We've had a very exciting month running our twitter fiction competition, #MythFic, judged by YA author Teri Terry.
We've really enjoyed reading so many fantastic twitter stories and have had entries from many of our Reading Activists.
Teri Terry has read through all the fiction and, after much deliberation, has decided on a winner!
And the winner is.....
Reading Activist @TheJemmar with:
"when I was your age-"."-OH AND ISNT THAT LINE ORIGINAL". She gave me that 'where did I go wrong look'
Congratulations @TheJemmar! You are the lucky winner of a signed copy of the full Slated trilogy by Terri Terry and a lucky dip of books!
A note from Teri Terry herself...
There are two reasons I picked this one as the winner. It uses dialogue to give a good sense of two characters, who they are, and how they relate to each other, and does it in so few words - not an easy thing to do. It also has what writers call voice - you really get a sense that this writer has her own voice.
I've really enjoyed reading all the twitter fiction entries in the Reading Activists summer competition! Writing a story in 140 characters is a tough challenge, and there were so many varied, original and intriguing entries. So well done to everyone who took part.
Judging something like this is very subjective - a different judge on a different day could come to a different answer. I came up with a shortlist of five, and I promise you that picking a winner was REALLY difficult.
Teri's other favorites:
The others in my top five, in no particular order:
Slow, silent, steady. I raised my arm. Two quick shots into the air. That was the signal: We're coming to get you.
This is a great set up for a story. I love the variation in sentence structure (this is difficult to do in such a short story). And the last line feels so threatening.
My wrist weakened under the tenacious grip of the warden. My bloodied fingers grappled at the plastic door handle. I was home.
Good use of language, and this is so intriguing - are they going back to prison? Why is prison home? What have they done?
Her hair tousled; her dress danced in the breeze.
The rope clung to her neck, her legs struggled helplessly until all was still.
This one paints such a poignant picture. Did she kill herself, or did someone else do this to her?
Tiffanii Sabrina @TheGlader
Guess,guessing,ur tryin 2 remember my eye color but failing.U never knew.U never cared.Honey.The color of ur eyes.I remember.I care.
Another one that has voice, and it really tells the story of a relationship, and gives you a sense of what was wrong with it by using a specific detail.
And an honourable mention goes to -
Kathleen Keaney works for the Reading Agency, so couldn't enter the competition:
Kathleen Keaney @KatKeaney
"So, do you believe in magic?" she asked. "Yes," I replied. "Now please turn me back into a boy."
I love the surprise twist. And what was he turned into - a girl? A frog? A tree?
All the entries
Missed out on the competition? Have a look at all of the past entries here:
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