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Microfiction competition: day 1


Wednesday 10 August marked the first day of our microfiction competition, in which we're inviting readers to tell us a story in 100 words or less for the chance to win a creative writing course at the London School of Journalism.

After reading all the entries, we are pleased to reveal that the winning piece of microfiction came from Taylor Rowland, whose 98 word Yesterday impressed us with its poignancy, whilst forcing the reader to impose their own interpretation on the words. Taylor's entry will now go into our final five, from which one overall winner will be awarded the creative writing course. Read Taylor's winning entry below...

Yesterday by Taylor Rowland

They came here to get out of the house – to escape each other's mournful stares – and she regretted it almost immediately. If nothing at home was of any comfort, nothing here would be either. Not his arms, not the rain, not the view...none of it. He gallantly tried to lighten the mood, nudging her playfully and joking about their new spare room, but she couldn't hear him. She heard only the hiss of the river. Scanning the shallow tide's abused leftovers, she could feel the city's scorn, and its emptiness, empty as she now was thanks to yesterday.

Many thanks to all who entered our daily microfiction competitions! All five winning submissions will now be read by author Helen Walsh. It will then be up to Helen to select an overall winner who will win a distance learning creative writing course at the London School of Journalism. Revisit each of our competitions and read the winning entries here.



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