Friday, December 07, 2012

Belated 40th #SatSunTails Winners!

An explanation as to my absence and the lateness of these results will be in the following post. & so we have our #SatSunTails winner!

You can help by promoting next week’s #SatSunTails on your blogs, twitter, G+, facebook, tumblr etc, that would be great. Also, if you’re on twitter and you’d like an @reply every weekend in order to remind you that the competition is open then please leave a note regarding this along with your twitter handle in the comments of this post so I can set that up for you.

But for now, let’s get to the winners!

The Written Prompt

doubting dementia

Runner Up Mentions

@klingorengi -

A great scene from the protagonist's life.

@jezr1 -

Sad and lovely all at the same time.

Overall Winner

@reravelling -

Amusing with small thoughtful details that gave colour to the piece.

Winning Entry

He stood before the council somewhat vexed by their rebuke.

“I wanted to help them, they are such small unintelligent creatures, unbelievably stupid. How can they survive without us?”

“The human race are on their own. It is not your place to interfere. You know the rules; three strikes and you are out. We have no other option but to terminate you.”

“Oh I don’t think so.”

They may have wrenched his time band from his wrist but he had fashioned another time jumping device from the battered TV set.

It just required fine tuning.

The Celts were first bemused by his appearance, but they looked great in blue.

He sorted out his skin tone when he reached the Tudors only to be denounced for witchcraft.

All his intergalatic jokes and Queen Victoria remained steadfastly unamused.

This was his final chance to find a time when he would be accepted.

Critique Mentions

Now, as promised, I shall critique those entries that didn’t make it. Sometimes it can literally come down to the smallest things.

Whittling the results down to find critiques this week was incredibly hard and hopefully you can see why with the excellent entries that were received.

@fetterslopez -

I agree with the comment that was made in that the piece did sound like the beginning of a longer novel and I simply felt that for a short piece of fiction it didn't have enough in it to entertain as a short piece alone.

@oswelela -

I really liked this piece. The twist was unexpected and brilliant but the punctuation of the dialogue let it down. There was a full stop where there should have been a comma (here: last one." he said).

So thank you to all of those who entered.  The criticism is never meant to harm. It is there to help you better your writing and someday win overall. I’m sure it will also benefit those who were not criticised. I hope this has helped you in your writing as well as encouraged you to join in again next week!

Click here to read the mentioned entries.

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