Second prize to this competition is a free entry to our Open Short Story Competition 2016 which closes in September. A draw will be held soon and the name of every entrant to this competition who has requested to be in the draw, will be put into a hat and one drawn at random to win the second prize.
We found it difficult to choose only one winner out of all the excellent entries we received. After much consideration, here is our shortlist (listed in order of receipt of entry):
I Am Beautiful - Olivia Lunn, Dublin
Female Executive - Mary Hodges, Lancashire
Tension - Patsy Collins, Hampshire
Washing Day with Mum - Lisa Williams, Leicestershire
Two Mothers - Bryan Thomas, Essex
Accident on the Forest Road - Tony Oswick, Essex
To My Mother - Sue Gerrard, Merseyside
Mum's Allotment - Julie Burke, Nottinghamshire
Strange Things in Handbags - Lorna Flanagan, County Armagh
My Mother's War - Janet Devereux, Derbyshire
WINNER - Julie Burke, Nottinghamshire with Mum's Allotment
Comments from our readers include:
Paints a vivid picture through a daughter's observation of her mother and her own daughter.
The two-fold effect of this piece of writing makes it stand out from all other entries. It's both heart-warming yet chilling.
This brought tears to my eyes.
Winning Entry by Julie Burke
Ancient tendrils fiercely twist and shamble;
laden with jewel-bright bounty - snaking round
this once flawlessly cultivated ground.
All too soon your gardens fled to bramble.
Overwhelmed by nature as I ramble,
conjuring up the effervescent sound
of my own daughter’s delight as she found
luscious treasure in her playful scramble.
I could not recognize your loss of pace
as you and she were walking hand in hand;
one bent so low, the other reaching tall.
This creeping harvest, savage in demand,
leaves us bruised with slowly mouldering grace
to grasp precious memories where they fall.
We are currently inviting entries to the following competitions:
New Writer Competition 2016
Open Short Story Competition 2016 with Patsy Collins
Please follow the links for full Rules of Entry, or contact Debbie at erewashwriterscomps(at)hotmail.co.uk
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Thanks again to all entrants. Keep an eye on this website for more competitions in future months.