Many thanks to everyone that entered this competition to write a 150 word story from this photo prompt; and to all our shortlisted writers for their patience waiting for the results. Mary-Jane and I have read them over and over again and there was so much to recommend in them all. But we had to choose three winners and they are…
First prize winner: Dark and Light by Lucy Hooft
Why we chose it: Beautiful imagery and the play of dark and light is done so deftly throughout. Love the last lines and the sense of ambiguity it leaves you with.
Second prize winner: Ghost Blocker by Andrew Boulton
Why we chose it: Great humour to this one yet it still manages to pose lots of questions and keep you wondering what’s really going on with the ghosts as the narrator realises he shouldn’t have let the promise of riches sway him.
Third prize winner: The Quickening by Abi Hennig
Why we chose it: Strong images and great use of language and we loved how the past and present weave together and how the last line is so open to interpretation.
Many congratulations to our winners. Lucy wins a place on the Micro Fiction Month Course in November 2020; Andrew wins a place on the work-alone, start anytime Micro Fiction Course; and Abi win a year’s Bronze Flash membership.