Speaking of social media, Cindy Vaskova is celebrating the 1 year anniversary of her blog. As a one off special, she is inviting people to drop by before Sunday and offer three words for her to write a 100 word flash. She will write a flash for EACH set of prompts given. I urge you to go visit as I am sure the resulting tales will be amazing.
One more quick plug and then the winners, 99fiction (where my flash Screamless is) are holding their latest 99 word flash fiction competition. More info here and comp closes 9 December. Do drop in an entry and I believe a bottle of wine is on offer.
Now the winners this week. Well there were a lot of stand out entries but, with the weather turning distinctly dark today as the wind howls outside my window, I decided to go for what I can only describe as pure horror.
Congratulations Marietta Miles with your second entry The Island. Marietta, you left me with a total sense of desolation. To command such a feeling within 100 words shows the power of the piece. Even now I am haunted by the image of Marie, violated by the men of the island, living an eternal death in the bottom of that well. I would urge others to re-read this and just dwell on the image we are left with.
And my runner-up this week goes to Matt Farr with The Empty Space in the Soul. Matt, similarly to Marietta you scored a direct hit with my emotions. The phrase 'last week I smiled and the guilt nearly overwhelmed me' was so powerful and knocked me for six in just ten words. The Empty Space in the Soul is such a sad tale and one which I fear too many people have experienced first hand. Strong stuff indeed.
So, on a slightly downbeat, congratulations to Marietta and Matt and bravo to the rest of you. There were a number of stories I was considering for first and second place which could easily have won on another week.
Now on to this week's words. My tome is starting to nest at the moment as the cold nights are drawing in. A bed of feathers and fur seem to be his wont but what's that secreted just beneath his spine, something pink and thin with a sticky end. Oh dear God, has anyone misplaced a finger.....well, whilst you all count your digits, here are our three prompts:
You have until 9pm (
time) Thursday 29 November to get your entries in. New words will spill forth and winners will be announced by 9am Friday 30 November. If you can, please tweet about your entry using the #fridayflash #100words or #flashfiction hashtags and blog if you feel like it. Please tell your friends and do give feedback to your fellow Predictioneers - everyone appreciates it! UK
Let's see what you can do to my senses this week!