I want to begin with a HUGE thank you to everyone who entered our March writing challenge! I received some fantastic entries, and I’m so thrilled to be able to share them with you here. The best pieces are included below. Nothing tests a writer quite like a tight word limit, and each of these pieces were completed in 100 words or less – definitely a challenge, but one which has produced great results.
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Challenge: Write a story which is inspired by this photograph of a rainbow over a motorway.
NEVER TOO OLD TO BE YOUNG BY DEBORAH REDDEN
Dot gripped the wheel of her old jalopy, her foot pushed neat to the floor. ‘Come on, Tinny!’ She exclaimed, ‘Drive faster, or the Psych Ward’ll catch us.’ The car gave a groan in reply. ‘I asked Leo to cover for us. But you know what he’s like … scared of his shadow! He’ll cave! And, we must get over that rainbow!’
Forty miles away, sirens blared to life, and a young woman sat into the police car. ‘Please hurry!’ she sobbed, ‘It’s my Grandmother, she thinks I’m the wicked witch of the west! And, she hasn’t driven in sixty years!’
RAINBOW’S END BY STEPH NEWHAM
Keeping the sun on my back, I tramp my shadow into shooting barley. Everyone knows that a rainbow is halved by the horizon, I mutter as I plough on. Millions of droplets, tears or rain; makes no matter as I can’t see the other half of the circle. I scan the field, nothing, not even puddles at its ends. My mind abseils; my eyes slide down the colour rush, a kaleidoscope of proliferating cells. Despair flees as my cancer becomes a pot of gold. I turn, face the storm; I still have a lot of living to do.
FLY-BYE BY DEBORAH REDDEN
Pip sat in the car watching the world flash by: fields, houses, rainbow. Fields, houses, sheep. She’d never known Dave to drive so fast. She wondered why he was doing so now.
Even when he’d saved her from that brute, the one who’d turned her eyes black, the getaway had been sedate.
She felt sick. Her head throbbed, but the rainbow was pretty. Peaceful even.
The next thing Pip knew, she was laying on a metal slab, surrounded by people in masks, and a voice saying ‘I’m sorry, Dave. Her injuries are extensive. We’ll have to put her down.’
THE LONGEST DRIVE BY KERRIE MCKINNEL
And then, glancing up from the dashboard, I see a streak of colour across the April-showers sky. A memory: the river cold and fast round my ankles, sun beating down on bare arms, no more than seven or eight years old but already knowing that this is living, this is lungs full of oxygen and eyes blinded by colour.
The car hits a pothole and I’m back to reality. ‘Another contraction,’ I say, but for a moment the pain is somewhere else because my eyes are fixed on the rainbow and the years and memories to come.
About the Writers
Deborah Redden is the proud mother of two young boys who inspire her everyday. For her, a day without writing/sketching is a rare commodity-ten minutes can always be snatched from somewhere. She has been interested in writing and illustration for as long as she can remember, and attributes a sizeable chunk of her passion in this area to the magical marriage that is, Roald Dahl and Quentin Blake.
Steph Newham took up writing when she retired from the NHS. She did a Cert in Creative Writing followed by an MA at Lancaster University. She is currently working on a collection of Short Stories as well as a historical novel. She is chairperson of Lockerbie Writers and a member of Powfoot Writers. She has had articles published in newspapers and short stories in an anthology and on-line e-zines. She enjoys running workshops and encouraging others to develop their writing skills.
Kerrie McKinnel is a writer and student of the University of Glasgow’s MLitt Creative Writing. In 2016, her writing was published in magazines including Gutter and From Glasgow to Saturn. In March 2016, one of her poems was awarded third place in the University of Glasgow’s Alastair Buchan Prize, and she recently compiled, edited and published Lockerbie Writers’ Anthology on behalf of her local writing group. Kerrie writes a blog about her experiences of writing and her upcoming publications, which can be found at: http://www.kerriemckinnel.wordpress.com