This weekend I am off to brush shoulders with some of the great genre writers of our time at FantasyCon in Brighton. I shall also get to meet the wonderful Lily Childs in person for the first time. I shall be sure to send her love and warm feelings from The Prediction gang.
Now, how the hell do I judge last week's offerings? Each one would normally have been a winner in its own right on any other week but it seems that the changing of the seasons has inspired you all into even higher levels of literary excellence. So a winner there must be and that winner is....
....MuckieDuckie with Riven. MD - you tugged on my heartstrings here to great effect. So much heartache throughout this piece, touching pieces of sentimentality littered throughout that work so well, and that final line just had me welling up. I will hug my son hard tonight. A well deserved win for an intense tale.
And my runner-up is, well I have two. Firstly Antonia Woodville with Twilight Thoughts. Antonia - I thought this was a beautifully depicted piece. Amazing imagery runs through this poetic piece and the end just leaves the reader wrought with despair. A marvellously crafted flash.
My other runner-up is Veronica Marie Lewis-Shaw with Feeding Mother. Veronica - visual, visceral and veritably brilliant. A wonderful use of language brings the bloody nature of this scene to life. Excellent stuff
So congratulations to MuckieDuckie, Antonia and Veronica. High praise to be winners and runners-up amongst this week's superb collection of stories. Everyone just keeps raising the bar week on week.
Before the words are revealed I have to forewarn you that this will be a two week submission period. I have a funeral to attend later in the week and I won't be able to judge or lay new words this week. I hope you understand.
And now my tome is back at home, safely under lock and key where he can do less harm save for the occassional paper cut. He seems docile tonight so let me see what I can coax from within him. And the words are:
- Hip (hippy allowed)
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 11 October to get your entries in. New words will spill forth and winners will be announced 9am Friday 12 October. 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
Now go and show me your groovy moves! (And don't forget you have two weeks this time)