1st Prize: £75 Sarah Hills
2nd Prize: £50 David Allen
I feel whole, bursting with love, light and intensity. Pleasure, simple yet tender,
and the touch of his hand, electric.
Sparks flow, cascading up my skin, erupting in a crescendo of power. I cry out his name
and breathe in true happiness and raw intensity as I melt, his liquid brown eyes pulling me in deeper.
I want to drown in the love that is reflected, here there is no beginning, no ending, we just exist, entwined in silence, no words can express
the touch of his lips, all I need to hear. Is this pure love all mine?
Loneliness fades, days, weeks, months begin to blur and fade, sepia like, my life plan rewrites in a blaze of colour. I exist and we are one.
1st Prize: £150.00 Jessica Turner
2nd Prize: £100.00 M.Harper
3rd Prize: £75.00 Jenny Cooper
Circles of Life
By Jessica Turner
The moon shimmered across the icy pond, grey fronds of frozen leaf framing
A scene of perfect harmony
Nature, perfection’s best artist, a black, grey sky, streaked with slivers of red beckoned the dawn and
Sun, against the blackness of night and shivers of cold, I sit and watch dawn beat the night back to submission and hear the call of the robin, a hearty vocal rendition bursting through the silence, territorial, brave in its defence, I watch mesmerised, flashes of red chest in fiery dominance over its neighbouring shrubs.
How life trickles by in brazen splendour, how time ticks away and counts down to that all important final meeting.
They haven’t seen me yet, the early busy bodies nor noticed that I’ve slipped in rebellious style from warm flannelette sheets and emerged victorious for my final dawn.
It’s time for me to go, give myself up to my beliefs and let winter scene slip away, the cold frost of morning catches my breath and wraps it’s tendrils around my heart and so the cycle of life and death, it begins.
I’m often asked why I don’t publish free to enter writing competitions, when in actual fact I do. There may not be as many but the reality is that writing competitions have to be funded in one way or another and it’s not reasonable to expect this to come out of the Creative Competitor coffers continuously.
On a personal level, I would love to be able to fund more free to enter writing competitions but in a business sense, it’s just not viable. The entry fees are there to cover the competition prizes and so are essential. When planning a free competition, I often try to provide prizes that I can willingly give away and where my own time is impacted more than digging into the bank account. A free coaching session or writing course is a nice prize to be awarded and it also helps to increase future publishing potential as these prizes are geared towards the individual. Of course there are sometimes the opportunities to source sponsorship and this can provide some interesting prizes as a result.
The Premier1 members do receive cash prizes and they also have designated monthly free to enter writing competitions in their Write to be Published magazine, this is just our way of saying thank you for being loyal subscribers. In the main, I try to provide writing competitions with generous cash prizes and often minimal entry fees, it may be surprising but my goal with the Creative Competitor is about helping writers to achieve their potential and giving them a creative boost. Whilst free to enter writing competitions offer that same benefit to those who participate, the Creative Competitor wouldn’t be around long if business sense went out of the window.