Shortlisted! #GreenhouseFunnyPrize2014

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Just wanted to share the very exciting news that my children’s story, ‘The Burp Monster’, has been shortlisted for the 2014 Greenhouse Funny Prize. The winner is announced next Friday – it’s going to be a LONG week……… ;)

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And July’s winner is………………

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Well, we have a bit of a problem…  For the first time since I have been running these mini competitions we have a draw, with Jane Dougherty and Jan Strickland both polling the same amount of votes.

As you may know, usually the winner is entitled to set the writing prompt for the next monthly competition, but we could have a fight on our hands! ;)

Jane and Jan – do you have any thoughts or suggestions?  Perhaps one of you could set the overall theme and the other come up with some key words or phrases or a beginning or ending or similar?

Have to admit, I didn’t have a contingency in the event of a tied vote. As such, please leave it with me and I will post the next prompt as soon as we have worked something out! :)

In the meantime, congratulations to you both.

 

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Voting for July is now open!

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A very tight deadline meant there are only 3 entries to choose a winner from this month, so if you can spare the time please enjoy a quick read and then cast your vote for July’s winner.

Thank you again to Kate, Jane and Jan for taking part and good luck to you all.

The voting poll is now attached for readers to vote for their favourite entry, whether you entered something yourself or not.  Voting will remain open until the end of the month and the winner will then get to set the next writing prompt for August.

Who will you vote for?  Remember, voting is open to all whether you have contributed an entry or not, so make sure that your vote counts. :)

 

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‘Model Summer’ By Jan Strickland

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Similarly, please also welcome back Jan with her entry, ‘Model Summer’.  I had wondered if such a short deadline this month would yield any entries at all, so it is gratifying that there are three strong entries to choose from, and congratulations to Kate, Jane and Jan for coming up with their stories in record time! :)

Jan Strickland says:

MODEL SUMMER

At 11 years old Ella knew she would be a model. To this end she went to dancing classes, deportment classes and elocution.
“I am not going to be an ordinary, run of the mill model; I am going to be a Supermodel!” she said as she stroked the smooth, shining coat of Maxwell, her beloved Dachshund puppy.
In that special summer of 2013 at the age of 15 she was shopping with her very best friend in the swankiest part of town when she was spotted by a Talent Scout, who asked her (in a quite pushy way she thought) if he could photograph her for his Model Agency. Of course Ella agreed.
As the photographer took photos from all angles he told her she was a natural beauty and had just the look he was searching for to enhance that year’s fashions. Ella’s best friend looked on, and then made her excuses and left. Ella had a vague feeling that they wouldn’t remain friends for long. Shame, she thought, but my career must come first.
The Photographer gave her his card and asked her to phone him if she was interested.
If she was interested? Wow! She had waited and worked towards this day for years. Her mother agreed, after a little persuasion, and the next day she rang the agency. Her life-long wish was just beginning. A few years down the line she just knew she would be the Supermodel of her dreams. After all, what could go wrong?….

(c) Jan Strickland

 

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‘No Heart’ By Jane Dougherty

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I am very pleased to welcome back Jane with another evocative piece which I am happy to share.

Jane Dougherty says:

July 21, 2014 at 10:41 am

Finally decided to have a go, Elizabeth. here it is

http://janedougherty.wordpress.com/2014/07/21/no-heart/

 

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‘The Dare’ by Kate Loveton

I am pleased to showcase the first entry in to this month’s mini writing competition – ‘The Dare’ by Kate Loveton, who also set the writing prompt.  This is a very atmospheric piece and well worth a read.

Just a reminder that all entries should be in by this Thursday evening given the shorter time frame for the competition this month, so if you are hoping to submit please try to post your entries on to the competition page sooner rather than later.  Happy writing :)

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Kate Loveton says:

July 20, 2014 at 4:12 pm

Here is my submission for July, called ‘The Dare.’
http://kateloveton.wordpress.com/2014/07/20/the-dare/

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New Writing Prompt For July – Word Inclusion

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Kate Loveton, the winner of last month’s mini writing competition, has now set the writing prompt for this month’s competition.  As such she has set the challenge of writing either a piece of flash fiction (up to 500 words) or poetry utilising either all, or at least three, of the words/phrases below:

photograph; special summer; heart; dachshund; pearl necklace

I would therefore invite you to post any entries in the usual way, i.e. directly in to the comments boxes on the designated July Monthly Mini Competition page.

The last entry date for this month is the 24th as usual, albeit I realise that this will be a bit tighter than previous months given the extended voting for last month – there’s a challenge for you! :) People will subsequently have between then and the end of the month to vote for their favourite.  The next competition will start at the beginning of August, with the winner setting the writing prompt for next month.

Good luck to everyone who would like to take part (and I hope you can write quickly!)  ;)

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And June’s winner is………………

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Congratulations to Kate Loveton who has won June’s micro flash fiction writing competition with ‘A Righteous Man’, proving that last is definitely not least! :)

As winner, Kate is now entitled to set the writing prompt for the next monthly competition and I will let you all know once I have more information on this.

Once again, thank you to all who took part this month and I hope that you, like me, enjoyed the many varied and clever entries that were submitted.

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With apologies to Kate……..

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I seem to have missed Kate’s entry which she wrote on June 20th before the deadline for the 50 word micro flash fiction, so I’ve updated the voting poll to include Kate’s name and you can now also vote for her.  Her entry, A Righteous Man, is detailed below and again, big apologies to Kate for my original omission. :(

By Kate Loveton

Title of Story: A Righteous Man
Link (picture attached to story) http://kateloveton.wordpress.com/2014/06/19/a-righteous-man/

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After hymns finished, Brother Hackendorf got a determined look in his eye.  We saw the spirit was upon him.

That’s when the snakes came out.

Brother picked one up and held it high.  “Rebuke the Devil! Lucifer’s bite can’t harm a righteous man!”

Brother wasn’t as righteous as he thought.

 

 

 

 

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(Extended) Voting for June is now open!

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What an interesting month and a heartening response to the 50 word micro fiction prompt.  Who knew you could get such a mix of complete stories, genres and topics in such a restricted word count!  I would like to thank all who took part and think you will agree that there are plenty of strong entries to choose from when it comes to casting your vote.  Remember, voting is open to all whether you entered something into the competition or not and the voting poll is now attached for you to vote for your favourite entry.

In a change from normal procedure, voting will remain open until the 12th of July as I am about to enter a cyber black hole…  As usual however, the winner will then get to set the next writing prompt.  Good luck to all who entered. :)

Who will you vote for?  Remember, voting is open to all, so make sure that your vote counts.

 

 

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