Writing Challenge – May 2019

Did you know that May is National Share-a-Story month?

Not that we need an excuse to get writing!

You were certainly ready to share your stories this month, with lots of interesting pieces coming in response to the prompt. In 100 words, you had to write a story or poem in response to the photographs and this opening: “You are out for a walk when your foot catches on something. You pick it up – it is a rusted piece of metal, perhaps part of a hinge from an old gate …”

Here are some of our favourites!

‘Double Take’ by Deborah Redden

Legend has it that a handsome wizard fell in love with a mortal girl, and upon her rejection – for the cynical beauty did not believe in unconditional love, he took to the forest. Here, he buried a lock and key, which would trap the souls of scoffing unromantics, changing their lives forever. If only I’d had more faith in those stories, been less obstinate! If I hadn’t fought with my parents, ran to the forest and found the lock. Maybe then I wouldn’t be here, clinging to a tree – my sleek, black feathers being battered by pebbles from a slingshot, my life slipping away.

‘The Lock’ by Laura Mason

I looked at the lock in my hand, years of wear turned to rust. I ran a finger over its crumbling edges, as it flaked away to show the steel beneath. I held my hand out before my face. My once-smooth skin now wrinkled, and blemished. Just as the lock. Except I could not rub these away. Or start fresh. My past was gone, with no hope of return. Sighing I threw the lock into the field beyond.

‘Unhinged?’ by Kath J. Rennie

They’re coming for me. I run towards the bedroom’s sashed window. It is nailed down – no escape.

My screams are ignored as I am bound in a straitjacket; each pull on the ties has my ribs press against my lungs. I am silenced.

My husband looks on – his smirk, wide.

I glower at him as my wailing son clings to my skirt. His back is thrashed.

All thoughts of last night’s wrong doing diminish.

Revenge is sweet.

As sweet as the poisoned-laced sherry, he sips.

Thanks to all of the brilliant writers who have contributed to this month’s blog! What a fantastic and varied read.

Have you been inspired to have a go? Check out our new Monthly Writing Challenge now!

One thought on “Writing Challenge – May 2019

  1. Great work, some tight flash fiction going on here. These prompts are a valuable tool for any writer – it’s so difficult to write concise arresting pieces like this. I really enjoyed them all.


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