A first chapter has to be convincing, compelling and tightly written to capture the reader’s attention and to plunge them straight into the heart of the plot so this competition requires you to think carefully about your opening and to lead the reader ……..
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He had been watching her for months. Checking out her behaviours, monitoring her movements until now, he felt he knew her almost as well as she knew herself. It hadn’t been easy breaking into her circle whilst hiding in the shadows retaining anonymity but now he was almost ready to make his move….
1st Prize: £300 …Ghost stories often depict cold wintry scenes and creepy old houses, but your ghost story is set to take place in the summer months. The rest of the theme is entirely open to interpretation, but your story must be original and previously unpublished.
1st Prize: £300. Entangled in his embrace, the world seemed softer, warm and altogether more pleasurable. She longed for this moment to last, to stay cocooned in pure happiness forever. A shiver of trepidation ran down her spine and fought it off in vain, snuggling closer to his warmth, inhaling his intoxicating scent. Why did life have to be so complicated?
Somewhere, down there in the midst of the crowded market square, her would-be killer was looking for her. She had no clues as to who or even why, but the bullet that had grazed against the flesh of her upper arm had been notification enough that someone meant business. She had been lucky,
The rat! The absolute rat! Laura fumed. How could he? She had never felt so humiliated in her whole life. Fighting back the tears, Laura felt a surge of anger so strong that she knew if Luke Adams was stood in front of her now, she would punch him right on the nose. Emerging from the offices of Holby and Grantham
“Are you the Doctor? “ The voice was wobbly and laden with confusion.
I handed her the cup of tea, carefully making sure that her trembling fingers had gripped the cup firmly. “No, are you expecting one?”
My life, my loves, a mingled mass
of emotions deep with scented pain
Of choices made and corners turned
with revelations newly found
Twenty years of marriage and this was the worst set of arguments that they had ever had. Not even the trials and tribulations of raising twins had caused them to fall out on this scale. Marilyn breathed in the familiar scent of her husband’s cologne, loving his silent form so much that it hurt.
It had taken her some time to actually write the announcement even though it was only a few words but it was for The Times newspaper after all, so she couldn’t write any old thing and these things had to be done properly if they were going to be done at all.
Jenny sighed, she still wasn’t sure of her wording but at least the basics were in place. She remembered back to her time in school, it seemed like eons ago but her shrill toned,
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
Poetic in Blue
by Gayle Potter
Picture postcard, a watercolour palette of mottled blue hues spreading across the expanse of sky.
Distant mountains dominate the skyline, mesmerising, a perfect frame and the scenery, envelops me.I feel the cool shades nurturing………
The mist was rolling down the hills around her and soon she was enveloped in an eerie, unfamiliar cloak ….the shroud seemed to muffle her calls, stifle the fear in her throat until she felt hoarse with trying to make herself heard. Where was she? How could a three year old move so fast?
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