1000 Words Contest Results

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The results are in for the 1000 Words Contest hosted by RaeBlair! Read them here and winners, claim your prizes.

Submitted: May 12, 2016

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There were a total of thirteen amazing entrants to this contest out of fifteen possible prompts! First off, my apologies for being late with announcing the results of the 1000 Words Contest... I decided to give every entry a readover before publishing the winners just to make sure I had been thorough and fair in judging (1).

The rules were simple: snag a photo prompt, write a story.

The results were fantastic.

However, three entrants did not submit their short stories on time - and were disqualified.

The ten short story entries considered were:

 

  Untitled by unmasked delusions

 A series of disasterous tornadoes hits the United States. After one girls' Auntie seems to predict the tornado that hits their home, it begins to turn out that all of her batty crazy-talk might have been true religion.

Can be found in the comments section of the contest at:https://www.booksie.com/posting/raeblair/1000-words-contest-466056.

 

  the Inquisitor by Oleg Roschin

 Inan alternate reality where canine-kind is the dominant species and humans cease to be found, Adolfo - a dog torchured by his decisions and his past - defies space and time - and love - to affect religious and political power on his home planet of Cynia.
Written as a sequel to "Of Dogs and Men".
Can be found at: https://www.booksie.com/466221-the-inquisitor

 

  My Dear Miana by UnextraordinaryGirl

 Anabusive and volatile  husband returns from work and is shocked by the absence of his loyal, doting wife at his feet. Prepared to scorn her for her mistake, he is instead presented with a scene that causes him to reflect introvertedly upon the husband and the man that he has been.

Can be found at: https://www.booksie.com/466316-my-dear-miana

 

  Raven by j.m.gonzales

 Despiteadversities and hardship, young woman Raven Stevens keeps true to her humbleness and dedication to personal success in her passions. Learning to look on the bright side, Raven is devoted to positivity - and she's not the only one who knows it.

Can be found at: https://www.booksie.com/466387-raven

 

  Pursued by hullabaloo22

 After three flatmates accidentally witness a hit, their wrong-place-wrong-time scenario leaves them running - rather, driving a stolen truck - for their lives. Two hitmen pursue them closely until they take a turn towards the dusty, dry desert openness close by.

Can be found at: https://www.booksie.com/466569-pursued

 

  Lead by AnarchyBlues

 Twenty-year-old Serena has waited eight long months to see her favourite band play live at an event in Australia. Despite the heat and bustling, bumping crowd, she makes her way front-and-centre to connect with the music - and with the lead singer, who she is anxious to confess something to at the meet-and-greet.
Can be found at: https://www.booksie.com/466853-lead

 

  Between the Sheets by Obscure

 Twenty-year-old Serena has waited eight long months to see her favourite band play live at an event in Australia. Despite the heat and bustling, bumping crowd, she makes her way front-and-centre to connect with the music - and with the lead singer, who she is anxious to confess something to at the meet-and-greet.
Can be found at: https://www.booksie.com/467114-between-the-sheets

 

  White Night Fantasy by D A Draven


A poetic free-verse detailing the internal struggles of a young woman, reflected metaphorically against the world outside of her window.


Can be found at: https://www.booksie.com/466910-white-night-fantasy

 

  Death Collides by Ever A. Darling

 Matthew and Hana are happier than they have ever been;  newly engaged and making their way through Aspen, Colorado towards a December skiing vacation. Though, with one look, all that they have known in one another for the past two years will slip away.

Can be found at: https://www.booksie.com/466833-death-collides

 

  Moving On by Brianna's Books


 Despite any efforts to deal with her mother's constant criticism towards kickstarting her career in music, Violet no longer feels like she can stay at home. Moving out is the easy part. Moving on, however, is the challenge.

Can be found at: https://www.booksie.com/467473-moving-on

 

(1) Judging was based upon a score given in each of these five categories: initial appeal - how quickly the story draws the reader in, character/scene development - could I really get a sense of your characters, how they intermingle, and the environment that they are living in through your descriptions of them or how they acted through the story, innovation/imaginativeness - was this a unique story, general plot - was it an interesting read, and finally, grammar and spelling - was it well-written. *Bonus points were given to those who hit the 1000 word count on the dot. * Points demerrited for irrelevancy to prompt.

 

This was a fantastically difficult contest to judge - every one of the entries was honestly brilliant. I'm so pleased with how you all interpretted your prompts, and the stories that I was able to read thanks to this contest. A few of you definitely have yourself a new fan in me!

Without hesitation, here are the winners of the 1000 Words Contest - congratulations! - :


First Place: Obscure with Between the Sheets

- Fan Request

- Read one of your entries of your choice (short story, novel chapters, poetry, lyrics, script)

- Comment critique on that piece

- Create a cover for piece of your choice (optional)

- Link on my profile to your profile and winning entry

Second Place: Oleg Roschin with the Inquisitor 

- Read one of your entries of your choice (short story, novel chapters, poetry, lyrics, script)

- Comment critique on that piece

- Create a cover for piece of your choice (optional)

Third Place: Ever A. Darling with Death Collides

- Your choice of one of any options in first place prize.

Best Wordplay: Oleg Roschin with this excerpt from the Inquisitor
“My friend!” he exclaims with his habitual feigned cordiality. “My dearly… esteemed… comrade. It’s been too long, eh? What, it seems like that visit to the Golden Bitch was just a year ago… Do you remember how we drank the most exquisite semi-dry twelve-year-old Chiendonnay, and then couldn’t properly count the nipples on that delightful little wench?..”

 
D A Draven with this excerpt from White Night Fantasy
"Please hurry up, you do not have long left before the sun is a Phoenix to our world again" the girl is hoping the snow man can make it inside.

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Best Imagery: D A Draven with this excerpt from White Night Fantasy
There is no light anywhere to be seen in this unexpected abyss, for not even a mirror hanging can offer a person's reflection that is really an imaginary friend, crickets cry when a loved one cannot be found to share a Romeo and Juliet kiss, drops of sorrow fall down one side of the window because on the other side it is the end.
 
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Best One-Liners: UnextraordinaryGirl with this excerpt from My Dear Miana
"This is a homicide."
 
Obscure with this excerpt from Between the Sheets
But the wind is an obstacle, for she is still but a bedsheet.
 
BriannasBooks with this excerpt from Moving On
“Please don't. You'll scare the birds away.”
 
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Best Supporting Character: Ever A. Darling with her characters-in-love, Hana and Matthew, from Death Collides
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Favourite Character: j.m.gonzales with her character "Raven Stevens" from Raven
Her soul made a deep connection with everything she came in contact with. It was as if it was her inner peace that attracted life’s simple pleasures. It wasn’t always like that it was something that had evolved over time.
 

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Most Action-Packed: hullabaloo22 with this excerpt from Pursued
“Hey, look!” cheered Jack. “They've stopped. They've given up and we've made it!”
 
I hated to put a damper on his cheerfulness but our gas tank was almost empty and I could see that they had not given up the chase at all. The gunmen were climbing out of their car and clearly had the intention of carrying on the
pursuit by foot.
 
“Look, Bob, Jack, we're out of fuel. And there's nowhere here we're going to be able to get a fill up. What are we going to do now?”
 
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ATD (Attention-to-Detail) Award: AnarchyBlues with these excerpts from Lead

Her short blonde hair was a mess from jumping and from the head banging she had just done to the song the band played. Her crystal blue eyes hidden behind a pair of mirrored aviators were glistening bright with excitement of finally seeing her favourite band play.
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She watched him sink down to his knee, his elbow rested on the propped up knee and singing into the microphone. He seemed to be looking at her as his frown deepened. A look of wonder coming across his face as he sung the song he knew all too well.
 
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Favourite Interpretation of Prompt: Obscure with Between the Sheets
“Don’t bury me again. I need you, like a bed needs a sheet.”
 
Oleg Roschin with the Inquisitor
I float towards a bright sky with fluffy clouds. A smiling face looks down at me. I manage to say:
“Caoline?..”
But then it gets dark.
 
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STS (Setting the Scene) Award: Obscure with this excerpt from Between the Sheets
Out from the uncovered briefcase, a bedsheet rises. Birthed from a foundation of touch and intimacy, of anger and sorrow and fear and curiosity and guilt and lust, it stumbles from the hole and, exhausted, collapses onto a bed of autumn leaves. The wretched birds are screaming above and she, at least she thinks she is a she, is afraid. They are so loud and close yet unreachable, and appear so mighty in the sky, thick with feathers and strong with beak and claw, and her but a diaphanous sheet. She thinks if she could but swoop up she could smother them in her grasp. The lurid sunlight pokes through the trees and directs her to a rutted path narrowed by levees of leaf, branch and stone. She follows this path until she happens upon a small fox. The fox is alone and fragile, and there is a sense of compassion inside her. She is not sure where this feeling has come from, whether it was weaved into her seams or absorbed from the warmth of another, but there is a conflicting feeling that tells her she is light and agile, and could creep up behind that little fox without it ever detecting her. And so her form advances and her corners curl inward and in one ravenous gulp she swallows the creature. It satiates almost immediately, but at the same time she is inflicted with a pang of guilt that disturbs her core. She continues on, with remorse for the fox and a sudden hatred towards the creator of this appetite she has been burdened with.
 
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Hit the 1000: Oleg Roschin with the Inquisitor 
 
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Best Original Cover(s): AnarchyBlues with this original cover for Lead
 
 
Ever A. Darling with this original cover for Death Collides
 


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