October Flashes

Congratulations to this month’s Flash Fiction winner, Maureen Riches, for her story, How the Monkey Got Her Tail.

This month’s parameters are:

Genre:          open (it’s your choice)

Words:         45-50

Keyword:     monkeys (remember to include this word in your story)

Entry Conditions:

You must be a Ballarat Writers member to enter.

Entries will not be accepted if they exceed the maximum word limit – even if by a word, and must comply with all the stated parameters.

All entries are to be submitted to competitions@ballaratwriters.com by Friday, 21st October. Your email must include author’s name, story title and word count.

Voting will open the next day here on the blog.

Come along to our Members’ Night on Wednesday, 26 October, 7pm at the Bunch of Grapes Hotel to hear the winner announced. (Results will also be posted here on the blog the day after.)

 October Flashes

Entry 1   Mon cher

Words:  49

J’etais  tres heureux to stay a votre maison. Le jardin etais tres jolie. I am lonely sans vous.  Il ya a un petit problem. If you look under votre table you will find my chewing gum and stuck to that is mon key.

Return a moi, s’il vous plait.

Entry 2   distracted at yoga

Words:   46

“Exhale, right arm up and across.”

“Inhale, stretching forward.”

I should be concentrating more not

thinking about my writing.

“Stretching further on that front leg.”

I see a pattern it looks like

a face smiling at me on the floorboards

like a monkey or an ape.

Entry 3   How the Monkey Got Her Tail

Words:  50

Monkey’s Tail was Emma’s favourite bedtime story.

It was long. I was tired. Emma’s eyes drooped.

I skipped pages shamelessly and fell asleep beside her.

A small hand patted my face.

Dancing before my blurred vision was the Monkey Tail book,

held open at a page that had been skipped.

Entry 4   Caught in the act

Words:   50

Gathering around the box of firecrackers, we planned our assault. Johnny would scare the girls with penny bangers; Millie– light the spinning wheel near old Harry’s window; and Charlie– fire the rocket over the chook house.

Then around the corner marches Johnny’s father. ‘What are you young monkeys up too?!’

Entry 5   Monkeys

Words:  50

Through creation or evolution

there have always been Monkeys.

Swinging in trees, eating bananas,

using thumbs, following number one.

Other than man of modern times.

Monkeys need less, create less mess,

and don’t obey time.

 Laugh and play

full-filling their day.

Not giving a damn

what the man

is doing.

Entry 6   Monkey up now

Words:  47

Stand on your head

red cheeks on show

and catch your tail

in a bite for the moment.

Don’t squeal you’ll frighten

the real monkeys

in the gallery

with their peanut smiles.

If something comes

to your ear

or an eye

don’t tell

let them find out!

 

Vote here!

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August Flashes

The winner of this month’s Flash Fiction competition is Linda Young with her story, Water Tight. Congratulations, Linda!

This month’s parameters are:

Genre:        detective fiction

Words:        90 – 100

Keyword:   sonorous (remember to include this word in your story)

 

Entry Conditions:

You must be a Ballarat Writers member to enter.

Entries will not be accepted if they exceed the maximum word limit – even if by a word, and must comply with all the stated parameters.

All entries are to be submitted to competitions@ballaratwriters.com by Friday, 26th August. Your email must include author’s name, story title and word count.

Voting will open the next day here on the blog.

Come along to our Members’ Night on Wednesday, 31 August, 7pm at the Bunch of Grapes Hotel to hear the winner announced. (Results will also be posted here on the blog the day after.)

August stories

Entry 1      Water Tight

Detective Stoner cast his eyes over the body of the young girl. Drowned they said. Three teenage boys sitting by the edge of the river; fear in their eyes. Stoner looked at the still water and shook his head. They’d been swimming, they claimed, when the girl had been dragged under. Stoner’s stomach tightened – no crocs in this river; no currents. Turning the body over, he noticed the ripped bathers, the broken teeth. Stoner strode across to the older boy, glimpsed the damaged knuckles and turned to the sergeant, ‘Take them to the station,’ he ordered in a sonorous voice.

 

 Entry 2   A Theft of Sonorous

“A most peculiar thing”

thought the librarian

as she closed the book.

She then searched for a Detective

who would specialise in this type of crime.

 

Detective Script arrived at the scene.

He looked through the book

as he scratched his chin.

 

“Words are missing,

stolen from time.

Plagiarism?” she asked.

No more to the point,

a theft of sonorous.”

replied Detective Script.

 

“What shall we do?”

asked the librarian.

“Have no fear no worry at all,

this crime I will solve!”

replied Detective Script.

 

He pulled out a black

felt pen from his jacket

and began writing new words.

May Flashes

Joy Merritt is May’s winner with her story, Cloud of Smoke.  Congratulations, Joy!

 

Genre:    horror/gothic

Word count:    50 words

Keyword:    cloud

 

Entry 1  Night wandering

Words: 49

The creaking of floorboards woke her. Heart hammering, she peered out from behind the shield of her duvet, gaze fixed on the bedroom door as dread clouded around her. The approaching footsteps, so familiar. She reached for the stained, sticky knife by the bed, and whispered, ‘Stay dead, Uncle.’

Entry 2  Potential

Words:  49
What is it about a creeping grey and black mottled cloud that fills me with a strangely exhilarating horror, the sense of something, someone bearing down dripping necklets of ruby, invisible fingers probing, moulding my heart, paring back layers of my mind, and exposing a potential for the unthinkable?

 

Entry 3  The Last Goth  

Words:      46

Charlintha was her name the last of the Goths,

tried and sentenced under the law of witchcraft,

exorcism of the living, rebirth of the dead.

She was condemned to death by burning upon the stake,

on a night when the cloud hid tears of the moon.

 

Entry 4   Cloud of Smoke

Word count: 50

The crowd gathered on the cobblestones around the caped magician. Watching the illusions, delight shone on the children’s faces.

He tipped his top hat and winked, announcing the grand finale.

A huge cloud of smoke was conjured with flair, and once it dissipated, the magician and the children had disappeared.

 

Entry 5   The Waiting 

Words: 48

Darkness was gathering. Overhead, heavy cloud threatened to break. Still, I would not enter the house. Something was watching me from inside. Blank windows stalked me. There was no escape, save barren cliffs and, below, the rough, rocky sea. Death waited patiently, my decision irrelevant. Would I jump?

 

 

Genre:    horror/gothic

Word count:    50 words

Keyword:    cloud

Entry Conditions:

You must be a Ballarat Writers member to enter.

Entries will not be accepted if they exceed the the word limit – even if by a word, and must comply with all the stated parameters.

All entries are to be submitted to competitions@ballaratwriters.com by Friday, 20th  May. Your email must include author’s name, story title and word count.

Voting will open the next day here on the blog.

Come along to our Members’ Night on Wednesday, 25th May, 7pm at the Bunch of Grapes Hotel to hear the winner announced. (Results will also be posted here on the blog the day after.)

April Competition

Genre:  Children’s fiction

Word count:  250 words

Keyword:  underpants

Entry Conditions:

You must be a Ballarat Writers member to enter.

Entries will not be accepted if they exceed the the word limit – even if by a word, and must comply with all the stated parameters.

All entries to be submitted to competitions@ballaratwriters.com by Friday, 22nd April. Your email must include author’s name, story title and word count.

Voting will open the next day here on the blog.

Come along to our Members’ Night on Wednesday, April 27th, 7pm at the Bunch of Grapes Hotel to hear the winner announced. (Results will also be posted here on the blog the day after.)

 

August Competition

This month’s competition is:

Length: 250 words

Genre: Romance

Keyword: smile

Entry Conditions:

  • You must be a Ballarat Writers Member to enter.
  • Entries will not be accepted if they exceed the word limit – even if by a word.
  • All entries to be submitted USING THIS FORM by Friday August 21st. Voting will open the next day here on the blog. Come along to our Members’ Night on Wednesday August 26th, 7pm at Irish Murphy’s to hear the winner announced. (It will also be posted here on the blog the day after).

July Competition – In Memorium

We are running the July Flash Fiction competition in memory of Pamela Miller, a very active Ballarat Writers Member who died on Sunday the 21st of June. Pamela was a foster carer and over the years looked after nearly 60 children. She had a strong mothering instinct and was named runner-up in the 2004 Barnardos Australia Mother of the Year Competition. So, in memory of Pamela this month’s competition is to write a 250 word story about being a mother, mothers, or mothering.

Entry Conditions:

  • You must be a Ballarat Writers Member to enter.
  • Entries will not be accepted if they exceed the word limit – even if by a word.
  • All entries to be submitted USING THIS FORM by Friday July 24th. Voting will open the next day here on the blog. Come along to our Members’ Night on Wednesday July 29th, 7pm at Irish Murphy’s to hear the winner announced. (It will also be posted here on the blog the day after).

June Competition

Here are the parameters for our June Competition:

Length: 100 words (not a single one more!) but can be 10% less.

Genre: Crime

Keyword: newspaper

Entry Conditions:

  • You must be a Ballarat Writers Member to enter.
  • Entries will not be accepted if they exceed the word limit – even if by a word.
  • All entries to be submitted USING THIS FORM by Friday June 19th. Voting will open the next day here on the blog. Come along to our Members’ Night on Wednesday June 24th, 7pm at Irish Murphy’s to hear the winner announced. (It will also be posted here on the blog the day after).

May Competition

Here are the parameters for our May Competition:

Length: 25 words or less

Genre: Comedy

Keyword: None this time either!

Entry Conditions:

  • You must be a Ballarat Writers Member to enter.
  • Entries will not be accepted if they exceed the word limit – even if by a word.
  • All entries to be submitted USING THIS FORM by Friday May 22nd. Voting will open the next day here on the blog. Come along to our Members’ Night on Wednesday May 27th, 7pm at Irish Murphy’s to hear the winner announced. (It will also be posted here on the blog the day after).

March Competition

Here are the parameters for our March Competition:

Length: 10 sentences. Something a bit different this time. Yes, indeed, how long is a sentence?

Genre: Horror (check out 20 terrifying two sentence horror stories for inspiration).

Keyword: stir and wind (could be wind as in blowing a gale or wind as in winding up a toy – up to you)

You must be a Ballarat Writers Member to enter.

Entries will not be accepted if they exceed the word limit – even if by a word.

All entries to be submitted USING THIS FORM by Wednesday March 18th. Voting will open the next day here on the blog. Come along to our Members’ Night on Wednesday March 25th, 7pm at Irish Murphy’s to hear the winner announced. (It will also be posted here on the blog the day after).

February Competition

Here are the parameters for our February Competition:

Length: 250 words

Genre: Drama

Keyword: rubber

You must be a Ballarat Writers Member to enter.

Entries will not be accepted if they exceed the word limit – even if by a word.

All entries to be submitted USING THIS FORM by Wednesday February 18th. Voting will open the next day here on the blog. Come along to our Members’ Night on Wednesday 25th, 7pm at Irish Murphy’s to hear the winner announced. (It will also be posted here on the blog the day after).