New Writing Prompt For September….

MICRO FICTION OF 50 WORDS (OR UNDER)

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Thank you to those who voted for my poem to win and I am now pleased to set the writing prompt for this month.  I think, given the popularity of the micro fiction the last time it was set, I will go for this again…….. but how about a themed one this time?

As such I invite you to submit a piece of micro fiction of 50 words (or under) on the topic of magic and mystery.

The closing date for submissions will be the 24th of the month as usual, and you will be able to vote for your favourite between then and the end of the month, with the winner setting the writing prompt for October.

Good luck everyone!

 

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Voting for August is now open!

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Only three entries to choose from again this month, and the voting poll is now attached for you to vote for your 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.

Who will you vote for?

 

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‘A Force of Nature’ by elizfrat

With one day to go before the deadline, I thought I would squeeze in one of my poems to fit in with the prompt of The Day of The Storm.  This is based on a tree in the garden of one of my old houses – I was always very nervous when it was windy, but then it had been standing for over a hundred years so I’m sure there was nothing to worry about……

tree near house

A FORCE OF NATURE

The large sentry creaks,

battered by gale;

its branches twisting

and folding in on themselves.

As if to protect the trunk -

its heart.

 

A symphony whistles through

early evening air

as leaves dance and spar

and let the wind pass through.

Their music all but drowned out by

the relentless breath of wind.

 

I watch as ground around me

is ripped up;

a cacophony of noise and destruction.

Empty plastic bags ride the gusts,

refuse spills,

and garden debris stings my eyes.

 

I catch a movement

out the corner of my eye

and note a light in

neighbouring house.

Without communication

I still sense their trepidation;

 

their nervous watchfulness

as tree sways

ominously towards

their rooftop.

Then retreats.

 

Then repeats;

Advances and retreats,

Advances and retreats.

 

The majestic oak

becomes a threat.

And I catch my breath

 

And wait

And watch

And hope

That the wind will die down soon.

 

(c) Elizabeth Frattaroli

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‘The Day of The Storm’ by Jan Strickland

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Please welcome back Jan with her entry for this month’s writing prompt of ‘The Day of The Storm’, which I hope you will enjoy.  I don’t know about you, but I kind of want to know what happens next as it ends on a bit of a cliffhanger (literally) and against all odds I would like a happy ending, even though it doesn’t look good…

There is still just under a week to get your entries in for this month – do you fancy having a go?….. :)

The Day of the Storm

It had to be raining, of course it did! It matched her mood. Why couldn’t she run away when the sun was shining; when it was warm, and she could wear her bright summer clothes? But no, the rain wasn’t taking it’s time to come down, ‘coming down in stair rods’ her mother would have said.

Her mother.

Suddenly she was overcome by emotion. Her dear, sweet mother. Gone now, her place being taken by that harridan, her father’s new wife. Genevieve was her name, but ‘Bitch’ worked just as well.

As though to match her mood, lightening flashed across the sky. Her instinct was to dive for cover, but she remembered her mother’s words, “never stand under trees in a storm”.  So she walked on, drenched through, lonely; her hair hanging lank and smooth against her head; her clothes in soaked folds clinging to her legs, which grew heavier with every step she took.

Should she return? Return to the misery, the work, the lack of love? Or should she soldier on? Perhaps to the town? Perhaps find a job?

The rain was relentless. The sky darkened. The river was fast flowing….

She felt herself fall, nothing to clutch hold of….

“Mother help me”, she cried, her words lost in the wind.

© Jan Strickland

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‘The Day of The Storm’ by lassfromlancashire

newborn baby 

I’m pleased to bring you the first entry into this month’s mini competition, courtesy of lassfromlancashire, with her very atmospheric poem.  I think the linking of the physical storm and the storm of giving birth works really well and I hope you also enjoy the piece.

The Day of the Storm

Morning, but the sky is darkening
Heavy clouds pregnant with rain.
I start at the sound of distant thunder
Blink as lightening flashes across the window.
Storm coming.
The first contraction hits with the first drops of rain,
Large heavy blobs of water,
Then a sudden gush as the waters break
And a desperate dash to the hospital
Dripping and panting,
Trailing muddy water along aseptic corridors
Contractions coming at ever closer intervals
Trying to recall the breathing techniques I learnt.
Midwife leans in to reassure me.
Thunder crashes, lightening flashes
“Can I push?”
“Not yet, dear.”
I gasp and groan
The lights go out.
Thunder crashes, lightening flashes
Have I been struck blind?
The emergency lights come on.
And you are born into a surreal world
Of dim lights and sudden flashes.
And we name you Thora
After the thunder god.

© Esme

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Not my time…..

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Sadly I didn’t win The Greenhouse Funny Prize this year, but I am still thrilled and proud to have reached the shortlist……………..  and there’s always next year!

Congratulations to the winner, Swapna Haddow, as well as runners up Clare Welsh and Yasmin Finch.

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New Writing Prompt For August….

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I have now spoken to our joint winners for last month, Jane and Jan, who have suggested that I set the prompt on this occasion.  As such, I invite you to submit a piece of flash fiction (under 500 words) or poetry on ‘The Day of The Storm’.

Freedom of interpretation is, as always, in your hands; by no means does it have to be a literal storm, but instead it could be a sense of mood or a dramatic event – I’ll leave it open.

I hope that some of you will again be able to take part and I will look forward to reading your entries.

The closing date for submissions will be the 24th of the month as usual, and you will be able to vote for your favourite between then and the end of the month, with the winner setting the writing prompt for September.

Good luck to all who enter.

 

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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………………

wiinners cup

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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