Remember I told you that I usually get about 40 entries for my Random Word competitions? Well, I was almost spot on, once again: 39 entries this time.
There was one entry with a couple of spelling mistakes (ouch!) and two entrants that sent their pieces as email attachments, when one of the rules was, clearly, ‘Email your entry in the body of the email, NOT as an attachment’ so strictly speaking, I could have disqualified them (there was also one that was 500 words but the writer withdrew it when I pointed out that it was 400 words too long!) BUT this competition is for fun and I am feeling kind, so I let them stay this time.
Just bear in mind though, that other competition judges won’t be that lenient. If you break the rules (and you might have paid good money to enter!) then you’ll be disqualified and you probably won’t even know. So read the rules carefully! (And definitely more than once).
Thank you all for entering and I’m sorry that you couldn’t all make the longlist. If you’re on it – hurrah, well done, give yourself a pat on the back! If you’re not, don’t be too disheartened. There were other entries that were also good and that almost made it but I have to say, I think I gave you some difficult words this time (soz) and some of the themes were very similar (eg: we had three entries that featured ‘Colonel Mustard’ from Cluedo). Obviously, only one story in each ‘theme’ could go through and that might be the only reason that yours is not on the longlist.
So, without further ado, here are the 10 stories:
A Change of Colour
Colours of Life
Death Under the Sun
More Than One Way to Skin a Carrot
The Bridle Wife
The Fourth Week
The Spy Who Came in From the Heat
Please remember that these are being judged anonymously by the Head Judge (whose identity I will reveal soon), so it’s fine to say you have a story on the longlist but please don’t reveal which is your story, at this stage!
Have a good week!