There were 42 entries in total and my helper and I have drawn up a longlist of 10 entries, based on:
a) adhering to the rules (sadly there were a few stories that had spelling mistakes and/or mis-spelled the 5 required words and had to be eliminated. This included a couple that would otherwise have made the longlist, which was a real shame)
b) good use of the 5 required words
d) entertainment value/’good writing’.
The longlist has been sent to Sally, the main judge – anonymously – and she’ll now whittle it down to her top 5, which I will print in full on here on Monday, so watch this space!
The longlist, by story title and in alphabetical order, is as follows:
Caught in the Act
Keep the Receipt
The Apprentice Dwarf
The Exuberant Miss Kettle
What did I do?
Well done if you’re on the list but please don’t give the game away – it’s still all anonymous at this stage, remember – by leaving a comment saying how pleased you are or which story is yours! Mum’s the word for a little bit longer!
Have a great weekend, everyone!