Now before I go into judging mode I want to make note of a couple of things. The first is, for those who didn't clock it in the comments section last week, that our very own John Xero came runner-up in The Times' 50 word ghost story competition out of a field of about 1,500 entries. Our sincerest congratulations to John, the talented bugger, whose story can be found here: http://www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/public/competitions/article3580545.ece.
And secondly, I have not paid tribute to Sandra Davies for her long running serial The Blacksmith's Wife. For 41 episodes (which is equivalent to ten months!) Sandra kept us enthralled with the tales of our headstrong heroine. Some of us, me included, were unsure if she would survive the end of episode 41 but our worst fears were realised. A toast to Sandra whose complete work can be found here: http://sandra-linesofcommunication.blogspot.co.uk/p/the-blacksmiths-wife-serial.html.
I urge you to go check out both John's and Sandra's pieces using the links above.
Now onto the winners for this week. Well, I have to say that the standard was exceptionally high this week, and we know that high is the norm here, so it made it tougher than usual. After much procrastinating I have forced myself into a decision and this week's winner is.....
....Asuqi with Fried Ends. Asuqi, there was just a beauty to the writing and the whole feel of this piece which just cried out to me. A feeling of loneliness permeates throughout. There is just one word to sum up this piece for me. Perfect.
My runner-up this week is AJ Hayes with Killing Field. AJ, this was a lesson in how to let the reader's imagination do the work. Hints of what is happening dangled before us, glimpses at best, which tantalise us all the way. And I loved the way the reprieve for our potential victim is so short lived. Top writing.
So congratulations to my winner and runner-up mixed and the gentlest of curses on the rest of you for making my task so hard with such great writing. Do keep it up!
And onto this week's words if I can just get our trusty tome to co-operate. He's always crabby after the Halloween period once the pumpkins flames are extinguished and the spirits tend more to the alcoholic than the otherwordly. Let's give it a try.....and the words are:
- Chamber (will allow chambermaid, chamberpot, etc)
The usual rules apply: 100 words maximum, excluding the title, of flash fiction or poetry using all of the three words above in the genres of horror, fantasy or science fiction. All variants and use of the words as stems are fine. Just have fun!
You have until 9pm (
time) Thursday 8 November to get your entries in. New words will spill forth and winners will be announced by 9am Friday 9 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
I look forward to your entries this week to divert me from the mundane!