Great stories, beautifully told
|‘I took a deep breath and knocked on the door’ – 15 September 2016|
Our ‘door’ competition was our most successful yet, with a bumper number of entries making picking the winners even more difficult than usual. Thank you to everyone who entered. The opening line format proved really popular, so it’s definitely something we’ll use in future competitions.
We hoped our opening line would inspire confrontation and conversation so were a little surprised by just how many people’s knocking went unanswered! We’d encourage all writers to explore the world outside of their protagonist’s head and give us interaction between characters.
We’ve read stories about reunions, police officers and haunted houses, and travelled to countries real and imagined. The range of subject matter, time and place just goes to show that an opening line can take you anywhere.
Special mention goes to Colin Galletly, who created a world where the sulphurous air made taking a deep breath especially important. Well done, Colin, for really considering every word of our opener.
The judges particularly enjoyed ‘The Interview’ by Kate Leech, the surprising story of what happens when Cinderella’s happy ending isn’t quite the fairytale she expected. Louise King’s ‘Running’ was another highlight. The final line of this story about a father desperately searching for his child really took our breath away.
We’ve published four stories this time, which we hope you’ll enjoy. We’ve also given one commendation prize.
We’ve also given one commended prize of £10 to Isla Robertson for ‘The Weird Woman’. The central character’s encounter with a mysterious femme fatale is told in a strong and distinctive voice and the judges thoroughly enjoyed Isla’s exciting story.
Congratulations to our winners and thank you to all those who entered.
© 1000 word challenge 2017