £5 per entry. Details here.