‘Carrot/Sunburn’ Random Word Competition – Longlist

Hello and I hope you’ve had a good Bank Holiday. We didn’t have much sunshine, did we (not much chance of sunburn) BUT we did have a Royal baby and that’s exciting.

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
‘Ere Ear
More Than One Way to Skin a Carrot
Mother Love
Seeing Red
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!

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9 Responses to ‘Carrot/Sunburn’ Random Word Competition – Longlist

  1. Cath Barton says:

    Hi Helen

    This was fun, though I was gutted when (having thought I’d checked!) I discovered that the French spelling of the word carrot only contains one ‘r’. So I knew after that I had no chance. Hey ho.

    All best Cath

  2. ellem63 says:

    Aw, I missed this and it sounds like such good fun. I must be more vigilant in future!

  3. Patsy says:

    Some great titles there!

  4. Ninette90 says:

    I wish I’d entered then you would have had 40! I was busy with grandchildren, writing, dog walking etc., etc., and all of a sudden…it was too late. Well done to those on the longest.

  5. Ninette90 says:

    * on the long list! Stupid auto correct. Should write a short story with ‘auto-correct’ as the theme/inciting incident… 🙂

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