And the winner is…

Not me, unfortunately. Though I did get an honourable mention from Janet Reid, affectionately knows as The Shark because, as a New York literary agent, she tells it like it is and she doesn’t spare the teeth. She thought my story was “utterly delightful”. High praise indeed and I’m happy to have it. But you have got to read Michael Seese’s submission. So jealous, I am. I’ll post it in a minute.

Every so often Janet gives her fans a challenge. Create a story using a list of words she picks out of the air, usually revolving around a new book from an author Janet is promoting. Sounds simple, except the story cannot be any longer than 100 words. Still sound simple? Try it some time.

To save everybody a bunch of clicking I’m going to post the winning story but if you are interested in checking out how Janet runs her contests, the links are below:

The challenge was offered here; http://jetreidliterary.blogspot.ca/2012/12/flash-fiction-contest.html   If you look in the comments, you’ll see my story…it’s the fifteenth submission.

And the winner was announced here; http://jetreidliterary.blogspot.ca/2013/01/ratlines-contest-winner-finalists.html

I think it’s amazing how Mr. Seese tooks the five words assigned; swords, ratline, asylum, bond, lodgers; and made such a compelling story out of them in less than 100 words. Let me know what you think of it.

Michael Seese 10:04am

The bonds we forged over a lifetime of summers…
Playing pirate with swords forged from Christmas wrapping paper rolls.
Seeking asylum from our sisters in your treehouse (accessible only by a really cool, real rope ratline fashioned by your dad).
Finding a family of possums, lodgers under my front porch.
Games of stickball in the street.
Discovering what the girls in our class would look like in a few years, courtesy of my big brother’s Playboy collection.
All of that came unraveling in one horrible second when you yelled, “Police! Put up your hands, Bobby!”
And I drew first.
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2 Responses to And the winner is…

  1. LM Stauffer says:

    Janet Reid gave you an honorable mention?! And said, “She thought my story was “utterly delightful”.?!” That is absolutely great, Amanda!!!

    I’m so thrilled to see that others are finally giving you some of the attention you deserve for your writing.

    I am so looking forward to buying your book online when it’s finally published. And I expect you to autograph my many copies of your book.

    Great job!

    Linda

    • ajcap says:

      Thanks, Linda! For the compliments, and taking time out of your busy day to check my site. And for commenting AND rest assured, you will be one of the first to receive an authographed copy of my book, hopefully pretty darn soon.

      Cheers, Amanda

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